Moonlight Drawn by Clouds – Daebak
Korean dramas have conquered Asia and are now busy spreading its awesomeness throughout the world, greatly helped by Netflix.
If you have not tried it and want to find out about Korean dramas, there is no better one to start with than Moonlight Drawn By Clouds, which is also known as Love in the Moonlight.
It is an epic historical cross-dressing love story, beautifully made with an overload of cuteness and sweetness.
The television series was made of 18 episodes. It was so entertaining and gripping at the same time that it was so addictive. Two episodes were shown each week, leaving viewers wanting more; sadly it ended this week.
Moonlight Drawn by Clouds was greatly helped by its popularity by the right choice of actors portraying each role. Each of the cast did a fantastic job.
Viewers can’t helped but be drawn by the lead actor’s, Park Bo Gum, unbelievable handsomeness and perfect of stature and charisma. Being tall and slender he looks spectacular wearing the colourful hanbok. My favourite was the purple hanbok which was pleated at the waist. 🙂
The ending was bittersweet as one of the three handsome heroes died in battle. It was heartbreaking but I think, it was some sort of closure.
Desert Rose Plant, Photo by JMorton
Desert Rose Plant, Photo by JMorton
Desert Rose Plant
I saw this plant in the Philippines and I’ve fallen in love with the flowers. They were very eye-catching.
This plant is called Adenium Obesum or more commonly known as desert rose. It is a tropical flowering plant. It is a succulent, which requires copious amount of watering but it must not be allowed to stand on water, thus a free-draining soil is advised.
It likes hot climate or temperature, although with proper care, it can be grown anywhere. It is a beautiful house plant in colder countries. It should be placed by the window sill, where it can catch a daily dose of sunlight.
Pruning in the spring will prevent the plant from going too leggy.
Passion Fruit Cheese Cake, photo by JMorton
Passion Fruit Cheese Cake
Passion Fruit Cheese Cake, photo by JMorton
This is definitely one of the best cheesecakes that I have ever tasted and therefore, I am very passionate about it.
It is creamily delicious with a sweetness that is just right complemented by subtle delicacy of tanginess from the passion fruit 😉
This recipe involves minimal cooking, thus, it is pretty easy to make. One can rally the children or hubby to help out 🙂
The beautiful orange passion fruit topping makes it look vibrant and exotic, which is not only pleasing to the eye but also a treat to the taste buds.
Here is a recipe based on Nigel Slater’s Recipe:
- 120 grams butter
- 400 grams ginger biscuits or digestive biscuits (I prefer digestive because for some reason my stomach can’t take ginger biscuit, strange that!)
- 250 grams mascarpone cheese
- 75 grams icing sugar
- 1 vanilla pod or 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 400 ml creme fraiche
- 300 ml double cream
- 4 ripe passion fruit
Method of preparation
- Melt the butter in a small pan.
- Put the biscuits in a robust plastic sandwich bag and apply the rolling pin with gusto 🙂 Crush the biscuits to fine crumbs and stir them into the melted butter. Tip them into a 22cm loose bottomed cake tin and smooth them flat. Refrigerate for an hour or so until firm. You can speed the process up by putting them in the freezer if you wish.
- Put the mascarpone cheese and icing sugar in a bowl of a food mixer and beat until smooth. This can also be done manually by giving the pecs some healthy exercise.
- Scrape out the seeds from the vanilla pod (or vanilla essence) and stir them into the mascarpone. Add the creme fraiche. Transfer the mixture into a clean container and set aside.
- Whip the cream using the food mixer until it stands in soft folds, then stir it gently into the mascarpone/creme fraiche mixture.
- Ladle in the mixture into the cake tin and cover with cling film. Leave to chill for a good hour.
- To serve, remove the cake from the tin, cut the passion fruits in half and squeeze the seeds and juice over the cheesecake.
Now enjoy and share!
Tilapia, photo by PH Morton
Charcoal Grilled Tilapia
I really find it very sad that tilapias have been having a bad press lately when in natural fact, they are one of the best tasting fish there is.
They are also very versatile, they can be cooked with just a bit of ginger and a few tablespoons of vinegar or can be fried, and be made into fish balls, etc.
Whilst growing up in Marag, where we had a farm, tilapias used to grow naturally along the dykes that run in between our rice-field.
At lunch time we would go and catch them by hand or with the help of a rattan woven like a net. After cleanign and de-scaling the fish, the would then be pushed into a bamboo skewer and set over an open fire to grill.
We then have a delicious lunch with boiled rice. We also have a home-made sauce made from small amount of water, a dash of salt and a few siling labuyo (bird’s eye chili).
Chicken Tagliatele in Tomato and Basil Sauce, Photo by JMorton
Chicken Tagliatelle in Tomato and Basil Sauce
The picture is as delicious as it tastes! Peter and I really enjoyed it. Very easy to make. One can even make a short cut by using ready made tomato and basil sauce! 🙂
- 500g tagliatelle, cook according to packet instructions
- 2 large chicken breasts, sliced into bite-size
- 100g green beans, topped and tailed
- 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped finely
- 2 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 cup hot water (preferably with 1 chicken cube dissolved in it)
- 400g can chopped tomatoes
- 1 tbsp tomato purée
- few basil leaves, chopped finely
Method of Preparation
- Heat the oil in a pan, add the garlic and onion, then gently fry for 1 min, do not allow to burn. Add the chicken pieces and cook until golden.
- Put in the carrot and stir-fry for a minute of two, then add the green beans.
- Tip in chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and basil leaves, heat for 3 minutes and then add the hot water then bring to the boil.
- Reduce the heat, simmer uncovered for 5 mins. .
- Stir in the cooked tagliatelle, cover every stand of the pasta with the sauce.
Serve immediately with some warm crusty bread.
Autumn is October and to mark the start of this season, a worthy UK charity Macmillan (cancer relief) has suggested that we make this month ‘Sober October.’
Instead of buying and imbibing alcoholic drinks, we should take up the challenge of being teetotal and donate the money we would otherwise spend on booze to charity instead.
A worthy cause we hope many will try.
A good friend who likes his lager will give it a go ;).
Drinking Alcoholic beverages in large amounts can be a cause of cancer.
Alcoholism is a problem
These recent sobering statistics from Alcohol Concern highlight the problem.
- More than 9 million people in England drink more than the recommended daily limits
- In the UK, in 2014 there were 8,697 alcohol-related deaths
- Alcohol is 10% of the UK burden of disease and death, making alcohol one of the three biggest lifestyle risk factors for disease and death in the UK, after smoking and obesit
- An estimated 7.5 million people are unaware of the damage their drinking could be causing
- Alcohol related harm costs England around £21bn per year, with £3.5bn to the NHS, £11bn tackling alcohol-related crime and £7.3bn from lost work days and productivity costs
- A minimum unit price is one of the most effective strategies of reducing alcohol-related harm. Selling alcohol for no less than 50p a unit would tackle health inequalities, reduce alcohol related crime, hospital admissions, lost productivity days and save lives.
- Alcohol was 61% more affordable in 2013 than it was in 1980
Alcohol and Health
- Alcohol is a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions, including: mouth, throat, stomach, liver and breast cancers; high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver; and depression
- In the UK in 2012-13, there were 1,008,850 hospital admissions related to alcohol consumption where an alcohol-related disease, injury or condition was the primary reason for hospital admission or a secondary diagnosis
- However, if you include deaths where alcohol was a contributing factor (such as various cancers, falls and hypertensive diseases), the figure increases to 21,512: 13,971 for males and 7,541 for females
- Males accounted for approximately 65% of all alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2014
- Alcohol now costs the NHS £3.5bn per year; equal to £120 for every tax payer
- The alcohol-related mortality rate of men in the most disadvantaged socio-economic class is 3.5 times higher than for men in the least disadvantaged class, while for women the figure is 5.7 times higher
- In England and Wales, 63% of all alcohol-related deaths in 2012 were caused by alcoholic liver disease
- Liver disease is one of the few major causes of premature mortality that is increasing
- Deaths from liver disease have reached record levels, rising by 20% in a decade
- The number of older people between the ages of 60 and 74 admitted to hospitals in England with mental and behavioural disorders associated with alcohol use has risen by over 150% in the past ten years, while the figure for 15-59 years old has increased by 94%
We hope as many will take the time to digest the above and reduce digestion of alcohol this month and beyond.