Fated to Love You (You’re My Destiny) Dramas

You’re My Destiny (Taiwan 2008 original version)

Fated to Love You (You’re My Destiny) Dramas

This drama is so good that it has been remade in Korean and currently by Thailand.  The original version is of course the very watchable Joe Chen and Ethan Ruan 2008 Fated to Love You Taiwanese version.

Fated to Love You (2014 Korean Version)

You’re My Destiny (2017 Thai Version)

Easy Buttered Vegetables

Green Veg, Photo by PH Morton

You can never do wrong with fresh green vegetables.  And to top that, there are a lot of easy and uncomplicated recipe that has a top notch taste.

Below is such recipe.

Easy Buttered Vegetables

Ingredients

  • 1 small pointed or green cabbage, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper deseeded and sliced
  • 2 celery sticks, topped and tailed and sliced
  • 2 small courgette, peeled and sliced
  • 100g butter (or for an healthier option used 2 tbsp extra virgin oil)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

Method of Preparation:

  • Cook the vegetables in a steamer.  Do not overcook, keep it still slightly crispy.  (of course, they can also be quickly boiled)
  • Drain the vegetables.
  • To soften the butter, heat in a pan under very low heat.  Do not burn.
  • Transfer the vegetables in a large bowl and coat them with the butter or olive oil.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper according to taste.
  • Toss lightly and then transfer into a serving bowl.
  • Enjoy this warm salad as a side to stew, fried meat, fish and sausages.

 Thought for the Day: Life

 Thought for the Day: Life

There never was yet an uninteresting life.  Such a thing is an impossibility.  Inside of the dullest exterior there is drama, a comedy and a tragedy.
– Mark Twain

I agree! That is why life, though often can be tough has also some respite of joy and happiness.

I heard a quote before about each of us being worthy of at least a book (biography)!  Unfortunately I can’t remember who said it.   But I am pretty sure he had  or still have an interesting life and as unique 🙂 as each of us.

Life is full of insecurities.  Even when everything is calm, the next moment can be an utter tragedy.  Just enjoy the moment.  If life is a bit dramatic, make it worth it.  🙂

Chicken & Vegetable Broth Recipe

Chicken & Veg Broth, photo by PH Morton

 

Chicken & Vegetable Broth Recipe

October might be autumn in the UK but there is already a touch of the wintry weather especially at night.  We even have had to turn on the gas central heating to take out the the chill in the house.

Last night, it was fairly chilly again and thank goodness, we have the ingredients to make a chicken and vegetable broth for an easy supper.  A liberal sprinkling of freshly ground black pepper (as seen of the photo above) added heat to a delicious soup.

 

Ingredients

  • 2oz butter
  • 2 onions, peeled and sliced
  • 2 sticks celery, finely chopped
  • 100g kale, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled, finely chopped
  • 2oz plain flour
  • 2 pints chicken stock
  • 1lb cooked chicken, skinned and shredded
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method of Preparation:

  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat and gently fry the onions, celery and carrots until they start to soften.  Then mix in the kale.

  2. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Add the chicken stock and bring the mixture to the boil, stirring as you do so. Season with salt and pepper, then reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering and simmer for 10 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.

  3. Add the cooked chicken and cook until heated through. Adjust the seasoning, stir in the parsley and serve.

  4. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper 🙂

Red Sun @ 3PM

Red Sun, Photo by PH Morton

Red Sun @ 3PM

It was a strange day today.  At around 3oClock in the afternoon, the sky turned dirty yellow or has that sepia tone and then red.  The atmosphere was just like the film or television science fiction which came to life.

Apparently this phenomenon was due to Hurricane Ophelia, which sadly battered the Republic of Ireland leaving at least three people dead

The MetOffice has said that the red colouring of the sky is due to the dust being pulled by the strong gust of wind from the Sahara desert in Africa.

The photo, by the way, was taken by Peter from our back garden here in North London.  The sky was red and Peter just managed to take a small sunspot & flare coming off sun’s limb at 3 o’clock position (on the sun).

It’s beautiful but rather disconcerting as it reminded me of apocalyptic films often seen of films and television.

Mango & Sultana Jelly

Mango,

Mango & Sultana Jelly

This is a refreshingly delicious dessert that would delight even the most fastidious eater.

If you can find a ripe carabao mango, please do so.  It is apparently the sweetest fruit ever.

Anyway this recipe is called mangga gulaman in the Philippines and the recipe has been tried and tested and of course tasted a million times.  🙂

 

Ingredients

• 1 large mango, peeled and chopped in small pieces but not too finely

1 heaped tablespoon sultanas or raisin

1 packet plain jelly

Water

2 tbsp sugar

 

Preparation:

  • Pour boiling water into a measuring jug; the amount of water should correspond with the jelly packet’s instruction.
  • Pull apart the jelly and place on a mould or an heatproof serving dish.
  • Pour the measured boiled water over the jelly. Add the sugar.   Mix until everything has dissolved.
  • Leave to cool a little then add the mango and raisin.
  • Leave covered to cool completely and then refrigerate until set.

Minted Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes
by Jean Morton

Mashed potatoes is a popular English potato recipe.  It is very versatile at it goes with so many cooked recipes such as fried meat & fish, sausages and stew.  It is also easy to make and yield delicious creamy potato dish.

Minted Mashed Potatoes

  • Using a large pan, boil the potatoes in salted water for 20-30 minutes or until potatoes have softened.
  • Drain using a colander.
  • Return the potatoes into the pan and mash with a masher 🙂 or a fork while still hot.
  • Pour in the olive oil and stir in the butter or margarine with the mint sauce.  Mix well until properly incorporated.
  • Add the nutmeg and season with salt.
  • Scatter the chopped mint leaves on top.

Serve with grilled meat, fish, stew or sausages.

 

 Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs white potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 oz softened butter or margarine
  • 1½ tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp mint sauce
  • small pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • salt & pepper

 

Go Back Couple (Korean Drama Review)

Go Back Couple (Korean Drama Review)

I first heard about this drama a couple of months ago.  I heard it was going to be a Jang Na-ra starrer and I looked forward to it.  Jang Na-ra has a delicate expressive face, which never ages.  I love her, there is always vulnerability to her acting that gets or speaks to you.

Go Back Couple is a time travel drama, shown on Fridays and Saturdays with 16 episodes.

Choi Ban-Do (played by Son Ho-Jun) and Ma Jin-Joo (played by Jang Na-Ra) are both 38-years-old and a married couple who got together when they were both in university.

Fast-forward 14 years on, Choi Ban-Do works as a medical sales rep, not sure what happened as I thought he was studying civil engineering (civil construction), and Ma Jin-Joo is a housewife with a toddler to look after.

Ban-Do is a hardworking man, who does everything for his clients, almost  24/7, that he has neglected his wife and their child.

Due to misunderstanding and hardship of fulfilling their responsibilities, they began to take each other for granted and only ended up bickering when they are together .

During an anniversary that they could not celebrate, in the heat of the moment, due to utter frustration. The last straw was Jin-Joo finding a credit card statement with hotel bills and then being sent a photo of her husband holding another woman (this was all innocent, of course).

Jin Joo announced to her husband that she wanted a divorce.  Do Ban-do was at first surprised, but agreed to it.  Within a month, they were divorced.

They realised that they had married too young and wished they could go back and restart their respective lives.

On the day of the divorce, they both took their wedding rings off.  Jin-Joo dropped hers while aboard a bus and Ban-do threw his outside his bedroom window.  Both rings seemed to undergo something supernatural. Jin-joo and Ban-do experienced an earthquake-like shaking and rattling.

The next morning they both woke up in the bodies of their 20 year old selves.

Jin-Joo’s first scene as a 20 years old was really poignant that it brought tears to my eyes.  She was crying out for her dead mother in her sleep.  But she was being woken up by her mother.  She was so happy to see her.  Throughout the morning she hugged and followed her mother, who said she was beginning to creep out with Jin-Joo’s clinginess.

I love this drama, so much so that I first watched it raw, I just can’t wait for the subtitles. And then watched it this morning with the English sub.  The mother scene still got to me.

I am putting a lot of faith in this drama.  There have been so many Korean dramas that I could only watch 2-3 episodes and I tend to give up fairly early on.

I supposed the storyline of this drama is more appropriate to me, being married.  Don’t I wish sometimes that I can go back in time?  Hell, yeah!!!

Episode 2 is also very watchable. Jin-Joo tried to restart her life but her ex seemed to be everywhere.  On a blind-date where they first met, Ban-do ended up still choosing her but said he did it so he can dumped her.  She followed him out of the restaurant only to find him chasing after his first love.  Jin-Joo was heartbroken.  She comforted herself that at least it is a closure but she heard a little voice and saw the figure of their toddler following her.

She ended up in a flood of tears and mistakenly got into the back seat of Jung Nam Gil’s (second male lead) car, thinking it was a taxi.  I actually want these two to get together.

Again her scene sleeping next to her mother made me cry. huhuhu

Episode 3

They are now both getting into the single life.  There was a scene where Jin-Joo in her high-heels running on a slippery slope and being rescued by the handsome Jung Nam Gil (Chang Ki Yong) wearing his ROTC uniform.  I have to admit that was so romantic.  I wanted them to get together there and then.  🙂   Oh the clubbing scene is really nostalgic.  Loving this drama.  I watched it raw and then with subtitle.

Ban Do has a double standard mentality.  He doesn’t stop himself from enjoying his youth but time and again would remind Jin-Joo that she was an old woman with a child.

It is that addictive.

Episode 4

Again I wish that Nam Gil and Jin-Joo get it together in the end because they do have such a lovely chemistry.  It is young and fresh.

I can’t went for next week.

Rosehip Syrup

Rose hips

I noticed the abundance of rosehip from my garden and I got to thinking if I could do something with them. My husband suggested a rosehip syrup that he remembers fondly from his childhood. The syrup was sweet-tasting and bursting with goodness of Vitamin C, just the drink, hot or cold, during the autumn season.

Anyway here is a recipe from Hugh Feanley-Whittingstall

Rosehip syrup

 

Rosehip syrup is dripping with vitamin C and has long had a reputation for keeping colds at bay all winter. Far from being austere, though, it has a surprisingly tropical tang, with notes of lychee and mango. Diluted with about five parts cold water, it makes a delicious cordial drink, which kids will love, and a fantastic autumn cocktail for grown-ups. It’s also an indulgent alternative to maple syrup on ice cream, waffles and pancakes.

 

  • You will also need a jelly bag (or a clean cotton cloth and a big sieve)
  • Put two litres of water in a large pan and bring to the boil. Throw in the chopped rosehips, bring back to the boil, then remove from the heat, cover and leave to infuse for half an hour, stirring from time to time.
  • Strain the mixture through a jelly bag. (Alternatively, line a colander with a couple of layers of muslin and place over a large bowl. Tip in the rosehip mixture, and leave suspended over the bowl.)
  • Set the strained juice aside and transfer the rosehip pulp back to the saucepan, along with another litre of boiling water. Bring to the boil, remove from the heat, infuse for another half an hour and strain as before. Discard the pulp and combine the two lots of strained juice in a clean pan. Bring to the boil, and boil until the volume has decreased by half. Remove from the heat.
  • Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Return to the stove, bring to the boil and boil hard for five minutes. Pour into warmed, sterilised jars or bottles and seal.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1kg rosehips, washed and chopped
  • 1kg caster sugar
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