Caldinha de Peixe


Nandini’s recipe makes me hungry.

Originally posted on Goan Imports:

Making this recipe of Caldinha de Peixe (fish) made me remember my dad. He loved this curry for the subtle sweet flavors and less heat. He also loved any kind of fish as he grew up on a beautiful small island and had access to fresh seafood all the time. In Goa the fish used to make this recipe are pomfret, king fish, prawns or pumpkin. Since tilapia is more readily available in the stores I used it. Caldinha is a popular dish made for feast celebrations.

caldinha-de-peixe-fish-goan-portuguese-caldin-curry-vegetarian-vegan-recipeI have seen a variation of recipes online some with vinegar, tomatoes and ginger. I am sharing with you our household recipe that I remember that does not include the above. On a side note when vinegar was suggested there was a mention of the coconut milk cuddling. My suggestion is to skip it as the required sourness is achieved by adding tamarind.

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Down On The Farm

I lived on a 40 acre farm in Alabama on Brindley Mountain in a little town called Union Hill. We raised pigs, cows, horses, pea fowl, peacocks and chickens. The prerequisite barn cats and a couple of dogs rounded out our menagerie. Not to mention three rambunctious boys, who stirred the pot on more than one occasion.

chickensA skunk abruptly made his appearance known in our hen house. Feathers and a missing hen from her nest let us know the stinker thought he had found a good source of chicken dinner. We foiled his plans with a sturdy trap at the back of the hen house with some tasty bait. Less than 24 hours later we had captured the culprit. Hubs worked on Red Stone Arsenal in Huntsville so the plan was to dispose of our skunk when he got home. He instructed the boys to leave the skunk alone before he left for work.

An hour after their dad left my oldest, David, ran in screaming. He’d been sprayed while “looking” = poking the skunk with a stick. If you think I grabbed some tomato juice that I spent hours canning for a bath, you’d be wrong. It’s ineffective at best. The best recipe is a quart of hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda and a teaspoon of dish soap. I bathed him and sent him on his way to play anywhere but near the trapped skunk. HA! He was the knight going out to kill the dragon that sprayed fire.

Alas, the knight was defeated. A spray to his eyes convinced him to leave the dragon alone! Flushing his eyes with cool water and another bath, and down for a nap, and some respite for mother ended his curiosity about the skunk.

M & G homeI’m on my way to another farm tomorrow. My brother, Mike, and his wife Gloria have 100 acres in Watertown, Tennessee. I love this place and so does Nick. He has free range of everything but the pond because he chases the geese. Mike and Gloria have 4 dogs; Molly the Boxer, Annie a Lab-?mix, George a Fox Terrier and Jordan a shaggy Terrier. Nick loves them all. While my brother a sis-in-law are on vacation I feed the dogs and the barn cats, get the mail, and have a time of renewal and refreshment of the soul.

I might use Mike’s computer and post while I’m there this trip. If I don’t, you know I’m like the fat cat sleeping in the sun.

My Need and Hold Your Horses

haiku-44(Ron, is this a rabbit? Is this creature playing a musical instrument?)


Week 44 of Ronovan’s haiku challenge and the prompt is charge and lovers.

I’m posting Martha’s contribution to our challenge this week.


My Need

Your charge is quite clear
If you truly desire me
Respect me lover.

lep and jag

Hold Your Horses

An over bearing charge
and making heavy demands
never wins, lover



Nature and Rescue


Week 44 of Ronovan’s haiku challenge and the prompt is charge and lovers.

by Meredith

Geese partner for life
Protect in sickness or health
True loving mates

This is one of the photos I took with my iPhone while vacationing on my brother’s farm. I wanted to get closer, but I’m perceived as a threat. I could be flailed with feathers if I got any closer. I’m trying to teach myself to make a slideshow using Windows Media Player for a post about my time there.

A kidnapped princess
Waiting for her prince charming
Charged with love to save

Did You Hear The Rain

George Ezra, an English singer song writer grew up in Hertford. Both his parents are teachers. He studied at the British Irish Modern Music Institute. Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie are credited as his main influences. His voice is a deep baritone, with a bluesy quality. Ezra’s voice has been described as having a voice beyond his years. He won  an award as one of  fifty greatest artists and YouTube performances.

“Did You Hear the Rain?” was released as the lead single from his debut studio album Wanted on Voyage (2014),  and re-released in the UK on 11 May 2015.

I like the poetry of the song and that I understand the words he sings. I found the video to be a bit boring, one setting and no drama. I would have put him in the rain singing as he’s on his way home. Does the music remind you of a rain storm?

I’m a new fan of George Ezra.