Friday, January 21, 2022

Words & Brush Weekender: Easy listening music and chat, Friday 21st January 2022, Mowtown Music Special

Easy listening music and chat, Friday 21st January 2022, Mowtown Music Special 

Enjoy some good music here on Words & Brush, please post your favorite Mowtown music 

The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman

Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Martha & The Vandellas "Dancing in the Streets"

Four Tops - Reach Out (I'll Be There)

The Supremes - Baby Love

The Four Tops - Baby I Need Your Loving

The Supremes: You Can't Hurry Love

Isley Brothers "This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You)"

Martha Reeves & the Vandellas - Jimmy Mack

The Miracles - Going to a Go-Go


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Monday, January 17, 2022

Words & Brush Recipe Corner: Apricot & Almond Gluten-Free Torte

 Apricot & Almond Gluten-Free Torte

By Lisa Starr,  Meatland 01/12/22

Made with dried apricots it's also conveniently gluten-free and the vegetarian version tastes just as utterly wonderful as the dairy. Take the extra couple of minutes to make the seed topping as suggested as it adds real serving style. A citrus drizzle and flaked almonds will do if you're all out of time.This is one of those show-stopper cakes that get everyone talking.


Cake1 cup dried apricots, chopped½ cup orange juice¾ cup water150 grams butter/margarine2/3 cup sugar4 eggs2 cups ground almonds½ cup polenta/corn meal*1 teaspoon vanilla or almond essence1 ½ teaspoons baking powder½ teaspoon salt Seed Topping ( optional )3 tablespoons syrup or date syrup

1 tablespoon brown sugar1/4 cup mixed seeds (sesame, pumpkin and sunflower)saltCitrus Drizzle1/3 cup powdered sugar1 teaspoon vanilla1 tablespoon orange juice* I used the coarse, yellow meal. Leftover polenta makes a wonderful crunchy coating for roast potato wedges. Parboil peeled potato wedges or rounds in salted water for 15 minutes then drain well, toss in seasoned, uncooked polenta to coat, drizzle over olive oil and scatter whole garlic cloves and rosemary then oven-roast till golden and crunchy. A bonus recipe for you!
Directions1: Simmer the apricots in the orange juice and water for 10 minutes then allow to cool.2: Cream the butter/margarine and sugar together, add remaining cake ingredients, and then fold in the apricots in their liquid.3: Scrape thick batter into a 26 cm baking dish and bake at 180 C for 40 minutes till cooked through.4: Heat the syrup, sugar and seeds together till the sugar melts and coats the seeds then add salt, turn out onto a baking paper, and allow to cool before breaking into pieces.5: Combine the powdered sugar, vanilla and orange juice and stir together then pour over cold cake and top with seed mixture.Cooks Notes: Cake keeps well in an airtight container for up to 5 days and can be frozen without the topping. 


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Open thread 1/17/2022


Welcome January and all its wonders with coffee to start.  

As an artist and writer, this photo is mine a few years back as the ice thawed on the windshield in January.   Snow crystals are fascinating as there are none two allike as they reveal more about nature and her wonders.

In a world of uncertainty, be different and kind regardless. No one knows how another maybe
facing an issue with a smile.

Snow is creative in January as we think on Valentine's Day

And the cat thoroughly taking life in without a care. Be in the moment,
take a break with us as the dust settles and the snow melts before another storm brews 
on the horizon.