Smorgasbord Christmas Posts from Your Archives – Pavlova Recipe from Brigid P. Gallagher


Brigid Gallagher shares a delicious dessert to serve over the Christmas holidays. You can never go wrong with a fresh fruit Pavlova..

In 2015, my pavlova style changed forever after witnessing Welsh actor Michael Sheen’s winning triple layer pavlova on “Great British Comic Relief Bake Off. ” Michael used passion fruit and lemon curd for his filling – a beautiful combination.

I am using an alternative filling of fresh raspberries and blueberries, to create a celebration Pavlova which will make a wonderful Christmas or birthday dessert.

Preparation

Preheat oven to 150 C/ 140 for fan assisted oven.
Prepare 3 sheets of baking parchment, and draw 3 circles around tea plates of different sizes. Place parchment on baking trays.

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs,
  • 12 ounces of castor sugar,
  • Dessert spoon of cornflour,
  • Dessert spoon of white wine vinegar,
  • 1/2 pint of whipping or double cream (I use non dairy)
  • Fruit of your choice for filling and embellishment.

Method

  • Separate egg whites and add to a clean bowl – any fatty residues will prevent the whites from whipping. (I keep my remaining yolks and usually make Creme Brulee on the same day.)
  • Whisk whites with an electric whisk until they make stiff peaks. You can turn the bowl upside down, and if the egg remains in the bowl you have the perfect consistency!
  • Add the castor sugar slowly while still whisking,
  • Add cornflour and vinegar while still whisking.
  • Scoop out meringue mixture and place on the three circles of baking parchment. Spread around to the edge of each circle. Create a nest like dent in each meringue.
  • Put the trays of meringue into the preheated oven.
  • Allow approximately one hour to cook. They should have a nice crisp shell and a pale exterior:

I switch the oven off and leave the meringues inside to cool – this prevents cracking of the outer shell.

Finally, layer your meringues with whipped cream and fruit, decorating as you please…

I gave the tops a little bash in the centre with a spoon, to create more of a nest for my cream and fruit. I could of course have created a well in the centre before it entered the oven, but I forgot!

How dull life would be without a little cake…

ENJOY!

©Brigid Gallagher 2015

About Watching the Daisies

About the book

Millions of people around the world suffer from fibromyalgia; the majority of them are women. As yet, there is no cure.

In this memoir, Brigid P. Gallagher shares her experiences on:

  • The busy life she followed before succumbing to this debilitating disease
  • Stopping and soul searching for answers to her vast array of symptoms
  • Entering a new life of SLOW

Drawing on her knowledge and experience as a Natural Medicines therapist, she seeks out therapies to aid her healing and integrates a variety of self help techniques and lifestyle changes. She also unearths a love of solo travel including Egypt, India, Rome, Lourdes, Carcassonne and Bali…

Brigid learns many insights about LIFE on her journey, the most valuable being: “First learn to love thyself.”

In 2006, she began a new career in Organic Horticulture eventually teaching part time in schools. Although she has now retired from teaching, she continues to pursue her lifelong passion for gardening and watching the daisies.

The most recent review for the book

This delightful memoir has a number of threads running through it, all of which the author skilfully weaves together into an appealing whole.

Music is one of the threads, right from Brigid’s youth when she danced to Alan Freeman’s Pick of the Pops in the living room, to attending concerts of performers like Thin Lizzy, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox and Tina Turner, to later trips to see Tom Jones and Clannad. One day in her youth she even spent her lunchtime work break stalking Cliff Richard as he did some shopping!

Unfortunately, another major thread is ill health. From childhood dental abscesses, laryngitis and joint pains, to insomnia, depression and pleurisy later in life, afflictions crop up regularly. Eventually Brigid is diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

Not surprisingly therefore, Brigid develops a keen interest in healing, and over the years shows a breath-taking enthusiasm and determination to study, practice and even commercialize her skills, as she explains herself: “colour healing, crystal and electro-crystal healing, reflexology, aromatherapy, nutritional medicine, counselling skills, spiritual healing, radionics, space clearing and the ancient art of Feng shui. I reckon I had attained the equivalent of a master’s degree in natural medicines!”

She establishes the Scottish School of Holistic Healing, followed closely by Healthworks, a healing centre and shop in the middle of the Scottish town of Stirling.

The final thread is travel, which for the most time she undertakes solo. In many of these places, such as Malta, Morocco, Bali, India and Lourdes, Brigid seeks out and learns from local healing practices, which she then implements back home.

Watching the Daisies is well-written, informative, entertaining in parts, harrowing in others. At the end of each chapter Brigid gives a quick summary of insights learned, and at the end of the book she gives her top ten tips for self-healing. In other words, the book is extremely practical.

Finally, we find Brigid beginning to cut back on some of her many activities to take life a little slower (hence the title). However, as she was told once by a numerologist that “the best years of your life will come later, probably in your sixties,” I suspect that Brigid won’t be letting the daisies grow too long!
 

Read the rest of the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Watching-Daisies-Life-Lessons-Importance-ebook/dp/B01N3M9VJ0

and more reviews at Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Brigid-P-Gallagher/e/B01N8UCYYD

About Brigid P. Gallagher

Brigid P. Gallagher aspired to becoming a doctor but God had other plans!

Instead, she spent thirteen years in the life assurance industry, including Actuarial and Life Underwriting departments, before following her heart and training as a Natural Medicines therapist.

Brigid trained in colour and crystal healing, aromatherapy, reflexology, nutritional medicine, flower essences, electro – crystal healing, radionics and E.F.T. or Emotional Freedom Technique.

She practised and taught Natural Medicines for 20 years, teaching at Stirling University’s Open Studies and Summer Schools from 1993 to 1999, setting up the Scottish School of Holistic Healing plus a therapy centre and shop in Stirling, Scotland.

In 1999, she relocated to Donegal, Ireland the home of her ancestors. Four years later, she succumbed to a mystery illness which was eventually diagnosed as fibromyalgia and possible rheumatoid arthritis.

Stopping the World for 2 years, forced Brigid to reassess her life, and thus she began retraining in Organic Horticulture. She taught this subject in schools part time until early 2016.

Her garden was featured in the Donegal Garden Trail in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Brigid continues her lifelong passion for gardening, singing and writing in her new life of SLOW.

Connect to Brigid

Blog: https://watchingthedaisies.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brigid.gallagher.90
Twitter: https://twitter.com/watchingthedai1

I love Pavlova but always timid about tackling meringue… however with this step by step guide I am emboldened… watch this space. Thanks to Brigid and I hope you will enjoy making and sharing the results too.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – Jessica Norrie, Brigid Gallagher and Gigi Sedlmayer


Welcome to the next Christmas Book Fair and today three authors showcasing their books and reviews. Whether you would like to buy the books for yourself for Christmas, or buy for family and friends, there is something in the bookstore for any age group.

The first author is Jessica Norrie who has entertained and informed us with her posts on books and other literary pursuits over the last few months.  Here is her book that has received excellent reviews.

Jessica Norrie

About the Book.

In this thoughtful novel set on a sun-baked island, Adrian Hartman, the charismatic director of the Serendipity holiday community, is responsible for ensuring the perfect mindful break, with personal growth and inner peace guaranteed. People return year after year to bare their souls. For some, Adrian IS Serendipity. But Adrian disappears, and with him goes the serenity of his staff and guests, who are bewildered without their leader. The hostility of the local villagers is beginning to boil over. Is their anger justified or are the visitors, each in a different way, just paranoid?

As romance turns sour and conflict threatens the stability of both communities, everyone has to find their own way to survive. This evocative story explores the decisions of adults who still need to come of age, the effect of well-intentioned tourism on a traditional community, and the real meaning of getting away from it all.

The most recent review for the book

The book is written in a quiet manner, nothing is sweating anything other than calm, but it has something about it that made me want to read more and more, so I can say that I enjoyed reading it very much. My favorite scene was when Chris entered the pool. The reason I am mentioning this is because the novel is so well written, that even though there is nothing supernatural going on in the book, Jessica managed to give me the feeling of an almost evil ritual, like the pool is going to swallow the life out of the character.

Read some of the many excellent reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jessica-Norrie/e/B01CEUZF26

and on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Pool-Jessica-Norrie-ebook/dp/B011RA8QZW

Find more reviews and follow Jessica on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3270629.Jessica_Norrie

Connect to Jessica via her website: https://jessicanorrie.wordpress.com

The next author who continues to receive wonderful reviews for her book which would be enjoyed by anyone who likes a memoir that is inspiring and illustrates the strength of the human spirit. Brigid P. Gallagher and Watching the Daisies.

About the book

Millions of people around the world suffer from fibromyalgia; the majority of them are women. As yet, there is no cure.

In this memoir, Brigid P. Gallagher shares her experiences on:

  • The busy life she followed before succumbing to this debilitating disease
  • Stopping and soul searching for answers to her vast array of symptoms
  • Entering a new life of SLOW

Drawing on her knowledge and experience as a Natural Medicines therapist, she seeks out therapies to aid her healing and integrates a variety of self help techniques and lifestyle changes. She also unearths a love of solo travel including Egypt, India, Rome, Lourdes, Carcassonne and Bali…

Brigid learns many insights about LIFE on her journey, the most valuable being: “First learn to love thyself.”

In 2006, she began a new career in Organic Horticulture eventually teaching part time in schools. Although she has now retired from teaching, she continues to pursue her lifelong passion for gardening and watching the daisies.

The most recent review for the book

on October 10, 2017

I had read Brigid’s blog for a while when I bought the book and was quite sure I would enjoy it. I was not disappointed, in fact to the contrary it surpassed my expectations. Her back story is poignant and clearly significantly impacted on the woman she grew to be. She tells the tale in a soft voice which gently steers you through her places. Lovely, lovely and with a heart full of love for those that she cares for. Her journey into healing and ultimately self-healing is fascinating. She does not shun traditional medicine but rather listens intently to the diagnoses whilst simultaneously drawing on her decades of learning many many alternative healing forms.

As a travalogue it is rich and varied with moments that echo Elizabeth Gilbert in ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ mode but her voice is a different voice. I highly recommend this book. I was drawn to buy it for my sister-in-law who suffers with fibromyalgia and the book is now with her. I know she will find much of the practical advice helpful. I know too that the spiritual journey will resonate softly with her. As the whole book did with me.

Read the rest of the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Watching-Daisies-Life-Lessons-Importance-ebook/dp/B01N3M9VJ0

and more reviews at Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Brigid-P-Gallagher/e/B01N8UCYYD

Connect to Brigid via her blog: https://watchingthedaisies.com/

and to get you in the Christmas spirit.. Brigid has selected a lovely festive piece of music. Oh Holy Night sung by Susan Boyle

 

The last author today is prolific children’s author of the Talon Series.. Gigi Sedlmayer, whose series of books are very popular with young children through to YA. I am going to feature book one in the series Talon Come Fly With Me, since this would be the logical place to start with subsequent books for birthdays etc.

About Talon Come Fly With Me.

An inspirational, highly emotional and entertaining read for all ages

This bookis a lovely adventure with an amazing heroine. Matica is a strong, brave girl, who battles with her handicap and how others view her. But thisisn’t a story only about her gaining acceptance or over coming herchallenges. Rather, it’s a tale packed full of exciting moments and tons of emotions. Matica comes across naturally as does the village andworld around her. It’s beautifully set and an easy landscape to diveinto.

The way the author revealed each situation is fun to read and it made one anxious to see what’s next. Acceptance was eloquently woven into the story without being blatant. And the other thing I learned was that when certain things happen, you don’t always know why and just maybe something goodwill come of it.

One of the great reviews for book one.

Simply Brilliant on 4 March 2017

This book is simply brilliant; it’s also simply delightful and delightfully simple as well. I confess I took it up with trepidation. I felt it would not be for me. Maticia, an Australian girl, living with her parents and younger brother high in the Andes of remotest Peru. A girl with serious problems, not the least of them regarding her growth. A ten year old trapped in a two year old’s body, ostracized by the locals, their children forbidden to play with her for fear she would bring them bad luck. A lost, lonely little soul who manages to bond with a pair of condors and finds herself entrusted by the birds with their one precious egg in the hope that she can save it from poachers. It seemed unlikely, I thought. But I opened the book as I felt I must and then did not close it again till the end which, alas, came all too soon.

The style is plain; it’s simple, straightforward English; very instructive to children, I thought. Yet in no time at all disbelief was suspended and rich imagery – that came from I know not where – had me soaring on a more than three metre wing span, soaring with a pair of condors, high in the pure Andean air. That and waiting in nail biting tension with Maticia and her family to see if the pair’s egg would hatch.

Does it? No way do I say. There will be no spoilers from me. But I will say that the tale has a high moral ending which is extremely uplifting as well, particularly for Maticia. Obviously the book is intended for children and young adults but if it can entrance a hard bitten seventy year old like me it must be good for everyone.  I recommend it to all.
D. A. Barker; Author of “Killing for Christmas,” & “What Am I?”

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Talon-Come-Fly-Gigi-Sedlmayer-ebook/dp/B00J2643PG

and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Come-Fly-Gigi-Sedlmayer-ebook/dp/B00J2643PG

Also by Gigi Sedlymayer

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Gigi-Sedlmayer/e/B003U8G4WC

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigi-Sedlmayer/e/B003U8G4WC

And read more reviews and follow Gigi on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4405791.Gigi_Sedlmayer

Connect to Gigi via her new website: http://gigised.com/

Thanks for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share these authors and their books. thanks Sally