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Trinchado (Beef Cubes in a Red Wine Sauce)

Ingredients: 50ml Worcester sauce 1 cup red wine 4 cloves crushed garlic 1 bay leaf salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon peri peri 3 small red chillies chopped with the seeds Butter and oil for frying 1 kg rump steak cubed 3 tablespoons flour 1 large onion finely chopped 1/2 cup of beef stock. Water Black olives Method: Make a marinade with the Worcester Sauce, red wine, garlic, bay leaf, salt, pepper, paprika, peri peri and chillies. Put the beef into a big zip lock plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Place the bag ...

What is a Cataplana?

Cataplana Since moving to Portugal one of my favorite meals, when we eat out, is a fish stew (Caldeirada) but the type which is cooked and served in a copper dish called a Cataplana. As you can see from my photograph the dish resembles the shell of a clam with two hinged shells which are then clamped tightly together during cooking. Researching the origin of the dish Wikipedia states Cataplana was invented by Armando Luz (1927-2002), however other sources such as ...

On Blogging: The Long Haul…

“Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.” Brian Clark On Blogging: The Long Haul... Why Blog? ♥ WHY BLOG? When I read Erica V’s post on tips for long term blogging, it got me thinking about the evolution of this blog too and the things I’ve learned along the way. Like many others, when I started blogging, I had tons of ideas on how to send this blog into the stratosphere. However, as ...

Musings: Food To Die For… Almost

“Let the stoics say what they please, we do not eat for the good of living, but because the meat is savory and the appetite is keen.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Musings: Food To Die For... Almost... Clam Chowder is no longer on my menu... Is there a food you used to like but no longer eat? What changed? Food is like medicine, it aids health and gives us sustenance… Yet, food can also be poisonous if we eat contaminated products or are ...

Week #101

Learn more about 100wcgu! The 100 word challenge for grown-ups this week is …after all the excitement… Tammy stood at the kitchen sink washing last night’s dinner dishes. Rather than scraping off their crusty Tuna Helper® remains, she felt like smashing the shamrock green Fiestaware against the wall. Tammy thought Fiestaware was a crappy gift. The wedding had cost her folks a bundle, and the best her El-Cheapo in-laws could do was some crappy dishes. It was a lovely wedding and Tammy smiled at the memory: ...

And Winter Drags On and On and On and On and On

Gotta love the return to rotten weather.  At least I am trying to love the return to rotten weather!   After 9 days of sun and warmth in the wonderful state of Texas we are back in the thick of winter.  Ugh.  I am so over winter.  It seems to be dragging  on and on and on and on and on.  You get the point. I must say that we were very, very fortunate to get back from Texas in such good ...

A Walk On The Wild Side!

I would like everyone who enjoys reading this blog, The Liming Liberal Democrat, to come over and visit my other blog, "American Liberal Times." "American Liberal Times" is located at the following: http://americanliberaltimes.com Or, you might just type the name, American Liberal Times into your browser search window and see what happens. At any rate, I sure would love to see you over there because I really appreciate and am grateful for each and everyone of my readers. Thanks, John Liming Picture Credit  -  Picture License

How to Create Moss Graffiti

What is moss graffiti? In recent years, moss graffiti has been quite popular, appearing on walls around the world. Moss Graffiti is an environmentally-friendly alternative to creating graffiti on walls. Instead of using the toxic spray paints that are bad for the air, “moss paint” is used as the medium. Not only is it better for the environment, the best part is that the moss will continue to grow over time. Essentially, a moss graffiti artist would be creating living works ...

A Guide to Overwintering Flowers

What is Overwintering? Winter is a time for plants to take a bit of a break from producing flowers and fruit. Overwintering are the steps taken to protect tender plants during the winter months by bringing them indoors. Otherwise left outside, they wouldn’t survive the cold, harsh temperatures. Why Overwinter? Overwintering is an easy process and saves gardeners money, especially if the plants were expensive to begin with. As well, having houseplants have many benefits. It improves our well-being and improves the air ...

BGI Receives ASID Legacy of Design Award

We are honored and thrilled to announce that Barbara Gilbert Interiors has received First Place in the 2013 ASID Legacy of Design Awards for Bathroom Design! Founded in 1975 and with over 30,000 members, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is the oldest and largest professional association for interior designers in the United States. The association’s annual competition recognizes the finest interior design achievements in each state’s chapter and, needless to say, the competition is fierce! Pictured from left to right: ...

"I'm Really More of an Artist"

Recently I came across a situation where a musician was hired to fill in as the worship leader for a Sunday morning service while the primary worship leader was out.  The individual was asked to put together a set of slides with the song lyrics so that the congregation could follow along as they sing. This was the response the hired individual gave to the request: “I’m sorry, but I’m not going to do that. I’m really more of an artist.” Now, ...

What’s the Difference Between Asiatic and Oriental Lilies?

The words “Asia” and “Orient” can be used interchangeably to describe the the Eastern part of the world. So when it comes to gardening, you might assume that “Asiatic” and “Oriental” lilies refers to the same flower. However, upon closer inspection, you will learn that these two hybrid lilies are quite different. Asiatic Lily Asiatic lilies are shorter than Oriental lilies, growing only to be 2-4 ft tall typically blooms early than Oriental lilies-blooming in June and July flowers are unscented the blooms are smaller ...

West Wind

West Wind The West Wind is the title of this work, which went through a few different incarnations before finally coming to rest in its current form.  It began life in the Secrets  painting as you see below… West Wind Inspiration This was the beginning and it went through a few different transitions, which I don’t seem to have documented.  So after spending fifteen minutes trolling through all my painting photos I can only show you the finished painting. I loved the way some ...

5 Herbs That Repel Mosquitoes

Contrary to what some of you may think, gardening doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. Herbs are super easy to grow and don’t take up much space, which makes them perfect for beginners! Fresh herbs will add flavour to your home-cooked meals, bring colour and fragrance to your home, and generally make you feel happier! Still need another reason to grow herbs? Your time spent outdoors would be more enjoyable! There are fragrant herbs that can repel mosquitoes and ...

Defining Moment 1985

One strong arm robbery (no weapons) turned into 2 when the take on the first was too light. The 2nd got us caught. I was driving, and we were about to pull away but a ...

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Peer support through blogging

One of my reasons for returning to study is that I would like to set up an organisation whose sole purpose is peer support for adults (both women and men) who experienced abuse as a ...

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A Good Master And A Greater Revelation

Jason Clark is a singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and pastor. Jason’s passion is to know the love of God more each day. He lives to see a generation step into their identity as sons and daughters ...

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7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

Frank is a highly-sought speaker and an incredibly prolific writer with 16 published books so far. His web blog frankviola.org is one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the Internet. His latest work is a ...

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The Kid Got to Me

When she told me that she wanted to write books I knew that she had suffered. Only the scarred would dare to write, to make sense of, or at least to look at, the entrails ...

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Guest Post: Bulb Flower Gardens

The fondest experience for any gardener is the sight of the first spring flowers peeking through the last snow of winter. These spring flowers have been long seen as a sign of new life. Whether ...

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Acknowledging the pain of others

People like me, who write about their experiences of child sexual abuse, do not intentionally set out to cause other people pain. Unfortunately, however, we do. When we are lucky enough to have people ...

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Afterlife of the Viking

Shevata leaned back on the armrest of the obsidian throne. “Zermon, no more savages!” “I’ll remind you that you released the last one?” Zermon rolled his eyes looking over a short man brought before ...

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Artist’s Studio

My new artist’s studio is is finally setup! Your artist’s studio is the hub of your creative endeavors. It is your home away from home. Often it is the home of your heart. An ...

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Haiku: The First Day Of Spring…

Today is Thursday March 20th, the first, official day of spring! The buds start to peak through; crocuses, forget-me-nots, blossoming cherry trees herald the awakening of a new day. Spring has sprung and we can ...

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Run Like Hell!

Humans can be porcupinish in nature. You get too close and their adrenaline kicks in, triggering a panicky spray of barbed quills, homing in on your most vulnerable places, usually the face and eyes. And why ...

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Freebie Friday: Free April 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!

While for some of us it’s hard to believe, Spring really is on it’s way! Here in Edmonton we are looking forward to double digit temps next week! Exciting! To help celebrate Springs arrival here are ...

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