Tuesday, 1 December 2015

How to be spontaneous!

An Experiment with Coconut Water and the new Blog of the Month

Carole's Chatter: An Experiment with Coconut Water

I've been seeing how coconut water is becoming popular.  But when I've tried it neat, the taste is not all that great.  So I was looking for a way to use it that tasted better.  I was partially successful.  It was drinkable but I did notice that my colleagues who were guinea pigs for me, didn't finish their glasses which told me something.

Next time I'd halve the amount of coconut water and added more water, and lemon juice.

Ingredients as I did it:

Bottle of coconut water
Ginger infused water (a cold version of my ginger tea)
Chopped mint
Mango slices – from a tin – fresh would have been much better
Splash of lemon juice

I stored the mixture in the fridge overnight to let the flavours meld.

How do you use coconut water?

My new blog of the month is the book blog Moonshine & Rosefire. 
I have always enjoyed her book reviews and have found many great books through her blog.  If you would like to check Mary's blog out just click here – or at any time during the month click on the Blog of the Month gadget which I'll put towards the top of my sidebar.

Monday, 30 November 2015

Good old Winnie!

Madame Moitessier by Ingres

The original of this 1856 painting by Ingres can be found in the National Gallery in London.  This lady is the wife of a banker – clearly a wealthy one.  It took the artist a long time to finish – and apparently involved several changes of clothing.

You see the lady front on and in profile in the mirror – a cunning device by the painter.  For me the dress is the star.