Friday, 31 May 2013

Just to say....

Image found online and I take no credit for it's creation. But thank you to the talent that did.

It's been a tough time recently and ML and I are taking the Sock Stealer to stay with the Dog Whisper (thank you A & C!!) and then we are hitting the road. So instead of working out how to post a blog each day whilst away I am choosing to leave the technology behind and take some much needed time out.

I wish you all a great weekend filled with love and happiness and great vegan food! And hope your week that follows is a very good one.

Thanks for stopping by...


And in response to the email concerns...yes it is sadly true that I have deactivated Rockets Pinterest and Tumbler. Thank you for your loyal following for the last two was never taken for granted.


Thursday, 30 May 2013

Thursday Thought

Rocket & Roses HQ Play List:

Sara Sant'Ambrogio ~ Nocturne In E-Flat Major

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your Thursday is very good for you...


Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Phoenix Fire Sculpture

Rocket & Roses HQ Play List:

The Police ~ The King Of Pain
Metallica ~ Nothing Else Matters
Colbie Caillat ~ I Won't
Stevie Ray Vaughan ~ Lenny
Foo Fighters ~ Still
Live ~ Selling The Drama
The Cranberries ~ Ridiculous Thoughts
Bonnie Raitt ~ Love Me Like A Man
AC/DC ~ Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Damien Rice ~ The Blower's Daughter
VAST ~ Dirty Hole
Sara Sant'Ambrogio ~ The Swan
Holly Williams ~ Three Days In Bed
Shakira ~ Inevitable

Sculpture + Phoenix + Fire = Happy Red! lol

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your Wednesday is a great one....


Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Simple Pesto Pasta Salad

Rocket & Roses HQ Play List:

Audioslave ~ Like A Stone (Live)
Beth Hart ~ Skin
Stevie Ray Vaughan ~ Life By The Drop
The Fratellis ~ My Friend John
Evanescence ~ Lacrymosa
Gwen Stefani ~ The Real Thing
Bon Jovi ~ I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
Kid Rock ~ F**k That!
Ritchie Kotzen ~ You're Crazy
Bob Marley ~ Sun Is Shining
Otis Reading ~ Cigarettes and Coffee
The Calling ~ Keep Your Hands To Yourself
Dean Martin ~ Return To Me
Sensible Pets ~ Agitated

It's a national holiday this weekend so I have had the pleasure of having ML home an extra day which meant we had the time to make an extra effort to see our gang of pals. So yesterday we invited them over the bridge to our house and we caught up, drank wine, ate a scrumptious bowl of pasta, garlic bread and salad, drank wine, played a seemingly endless game of Trivial Pursuit, drank wine, ate a beautiful bowl of strawberries with vegan vanilla ice cream, drank wine and played some more. lol. But as ever the most important thing above all others was drinking of wine spending time with each other. I would pretty much spend time anywhere with my friends. And I have to send a shout out to our pal C who was a worthy winner of the game...well done pal.

Our pasta sauces were simple but made from scratch. The first being the K.I.S.S Marinara Sauce from Isa & Terrys Veganomicon..that rich tomatoey garlic sauce that makes the house smell glorious when its simmering away on the stove top. We served that with wholewheat penne pasta and it was devoured. The second offering was a very basic Pesto sauce so basic it almost seems silly to post the recipe but everyone loved it so much that I felt it was worth it. I don't like complicated pesto...I like to taste the freshness of the basil...the warmth of the garlic and the wholesome nuttiness of the pine nuts. We served this with a wholewheat fusilli pasta for plenty of potential pesto stickiness. lol. A vegan garlic bread was also part of the offering with a simple baguette drizzled with garlic infused oil and that worked really well. And of course it wouldn't be a good meal without a massive bowl of beautifully fresh leaves to complete the meal. Everyone decided to have both pastas lol and second helpings.

However we are left with quite a lot of leftover Marinara sauce which will be bagged up and frozen for future meals. We also had some Pesto left which will be used many ways and one of my favourites is in a breakfast tofu scramble..Yum! And secondly used as a pasta salad dressing. So none of it will go to waste.

Dinner was followed much later by, for D & I (the vegans) a luscious bowl of In Season Strawberries that were so ripe and succulent. I confess there was a drizzle of strawberry juice running from my lips moment. So happy! It was a moment of food bliss for The weird non vegans had theirs in the form of an Eton Mess and they oohed and awed at it. But give me fresh strawberries and a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream any day. lol.

Simple Pesto Pasta Salad

Simple Pesto

2 cups of fresh basil leaves
100g pine nuts
2 cloves of garlic, bitter green centres removed
extra virgin olive oil

In a running processor add the basil, pine nuts and garlic and blend until finely chopped down. Then drizzle the oil through the feeder tub until the desired texture is reached. (I prefer a lot less oil then the average person so I haven't added amounts here but you need to make that judgement for yourself folks) Then scoop out into an airtight container and store in the fridge until ready to use.

For the salad simply add a scoop to cooled cooked pasta and devour. We did! lol. This pesto also works just great with Gluten Free pasta or noodles.


Thanks for stopping by and I hope your week has started well...


Sunday, 26 May 2013

Brunch: Vegetable Pancakes

Rocket & Roses HQ Play List:

Mary J Blige ~ Family Affair
Truth Hurts ~ Addictive
Ciara ~ Love Sex Magic
Bobby McFerrin ~ Don't Worry, Be Happy
Kelly Rowland ~ Commander
Ll Cool J & J-Lo ~ Control Myself
Katy B ~ Lights On
Deep Dish ~ Flashdance
Kelly Clarkson ~ What Doesn't Kill Ya
Maroon 5 ~ Moves Like Jagger
Cheryl Cole ~ Parachute
Pitbull ~ I Know You Want Me
David Guetta ~ Sexy Chick
Cory Lee ~ The Naughty Song

Now these little beauties can be eaten at any meal time but as I had them for brunch today I have posted them as a brunch item. I am very much more of a savoury pancake lover than a sweet one.

We didn't make the wheat based pancakes as suggested in the recipe as I am trying to limit my wheat intake so we went with the chickpea pancakes recipe we use a lot.

2o tbsp chickpea flour  + 20 tbsp water mixed to a smooth batter. Then cooked off in a heated skillet or crepe pan until golden on both sides. 1-2 mins first side...1 min second.

Now I liked the filling as it was but I would make one change next time..I found the filling to be frustratingly loose. I think most of it fell back on my plate with each mouthful which meant I ended up with no pancake and lots of filling left at the end of the The recipe calls for Nooch to be flaked on top of the pancakes or vegan cheese. This time we went with Nooch but next time I will use vegan cheese but not on top but inside to bind the veggies. I liked the fresh taste of the peas, courgettes and celery and the savouriness of the marjoram however I do have many ideas for my own savoury pancake recipes now.

Vegetable Pancakes
Vegetable Pancakes Serves 4
(Recipe from Easy Vegan Cooking/Leneman)

4 cooked pancakes of your choice

2 onions, finely chopped
1 tbsp garlic oil
4 celery stalks, finely chopped
340g/ 3/4 lb courgettes, finely chopped
225g/ 1/2 lb fresh or frozen peas
1 tsp dried marjoram
3-4 tbsp Nutritional Yeast or 2 tbsp vegan Parmesan

Heat the oil in a pan, sauté the onions for 2-3 minutes. Add the celery and sauté for a further 2-3 minutes. Add the courgettes and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.

Add the peas to the pan (if frozen raise heat briefly) and stir in the marjoram. Lower the heat and cover leaving to cook for 3 minutes more. Set to one side

Fill each of the pancakes with some of the veggie mixture and fold over and place on a baking sheet or dish. When all the pancakes have been filled, sprinkle the top with Nooch or Cheeze and bake in a moderate oven at 350'f180'c/Gas Mark 4 for about 15 minutes.


Thanks for stopping by and I hope your Sunday is a peaceful one..


Saturday, 25 May 2013

Fire Lotus and Me

Rocket & Roses HQ Play List:

Kid Rock ~ Prodigal Son
Deana Carter ~ Just What You Need
Crowded House ~ Locked Out
Joan Jett ~ You Can't Get Me
Lacuna Coil ~ I Like It
Foo Fighters ~ Miracle
Queen ~ Killer Queen
Doris Day ~ Be Prepared
Shakira ~ Long Time
Haydn Cello Concerto in D
Garbage ~ Why Do You Love Me
Sugababes ~ Stronger
Marilyn Manson ~ Lunchbox
Andy Taylor & Luke Morley ~ Quiet Life

In Buddhism, there is a beautiful symbolism present in the blossom of a Lotus Flower. In nature, the Lotus, which is known for its delicate beauty, blooms forth from the blackest of mud and deepest depths. The Lotus therefore, represents the human struggle to rise up from the "mud"of our existence and blossom into the beautiful, spiritual person that we are. It is a symbol of rebirth, renewal, and overcoming the darkness in our lives. Fire is symbolic of cleansing... starting over. In nature, fire destroys all that it touches, making room for new growth. It is an end to the old and a beginning of what is to come.

Happy Saturday folks! Today I wanted to share with you one of my favourite flowers. Not only is it beautiful to look at but the meaning behind the symbolism is awesome. And I as I couldn't explain it better myself I left it to Mr Salerno to eloquently do so above. lol. There have been times in my life I have felt the need for of them right now the lotus is a symbol of starting anew and that all important symbol of Hope. 

I am very much a Fire sign and to some of you that won't be a surprise. lol. So have always accepted that fire is my element. For healing I have always felt at peace next to the water but just as much near a fire be it the cosy coal fires, fire pits or bonfires...and my preferred beach fires. I get both in one go Perfect.

Someday, soon I hope, I want to have a fire lotus tattoo so I can carry this beautiful symbolism with me. It's part of who I am and my life story.

I found this design and it could be a contender....

....but then so could this one...I am confident 'when' (see confidence and hope at work there!)..the day finally comes I will have found the perfect design. To see other designs I've posted about simply click here..

Artist ~ Toni Carmine Salerno
And of course there is the all calming yoga lotus...

I love the colour in this image...that peaceful calm in amongst the fire of the sky and reflections in the water. Perfect.

Recently I found this short piece of piano music on YouTube...I'm including it in today's post because its called The Lotus Flower...and its a very gentle and calming piece of music. And when I can work out how to get it from YouTube to my Pod I will use it for much needed moments of calm. lol. Hope you enjoy it too..

New Age Piano ~ The Lotus Flower

So that's it for today. Thank you for stopping by and I hope your Saturday is a fantastic one.



Thursday, 23 May 2013

English Muffins with White Bean Topping

Rocket & Roses HQ Play List:

Natalie Imbruglia ~ Perfectly
Nickelback ~ Woke Up This Morning
The Cranberries ~ Will You Remember
Selena ~ Dreaming of You
Barclay James Harvest ~ Rock n Roll Woman
Thunder ~ Low Life In High Places
Dixie Chicks ~ Silent House
Creed ~ Wash Away Those Years
Shakira ~Costume Makes The Clown
INXS ~ Mystify
Deacon Blue ~ Your Swaying Arms
Robert Plant & Alison Kraus ~ Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us
Suede ~ Saturday Night
Thunder ~ She's So Fine

Now this White Bean topping may not look much...but it is easy to make...goes with anything...and is a perfect base for building a fantastic sandwich, bagel and toasted English Muffin. It just seemed a shame not to blog it.

The slather is GF and to make the meal pictured sub out the wheat muffins for a GF item etc.

White Bean Slather.

White Bean Slather

1 tin of butter beans, rinsed and drained
2 dsp garlic infused oil
2 dsp lemon juice
2 dsp water
black pepper

Add the drained beans to a small blender/processor and blitz until broken down but still chunky. Then add the oil, juice, water and freshly cracked black pepper. Blend again to combine all ingredients and until you have an 'almost' smooth consistency. Remove from the blender and store in a airtight container until ready to use.

Its the work of minutes and keeps well stored in the fridge for about 5 days.


Thanks for stopping by and I hope your Thursday is a happy one...


Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Art from my Mum

Rocket & Roses HQ Play List:

Maroon 5 ~ Tangled
Beth Rowley ~ Oh My Life
Todd Rundgren ~ Can We Still Be Friends?
Bruce Springsteen ~ Thunder Road
Natalie Imbruglia ~ Wrong Impression
Jewel ~ Absence of Fear
Garbage ~ Shut Your Mouth
Thunder ~ Higher Ground (Live)
Joan Jett ~ Don't Abuse Me
Beth Hart ~ By Her
Leann Rimes ~ Please Remember
VAST ~ Everything Has Changed
Shania Twain ~ It Only Hurts When I Breathe
Rodrigo y Gabriela ~ Juan Loco

The art that I am sharing today is the latest piece from the wonderful artist that is my Mum. And for once she actually had to admit it was a good piece. lol. Those who follow this blog will known just how big a deal that is. She is her own worst critic and never believes that her creations are any good. So I will leave it for you to enjoy....

Untitled ~ Artist J.C.Lawtey

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day is filled with happy moments...


Tuesday, 21 May 2013


Music ~

Sting ~ Desert Rose
Beautiful song
Art ~

Artist David Walker
Life ~

So true...
Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day is bringing you happiness...


Sunday, 19 May 2013

Brunch: Chickpea, Sweet Potatoes, Kale Scramble (vegan, GF, soy free)

Rocket & Roses HQ Play List:

Audioslave ~ Hypnotize
Gin Blossoms ~ Hold Me Down
Mamas & the Papas ~ Creeque Alley
The Eagles ~ What Do I Do With My Heart
Cyndi Lauper ~ You've Really Got A Hold On Me
Queens of the Stoneage ~ Another Love Song
Pat Benatar ~ You Better Run
Melissa Etheridge ~ Goodnight
Bowie ~ Heroes
Anna Nalick ~ Satellite
Depeche Mode ~ Suffer Well
Soundgarden ~ Non-State Actor
Harry Connick Jr ~ And I Love You So
Sarah McLachlan ~ Fallen

It is Sunday once again...blimey these weeks are flying by eh? I cannot believe we are heading for the end of May. Sunday means Brunch and that is something to always look forward to. This week we decided to try our hand at creating our own chickpea based scramble after the success of the one we tried recently. I adored the Broccoli & Chickpea Scramble and of course found great comfort in the white potatoes in it. But I wanted to change things up a little and that is how today's scramble came to be.

I wanted to try the dish with sweet potato and kale as I love that combination and replaced the broccoli element with cauliflower to keep the textures similar. And it really worked as the flavours suited each other and the spiciness left that almost numb lips sensation. The textures were just as good as the original recipe too. Phew! lol. So if you are fancying something a little spicy and a little different...try this scramble.

Chickpea, Sweet Potato and Kale Scramble
Chickpea, Sweet Potato & Kale Scramble Serves 4

2 onions, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 med sweet potatoes, cubed
1 small cauliflower, cut into small florets
1/2 bunch kale, stalks removed and chopped
2 tins of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 tsp lemon juice
4 tsp curry powder
1 tbsp oil (of your choice)

In a skillet heat the oil and sauté the onion and garlic until soft. Add the sweet potatoes and sauté for five minutes. Add the cauliflower and stir to combine. Cook until the sweet potato and cauliflower begin to soften. Add the chickpeas and kale and stir to combine and cook for a further 10 minutes. Add the curry powder and lemon juice stirring well to make sure the veggies are coated. Cook for a further three minutes and then serve.


Thanks for stopping by and I hope your Sunday is as relaxing or energetic as you wish it to be..


Saturday, 18 May 2013

In Search of Peace and Healing...

Rocket & Roses HQ Play List:

Bon Jovi ~ It's My Life
Lacuna Coil ~ Enjoy The Silence
Halestorm ~ Innocence
Sensible Pets ~ My Way Home
Brandi Carlile ~ Tragedy
Chris Cornell ~ Ghosts
Bob Marley ~ Waiting in Vain
The Cranberries ~ Never Grow Old
Ciara ~ Love Sex Magic
Alisha's Attic ~ Alisha Rules The World
Hootie and the Blowfish ~ Tucker's Town
The Eagles ~ Waiting In The Weeds
Portishead ~ Pedestal
Kid Rock ~ Blue Jeans And A Rosary

Could I find peace here? Hell yeah! lol
Happy Weekend Folks! I am hoping it is being very good to you all. So searching for peace...yes...let's talk about that. As some of you know I have been attempting to deal with some changes. And it has been a royal bitch tough but I do believe I have made the first steps to dealing with it. Now I am left with the overwhelming sense of needing to find some inner peace again. As my friend T said Acknowledge Accept and Evolve..although usually I want to throttle that kind of positivity

I need to find some peace of mind, peace in my heart and inner peace. This last year has been a rollercoaster of emotions, illness and all the stuff that comes with those two things. I am exhausted...and I still have so much to go through yet. It has become vital that I find that peace that I have lost because I need it to become strong again.

The last few days I have been trying to get my head into a space where I could start to make plans for this to happen. I have realised that I had stopped doing a lot of the things that brought me this kind of peace and I have made a commitment to myself to start changing this. Like...

Although I'm not in a place where I can do full yoga practice..I can start to do a basic practice and meditate again. I have missed the mental and physical peace this watch this Zen place...*wink*

Yes! Yes...yes...I know. You have already let me know I am strange for loving rain. lol. But I do and wrapped up and walking in the rain is one of my most favourite Zen places. So even if it's standing outside in the rain for now until I am able to walk in it...I shall be doing that.

I am an equal ops weather person lol. We don't live near many least not as beautiful as this one anyway. But time spent by an essential peaceful time for me. I realise now how badly I have missed this and need this.

Yesterday my friend A came over for the afternoon and we laughed. God it felt so good to just laugh with someone. And after she has gone I realised how buoyed I was by this experience. The poster above really did sum up how I feel about laughter...and I certainly felt it at work with A.

I had forgotten this. The illness takes over..and you become the illness. When you can't get your head off of the pillow you can get very lost. And now I need to do this...remind myself who I am...not who I could've been...who I was...but who I am now in this moment. And make peace with who I am.

Another simple thing I have not been able to do in the last year or two. Forest/Woods walking. I love getting lost in the trees...breathing it all in. Feeling my batteries recharging and my heart and mind relax. I am starting small..but I am going to start this again. Although I hope it doesn't kill ML who will probably need to wear an all over body mask to not react to the nature. lol.

I also hope to find the peace spending time with my friends and family (well select members of my family!) brings. But I do feel I need to enjoy my alone time again as I have always believed it to be an essential life need for me and I had lost sight of that. So it's all a work in progress but I am beginning to make sense of all the things that have happened recently. Slowly....

I am away to get ready for a my sister and her little ones visiting this afternoon..

Thank you for coming back even when food posts are not happening but I do believe there will be a new brunch recipe coming up tomorrow. I hope your weekend is a great one..


Friday, 17 May 2013

Friday Bits and Pieces...

Rocket & Roses HQ Play List:

Eric Clapton ~ Wonderful Tonight
Evanescence ~ Made of Stone
Live ~ Lightning Crashes
Sufjan Stevens ~ I Want To Be Well
Suzi Quatro ~ The Race Is On
Harry Connick Jr ~ Wink And A Smile
Lady Antebellum ~ Perfect Day
T-Rex ~ I Love To Boogie
Missy Higgins ~ Set Me On Fire
Jacqueline Du Pre ~ Fantasiestucke
The Cranberries ~ When You're Gone (Live)
Airbourne ~ Stand Up For Rock n Roll
Chopin ~ Nocturne #7 in C sharp minor
Shakira ~ Illegal!

Because it's Friday and because I have no real words today...

......because I want to start with something positive

...because I get tired of answering this question sometimes

And FYI I'm not
...because I finally found a reason to watch Legend of the Seeker

Kahlan ~ The Mother Confessor.
...because I will get this tattoo done one day

...because it's truly beautiful

Chris Cornell ~ I Will Always Love You
(Live Cover)

...because it made me laugh

...because I need a new mantra

...because I thought it was lovely

Sadly I don't know you the artist is
but THANK YOU to them anyway.
...because I love him and he always make me smile...

Eddie on Army

lolololol sorry still laughing with Eddie. OK thanks for stopping by and I hope your Friday is a very good one.


Thursday, 16 May 2013

Natural Beauty: Purple/Black Tulips

Rocket & Roses HQ Play List:

Depeche Mode ~ Master and servant
Chely Wright ~ Not As In Love
Meredith Brooks ~ Stop
Bing Crosby ~ The Day You Came Along
Chris Cornell ~ Thank You (Live)
Dinah Shore ~ My Funny Valentine
P!nk ~ U & Ur Hand
Dixie Chicks ~ You Were Mine
Nickelback ~ Lullaby
Santana ~ Wishing It Was
Texas ~ When We Are Together
Joan Jett ~ Baby Blue
Sensible Pets ~ Backstabber
VAST ~ She Visits Me

I think summer has decided to take a holiday. Well the sun is doing it's best to warm our cold bodies but the temperatures are still chilly. People are still burning their coal fires in the evenings and others are clicking on their central heating. So as I type this I'm looking out at blinding sunshine...but sat almost shivering. English weather...

However, some things are beginning to give us hope that some warmth is on its way. ML has been working some long hours lately and has been down in London for meetings...and took the photo below for me..these beauties were outside Parliament house.

Natural beauty growing amongst the muck that is
our government!
Now I know there are two camps of opinion for this beautiful flower...some insist it's purple and others black. To be honest I don't really care. Its nature and its glorious. So whilst they battle it out I shall take the time to sit and enjoy the flowers. lol.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your Thursday is a great one....


Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Charcoal Art of Patrick Palmer

Rocket & Roses HQ Play List:

Dixie Chicks ~ Everybody Knows
Tina Dico ~ Welcome Back Colour
Audioslave ~ Broken City
Enrique Iglesias ~ Maybe
Nirvana ~ Lithium
Dixie Chicks ~ I Like It
Sting ~ Seven Days
Natalie Cole ~ Smile
Jack Johnson ~ Wasting Time
Depeche Mode ~ Enjoy The Silence
KWS ~ Shame, Shame, Shame
Halestorm ~ Takes My Life
Melissa Etheridge ~ If I Wanted To
Shakira ~ La Tortura

For more about the talented artist Patrick Palmer simply visit his website...

'Absence' Artist Patrick Palmer

'Crying Lightly' Artist ~ Patrick Palmer

'Sorrow' ~ Artist Patrick Palmer

Charcoal is one of my favourite mediums and these sketches are harrowingly beautiful.

Thanks for stopping by and to Patrick Palmer for his art. I hope your week is going well out there...


Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Savoury Crepes with Broccoli/Garlic filling...(vegan & GF)

Rocket & Roses HQ Play List:

VAST ~ Japanese Fantasy
Chris Cornell ~ Finally Forever
Madonna ~ Survival
Eve ft Stefani ~ Let Me Blow Ya Mind
Siouxsie & The Banshees ~ Hong Kong Garden
Brandi Carlile ~ If There Was No You
Audioslave ~ The Curse
Alanis Morrisette ~ Ironic
Bach: Ave Maria
Prince ~ I Wanna Be Your Lover
Slowly Moving Millie ~ Don't Go
Seasick Steve ~ Prospect Lane
Live ~ All Over You
George Michael ~ A Different Corner

I have very little appetite at the moment so ML has been trying to get me to eat enough to get by. It has to be fresh and as light as possible. So this morning I was woken by the smell of our broccoli garlic filling being cooked. I wasn't sure I'd be able to eat what was being lovingly cooked for me but I knew I had to try if only for ML's sake. When the meal finally arrived it wasn't the tofu omelette I was expecting but a very thin chickpea flour crepe. The crepe was feather light (sorry not the best description for a vegan recipe eh?) and the filling was 'never lets you down' tasty.

Savoury Crepes with Broccoli Garlic filling

Savoury Crepes with Broccoli Garlic filling Serves 1

Quantity of filling is decided upon your own personal requirements:

Broccoli, chopped down into small florets and chunks of stalk
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
Drizzle of oil of choice

2 tbsp chickpea flour
2 tbsp. water
(or double the amount as the first crepe always goes screwy lol)

In a small skillet heat the oil and then gently sauté the garlic until it has gone a golden brown colour. Do not let it burn..stay with it. Then add the broccoli and stir to combine and coat the broccoli in the garlic and oil. Cover and leave to cook for a few minutes whilst you heat the crepe pan or something similar. With a small whisk mix the chickpea flour and water together until its a smooth batter. Wipe the pan over with a little oil and then pour on the batter and spread out as soon as possible. (This does take just seems to be one of ML's superpowers lol) Give the broccoli a quick stir and make sure nothing is getting burnt and replace the lid. Once the crepe edges as starting to lift...slide a large spatula underneath and carefully but quickly flip the crepe and cook for a couple minutes longer. At this point the broccoli should be tender crisp so turn off the heat.

Slide the crepe onto the plate and place filling on one half and then fold the remaining crepe over the filling and eat...


Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day is a great one...


Monday, 13 May 2013

Monday Catch Up and the Missing Days...

Rocket & Roses HQ Play List:

The Fun Boy Three ~ Our Lips Are Sealed
The Smiths ~ Vicar In A Tutu
Halestorm ~ Bet Ya Wish Ya Had Me Back
Bowie ~ Sound and Vision
Natalie Merchant ~ Frozen Charlotte
Garbage ~ Happy Home
Lenny Kravitz ~ Just Be A Woman
Brandi Carlile ~ Again Today
Alison Moyet ~ Love Resurrection
Natalie Imbruglia ~ I Won't Be Lost
Kylie Minogue ~ Confide In Me
Audioslave ~ Slave Of The Summertime
VAST ~ Somewhere Else To Be
Anna Nalick ~ Breathe

Hello folks..I apologise for being away these last 5 days...where to start? OK put simply I suffered a massive loss from my life on Wednesday. Nobody died but the personal loss to me was as great. So I just needed a few days try and hold it together. And as you can imagine after 5 days I am still raw...still blindsided...but I am dealing a little more every day. And out of respect for myself I will say no more on this matter. But felt I needed to explain my absence and wanted to be as honest as possible.

So from Friday it was all about distraction and comfort. ML is working hellish long hours at the moment but as soon as the working week was done we jumped into our car and took a ride out to escape the torment of the house.

Let the healing the always..
We ended up at the sea and spent some serious healing time watching those waves, smelling the salt air and just breathing. Deep healing breaths. And then we took a slow scenic drive back home.

Hugs a plenty
There have been many sad moments over the weekend and thankfully ML has been generous with hugs and an understanding ear.

Artist in Isolation ~ Katherine Howard
As usual I always seem to find pieces of art that seem to capture my current state of mind and this piece by Katherine Howard did just that.

Saturday was the major distraction day because I had to be once again away from the house and the reminders. So ML saw this as the perfect chance to use some Christmas movie vouchers and we saw the morning viewing of the new Star Trek movie...Into Darkness.

So very good...
Now you folks know I am no Geek but I certainly got in touch with my inner geek watching this movie. The special effects are awesome, the humour was top class (didn't think anything could make me smile or laugh at that moment but it did!) and the story was great. Personal favourites....Spock..loving Zachary Quinto's take on him...Khan..Benedict Cumberbatch was one seriously cruel bad ass. lol. Oh and Simon Pegg was his usual comedic

After a quick keep ML's energy levels up, poor thing. We pootled around the area of the city we are hoping to move to and was happy to find more properties up for Let. Then we visited the wholefood shop Grain and I went into the Hippy Dippy (actually called Zebra) shop as we call it. ML stayed outside because of the incense that was burning. This little shop was where I found my new purchase.

Silver Tree Ring...sorry about the photo..shaking is a bitch right now.
I was in need of a new thumb ring and as I was leaving the shop I noticed this little thing sat alone in a box under the glass counter. And instantly knew this was the one. It's very symbolic...right now I am a felled tree..missing the strength but I am strongly rooted and I will grow back into the strong feisty woman I am. Eventually. But it will take time...

From the walk around the little shops we were then friends bound. B's birthday presents had finally arrived (Urgh Amazon) and we wanted to visit and give them to her. And I did have a slightly selfish motive. I find I am calm around D & B and I needed some time with them.

Zen time with pals is a must
We enjoyed catching up...listening to Beethoven piano sonatas and B loved her presents..phew! lol. And from there we headed home...and I really didn't want to go back there. I am most definitely done with living in that house and that town and just need to be in the city amongst our friends now. The big push for packing up everything starts this week. And I cannot be happier about that...I need the fresh start...escaping what could have been for what is to be.

Music has been difficult to listen to the last few days..too many memory attachments so if I have listened to music it has been classical. However I did find a new band..or
I had watched a movie called We Are The Night..and one particular song from the soundtrack hit me hard and from a search for it I began to feel some deep attachment to the lyrics and the accompanying tunes. The band are called VAST and so far I've listened to three of their albums and haven't been disappointed yet. Two more to 

The song that started the addiction...Pretty When You Cry
If you haven't experienced them yet I urge you to give them a try. ML was surprised I liked them so much. Jon Crosby is a seriously talented muso. I couldn't adequately describe their music so I shall leave it to the Wiki quote that

"VAST's sound is identifiable as ambient electro-rock with considerable industrial and acoustic influences, usually made with Crosby's traditional acoustic guitar, electronic instruments and processing, drum-driven tracks, and heavy bass" Sunday was a tough day. The morning I was in bad place but ML was right there and helped me into the afternoon activities which was celebrating another good pals birthday..this time it was the lovely Dog Guru A's turn and Archie was invited along too. However I'm sure in his head...we were allowed to tag along with him on his invite. Cheek! lol. It was supposed to be a BBQ but in true English weather style the heavens opened on us. We did have enough time to cook off vegan and veggie sausages and veggies. And those strange meat eaters even managed to get their food cooked too. And then the gathering stayed in It was a lovely afternoon with the gang...and A enjoyed herself and loved her pressies.

Lots of laughter was had and the fourlegged family were only too
happy to help A open her pressies.
Lady Ella pictured above stayed around for the opening of the luxury bath salts....but then when A picked up the wrapped luxury chocolates suddenly Archie was right there!

Yes Archie thank you for the help..but NO! No chocolates for dogs!
Just realised I'm in this shot..well my baseball boots at least lol.
There was great food and I drank so much..but the most important part was time spent together. Personally I needed that more than anything. So thank you A for having a perfectly timed birthday celebration.

So that was my missing days. In all honesty I am hurting and will be for some time to come. There maybe be periods where I disappear again but I will come back. And thank you loyally coming back every day.

I will be back with food related postings as soon as I can.

I hope your week is sunny enough to make you smile and peaceful on the heart.