Page_1I have been a bit quiet on the blog front over the last 6 months, as a lot has being going on.

Fantastic  choirs and singing workshops, book editing for Oxford University Press and….P1120691P1100491 a new and wonderful band has been formed of three members. We have written and recorded an album of beautiful self-penned songs – we have just finished mixing. The band is called 3 Bucket Jones. Soon it will be out and available, just going to master it. It has been an amazing time and I am really really proud of the finished piece……so as they say…….watch this space.

 I know, I know. The world is crashing down around us. Young people are being ‘made examples of’  because the crime they committed happened at a highly charged time and place. How come no bankers, (the first time I wrote this I put bakers..ha ha) or politicians were ‘made examples of’ in the same way. How come the Daily  ‘it is all the Liberal’s fault’)  Mail did not say they were a disgrace to their country. Perhaps the next time there is a riot, the rioters should arrive all wearing suits and ties and have their faces well and truly showing. No, I am not condoning rioting, looting and violence, in case you were asking, Mrs BBC presenter.

So I thought I would take this time, a-mid all this madness, and  as there is a full moon today, no, that has no relevance to anything either, to praise the wonderfully tasty Halloumi. ‘Now that is a bit random’, I hear you say. ‘Why ever not?’ I retort. My mate Polly has been a vegetarian since Adam was a lad and she had never had halloumi until we made some for the vegetarian barbecue. As a Metropolisian, ( new word made up for today) I have opportunities to eat halloumi in many local turkish kebab houses and cafes, but I suppose in the middle of the hinterlands of Ludlow, well it is not so common to be invited out for halloumi. It is actually quite hard to buy, but we found it in the mousetrap (yup, the name of the local cheese shop) and in the co-op!

If you read the link about  halloumi above, you will find that it was first made with unpasturised sheep and goat milk. It is used in cooking, as it can be fried or grilled until brown without melting due to its higher-than-normal melting point,  as an ingredient in salads, or fried and served with vegetables. Cypriots like eating halloumi with watermelon in the warm months, and as halloumi and lountza – a combination of halloumi cheese and either ( look away Polly) a slice of smoked pork, or a soft lamb sausage…yum yum .

SONG OF THE DAY Bittersweet – Gitika

I was thinking about halloumi and water melon, then had nothing better to do  than muck about with imovies and an old black and white public domain movie..so I finally put one of the tracks fom my one and only album on youtube. I sorted out alot of features of imovies tonight so think it will be easier to get my head round Final cut, a better film editing suite fairly soon now…what fun.