Articles for the Month of November 2015

The Lazy Cook (Book 2): Quick And Easy Sweet Treats by Susie Kelly

Great recipes – and so easy!

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Susie Kelly has always been one of my favourite author’s and so when she wrote her first cook book The Lazy Cook (Book One): Quick And Easy Meatless Meals I could not wait to read it. Since then I have tried and enjoyed many of the recipes it contains. Therefore, when I saw its sequel The Lazy Cook (Book 2): Quick and Easy Sweet Treats I couldn’t wait to download it.

This book is a must for everyone who loves deserts. I enjoy cooking and am quite happy to slave over a stove for a long time, if necessary to make a special desert, however, I could not believe how many quick and easy deserts there are. Inside this amazing book you will find pages of recipes, some using only a couple of ingredients and many which can be made a day or so in advance.

The classic Eaton Mess which can be made in moments, light and tempting deserts which can be whipped up in minutes and others like the evil Malakoff which look incredible, but are really quite simple and quick to prepare. Included is also a wonderful ice-cream recipe which has variations to suit any taste. To complete this gem of a book, the author has also included hot deserts, sweets, baking recipes and even some delicious drinks.

I for one am looking forward to experimenting with these tempting recipes at every opportunity I get.

About the author:   

Susie Kelly was born in grey post-war London, and spent much of her childhood and young adulthood in the beautiful country of Kenya.

She now lives in south-west France with a menagerie of assorted animals, and is passionate about animal welfare.

Her first book “Best Foot Forward” was published by Transworld Publishers in 2003, followed by “Two Steps Backward” in 2004, and “A Perfect Circle” in 2006.

Since 2011 Susie’s books have been published by Blackbird Digital Books, whose theme is strong, adventurous women living life to the full. Blackbird Digital Book people love birds and animals, travel, history, romance, natural health and environment, resourcefulness, humour, the surreal and magic.

If her house caught fire and she could only save three things (apart from her animals, of course), they would be courage, compassion and a sense of humour.

About the book:

“I like a dessert to make me feel slightly guilty about eating it, but not enough to make me stop.” Susie Kelly

The 2nd instalment of the travel author’s delightful round-ups of her favourite quick, simple, easy recipes, sprinkled with anecdote and humour.

Susie makes no claims to being a cooking queen. She admits that over the years she has made every cookery mistake possible, including pouring hot oil back into a plastic bottle and watching the bottle melt and flood most of the kitchen. Then there was the great icing sugar misunderstanding…. but in The Lazy Cook she has put together an irresistible collection of the tasty, comfort-food recipes that are enjoyed by her family and friends, spattered with generous blobs of anecdote and humour.

Available from Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Lazy-Cook-Book-Quick-Treats/dp/0993307051/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1448348086&sr=8-3

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Lazy-Cook-Book-Quick-Treats-ebook/dp/B014XBPBEQ/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1448348086&sr=8-3

Bibi & Babu in Peru (Bibi & Babu Travel Series Book 2) by Bonnie Toews and John Christiansen

More amazing adventures from Bibi and Babu and this time they are visiting Peru!

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After Bibi and Babu [Grandma and Grandpa in Swahili] enjoyed their adventures so much in Africa they decided to visit Peru, and I for one am very glad that they did.

What a wonderful book this is. Everyone has heard of the incredible temple of Machu Picchu, the amazing Lake Titicaca, and the enormous geoglyphs which can only be seen via satellite. But how did they come to be there, who made them, and when? Well scientists still have many questions to answer, however, in the meantime Bonnie Toews and John Christiansen, in their unique storytelling way decide to discover as much as they can for themselves. So, in November 2014 they took a plane to Lima and started their adventure.

Their journey of discovery began by visiting the incredible Larco Museum, in Lima, which houses an amazing collection of ceramics, textiles and artefacts, all beautifully displayed. Lucky for us, they took plenty of pictures, because from this visit we are able to see and understand the importance of all the gold and silver body ornaments which were worn by the Inca nobility.

They then visited the former capital of Peru, Cusco and visited its beautiful buildings, and the fortress-temple Saqsaywaman (pronounced Sexy Woman), which was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. There are some amazing photos of visitors standing next to the enormous stones, which beg the unanswered question as to how did the Inca’s all those years ago managed to get them into place, and know to position them in such a way that they have withstood earthquakes? Are the ancient legends correct, what do you think? You will have to read the book to discover what these legends are. Whilst they were there, they even managed to learn the difference between Llamas and Alpacas.

Then, their travels then took them on the luxurious Perurail Vistadome train to the magical site of Machu Picchu, which rises over 6,000 feet above the Urubamba River. Steeped in history and hidden from the outside world for many years, this wonderfully preserved national monument was a sight to behold.

Their last trip was to Lake Titicaca, its incredible floating islands, and Taquile island. It is even possible to discover in this very interesting book, how the floating islands are made, who lives on them, and the incredible properties of the Totora (Reed) both as homes, boats, souvenirs and as a medicine.

Although aimed at a young audience, I have to say that I loved this book. It is so well written and totally absorbing. Not only does it contain plenty of colourful pictures of this amazing couple’s travels, and the wonderful sites they have seen, it opens up the people, history, life and customs of the wonderful country of Peru.

About the authors: Bibi & Babu are Swahili names for Grandma and Grandpa. When journalist Bonnie Toews and her partner, John Christiansen, a naturalist and landscaper, traveled through Central Africa in 2013, their safari guides fondly nick-name them “Bibi” and “Babu.” Their African journey is woven so intimately within Bonnie and John that, when they returned home, they wanted to assemble a memory book to share with their grandchildren. As they worked on it, they came to realize they are not describing another travel guide for tourists but reliving a journey other adults and children can also share and read together. This simple beginning to the BIBI & BABU TRAVEL SERIES also captures their love story. Dedicated caregivers to their spouses, who suffered from long illnesses before they died, Bonnie and John, now in their seventies, discovered they had much to live for as they join hearts in their sunset years.

About the series of books: Reading with your child or grandchild not only entertains them, it can also strengthen the bonds between you. The BIBI & BABU TRAVEL SERIES take you both on armchair adventures to faraway lands with beautiful photographs and stories as Bibi and Babu mingle with the local people, discover the magic of their customs and folklore, and embrace lives very different from ours.

This second volume in the series, BIBI & BABU IN PERU, explores the ancient ruins of the Andes Mountains: 

  • Cusco–the “belly button” of the Inca Empire,
  • the Lost City of the Incas on Machu Picchu Mountain and
  • the man-made floating islands of the Uros people on Lake Titicaca.

How could the Incas fit together massive walls of boulders and stones with no tools and no wheels? Yet, these Inca ruins have withstood devastating earthquakes while modern buildings have crumbled. Even more puzzling are recent satellite images suggesting ancestors of the Peruvian Indians were linked to outer space. With no written records, how do you separate myth from fact? Join Bibi and Babu on their amazing journey through Peru.

These books are not travel guides for tourists. They are designed for adults and children to share and read together. Ten per cent of the series’ royalities are dedicated to the Kilimanjaro Orphanage Centre in Moshi, Tanzania.
Bibi and Babu in peru is available from:

 

 

 

One way ticket to Brittany, france: Everything you didn’t know you needed to know about moving to Brittany by Jenny Lovett

A real gem of a book if you are considering moving to Brittany, France.

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Nothing beats experience, and Jenny Lovett, the author of this book has just that. It is a goldmine of information covering practically everything you need to know about moving and settling down in Brittany.

It is quite common for house purchases in other countries to be carried out without proper research. Here in France, it is very easy for the heart to overtake the head when the opportunity to purchase a beautiful property at a cheap price becomes possible. Yet purchasing the right property is an art in itself, very often not enough thought is given as to what is really wanted, or how practical the property will be a few years down the line. However with this book as your guide you should be well prepared for all the little things which make moving to France so unique.

Personally I love the way that the author has added all those little bits of information which no-one thinks to tell you, like nowhere is open on Sunday, so if you arrive late Saturday night you better have some food with you, for a start, and many more priceless little bits you need to know.

The book, as the title says, is based on buying a property in Brittany, because this is where the author’s experience lies, however, I have to say, living in another part of France, that the information it contains would be useful to anyone considering moving over here.

Available from Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.co.uk/One-way-ticket-Brittany-france-ebook/dp/B017MDI2ZW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1447663231&sr=8-1&keywords=jenny+lovett

I am Beautiful: When I Look at Me, I See… by Simone Da Costa

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How beautiful! This book is surely be a must for young black girls throughout the world.

The author, Simone Da Costa has captured all the most beautiful and empowering elements of what it is like to be a black girl. Through the wonderful illustrations of Hatice Bayramoglu the true beauty of being black is celebrated. The different skin tones, hair types and styles, the cultural differences which make for the facial differences and variation in bone structure, depending on where in the world they originated, and most importantly, this book is so inspiring, a true confirmation of the beauty of a black girl.

A wonderful book and a great way to promote self-esteem, and instil the confidence that knowing you are beautiful naturally brings.

 

About the Author: Simone Da Costa is a writer, author, publisher and freelance magazine writer. Simone has written many articles for several North American Magazines. She has published a devotional day planner Remember to Pray, a 2013 Day Planner, as well as two children’s books: A Silly Rhyming Alphabet Book About Animals from A to Z, and her recently published book Emily-Rose’s Day at the Farm. Simone is a writer who enjoys the compelling feeling that writing brings. In the words of Miss Da Costa, Writing is seen as a tool with which to free yourself in a limitless world of playful words while at the same time welcome your ideas, thoughts and imagination onto the page. Most off all, the passion to write is, simply put, inspiring, challenging, enjoying and empowering.” Simone operates a blog called Simone s Blog Depicting the writer in you. It is a blog designed to stimulate a writer s creative spirit in expressive that gives joy to the creator as well as the reader. Follow Simone on Twitter @simonesblognet

About the Book: An inspirational book that aims to empower young black girls. It liberates them to believe that they too are beautiful despite society s notion of what beauty is. In an era where the popular idealistic images of beauty are based on the Western World s realism of beauty, it illustrates that beauty begins with knowing who you are, believing it and accepting yourself as you are.

 

Available from Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-When-Look-Me-See/dp/0987925598/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1447238715&sr=8-2&keywords=simone+da+costa