Blue green envy recipe


I used to know a barman called Stelios Sourmelis in my country Cyprus who boasted to the customers of the bar at the Forest Park Hotel  where he worked  that he had invented our unofficial  national cocktail, Brandy Sour.

The sensational twist to this amusing (to us) story is that King Farouk of Egypt visited Cyprus often in those days to relax in the cool climate of our beautiful mountain, Troodos and the creation of the pioneering drink was meant to disguise the alcohol, as his Majesty was Moslem.

The colorful  Stelios and his family were our next door neighbours and close friends. He has passed away but I know his children and I will ask for more information about the veracity of this story as it’s fascinating…..I just consulted wikipedia. Yes, the story I remember and just related to you is mentioned but the writer of the post omits the name of the inventor.  A great omission, for sure! I will try and edit this wiki page as a tiny contribution  honouring Stelios’ legacy!

Envy  - Hola Tequila Book

Photo for Hola Tequila Book

I bet other barmen envy the more creative chefs behind the bar. It’s a creative vocation. So much that one of these guys and gals  invented a cocktail called envy shown in the above photo!

Here’s the recipe for Brandy Sour:

  • 5 cl (two parts) Cyprus brandy
  • 2.5 cl (one part) lemon squash
  • 2-4 drops of bitters
  • Top with carbonated water


A drop in the ocean

a_drop_in_the_ocean_by_missheatherelizabeth-d5kad5klet’s play the game of word association…which brings us to
lost but still resonating love
“A Drop In The Ocean”
I couldn’t have put it better than Ron Pope in his lyrics!

“A drop in the ocean
A change in the weather
I was praying that you and me might end up together
It’s like wishing for rain as I stand in the desert
But I’m holding you closer than most ’cause you are my heaven.”



Misstep accomplished!


Wasn’t it Queen B who once said: 

“I am not bossy. I am the boss.”???????

Beyonce is a role model to us Mediterranean and other curvy women for some important reasons.Number one being body confidence!
She is comfortable in her own skin and bootylicious. We’ve had enough of
willowy blondes here in the Med! One tiny criticism of her? She should continue stepping out on the world stage in her inimitable way but avoid missteps! What am I referring to? Her habit of photoshopping her shapely legs and including a false thigh gap! Let’s consider this an isolated misstep. Otherwise, very positive!

Saudade. Nostalgia. Longing



Every waking day my longing for an assortment of things I’ve known or experienced only in my head ebbs and flows like an ever changing tide! Τα παντα ρει as an Ancient Greek once said! His name was Heraclitus and was better known as the Obscure” or the “Weeping Philosopher”.

Heraclitus was famous for his insistence on ever-present change as being the fundamental essence of the universe, as stated in the famous saying, “No man ever steps in the same river twice”[5]panta rhei ).

My predicament is that I once lived in Portugal and have had a terrible saudade for this country ever since!

Leap to your life




There must be hidden nuances to this bright image of a young woman who is dancing with herself. Decide what they are and know they probably differ from the interpretation of others who see the same picture. This is the beauty of art.

For me this is not a particularly special day,  despite the date, 29 March. A leap day.’ If you add 2 plus 9=11. voila : It’s a master number in numerology. I notice or catch myself doing things that may interest the masses on such a day.

I remember many years ago when I met my husband we waited for the leap year to end and got engaged on the 1st of January. Superstitious? I guess so! We were not alone. There were a lot of engagement notices that day!

Here some numerology facts: Positive Characteristics: A Master number, the 11 is the most intuitive of all numbers. It is instinctual, charismatic, dynamic and capable when its sights are set on a concrete goal. The 11 is the number associated with faith and psychics.

Negative Characteristics: The 11 can be anxious, shy, stressed, conflicted and scattered. When focus is not applied toward a goal, the 11 can be extremely self-sabotaging. As a Master number, the positive characteristics will turn into obstacles when not understood or used properly.

Associated in Tarot with: Justice
Scattered and otherworldly may be shortcomings but you probably need to learn to handle the bad with the good. A  Psychic gift is for special people.
The word leap in today’s prompt reminded me of another image which won an award when I was a teenager. It was a full frontal picture of a man doing the long jump taken by a boy who was in my class. Truly magnificent and memorable. Worth a thousand words, to quote a Chinese saying!
That same boy waved hurray when the O Level English exam paper was handed to us and  “My first camera” was a possible prompt/ composition option. We both got an A!
For an interesting article written by a leap person

Small talks

Counting Voices





It’s pub night so the house is people free and its noises are overrun with the pleasant buzz of my own thoughts.

As a confirmed loner with an inner circle of precious few people I like, however, on occasion, to be in small groups of people, as well…..

Luckily, I have inherited a posh hand-made oak table that sits 8 people but can be extended to accommodate up to another four guests. This is an optimal range of guests in my house in the suburbs as I believe in catering for group dynamics.

Then there is the odd number versus even number to consider, for hosts who are superstitious. My friend Kristia avoids inviting two friends of her daughter to the house simultaneously. She thinks a couple converses better than a trio of little people. She is probably right. Two people can invent a poetry of small talks and bond over Call of duty or simulated tea  and biscuits role playing.

Two is the magic mystery number then esp if you are romantic.Yes, I am the last of the great romantics who needs company for small talks…..

afternoon tea



Caffeine benefits

Sometime ago I read that caffeine and nicotine in the plant are there to discourage insects.

We know them as anti-oxidants ie anti-cancer substances. Personally I find caffeine makes me jittery a couple of hrs after drinking coffee. As you may know itee0ee607c1867a1f0b9db375b769e2b8

has more caffeine than tea! Studies, correlate coffee consumption with a reduction of certain cancers including breast cancer.

Look at this link. Coffee consumption and caffeine also increase the effectiveness of tamoxifen, the standard drug for breast cancer..

Ditto for the sleep hormone melatonin. Take it occasionally in pill form and also try to have quality sleep!

Today’s post was inspired by the following article:

Coffee, Caffeine, and Cancer: What the Research Reveals

I want to also tell you that ages ago I came across an experiment in which mice were given coffee and made to walk on a treadmill and their skin tumors shrunk! Conclusion:

change both yr diet and lifestyle and look into anti-oxidants!