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Chive salad – for low fodmapers missing onion.

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This salad has onion flavour as it’s base and uses chives to achieve this. It can be made without the chive flowers but if you can get them they do make a really pretty addition to this dish. I am really lucky where I live as we have the Incredible Edible scheme. This is a organisation that has planted lots of edible herbs and fruit trees around the town that are available for all residents and visitors to sample for free – as long as you know what you are looking for and what flowers are edible and can be used. I have gathered the chive flowers (the light purple ones – see image below), fennel leaves and borage flowers (the deep blue ones that I have used for garnish.) So for me this recipe was reasonable in cost because the herbs were free. There was also a pleasure gained…

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature (and Spring’s Peony as Inspiration)

See her page “Lens and Pens by Sally ” for more beautiful nature photography.

Lens and Pens by Sally

05 June 2017


1. Pink Peony; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved 1. Pink Peony; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Pink Peony; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click onto each image to enlarge. Let me know which you prefer. Prints are available upon request.


I feel the weight of reaction, the weight of battle ahead. There is no way for me to express my emotional angst. The administration of my country has committed a huge injustice to humanity and the planet. For the U.S. to withdraw from our commitment to the Paris Accord is a crime against the present and the future.

All I can do is give you a sample of Mother Nature’s incredible legacy: a Spring flower of luscious delicacy in color, design and presence. The peony is a symbol of a flower’s ability to heal when our hearts and minds are wounded, when our hearts and minds are troubled, when our hearts and minds are tested.


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Oriental Tea Recipes

Have some tea and relax or be energized.  There is a style and taste for most pallets.  From Green Teas Gift Set” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>green tea to oolong tea creating different aromas, colors and strengths.  Did you know that there are over 250 varieties of Green Teas Gift Set” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Oriental teas? 

Another fine fact is that green tea is nu-fermented or often dried in the bright sunlight.   Where as oolong tea is only partially fermented and when brewed gives off a nice amber glow.  And fully fermented tea with it’s full body and color is black tea. 

Oriental Green Teas Gift Set” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>teas are flavored also with flavorings, spices, herbs, flowers and fruit blossoms which creates a whole great world of flavors to excite your taste buds.  The most popular is Jasmine tea which is flavored with jasmine blossoms which also creates a spectacular aroma and a relaxing environment. 

Hello Spring

Recipes from Better Homes & Gardens “Oriental Cook Book” 1980 edition

Five-Spice Tea

  • 1 tablespoon black tea leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon homemade Five Spice Powder (see below)
  • 4 cups of cold water
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar

Place tea and five spice powder in tea ball.  Bring the cold water just to boiling.  Meanwhile, warm teapot by rinsing with boiling water.  Place ball in teapot, pour boiling water into teapot.  Cover; let steep 5 minutes.  Remove tea ball.  Stir in sugar, milk.  Makes 6 (5oz.) servings.

Ginger-Honey Tea

  • 4 teaspoons green tea leaves
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger-root
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Follow the instructions to the above Five-Spice tea except at the end add the honey, mix well instead of sugar and milk.

Five-Spice Powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon crushed aniseed or 1 star anise, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed fennel seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper or 1/4 teaspoon crushed Szechwan pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.

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Well I Found Some Vintage Cookbooks!

Yes, I found some vintage cookbooks so soon I will be sharing.  One is a 1934 Detroit Times edition.  I also have some “church lady” cookbooks (don’t you think those are the best)?; the old fashion style.  These were my grandmother’s cookbooks that were handed down to me so I cherish them. So please subscribe to not miss out.  But today I thought I would share some photos of the Irises in my garden.

Dusty ‘Do-Little’

I’m so glad I took the photos of them before the first started to wither.  I love photography and video recording/editing and I’m still in the learning phase.

I hope you enjoy the Iris photos named after the Greek Goddess ‘Iris’, the Goddess of the Rainbow (Sea & Sky).   They’re quite the sensual plant and come in many varieties of color.

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They grow every year with bulbs.  And every two years it’s recommended to split the bulbs and replant them.  Low maintenance just full of living beauty.

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