Monday, March 30, 2015

ISP, Dragon of the Stars, A to Z.

ISPFor the last few days, I have been having a problem with my ISP. It seems to be partly cleared up as far as my laptop is concerned, but the desktop is still having some problems and sometimes I can post and sometimes I can’t. I was concerned whether I would be able to do my blogs this week or not.  I certainly had trouble with emails.  Luckily my A to Z posts are all finished and about half of them have been scheduled so they would publish no matter what, unless Blogger decided to have a hissy fit of course.

On my F blog, April 7, I am helping Alex J. Cavenaugh launch his Dragon of the Stars by Alex J Cavanaughlatest book Dragon of the Stars. I do hope you visit me that day as there is a way of winning prizes, good ones, by locating Mini Alex over several blogs. Mine included of course. A scavenger hunt. As a regular reader you will know that I have been lucky enough to read this book already, I won it, so I know what the Kargrandes are. Alex has had to bribe to keep quiet though. Although I have to confess his offered bribes have not yet arrived on my doorstep so I might have to blow the gaff anyway. Actually, I can recommend it as a very good story with a very big surprise at the end.

Of course the A to Z Challenge starts on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. This is always a fun challenge to do. For those of you not in the know, you have to write a blog every day (except Sunday) beginning with the letter of the day, i.e. A on Wednesday, B on Thursday etc. It is also expected that you will visit 5 new blogs each day if possible. This is a great thing to do because you find lots of new blogs and make new friends doing so. This will be my fourth time of participating. The blog is run by several co hosts These are:

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Jeremy @ Hollywood Nuts
Nicole Ayers @ The Madlab Post
Author Stephen Tremp
Heather M. Gardner
AJ Lauer
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian
Matthew MacNish @ The QQQE
Zalka Csenge VirĂ¡g @ The Multicolored Diary
S. L. Hennessy @ Pensuasion
C. Lee McKenzie @ The Write Game
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
Susan Gourley @ Susan Says
John  Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing
Lisa Buie-Collard, Author

There is such a lot to do being a host that they all have minions and I have been a minion twice. This year I declined. Even being a helper or minion is a lot of work so I don’t know how the hosts manage it. I should mention that this Challenge was the brain child of Arlee Bird – thanks Lee.

This is a good recipe for fish. I love sea Bass and it has lovely solid white flesh which is delicious.

Sea Bass with Dried Fruit Salsa

WebMD Recipe
Sea Bass with Dried Fruit Salsa


  • 4 5-6 ounce sea bass fillets, (1 inch thick)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup of each dried fruit, mango, papaya, cherry, and pineapple
  • 1/3 cup apple juice, or cider
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons apricot jam
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped


Step 1
Rub fish with olive oil.
Step 2
Combine coriander, cumin, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper; mix well. Set aside 1/2 teaspoon of the mixture for the fruit salsa. Add salt to remaining mixture.
Step 3
Rub seasonings over both sides of fish.
Step 4
Heat a large nonstick skillet over high heat until hot.
Step 5
Add fish. Reduce heat to medium, cook 3-5 minutes or until fish is browned and seared. Turn fish over; cook about 5 minutes or until fish is slightly firm and flaky.
Step 6
Combine dried fruit, juice, vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon reserved seasoning mixture in a small saucepan or microwave-safe dish. Bring to a boil. Stir in jam. Let stand 5 minutes.
Step 7
Transfer fish to serving plates. Top with fruit salsa and sprinkle with cilantro.
Have a great day


  1. Hi Jo - the A - Z is going to be fun - and good for you helping Alex out ... I hope the machines hold themselves together - April is not a good time for things to go wrong.

    The Sea Bass sounds delicious - love that fish too .. cheers Hilary

    1. I think so too Hilary. The Dragon launch should be fun too.

      Not sure if I can actually get Sea Bass round here.

    2. It will be fun Hilary. The Dragon launch and scavenger hunt will be fun too.

      Not sure if I can get Sea Bass round here.

  2. They are still coming! Really. They are in the mail...

  3. I've signed up for the A-Z challenge too. Not as organised as you are though.

    1. Good on you Helen. My first year I didn`t do any posts in advance.

  4. I'm not doing A-Z but I hope people still visit my blog when I post.

    1. I hope so too JoJo. I will certainly try to do so.

  5. Wow, look at you, master of the A-Z! That's impressive. We'll be cheering everyone on from the sidelines, you most definitely included.

    Also, I love sea bass. And I love fruit salsa. Never thought to combine the two. Definitely must try.

    1. Actually I am a tad impressed with myself as I was so sick at the end of Feb. Look forward to seeing you at the A to Z.

      I hope I can find it here.

  6. Oh I admire your stamina Jo .... I just couldn't keep up with Blogging daily, particularly when we're at our home on Fuerteventura where the internet connection is a tad slow. But congratulations on being so organised and have fun on Dragon Launce/Scavenger Hunt day

    1. Well I don't pop off to the islands every so often so it's easier to write every day. I plan to enjoy the scavenger hunt in particular.

  7. Hope your ISP gets sorted today. Looking forward to the challenge. Sea Bass looks yummy, thanks for that, Jo.

    1. It has been sorted out Dixie, thanks. I just discovered sea bass in my local store so I can get it here.