Wednesday, 25 November 2015

November 2015 Favourites List

Hello readers!

Those of you who are regular readers will be aware that at the beginning of the year I went to Penang in Malaysia. (If you are a regular reader, thank you so much for your kindness, attention and support!)

As we near the close of the year, I thought it might be fun to look back on that trip to the street art (and street food) nerve centre of the world. 

When walking around Georgetown, you need to have your eyes peeled and your camera ready. There is street art in the most unexpected of places; in shops, above doorways, on stairs, on doors. The scene is vibrant and dynamic, so new works are appearing with no notice, no fanfare. The tourist authorities produce a brilliant map detailing where many of the works can be found, but it is possible that there are gems which are beyond its scope.

I am sharing with you a small collection of photographs of my favourite street art works from Georgetown. I hope you like them as much as I enjoyed exploring the city in search of them!


Mushroom, potato and chorizo fry-up, for Autumn days:

Melitzanasalata and borlotti bean "last minute" mash. Fab recipe post at Cookwitch Creations blog by Lisa:

Cold salvation in a mug... just made me some whisky hot toddy thanks to Jac's recipe!

Some food and drink ideas for Bonfire night... and a heavy dose of foodie realism from 

A simple one-pot dish made of chicken thighs for Autumn nights....

Low calorie, low carb chips made from butternut squash... One of my favourite vegetables.

Soak and cook one big batch of chick peas over the weekend. Get four dinners you can make for super efficiency!

Peanut butter butternut squash soup, an African recipe from Sierra Leone:

Vegetarian parsnip and paneer pastry recipe and the chance to win £50 in Waitrose vouchers with Deena Kakaya:

Articles/Know How:

Book review on Diana Henry's Bird In The Hand with a recipe for chicken with pumpkin, cream and gruyere cheese, from the fantastic Kavey Eats blog by Kavita:

What you might have missed at Snig's Kitchen:

Brand new blog post - Wor Tip Dumplings with pork and Chinese leaf by Ekachai - Easy dim sum recipe for home cooks!

I was very lucky to try some great beer and great food at L'Anima restaurant - because my fantastic friend Kavey let me tag long with her.

For anyone feeling under the weather - a Winter Warmer to deal with colds and flu... EVEN MAN FLU!

J20 Midnight Editions, Christmas Cocktails and a Winter Garden in Clapham:


The Sixth Sense (honestly – you notice much more when you revisit it!)


Adele at the BBC
Better than the Original: The Joy of the Cover Version
Cover Versions at the BBC
The Nation’s Favourite Beatles Number One


Adrenalin Baby – Johnny Marr
Dusty In Memphis – Dusty Springfield
Purple Electric Violin Concerto – Ed Alleyne-Johnson
Please note: as with every monthly Favourites List, all of these items have been selected by me simply because I love them. I do not receive any money, benefits in kind or other incentive for posting these links or recommendations.

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