Friday, November 5, 2021

Words & Brush Weekender : Easy listening music and chat, Friday 5th November 2021 this week its Dance Music!

Easy listening music and chat Friday 5th November 2021,       this week its Dance Music!  

Enjoy some good music here on Words & Brush,  please post music from your favorite Dance Music & chat with friends. 

Chorus Line/Musical Movie - "ONE"/Closing Sequence - 1985

Lullaby of Broadway - Excerpt - Busby Berkeley

Bee Gees Stayin Alive ( Saturday Night Fever ) 

Dirty Dancing - Time of my Life (Final Dance)

Top Hat, White Tie & Tails Fred Astaire, Top Hat

Singing In The Rain - Singing In The Rain (Gene Kelly)


Kaoma - Lambada (Official Video) 1989 

Jumpin Jive - Cab Calloway and the Nicholas Brothers

Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr perform "Shall We Dance" from The King and I


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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Words & Brush Recipe Corner: Aromatic Carrot & Ginger Soup

Aromatic Carrot & Ginger Soup

By Lisa Starr, Meatland, Israel

Go At Orange (Soup)My shopping cart reflects the changing seasons.As the nights grow longer, and the soup-like, summer weather is replaced by mealtime soup bowls, I'll make sure that my fridge always contains the required ingredients to make my family's favorite broths.This delicious and super-simple Carrot & Ginger Soup features high on this list.Carrots are already transformed by heat - roasted carrots strips take on an almost candied quality - but the addition of ginger and coriander spice elevates this everyday vegetable to gourmet status.Don't like leafy coriander?

The spice is entirely different from the herb and has the most wonderful lemony flavor.Read on to find out more and add these easily located ingredients to your shopping list.  

Aromatic Carrot & Ginger Soup


2 onions, chopped2 teaspoons crushed garlic1 tablespoon grated ginger (see notes)1 tablespoon crushed coriander seeds (notes)10 large carrots, chopped4 cups chicken flavoured stock (Ina Paarman is superb)Sugar to taste if neededSalt (Maldon rules)Coconut milk (optional)Oil to fryChopped coriander leaves to garnish (optional)


1: Sautee the onion for a few minutes till sweet then add the garlic, ginger and crushed coriander seeds or ground spice*

2: Add carrots and stock  and simmer till carrots are completely soft, then blend till silken-smooth, adding extra stock or creamy-tasting coconut milk to achieve the required consistency.

3: Season to taste, garnish with plenty of chopped coriander if desired, and serve with a crusty bread to make an entire meal.

COOK'S NOTES: I keep a knob of ginger in the freezer always and grate from frozen. You don't even need to peel it. Feel free to add even more ginger as it's fabulous here. Ready-ground coriander spice can replace the crushed coriander seeds but I'd then reduce to 2 teaspoons of spice. I highly recommend crushing your own coriander seeds as you'll be amazed at the lemony scent. Simply place the whole seeds in a food processor, Pilot Chef, or coffee grinder and blitz for a couple of minutes. 


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Monday, November 1, 2021

Weekly Open Thread, November 1

Ring in November. A month when the first frosts or first snows grace the area. Our first hard freeze is Friday.  Nature reveals more of her secrets and beauty.   More the reason to gather and be closer to loved ones and be thankful for all the goodness and light and love in our life.

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As it gets colder this morning, have a hot chocolate or coffee with us.  A new week, a new  day awaits. 

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Sunshine eludes us more as wintry clouds blot out the sun for a while as the land transforms into a wintry landscape.  Fall and snows inspiring to us artists.  When there is a snow, or ice event, I know artists will pack up their easels and head to the mountains in North GA to sit on the side of the overlooks or the waterfalls to paint the splendor.   A painting or photo is worth a thousand words or more.  The outside, creating art is their Church,  being closer to nature almost one with her. 

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A certain warm cozy feeling settles in  Lists and plans being made as travel might be on the horizon as Thanksgiving beacons on the horizon. Movies and childhood shows bring on the childlike nostalgia. Families bring in their children so we share their laughter and play, taking us away from everything going on.                                    

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 Meaning of the Holidays nearing is Family, love and togetherness again after a long hard year.  A wild ride for everyone, but great things, remember the great things and simplicity. Hold each other tight.

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After the turkey, there's always time to nap it off before desert.   Anyone for pumpkin or cherry pie?

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Don't forget to smile at the camera and say "Cheese!"

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Creativity continues on through the times of celebration. Planning the big meal, making lists, organizing has its way of reaching.  Some know we are moving in the next four weeks.  Down to the wire and looking at expanding my culinary skills of baking and making meals from scratch with a spacious kitchen.    

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After the day is done, the evening settles in, we settle into, grab a blanket for a nap to the crackling fire.  Bellies full of a comforting meal, sugar cookies and pie, coffee with Kahlua or brandy to close out the night.