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‘You’re so lucky. I wish I could live abroad’

Ever heard that or even thought it? Well, you can. Chasing the Dream follows the lives of 20 people who did just that. Young people, families, midlife movers, rash spur-of-the-moment property purchasers, and retirement dreamers are all featured in this book.

Earlier this year I was honoured to be asked to join 19 other authors and provide a chapter towards this anthology of travel stories pulled together by Alyson Sheldrake. This is a fabulous idea of Alyson’s to bring together writers and expats to talk about their new lives abroad, the whys, wheres, whats, and hows of what it is really like to move to another country and set up home. It is the perfect answer to those who think that living in the sun is all about cocktails and sleeping the day away in a hammock and is also the answer to any queries or hurdles that are getting in the way of making that move.

Due for release on 27th June you can find it here:

Here are the links:
AMAZON UNIVERSAL LINK: smarturl.it/ChasingDreamNewLife

 

Other news, well, on the writing front book 3 is underway. With lots of stops and starts a few chapters are now in the bag. It is, as they say, a work in progress, and it probably wont progress much more until we return to Spain, which we hope is going to be sometime soon. In the meantime I have a lot to be getting on with. Would you believe that Adrian and I have discovered an aptitude for gardening? No? Us neither. We have surprised ourselves ths year. Adrian has planted a rose bed which is flourishing and I have been busy with the fruit and veg. In between making his guitars Adrian has dug out a filled in fish pond and we now have a healthy crop of potatoes and courgettes, and I have peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, and basil thriving in the greenhouse. We have a fruit cage bursting with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackcurrants, and we have 4 new fruit trees in the garden. Who knew we could do this? Not us, that’s for sure. Until now we have been a disaster in any garden, lots of goodwill but little ability. I still don’t do flowers – they wither and die as soon as I go near but we are in danger of becoming ‘The Good Life’ with the produce.
One upside of our recent horticultural success is a glut of strawberries and we have been having them any whichway you can think of, lots of eton mess, strawberry shortcake, and ice cream, but our favourite is a strawberry mousse. Not for anyone on a diet, unless it’s keto, but oh so delicious. No gelatine involved so vegetarian friendly too.

Strawberry Mousse:

Ingredients,

400g Strawberries, plus another 200g for topping 2 heaped desertspoons sugar, or low calorie sweetener (I use sucralose) for mousse plus 2 more for topping. 300ml pot of double or whipping cream.

 

Method,

1. Chop the strawberries and cover with the sugar/sweetener. Leave to stand for at least 2 hours to release the juice from the strawberries.

2. Gently cook the strawberries for 3-4 minutes to soften and release more juice. Allow to cool. When cool mash or blitz in a blender to puree.
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3. Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks. Not too stiff or it will be difficult to blend in the strawberries.

4. Fold in the strawberries and spoon into small dishes. Makes 8 ramekin size dishes. Leave to set in the fridge.
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5. While the mousse is setting make the puree for the top by repeating stages 1&2 with the 200g of strawberries, again using 2 dessertspoons of sugar/sweetener. Cool and spoon over the individual mousses.
Go on. Just one wont hurt you. 🙂

Jean Roberts smiling sun.

 

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