Friday, January 7, 2022

Words & Brush Weekender: Easy listening music and chat, Friday 7th January 2022, your favorite female vocalists

Easy listening music and chat, Friday 7th January 2022, your favorite female vocalists 

Enjoy some good music here on Words & Brush, please post your favorite music by female vocalists & female vocalists in bands

Ella Fitzgerald - Cry me a river

Tintarella Di Luna - Hetty and the Jazzato Band

Barbra Streisand - Memory 

La Mer ("Beyond The Sea" in French) – Tatiana Eva-Marie & Avalon Jazz Band

Dusty Springfield - I only want to be with you ( rare 60's video )

Diana Ross & the Supremes - Baby Love 1964

Helen Shapiro - Queen For Tonight

The Shangri-Las -Leader Of The Pack

LuLu (To Sir With Love)

Doris Day - Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps

Andrews Sisters - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

The Mamas & The Papas - California Dreamin'


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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Words & Brush Recipe Corner: Gluten-Free Non-Dairy Biscotti Made Easy

Gluten-Free Non-Dairy Biscotti Made Easy

By Lisa Starr,  Meatland 12/29/21

1 cup tahini ( sesame seed ) paste1/3 cup silan (date syrup ) or maple syrup*2 large eggs1 teaspoon vanilla1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda1 cup chocolate chipsGenerous sprinkling Maldon salt*  Biscotti are not very sweet but they aren't meant to be overly sweet. maple syrup is sweeter than silan ( date syrup ) . Be generous with the chocolate chips as these deliver a burst of flavor.** Add 1/3 cup cocoa to the mix plus the chocolate chips to make Double Chocolate Tahini Biscotti.
Directions 1: Stir tahini ( sesame seed ) paste, silan (date syrup )/ maple syrup, eggs, vanilla, Maldon salt and bicarbonate of soda together then stir in most of the chocolate chips.
2: Scoop onto two paper-lined trays and divide to make two loaves. You can put the mixture onto a single tray but leave plenty of space between the loaves as they flatten and spread.
3: Scatter over remaining chocolate chips - be generous - and a further sprinkling of Maldon salt.
4: Bake at 180 C for 15 min, allow to cool, then slice into fingers approximately 3 cm thick. 5: Arrange on a tray with space between to allow them to dry out properly, reduce oven to 100 C, and allow to bake for a couple of hours till completely dry. COOK'S NOTES: Play around and make this easy recipe your own. Cranberries and white chocolate chips work wonderfully too. Biscotti keep well in an airtight container as they are already dry. Delicious and naturally dairy-free and gluten-free too.


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Sunday, January 2, 2022

Ring in 2022 weekly open thread


Happy New Year!  Leaving all the stuff behind and may it be a great New Year.


           Did you make any resolutions?  Perhaps sleeping in  before the new week and usual routine.  THinking about it makes me even more unmotivated.

  Maybe be more healthy, try something new,  learn a new language or work on that project that's been simmering for years. Get a new degree or certificate for self enrichment or for a career change for the better.   Be more creative.  Lots of us don't realize we are being creative.  Not everyone specializes in just art or writing, or poetry and so forth. 

 Finish that project in progress and remember finish that piece strong whether a story, a book, an artwork or anything else that suits your creative fancy.  We might be moved in by now at our new home, and I am looking at learning how to make pasta, maybe take a cooking class how to make sushi as I would prefer a chef I can ask questions and not just watch an online class.   

Try Tai Chi, lots of great benefits with body, mind, and spirit. 


As winter settles in, many days just seem like the same day with the greyness and the snow, and the cold sky with barren tree branches reaching the sky.

                Remember, this is a new year and everyone on W&B and beyond wishes you the very best year and it's a new beginning for everyone to start afresh.  Kick some old habits.