‘Savoury and Effortless’


Welcome back to my little ‘Secret Kitchen Corner’…that’s not a secret anymore:)

Today I have something really simple and delicious for you!

…a tasty side dish that you can prepare without any effort and which can accompany anything from red meat to fish or even on its own, whenever you have a craving for comfort food.

Harmonica Baked Potato
Harmonica Baked Potato

I’ve found this recipe in one of my close friends recipe book and I just loved it…there is many ways to do it, I choose to take it to another level to intensify the taste!

Looks simple but it tastes absolutely amazing:)

Ingredients: 1 potato/person with skin on, 2 tbs olive oil, rosemary, 1 clove of garlic, oregano, salt, white pepper, butter. The quantities shown here are for one large potato!

Method: Cut the potato as shown in the picture very gently keeping the bottom as a whole ( resembling to a harmonica ). Heat up the olive oil, add the rosemary, oregano, crushed garlic and white pepper. Use a wooden spoon to mix it for a few seconds until the olive oil is infused with the herbs.

It only takes a few seconds…make sure you do not burn the herbs:)

Preheat the oven.

Place the harmonica shaped potatoes on a baking paper and then transfer them to a baking tray.

Pour over the herb infused olive oil and bake in the oven for 1 hour. They are ready when they start to turn golden; if you have left some olive oil, you can brush them during baking, if you see they are turning too dry.

Once you’ve removed them from the oven, sprinkle sea salt for taste and cut thin slices of butter and place them between the layers…this will melt in seconds and soften the potato.

Serve immediately next to a beautiful steak…stuffed chicken breast…oven baked fish…or just on its own with some tasty cheese on top:)

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Bon appetit!

Your Girl with the Apron,

Julia

xxx

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‘Red Echo Date’ #5


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Do you ever feel like no matter how hard you try, it might not be enough to take you where you want to be?

…that there are things which are out of your control and reaching your destination it’s not just up to you?

The world we live in is built on rules and games that we do not remember setting up but which we have to follow even if sometimes it doesn’t feel fair.

There are moments when doing everything right it’s not that straight forward…when our journey it’s not a path we laid out…when how we meet our goal depends so much on others.

Every now and then we stumble upon situations that need a bit of strategy from our part…we cannot do everything on our own and occasionally we find ourselves playing a contest.

The question is…are we in it to win it?


Red Echo Date

Thank you to everyone who joined us last week for R.E.D #4 with their words of wisdom:)

Here is an amazing entry from Jessica called Terry Marks-Tarlow and Penney Peirce…take a moment and read her post about intuition inspired by last week’s quote: ” Your big opportunity maybe right where you are now.”


Join us and find some inspiration behind the echo of the week:)

How can you join?
The challenge is about sharing your thoughts behind the quote of the week…it will be your choice the way you do it, it is your echo:)
Write a story…capture the words in a photo or come up with a new quote which shares the same topic!
You can leave your own quote in the comment box or write a new post!
If you decide to write a brand new post about it, copy the R.E.D logo, ping back to the last Red Echo Date post and tag it #redechodate so others can find it in the Reader or leave a link of your entry in the comment box:)
With each post I will share all of the entries from the previous week:)

Your R.E.D host,

Julia

xxx

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‘Thank You!’


Take time to be kind and to say ‘thank you.’

Hello my beautiful friends:)

This post is so long overdue that it has to be the best I’ve done until now:)

For the past few months I’ve been blessed with so many nominations for amazing awards but had no time to thank all my fellow bloggers who thought of me as a deserving recipient of these beautiful awards.

I dedicate this post to YOU…because you are the reason why I love to write!

If you’ve read my blog in the past, you know by now that ‘simple’ is not something I am familiar with:)))

I am going to bend the rules a bit, just because this post should be all about YOU…all of you who nominated me and who sit beside me on this journey of discovery that is My Red Page.

I hope you will enjoy this post…I’ve loved every second creating it:)

Here we go…

The Beautiful Blogger Award

The Beautiful Blogger Award
The Beautiful Blogger Award

Thank you so much Elyse for the nomination…I’ve never been nominated before and I feel extremely privileged to join the club:)

Elyse from Beauty By Elyse is the true definition of beautiful and her blog is all about finding the best beauty tips out there; but besides sharing her ‘fashion passion’, Elyse shares her optimism with the world with simple but insightful words.

The Creative Blogger Award

The Creative Blogger Award
The Creative Blogger Award

Thank you so much for this nomination, I feel so happy that the way I express my views is considered creative and worthy of your attention:) I’ve received three nominations for this award, so thank you so much to Eloquent-devianceayuj28consul and Alicia.

Eloquent-deviance it’s a very interesting blog about true feelings and honest thoughts…a refreshing way of looking at the world, I might say!

Moviemphetamine is one of my favourite blogs because it shares my passion for movies, so if one of your ways of spending Friday evening is sitting back with a cup of hot cocoa and watching a good film, take a peak at what should you watch next.

Alicia from AliciasWorldofPages has a great blog for book reviews that she shares with all of us in her own unique way…read some inspirational posts and open up to a journey of amazing reads.

The Inspirational Blogger Award

The Inspirational Blogger Award
The Inspirational Blogger Award

Thank you so much Deb for this nomination, it means more than you know!

All of us, writers…secretly, we all wish that one day someone will call us ‘Inspirational’, because that’s how we know that the message we wanted to send out into the world, was understood and shared.

Deb and Once Upon A Hot Flash it’s one of the most inspirational blogs I’ve read in a while…she is the one who reminds me that we should be grateful for every little thing in our life and that we should live each day like a birthday…isn’t that beautiful?

The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award
The Liebster Award

Thank you very much Jasmine for the nomination…this award is well known to me, but always appreciated:)

It’s all about love…and sharing that love with others!

Jasmine from JasimeMimz is one of the best writers I’ve had the pleasure to meet through the blogosphere.

Her passion for life and sincerity in her words is inspirational!

The Sisterhood Of The World Award

The Sisterhood Of The World Award
The Sisterhood Of The World Award

One the most loved awards in the female bloggers community…why?

We are proud to recognise each other and support one another when we need to:)

I’ve received three nominations for this award, so I would like to thank Soumi, Amanda and Kat for inviting me in this exclusive club of Girl Power:)

Soumi from An Unwrapped Soul has an amazing blog…she is a very talented writer and if you take a minute to read her blog, you will be drawn into her world!

Amanda from Amanda Under Construction is inviting all of us to a journey of self discovery…her blog shares her life experiences, passions and hobbies and her first steps as a writer.

Kat from Hunggry Tummy shares her best recipes and food encounters with step by step guide towards making  your own delicious dishes in the comfort of your kitchen. What can I say….us foodies must stick together:)


As I’ve mentioned at the beginning, I am not going to make this post about myself, because you already know more than 7 things about me…this post is a ‘Thank You’ for all these amazing opportunities that I have every day to share my thoughts because you are along side me, sailing towards the unknown.

Thank you again for all these appreciations and I am extending the love to all of you who are reading this post…keep supporting each other and rewarding those who inspire you because we can only make it together!

Your Eternally Grateful,

Julia

xxx

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‘Tenebrous Tower’ #1


Haunted

He looked down into nothing…

The night covered everything with a dark silk blanket, that seemed to look more like a prison than a shelter.

All he wanted was to close his eyes and rest his body after a long day of walking in the sun…the journey he has chosen wasn’t easy but the destination will be his fulfilment of a promise he made a long time ago.

He looked at the old ceiling…it could collapse on him any minute. It was broken and old, the walls around the room were a thing of the past, you could see the metal that was holding the building together, rusty and ready to give up…

He didn’t think this through…he could have walk until the next village.

He was too tired and his feet were full of bleeding blisters…

The old façade of the Tower made him stop and he felt somehow drawn to it…he spent too much time exploring the inside and now he had no choice than to spend the night here.

He placed his sleeping bag in the corner, turned off the flash light and slowly closed his eyes.

it was a full moon and the silence around captured him into a deep sleep, until a suave voice whispered in his ears…”You are mine!”

His heart stopped and he couldn’t move…he was afraid to open his eyes..

This could be a nightmare…but it wasn’t!

He raised his head as he felt a cold touch over his body…he saw no one.

Suddenly a massive shadow was climbing up the wall from the corner of the window…slowly getting closer and closer…

He couldn’t stand up from the panic…

He pulled his knee up, closed his eyes and buried his face, continuously repeating the same thing…

This is a nightmare….This is a nightmare…This is a nightmare”.

…TO BE CONTINUED


This post was written in response to Dark | Side | Thursday, a great new challenge that Andy is hosting every week:)

Do you have a dark side?

Tell us all about it…

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I would also like to add the photo in this post to Photo 101 Rehab…thanks Lucile for hosting it:)

From the Other Side,

Julia

xxx

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‘Camera Lucida’ – Rose


Happy Saturday Everyone:)
Take a peak at a new Photo Challenge…this week’s theme: Rose!

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Welcome to week #2 of Camera Lucida Photo Challenge!

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This week’s theme: Rose

Rose

1 a prickly bush or shrub that typically bears red, pink, yellow, or white fragrant flowers, native to north temperate regions and widely grown as an ornamental.

2 [ mass noun ] a warm pink or light crimson colour

Give us your best interpretation of ‘Rose’!

… might that be a beautiful red flaming rose; a warm pink fragrant candle; a white rose petal resting on the sidewalk; your favourite rose colour fashion piece…or just a snapshot of your multi-colour rose garden.

Tell us the story behind the image…is it a memory or a sudden emotion!?

How to join us?

Follow your host and share each week your own vision of the theme.

Create a new post with the title CAMERA LUCIDA followed by the theme name.

The content of the post is completely down to you…

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‘The Word is Flood’


Memories rushed on the water stream,

Moments of laughter overflown…

Seconds of an endless dream,

That will always be our own.

Cascade of laughter
Cascade of laughter

Thank you Jennifer for this week’s One Word Photo Challenge – Flood, I’ve really enjoyed this theme as it made me re-discover some great memories!

Happy Weekend Everyone:)

Love,

Julia

xxx

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