Book Notes: Chit Happens

This holiday weekend I am loving this book from Narain Ishaya on the graceful art of surrender – what are you reading tonight?  

Wednesday Matters: Caribbean Fish Supper

Dashing home from work, turn on cooker and quick prep follows – this is an easy peasy tea!   The Recipe serves Two! Prep Time: 10 mins Cooking Time:  25 mins Ingredients 2 salmon fillets/zest and juice of 1 lemon/2 spring onions: chopped/2 cloves of garlic finely chopped/ a diced chunk of ginger to taste/crushed…

Reading Matters: May

Two contrasting books this month – “Bloom” by Bronnie Ware and “the Rules do Not Apply” by Ariel Levy “Bloom” by Bronnie Ware “Life is a choice.  It is YOUR life.  Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly.  Choose happiness” Those who follow this blog know of my intense interest in life, what makes a life,…

Reading Matters: April

  “I love you. I’m glad I exist.” I came to Amy’s party late and almost missed the boat. Amy died in March this year. Her recent prominence eminating from among other things, an exquisite love letter extolling the virtues of her husband, Jason and why he must be dated following her imminent death from…

Reading Matters: March

Two new books to review this month: Patricia Bosworth’s beautifully written memoir: The Men in my Life – a memoir of love and art in the 1950s Manhattan A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of the Columbine Tragedy by Sue Klebold, mother of shooter Dylan Klebold – a book described by the Guardian as…

The Un-Birthday

I chose not to send you a birthday card. But I still thought about you all day. I thought about Mum, back in the day and her fierce disapproval that I had chosen this quiet protest. “Oh Kate,” she would have said, the rest left unspoken. Fuck You. This morning I see you are in…

Reading Matters: February

Moonlight – Best February Movie. Its Sunday today and the Oscars tonight and I can only hope for recognition for this exhilarating, life affirming movie. The film tells the story of Chiron, a young black man grappling with his sexuality while growing up poor in Miami, at three pivotal points in his life. There’s a…

The One-Pointed Arrow

OMG! The incessant chatter in my head Kick it into touch. Noise, words, thoughts, rolling round and around and around and utterly, superbly missing the point. Like some crazy whirling dervish around and around the centre of life, I miss and miss the point, miss the point, like a ball bearing in a tin, spun…

Meeting Jenny

1pm and I am waiting in my car to meet her. I am watching for her by the door. She doesn’t come. The clock moves forward and I wonder, momentarily what to do. I do feel however that she will be there – it’s just that, once again, I need to find her. I wait…

Reading Matters: January

Overview Living, dying, birds, art, life: beautiful prose-poem short stories from Lydia Davis and American history; January reading has been a good clear start – eclectic, rich and satisfying. Birds, Art, Life by Kyo Maclear This is a book of small things and shares a year of observations. The book’s small blocks of writing have…

Pavlova with Berries, Kiwi and Cream

Friday night birthday loveliness with my daughter. Snuck out from work early to collect the ingredients and bake the meringue. It was the chewy, sticky slightly toffee type of meringue. Easy recipe and lovely fun to create this with Poppy who turned up just as I was pondering how to pull it altogether… Ingredients: Method:…

Weekend Matters: Grape Cheese Cake

Intro OK, you got me. More of a cake with cheese or possibly (says my husband) a cake of cheese than cheese cake per se, very very retro but kind of beautiful in a 1970s glamourous, Diana Dors way especially if you like cream cheese and apricot jam. Ingredients The recipe instructions are to be…