Great post with photography about Bhutan a country that measures it’s success by the level of happiness of its inhabitants.


Touched by a Wild Mountain Gorilla

A friend sent me an email with this video and it was so beautiful I just had to share it.  It is touching to see how gentle such big wild creatures can be when not provoked and how inquisitive they are about everything.

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate this season and peace on earth to all mankind.  Let us all hope 2013 will see more peaceful interaction not only between gorillas and people but with all who live on this beautiful planet.

Zucchini, carrot and corn pancakes

This is a quick, easy and economical meal as well as being very healthy.  I add a little dried chilli and some seasoning for extra flavour and use olive oil spray.  This recipe serves 4, but you can double ingredients if more needed.

Zucchini, carrot and corn pancakes
Super Food Ideas

Super Food Ideas – March 2010 , Page 41
Recipe by Lucy Nunes

Photography by Ben Dearnley

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 90g butter, melted, cooled
  • 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 2 small zucchini, grated
  • 2 small carrots, peeled, grated
  • 125g can corn kernels, drained, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Alfa One rice bran oil cooking spray
  • 3 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 50g baby rocket
  • 2 tablespoons Italian dressing
  1. Whisk milk, eggs and butter together in a large jug. Place flour in a bowl. Make a well in centre. Using a metal spoon, stir in milk mixture until just combined. Squeeze excess liquid from zucchini. Add zucchini, carrot, corn, parsley and 2/3 cup parmesan to milk mixture. Stir until just combined. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Spray a large non-stick frying pan with oil. Heat over medium heat. Pour 1/4 cup mixture into pan. Using a spatula, spread slightly. Cook for 3 minutes each side or until golden and cooked through. Repeat with remaining mixture to make 12 pancakes, spraying pan with oil when required.
  3. Place tomato and rocket in a bowl. Drizzle with dressing. Toss to combine. Sprinkle with remaining parmesan. Serve pancakes with tomato mixture.

Herb-roasted Turkey Breast

Here is a delicious and easy turkey recipe for Christmas.  I add a tablespoon of crushed pine nuts to the stuffing for some added flavour.  It serves 8 people and is delicious.  Taken from

delicious. – December 2010 , Page 172
Recipe by Valli Little

Photography by Brett Stevens

  • 150g unsalted butter, plus extra to grease
  • 12 fresh bay leaves
  • 4 slices sourdough, crusts removed, torn
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbs finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tbs chopped thyme leaves
  • 1/3 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 6 sage leaves, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1.5-2kg turkey breast with skin and wingbone attached (see note)
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and grease a large baking dish. Place the butter and 6 bay leaves in a small pan over medium heat, until melted. Set aside.
  2. Whiz bread, onion, zest, herbs and garlic in a food processor until combined. Season well, then add half the melted butter (reserving the bay leaves in the pan) and pulse until you have a coarse paste. Cool.
  3. Carefully slide your fingers underneath turkey skin to form a pocket, taking carenot to tear the skin. Gently spread stuffing mixture between skin and meat, then secure in 4 or 5 places with kitchen string.
  4. Lay remaining bay leaves in baking dish and place turkey on top. Brush with some bay butter and season well. Roast for 25 minutes, then baste with remaining butter. Bake for a further 35-40 minutes until golden and juices run clear. Loosely cover with foil and rest for 15 minutes, then thickly slice and serve.


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