Monthly Archives: October 2016

Spiced Brownies with Walnuts, Dried Cranberries and Cream Cheese Swirl

Oh wow…chocolate, cream cheese, cranberries, walnuts, some of my favorite flavours and in one brownie….Heavenly

Tasty Eats

Spiced Brownies with Walnuts, Dried Cranberries and Cream Cheese Swirl Ronit Penso

Chocolate and cream cheese combination is one of my favorites, so when I was planning to bake a batch of brownies, I’ve decided to add a cream cheese swirl to it. I wanted to make the plain brownies a bit more interesting, so I ended up adding espresso powder, black pepper and cinnamon to the chocolate batter. Now the cream cheese layer needed an upgrade as well – and I ended up adding some dried cranberries to it.
All these ingredients worked wonderfully together. The result is rich and sweet – quite far from my usual “sweet enough” type of desserts. But after all, what is life without the occasional indulgence?
I’m sure you’ll agree, once you’ll try these tasty brownies.

Makes: 20
Prep time: 30 minutes
Baking time: 30 minutes

1 stick (115 grams) butter, soft
6¼ oz (175 grams) dark chocolate (70%)
½ tsp espresso powder

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Smorgasbord Health – A-Z of common conditions – Arthritis – Osteoarthritis and Gout

A good article for my friends who suffer from Gout…..It also covers Arthritis and osteoarthritis .

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

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Last week I covered rheumatoid arthritis and today a look at two more of the over 200 forms of the disease. Osteoarthritis and Gout.

Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease is one of the oldest types of arthritis. It is basically wear and tear. It is the breakdown of the joint’s cartilage. Cartilage is the cushion in the joint that prevents the two ends of the bones from rubbing together. When this pad of cushioning is worn away and the fluid that normally lubricates the joint has gone – the two ends grind together causing pain and inflammation.

The actual physical process is an increase in water content of the cartilage and a reduction of protein in the tissue as we age. It mainly affects the weight bearing joints such as the ankles, lower back, knees and hips but can also affect the hands. Those most likely to suffer from the…

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Saangchai and my life with Humans.


Hey it’s Saangchai here…..I bet you thought I had given up on blogging didn’t you??? WOOF …Not me it’s my mistress she spends all day and everyday Tap, tap,tap and now she has got some new things to try it’s even worse ..some thing called scribbler or something to do with her writing…but she looks happier so I guess it’s working.

Woof… well what have I been doing??? Well barking more…I expect my mistress has told you that but the garden isn’t as big and I can hear more…woof…and those pesky dogs opposite..yap, yap ,yap…..If I meet them when I am out… will I tell them…woof

There are lots of street dogs here and no Soi Dogs to rescue them…which is a shame…woof

Best news though it’s firework time…Well always is here…I love them…woof….

My mistress says she has never known a dog like me…ever…

Well I am special…Woof

But those fireworks I get as close as I can….they have given up trying to get me away….I can run fast…woof and my little master lets me out…woof

But they are so pretty and those rockets go so high and it’s like lots of stars…woof

She calls me a Nutbar…woof..Would you believe it????

Anyway…Laters…The Mistress is coming back to her scribbling or whatever…woof…She says her friend Jean is a top lady and has helped her with it…woof



The Inspector can help you avoid a wrong turn

Thank you Jean another informative video….I have never enjoyed using scrivener as much as I do now…..Thank You 🙂

Jean's Writing

Just like the GPS app on your phone or in your car!

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I don’t know about you but I’m lost now without my GPS. That app has saved me more times than I can count. As a directionally challenged person, I depend on it to go anywhere. And just like my car’s GPS, Scrivener’s Inspectorhelps me stay the course.

So what is “The Inspector?”

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The Inspector Paneis a cool gadget in Scrivener sort of like a tip-sheet. With it, you can add the synopsis, bits of information, pictures, and notes that will keep your story moving in the right direction.

But in this video, I show you my favorite feature called “The Custom Meta-Data.” The custom meta-datasectionreminds you where you are, where you want the characters to end up, and what’s happening in each chapter or scene.

Open a chapter or page…

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Asian Beef Brisket.

spicy asian beef


This dish is wonderful, full of lovely Asian flavours… On my birthday my son asked me what I wanted him to cook for me ( this was) a few birthdays ago…I chose this dish…It needs slow cooking but is well worth it…you can put it in and get back to your writing( if that’s ) what you do and who doesn’t like those dishes???

Beef is a bit hit and miss here ..butchering( properly) and hanging the meat is not widely done by many but I have found a man who does…but for quickness, we sometimes use Pork Hip which by the way is tonight’s dinner…Oh Yum 🙂


2k Beef Brisket

500ml beef stock

200ml clear honey

400gm shallots cut into quarters

5 garlic cloves, crushed

2tbsp oil…I use coconut oil.


250ml rice wine

70ml light soy sauce

70ml dark soy sauce

100gm fresh ginger finely chopped

2 large red chillies, halved

1tbsp 5 spice powder


3 Limes cut into wedges

A handful ( a large) one of fresh coriander chopped

150gm unsalted peanuts/cashews.

2 red chillies sliced.

Coconut oil for frying or oil of your choice.

Lets cook!

Heat the oven 140c/120 fan or Gas numero 1.

Heat the oil in a large pan add the shallots and cook 5 mins

Add garlic and cook for a further 1 min.

Add stock and 100ml of the honey stir and cook for another minute.

Mix sauce ingredients together. Put Beef in a large pan and pour on sauce and stock. Cover meat with baking paper and two layers of foil ..put in the oven on the middle shelf and cook for 2 and half hours. Remove from oven, baste meat well, reseal and cook for a further 2 and a half hours or until meat tender.

I actually do baste more than once during cooking.

Once meat is cooked remove from oven, Pour juices from meat into a large frying pan and cook on high heat for about 15 mins or until reduced…don’t do a me and let it boil away..mmmm wasn’t popular when all I had to do was watch it reduce…OOOPPPS

TASTE and season.

Pour 2 tbsp of the reduced stock over beef and return to oven on 220c for 15 mins…It will now caramelise and crisp the top…lovely.

Lastly, for the topping heat oil in a pan, add nuts and lightly roast…let them cool a little they will very, very hot, chop roughly, mix with sliced chilli and coriander …Put over the top of meat and add a squeeze or 2 of lime.



Lancelin Off-Road Muster.

Lancelin welcomed hundreds of off-road vehicles to town yesterday, Saturday October 15th for the inaugural Lancelin Off-Road Muster sponsored by Perth Diesel Performance and Line-X.


The main purpose of the event is to smash the Guinness World Record for Largest convoy of off-road vehicles which stands at 154, set in Doha, Qatar in 2014.

Well….. They Dune It!


The previous world record holders started with 411 vehicles and 154 finished.

Lancelin Off Roaders started with 448 and ALL 448 FINISHED.

Now I am going to brag….I am claiming Nan’s bragging rights as my Grandson and his dad were 2 of the 448. My Grandson yeah Well Done Callam 🙂


Callams Truck.

It was not as easy as it looked as all the drivers had to drive correctly so as not to leave the sand too soft for the truck behind as then they would get stuck…No other way to put it!

They also had to be exactly 2 vehicle lengths away from the vehicle in front when they passed the green flag…So a big well done guys that must have taken some co-ordination and planning.


Thank you to Mel for the lovely photos and a big “Well Done” to everyone…See you in the Guinness Book of Records.

Lessons I’m Learning from my Mother….Sihi Kootu & More

Truly amazing photographs which perfectly compliment the recipe which sounds so nice….:)

Travel | Food | Art

“My mother is my best friend”….the old chestnut holds true with me as well…
Admittedly, I can go on for ages about how her children received immense priority ultimately leading up to her sacrificing her best career years in order to render us all a warm home. With a husband whose job entails touring the country half the month & three children, two of whom are really hooligans disguised as chubby little boys, the cacophony & chaos can prove challenging and not just in terms of time. I can write about how her face beams with a blend of pride and satisfaction when people notice me as her mirror image and how the same face cringes when some mistakenly mention otherwise! I can write about how she thoughtfully scribes the sweetest( and longest!) messages that prompt me to effortlessly tear up 10,000 miles away and how she indefatigably listens to me blather…

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