Wednesday, 27 August 2014


Good Morning to you,

Last evening was a very exciting evening in the music world, as Kate Bush held her first concert for 35 years at the Hammersmith Apollo.  The tickets went on sale in March and 100,000, yes 100,000 tickets were sold within minutes. 

I have always enjoyed Kate's music and I can remember, the very first time I heard Kate singing.  It was in 1978 and Kate was singing Wuthering Heights. 

When I first heard Kate singing on the radio, I have to be quite honest, I was not sure what to make of her.  I don't mean this as a criticism, but the reason I was unsure was that Kate's voice was and still is unique, but the more I heard her singing the more I enjoyed her music.  

The first album I bought of Kate's was the 1978 album 'Lionheart' and I still have it in my collection.  It is hard to let go of all my old albums as they are a part of my music history. I keep thinking to myself that I will pass them on to Danielle, who as you know collects vinyls, but then I think, well maybe I will keep them for another year and then give them to Danielle next year.... and so it goes on.

Do you know, I can remember where I was and what I was doing when an album is being played. The music I love has the ability to transport me back in time. I can play a track and remember where I was. For instance, 'Dancing on the Ceiling' by Lionel Richie, I remember dancing at a Summer Ball wearing a beautiful evening dress.... I even remember the evening dress.  I used to love getting dressed for these evenings, choosing which dress to wear, choosing the shoes and jewellery to wear.  These night's out were always wonderful evenings.

So music for me is more than a sound, music is also filled with wonderful life memories.

.... and I just know those people who are lucky enough to see Kate's performance, will have a wonderful evening and it will be a memory they will never forget.

As well as music, food conjures up memories, and today,

I am making a Feta Cheese Dip.... and yes I realise I used Feta Cheese on Sunday, but do you know, there is a hint of Autumn in the air, the mornings are not quite as warm as they have been and I noticed the spiders are busily weaving their webs around my garden... that is always a sure sign that Autumn is on it's way.  Feta is a cheese I associate with warm sunny days and we tend to eat more Feta cheese in the Summer, so I thought as the days are getting shorter and shorter it would be nice to celebrate the last throws of summer.

So 'it's on with the pinnie' and I wonder, can you guess who I am listening to today?

Yes that's right, it can only be Kate Bush.  I just love 'Cloudbusting', 'The Man With the Child in  His Eyes' and  'Running Up That  Hill ', oh yes and 'This Woman's Work'.... there are many, many more songs I could list, but I would be producing such a long list that you would become bored.

So with 'Babooshka' playing and yes I am singing, but not as well as Kate, but that is alright as no one is listening,  it is time to organise my ingredients.


250g Feta Cheese
2 Spring Onions
4 Sun Dried Tomatoes
1 clove of garlic
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
1 tablespoon of olive oil


Slice the Spring Onions
thin slices.
Set aside for the moment.

Cube the Feta cheese
and place into a food processor
and blitz.

If you do not have a food processor,
please don't worry,
mash the feta with a fork or a potato masher.

Peel the garlic
cut into small pieces
and add to the Feta cheese
and blitz.

grate the garlic 
add to the Feta cheese
and stir.

Add the oregano to the Feta cheese
and either

Add the sun dried tomatoes
to the Feta cheese mixture
and blitz
finely chop the sun dried tomatoes
and stir into the 
Feta cheese.

Add the olive oil
to incorporate the olive oil
stir into the rest of the ingredients.

Now this is where you have a choice,
you can either
stir in the finely sliced spring onions
to give a crunchy texture,
you can do as I do and that is
add the spring onions to the mixture
in the food processor

Well that is not strictly true, as I remove
half of the Feta Cheese Dip and 
add half the finely sliced onions and
mix together for George
as he loves the crunchy texture.

Whereas I love a smoother texture 
the spring onions
to the food processor and
blitz to produce a smoother texture.

Which ever version you prefer,

We enjoyed this Feta cheese dip with toasted Walnut bread and a few baby tomatoes.  The Feta cheese dip is a very strong tasting dip, as Feta cheese is a strong tasting cheese and the sun dried tomatoes are full of flavour, so I find baby tomatoes are a nice accompaniment, but there is one thing I need to mention, if you normally add salt to the tomatoes, on this occasion please don't as Feta is a salty cheese.

This dip can also be enjoyed with crudites. Cut up  pieces of celery, cucumber, carrot and pepper and you will have a lovely dip to share with friends.

Now, you might have noticed, that in the photograph of the Feta cheese, there was olive oil and oregano in the dish.  Well,

do you remember on Sunday we made Feta Cheese with oregano, garlic and olive oil.... well I had an extra one in the cupboard, which was from a batch I made a couple of weeks ago.  This is what I used, so all I had to do was add the sun dried tomatoes and spring onions.  I thought, just in case you had not had the time to make these little jars of sunshine I would give you step by step instructions.

Before I go, I must mention that I will not be posting on Sunday, as I will be posting on Monday morning instead.

So take care and I will see you on Monday.

This week I will be joining,


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