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Beef Goulash Recipe

Beef Goulash, photo by JMorton

I think the best way to eat beef is by slow cooking it in stew or casserole to make every sinew mouth-wateringly soft especially when using cheep cuts of meat.

Goulash is a Hungarian national dish. This dish is a history in itself.

During the 9th century, goulash or rather gulyas was a staple of Hungarian herdsmen, looking after the cattle.  They used to eat cuts of beef boiled with vegetables.  The word gulyas actually means herdsmen.

Then came the 15th century and the invasion of the Ottoman Turks.  The Turks introduced paprika to Hungary.

Hungary loved paprika.

They embraced paprika into their cuisine in such a big way.   Gulyas got the paprika treatment, which we know now as goulash.

To cook an authentic goulash, be generous with the paprika.

Recipe to follow and the postulant cook is experimenting!




Nowruz Mubarak

Nowruz Mubarak

Pomegranate, Photo by JMorton

Peter and I were out and about today;  we took an uber to go for Peter’s physio at the Royal Free Hospital.

Our Uber driver was really chatty.  After talking about the weather, we told him that it would be the first day of spring tomorrow, 20 March.

He mentioned that it would be an important day for him tomorrow.  In fact he will be taking a few days off beginning tomorrow.

He said it is Persian New Year.

He further elaborated that the first day of the New Year is spent visiting friends and relatives who are older than the visitors.  Parents, older brother, older sister, uncles, aunties, etc.

On the second day, it would be the turn of the younger ones, especially the children, who gets presents, usually money.  So it would be normal to see Iranians handing out fiver or tenner to children during the next few days.

I asked him how to wish someone a Persian New Year.  He said carefully, Nowruz Mubarak.  I repeated it and he was very impressed.  🙂

So wishing you all a Nowruz Mubarak.

He said that a lot of pomegranates will be on offer as well as recipes with saffron.  There will be a lot of sweet things like cakes and biscuits.

He mentioned a funny thing, he said that they even have a version of Santa Clause during the New Year celebration. Interesting!

The family get-together will happen during the weekend for grand eating out or dining in.

He said that in Iran that new year festivities usually last for a good couple of weeks.

Happy Persian New Year to you all!


Pen is Mightier Than The Sword!

Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.
Bill Clinton

Pen is Mightier Than The Sword!

Love this quote. It means do not engaged in a fight or debate with someone who is at the ready with their pens or fingers in their keyboards.

They are prepared to give their opinions to kingdom come!  It will be a never-ending battle of words and wits and even sometimes stupidity.

Global Granary in Google

Water Lily, photo by JMorton

Global Granary in Google

Global Granary not in Google


Why is Global Granary not on top of the search list when you type Global Granary?


How to Find Global Granary?


Global Granary is and also
Where is Global Granary?


Just to let you know that if you are searching Global Granary in google, you might find it hard to do so because I did.

when it was the top of the search list, now it has hidden itself or gone away.  Why?  Why google why?

So if you have grown to like Global Granary, these are the things that you can do to be able to find it.

  • Bookmark our site:
  • Go to our facebook site: and click and follow the link to the website.
  • or type a topic and then add global granary in google.
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Beast From The East Joined Forces With Emma Storm

Snowing Wednesday, photo by PH Morton

Beast From The East Joined Forces With Emma Storm

For the 31 years I have been living in London, UK, this winter snow 2018 has been one of the most ferocious one I have ever seen.

There have been fatalities due to the freezing weather.  Public transports and the traffics , of course, as always are the first one affected.

Apparently because UK generally gets a mild winter and we do not get many inches of snow, the Government thought it was not worth to invest billions in once in a decade of 6 inches of snow.  We just have to grin and bear it for a few days and hope for the best.

Perhaps a rethink is now needed.

This 2018 winter of discontent is due to the unwelcome beast from the East, which may be a product of global warming.  It is a polar vortex, which is a mass of super extreme cold air which sits on the top of the north and south poles.

What made the beast from the East more ferocious is the 70mph strength of Emma Storm coming from Portugal.  When she met the beast, all snow broke  loose, causing disruptions in many parts in the UK.



TONYMOLY Pureness 100 Mask Sheet (Variety Set – 10 Sheets) Review

TONYMOLY Pureness 100 Mask Sheet (Variety Set – 10 Sheets) Review

I was intrigued with all the face masks being use in Asian dramas, especially with Kdramas (Korean Dramas).  It made me want to try them too.

Where can I get them?  There is only one place really,  Good old Amazon.

So I ordered a set of TONYMOLY Pureness 100 Mask Sheet (Variety Set – 10 Sheets).

They are manufactured in South Korea, where they seemed to have mastered this kind of beauty treatment.

It arrived quickly but due to the busy Christmas season, I put the mask set away.

And yesterday, I remembered them.

They come in a variety of usefulness in skin care.

There was the snail mask, which is apparently good fro skin damage care,  but I think I will pass on that and let Peter, the hubby, enjoy their goodness.  🙂 🙂 🙂

After cleansing my face, I put the mask on.  I chose the Pearl Mask sheet which is apparently a brightening one.

I left this wet, gloopy cold cotton sheet on my face for half an hour, in which I looked like Michael Myers.

It itched a little bit with a little needle like stabbing, I don’t know if it was more psychological as I  was anticipating some side effect as I have a rather sensitive skin. 🙂

When I removed it, I was very pleasantly surprised.  My tired faced looked so much brighter and much more supple and it lasted well.

I think I would start using them more regularly.  Love them.

I noticed too that they have been reduced at Amazon by two pounds off the original price.  Get to order some more.

Ted Baker Samsung Galaxy 8

Ted Baker Samsung Galaxy 8

I have just upgraded or rather renewed by contract with Carphone warehouse of my iPhone to Samsung Galaxy 8. I have to admit I have gotten used with the ease of iPhone that it took a little while (very little) to get familiar with an android. The last phone I had which was an android was a Blackberry, many years ago.

My daughter-in-law, Stacey said that she heard positive reviews of Samsung G8, but she also heard that it is rather delicate and the glass face is prone to break at the slightess drop. I was rather worried about that, but I can’t really change it because the receipt had been printed and I don’t think I could go through doing the whole administration once again. OMG, it was such a palaver. I had to give my telephone number several times as well as my date of birth and go through the terms and conditions as well. It was like signing for the official secret act.

Anyway, as the phone is allegedly delicate, I daren’t use it much until I got a lovely phone cover.

I went to and had a look. There are so much to choose from.

But as a homage to the Chinese New Year, I choose a Ted Baker case with beautiful dainty flowers in Chinese design.

The case was delivered within three days, good one Amazon, and I was really pleased with the case.  The inside case has a little mirror, which is ideal for taking selfie.  You can look at it and prepare your beautifulest smile.

The Samsung galaxy 8 slotted easily into the case, which is now holding it securely.  The flip cover has magnetic clasp that hold the two flaps flat together when open to answer the phone.

Happy the cover and really beautiful too.


Happy Chinese New Year 2018

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Happy Chinese New Year 2018

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Following Shrove Tuesday yesterday, today is Ash Wednesday, the official first day of Lent during the Christian year and the prelude to Easter.  Lent represents the 40 days that Jesus Christ spent in the wilderness, fasting and contemplating his mission on earth. Known as the ‘Day of Ashes’ because of the practice of having ash rubbed &  drawn on the forehead in the shape of a cross (representing Christ’s crucifixion), by a priest at the  dedicated Ash Wednesday church service. The priest and participants from the church congregation intone the phrase either the words:-

“Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or  the dictum “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”       

Anglican,Catholic and most Protestant and Christians hold Ash Wednesday services around the world. Following the service, participants observe some sort of fasting,abstinence and spiritual contemplation for 40 Days, ending on Maundy Thursday in 2018.

The practice of using  ash comes from the 11th Century and is taken from the Biblical Book of Daniel, where ashes are regarded as a sign of Penance & fasting. The ashes are normally made by the burning of palm crosses. These palm crosses were  handed out to  church congregations during the previous year’s Palm Sunday service (commemorating Christ’s entry into Jerusalem to crowds waving palm leaves in celebration) and given back to the priest shortly before Ash Wednesday. The priest will then burn the crosses and mix the ash normally with Holy Oil to sanctify and make a ‘paste’ with which to rub on the participant’s forehead.

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