Friday, 2 October 2015

Five Books and a Ruby











I have a butterfly mind I can't do one thing at a time, start something and complete it.  Oh no, I start one thing, wander off and start something else, drift away and start something else.  It drives the bearded one mad, and I have to admit I find it pretty annoying sometimes.  This is why I have lots of unfinished craft project, rooms half sorted and half painted and lots of books on the go at once.

For my Five on Friday  I will show you five of the books I am reading at the moment,  I drift from one to the other taking ages to finish just one of them. This is not all of the books I am reading at the moment, and doesn't include the one on kindle and another audio book!

Thank you Amy for hosting this fun link, it is about the only posts I am managing to do at the moment, so thank you for the Friday reminder.  I really need a kick up the derriere sometimes to get a post completed. (I won't tell you about those I start and never finish)



Beloved - Toni Morrison





I read this books years ago, listened to it in the car on tape years ago on a long journey and am now listening to it on Audible read by the author.  Each time I read/listen I get more from it, that is the sign of a brilliantly written book for me.  It just gets better each time you read it.  This version is read by Toni Morrison, it is like listening to a poem, her lyrical voice is perfect.




Gut - Giulia Enders








Yes, I know it seems a bit weird to be reading a book about the gut, but is is fascinating.  We think of the brain as clever and the heart as important and we don't give our digestive system a second thought until something goes wrong.  It is sadly neglected, yet it really does affect everything including our mental health.  It is written in an approachable and witty way with wonderful illustrations.



The Self Sufficiency Manual  - Alison Candlin






I'm getting prepared for our new life in the country and reading up on growing veg, keeping chickens, storing food, making chutneys, jams and all things exciting.  I can't wait, if only we can find our future home.  I really need to do a post on the rubbish that Estate Agents talk one day.  They could describe a public toilet so poetically you would be tempted to buy.



Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Illustrated by Yayoi Kusama






I saw this on someones blog, sorry can't remember where now, please let me know if it is you as I would like to thank you for introducing me to this wonderful artist.  Her illustrations are just so gorgeous.  It is a book I will keep forever, leafing through the pages to drool over the drawings.



Easy Vegetarian One-Pot





'The Book People' have tempted me to buy yet another cookery book.  I try not to look when I see they have been to the surgeries where I work......but.

Anyway, what's done is done as they say.  This has some lovely recipes, including a section on Rubies (Ruby Murray - curry, for my overseas readers).  Well how could I resist, less calories than a takeaway and uses store cupboard ingredients.  This Dahl is cheap and cheerful, it would be lovely mopped up with naans or for those gluten free like me served with rice.



Here's the recipe

1 onion chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 inch piece of fresh ginger grated
4 tablespoons of butter (I used 2 tblsp olive oil)
12 oz. tomatoes chopped
1 tblsp curry powder
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
12 oz red split lentils
900 ml/4 cups vegetable stock
fresh squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon
salt and black pepper
2 - 3 sprigs fresh or frozen curry leaves fried for a few seconds in butter to serve.

*Spotted some mistakes in the ingredients list which I have put right now,  sorry to those who may have already copied it.

Put the onion garlic and ginger into a food processor and blend to form a fairly smooth puree.  Heat the butter in a saucepan, add the puree, tomatoes and spices and fry gently for about 5 minutes.

Add the lentils, stock, lemon juice, salt and pepper, bring to the boil, cover and simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes until the lentils have thickened.

Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, then serve topped with a few fried curry leaves, if using.

Have a good weekend everyone, and welcome to the new followers :)

Chickpea xx




27 comments:

  1. Loved reading this post. I saw that book about the Gut and I have to say it does sound fascinating. Hubby is a vegetarian so the one pot book would be ideal. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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    1. Thank you Joan, and the veggie book was a bargain.

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  2. I do love a good dahl! They are so tasty aren't they, so is a good curry which is what we are having for dinner tonight! Enjoy all your reading and listening! Thank you for joining Five On Friday. I hope that you have a great weekend - and get things sorted with the estate agent! xx

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    1. My pleasure Amy. I love love love Indian food, and luckily a lot of it is gluten free ....bonus!!

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  3. Ha ha it was me! It was me! Glad you enjoyed the Alice. I'll have to look out for your book recommendations, they look an interesting selection. Have a good weekend. :-)

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    1. Ahhhh thank your Crimson Kettle, I should have know it was you, I always find something or someone new on your blogs :)

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  4. I know what you mean about estate agents, looking forward to when you have time to do a post on them, it should make every one giggle and sympathise with you.

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    1. It's often what they don't tell you that is the most annoying!!

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  5. The curry looks delicious, although naan bread would be the accompaniment of choice. I was rather drawn to the book about the gut and the book on self sufficiency. Have a great weekend.

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    1. I miss Naan, especially peshwari :(

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  6. I keep spotting the Gut book at the library and various book shops - I think I'll borrow it next time I see it. I'll keep an eye open for the Toni Morrison and the veggie cook book too - that dahl looks yummy. Happy reading. xx

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    1. It was yummy, and loads put in the freezer for future meals :)

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  7. Snap my five on Friday was books too!.. That gut book looks good I think I will look it up. Hope you find your dream house I read back on your blog, I was brought up by the sea and keep thinking we could move to Southend where we visit a lot, but this house and little town suits us so I just dream!

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    1. Hi Chris and welcome, I will pop over and have a look at your book choices :)

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  8. I was thinking you must be very confused with so many books on the go, but I see that you have a nice variety here and not all require concentration. I do love a good curry. :)

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    1. Haha yes, I think 5 fiction books may be a bit confusing!

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  9. I was going to make this for my tea tonight, but then I got stuck in out in the garden, and the joys of unearthing all the Binder Twine Roots and then the Ground Elder took presedence.

    An interesting 5 books, especially the Gut one.

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    1. I think you should treat yourself to the dahl after all that work :)

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  10. Thanks for the dahl recipe - I never made it - yet.. ;)

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  11. I'm glad I'm not the only one who flits from one thing to another and I have loads of blog posts composed in my head that never make it in reality! The Dahl sounds lovely.

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    1. It was very nice, but I love Indian food :)

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  12. I usually throw a few mustard seeds in my dahls. On the 'scrumping' front, I grabbed two bags of quinces on the job- I think I'm the only one not scared of them. I plan on boiling them down into a paste, with some sugar syrup and a hint of cardamom. I also plan on making a stripped-down mostarda, which is kinda like an Italian chutney. Seriously, I have access to tons of these things.

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  13. Might have to try that dahl, love anything spicy. The book on the gut looks interesting, when you have a difficult stomach it is always good to know how things work!

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  14. I'm going to give this recipe a go. Looks cheap and easy. With the weather getting colder it may well be perfect for sometime over the next week.

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  16. Haha I'm like that with books too. Another here with a butterfly mind x

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