Nigella’s New Year’s Day Brunch..Yum Yum

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Happy New Year!

The holidays wouldn’t be complete with Nigella Lawson’s delicious take on food and entertaining.  Below is a video of a Holiday Brunch which is great for New Year’s Day or for when you want to have a Brunch on the weekend.

Nigella Lawson is an English journalist, broadcaster, television personality, gourmet, and food writer.  

Though Lawson has enjoyed a successful career in cookery, she is not a trained chef, and does not like being referred to as a “celebrity chef”.  Furthermore, she does not see herself as a cook or an expert in her field. 

Throughout Lawson’s television programmes, she emphasises that she cooks for her own pleasure, for enjoyment,  and that she finds cooking therapeutic.When deciding upon which recipes to feature in her books, she takes the view of the eater, stating, “If it’s something I don’t want to carry on eating once I’m full, then I don’t want the recipe … I have to feel that I want to cook the thing again”.

Lawson has adopted a casual approach to cooking, stating, “I think cooking should be about fun and family. … I think part of my appeal is that my approach to cooking is really relaxed and not rigid. There are no rules in my kitchen.”.  One editor, highlighting the technical simplicity of Lawson’s recipes, noted that “her dishes require none of the elaborate preparation called for by most TV chefs”.

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​Nigellas’ Spruced-up Vanilla Cake
The Espresso Martini (video has recipe)
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The Espresso Martini can be found in Nigella’s Christmas cookbook.  It is a mixture of cool espresso coffee, coffee liqueur, caramel vodka or butterscotch schnapps and regular vodka. Purists may argue that strictly speaking it isn’t a martini as it doesn’t contain any vermouth but now the term martini is often used to describe a cocktail made from a mixture of spirits. The coffee should be properly cold so if possible brew it the day before then pour into a jug and leave in the fridge overnight.
The recipe that you are looking for is Nigella’s Triple Cheese And Onion Strataand it appears in Nigella’s Christmas cookbook.

The strata is a type of savoury bread and butter pudding (bread pudding), almost like a cross between a toasted cheese sandwich and baked French toast. The beauty of the strata is that it is at its best if assembled the night before as the bread is able to soak up all of the cheesy, eggy liquid as it sits. It can then just be baked in the morning without any additional fuss. 

We would like to mention that the 30 minutes baking time is based in the strata being allowed to stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes so that it is not completely fridge cold when it goes into the oven. If it is fridge cold then you may need to add 10 to 15 minutes to the baking time to make sure that it is fully heated through.

Spruced-up Vanilla Cake  pictured above (video has recipe)
Nigella has authored more than 10 cookbooks with her most recent
released November 2015  called Simply Nigella:  Feel Good Food
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Nigella’s Christmas cookbook – Released 2009
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“No One Ever Goes Hungry In My House”  
~Nigella Lawson

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Nigella’s late night pleasures
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Fully Loaded Bake Potato Skins (video has recipe)
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Bon Appe’tit!
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Camille
Camille Mitchell
Ambassador

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The 38th annual Kennedy Center Honors airs Tuesday, Dec. 29th – Video the reception speech and photos

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Hello Everyone:

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The 38th annual Kennedy Center Honors event is one of the highlights of the Washington social calendar, and will be broadcast on the CBS Network on Dec. 29, 2015 at 9pm EST.
President Obama is amazing as he humorously speaks at the reception for Kennedy Center Honorees in the video below and then transforms into the role of Commander-in-Chief when delivering a serious address to the nation regarding the recent terror tragedies in California and Paris..
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive for
the 2015 Kennedy Center Honoree Reception at the
White House_Dec, 6, 2015
Actress and Broadway star Cicely Tyson, 91, conductor
Seiji Ozawa, 80, actress and singer Rita Moreno 84,
filmmaker George Lucas 71, singer-songwriter, Carol King, 73,
attend the Kennedy Center Honorees Reception at the
White House Dec. 6, 2015
 (The Eagles were also supposed to be honored, but backed out because of singer Glenn Frey‘s poor health.)
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Cicely Tyson at 91 is currently performing nightly with James Earl Jones in Broadway’s The Gin Game
George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney and The Force Awakens just reach over 1 Billion in 12 days. George is the second largest share holder of Disney.
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President Obama is seen through the window of the
Oval Office delivering a rare, prime-time address to the
nation about the ongoing terror crisis_Dec. 6, 2015
​President Obama with First Lady Michelle Obama, waves
upon arrival to the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors after making
an address to the nation_December 6, 2015
Fashionistas:  
First Lady Michelle Obama looked stunning in a Oscar de la Renta gown.  The strapless gown had a voluminous skirt in black tulle. The blue color of the gown added a festive touch to her look. Also, the striking blue color teamed up well with the black skirt.
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Happy New Year!
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Camille

ENCORE – Misty Copeland performances with Prince

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Follow Your Bliss!
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This is part 3 of 3 of “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” series with Misty Copeland.   Parts 1 & 2 are in my NCM Blog below. 
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Misty starred in a Prince music video. Come on. How many people can say that? When Prince was planning the video for “Crimson and Clover”, he reached out to Copeland, confessing he was a fan.  She also danced atop a piano during the artist’s 2010 Welcome 2 America tour. Beyond just being awesome on its own merits, her role in the video is also helping make ballet – long-perceived as entertainment for the French aristocracy and its stuffy American counterpart – more accessible and relevant. After all, art is for everyone . . . just like Prince.
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For you enjoyment; please find the 2010 performance in the video directly below.
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The VIEW Interview
Ms. Copeland was interviewed on The View in the video below with Whoopie Goldberg in July 2015–a couple of days after being named principal ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre.  
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Prince Misty on the Coming 2 American Tour 2010

Misty dances atop a piano tantalizing Prince
Madison Square Garden_2010
Misty Copeland & Whoopie Goldberg on 
The View after the American Ballet Theatre
named Misty principal ballerina_July 2015 ​
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Misty Copeland and James Whiteside perform in 
“Swan Lake” at the Metropolitan Opera House in
 New York_June 2015
Misty Copeland’s fabulous dress on the cover of September 2015 Essence Magazine was designed by Australian fashion designer, Nicky Zimmermann.

​Misty Copeland graces the cover of 

Essence Magazine September 2015

Misty and her fiance’ Olubayo Evans are planning to wed in 2016. Attorney Evans is actor Taye Diggs’ cousin.
Prima ballerina ​Misty Copeland with her fiance’
Attorney Olubayo Evans arrive at the Chinese State
Dinner hosted by the White House_September 2015

NCM Blog

Parts 1 & 2 of “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” series with Misty Copeland follows below.
December 7, 2015
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November 29, 2015
 
One should note; that there are some videos which have expired in my earlier blog posts; however, generally there is some narrative or a link to their bibliographies to learn about them and their accomplishments.   The vast majority of these modern women trailblazers has also written at least one book.
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Do you know a trailblazer?
If you know of an a woman who has broken the glass ceiling; feel free to contact me.  My contact info is at the end of this post.
November 1, 2015
October 19, 2015
October 11, 2015
October 4, 2015
September 20, 2015

Prior to official launch on September 20, 2015 “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” series

September 14, 2015
Vanessa Williams is the first African American woman to be crowned Miss America.
April 29. 2015
Janet Reno is the first U.S. Attorney General; however, Loretta Lynch is the firstAfrican American woman AG.
November 16, 2014
Aung San Suu Kyi leader of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar won theNov. 2015 election with an absolute majority of the seats in the combined parliament.  Unfortunately Ms. Suu Kyi was barred from becoming Myanmar’s president since her late husband and children are British.  
October 10, 2014
Malala Yousafzai from Pakistani is the youngest Nobel prize laureate and youngestwoman (teenager) to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Three women (Albright, Rice & Clinton) have broken the glass ceiling as U.S. Secretary of State.

July 17, 2014
Hillary Clinton is the first woman who served as first lady and U.S. Senator to becomeU.S. Secretary of State.
July 15, 2014
Madeleine Albright is the first US Secretary of State; and Condoleezza Rice is the firstAfrican American woman.
July 13, 2014
Madeleine Albright the first woman U.S. Secretary of State.
May 20, 2014
Based on a true story; Gugu Mbatha-Raw is the first British-South African woman to star in a Jane Austen heroinemovie. This is the first film where the key roles are lead by women; star Gugu Mbatha-Raw, director Amma Asante (Ghanaian-British) and writer Dr. Misan Sagay (British-Nigerian).
April 23, 2014
Lupita Nyoug’o, first Mexican-Kenyan woman to be selected as People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Person
February 6, 2014
Cristeta Comerford, first woman & first person of Asian descent (Filipino-American) to become White House Executive Chef.
January 22, 2014
Diana Nyad is the first person ever to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage atage 64.
October 9, 2013
Janet Yellen the first woman Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System 
September 13, 2013
Susan Rice is the first African-American woman to become UN Ambassador and the second African-American woman to become National Security Advisor.
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August 3, 2013
Russian Valentina Tereshkova is the first woman to travel in space & Dr. Mae Jemisonis the first African-American woman to travel in space; however, I haven’t written about them yet.  Joan Higginbotham is the third African-American woman to have travelled in space.
 
One should note; that there are some videos which have expired in my earlier blog posts; however, there is usually some narrative or a link to their bibliographies to learn about them and their accomplishments.   The vast majority of these modern women trailblazers have also authored at least one book.
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Do you know a trailblazer?
If you know of a woman who has broken the glass ceiling; feel free to contact me.  My contact info is at the end of this post.
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Boujour!

Camille
Tea & Opera series, founder

Seasons Greetings!: Fiddler on the Spirit of Christmas

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Seasons Greetings!
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Merry
Christmas!
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Camille

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FULL VIDEO 3rd Democratic Presidential Debate – December 19, 2015

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Hello Everyone:
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If you were preparing for the holidays last night and did not get a chance to see the Democratic debate; click on the link below.  This was the final primary debate this year.  The debates will pick-up again mid-January 2016 (see debate schedule below)
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If you missed prior debates
You can view all prior full debates by click on either the GOP or Democratic debate schedule links below.  You will find their link highlighted in RED.
Please feel free to pass this post onto someone who perhaps had to work and missed them.  
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The more information people have about each candidates’ positions, their vision, their competence and last but not least their temperament; the better their selection process will be. 
​Bernie Sanders, senator, Hillary Clinton, former 
secretary of state Hillary and Martin O’Malley, former governor_December 19, 2015
​Bernie and Hillary share a light moment–in stark 
contrast to the GOP candidates 
Martha Raddatz was through, tough and a debate moderator that stands out..
Debate moderators ​David Muir, anchor ABC and 
Martha Raddatz, global affairs correspondent ABC
December 19, 2015

​​Saint Anselm College (the debate venue) 

Manchester, New Hampshire


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January 2016
 Next GOP debate – Thurs., Jan. 14, 2016 – FOX
Happy Holidays!
Camille

 

 

Camille’s Holiday Gift Experiences

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Happy Holidays!

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The following are some of my favorite experiences and escapes.  All books, meditations, O-courses and socially conscious retailers are accessible on-line.  
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Suggested Great Escape Gifts are for exploring and relaxing while enjoying conversation and quality time with your friends.

“There is nothing like relaxing & reading a good book”​
Books – Books & more Books
Amazon.com carries all the books below
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Inspirational Biographies & Memoirs
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HARD CHOICES A memoirauthor Hillary Rodham Clinton
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MY BELOVED WORLD author Sonia Sotomayor
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YES, CHEF:  A memoir author Marcus Samuelsson
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THE AUDACITY OF HOPE:  Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream 
author Barack Obama 
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Historical Saga Novels
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A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE:  Harte family saga author Barbara Taylor Bradford
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CAPTAINS AND KINGS:  Story of an American Dynasty author Taylor Caldwell
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HAWAII:  A novel author James A. Michener
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ROOTS:  The saga of an American family author Alex Haley

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Thought Leaders:  Books about unexpected implications of research
BLINK:  The power of thinking without thinking author Malcolm Gladwell
FREE AGENT NATION:  The future of working for yourself author Daniel H. Pink
THE END OF POWER:  From boardrooms to battlefields and churches and states, why being in charge isn’t what it use to be author Moises Naim
THRIVE:  The third metric to redefining success and creating a life of well-being, wisdom, and wonder author Arianna Huffington  (on-line course available below)
Business & Philanthropy 
EVEOLUTION:  The eight truths of marketing to women author Faith Popcorn
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FRESH PASSION:  Get a brand or die a generic author Michael D. Brown
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NEGOTIATE: AFRAID, ‘KNOW’ MORE  How to negotiate your way to success author Greg Williams  The Master Negotiator – Success Store
(Available at Amazon.com & Greg’s success store)
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START SOMETHING THAT MATTERS author Blake Mycoskie 
(My favorite socially conscious retailer – see below)
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Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Meditation Experience
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Click on link; more meditation subjects 
(prices start at $39 and up)
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O-courses  (Learning is on a higher, more meaningful level than most university courses)

Click on link; for syllabus, O-courses are on-demand 
(prices start at $39 and up)
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Brene’ has a new course starting January 11, 2016   

​Arianna & Oprah discussing THRIVE May 11, 2014
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Arianna Huffington, co-founder/editor in chief’s Thrive is listed above under the Thought Leaders books

​The Purple Door Tea Room 

701 Livernois Street
Ferndale, MI 48220 – (248) 268-3275
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Give a Gift of a Great Escape Experience
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Two to three hours
Explore a museum with a friend
Enjoy “Tea for Two” or have lunch or dinner
Reflect at The Purple Door Tea Room 
Detroit Metro area
Take in a play, ballet or musical concert
Three to eight hours
Check out a foreign or the latest movie with a friend
Pamper Day (Spa} for you and your friend
Winery Day Trip
Weekend Escapes 
Art, sculpture class
Winery & gourmet cooking class
Yoga classes
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Retailers (socially conscious) 
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Click on Links: to visit retailer sites
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The First Five Years of Our Plan to Get to 100% Sustainability.
Our Vision is for an industry where human rights and sustainability are not the
effect of a particular initiative, but the cause of a business well run where social and environmental injustices are not unfortunate outcomes, but reasons to do things differently where excuses are ignored and action is taken.
​​Eileen Fisher women’s clothing (I’m lovin’ the simplicity)

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Gifts for the men, women & children
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Through your purchases, TOMS helps provide shoes, sight, water, safe birth and
bullying prevention services to people in need.  
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Blake Mycoskie, chief shoe giver’s Start Something That Matters is listed above under the Business and Philanthropy books
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At Whole Foods Market®, “healthy” means a whole lot more. It goes beyond good for you, to also encompass the greater good. Whether you’re hungry for better, or simply food-curious, we offer a place for you to shop where value is inseparable from values.
​Enjoy some mulled wine 

“SALUTE!”
Camille
Tea & Opera series, founder

FULL VIDEO Republican Presidential Debate Dec. 15th 2015

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Hello Everyone:
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If you did not get a chance to see the GOP debate last night; click on the link below.  The Democratic debate will be aired Saturday, December 19, 2015 which will be the final debate for 2015.
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The debates will pick-up again mid-January 2016 (see debate schedule below)
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Missed prior Debates?
Also, you can view all prior full debates by click on either the GOP or Democratic debate schedule links below.  You will find their link highlighted in RED.
Even if you have seen them all; please feel free to pass this post onto someone who perhaps had to work and missed them.  
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The more information people have about each candidates’ positions, their vision, their competence and last but not least their temperament is; the better their selection process will be.  
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Top row left: Christie, Bush, Rubio, Paul, Fionna, bottom row right: Huckabee (2nd tier), Cruz, Carson, Kasich, Walker (campaign suspended) & center Trump
Donald Trump and Jeb Bush exchanged a few words
regarding who has the temperament & competence
to become president 
Wolf Blitzer, journalist & CNN television news anchor
Hugh Hewitt, conservative radio host & Dana Bash,
CNN’s chief political correspondent

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Next Democratic Debate Sat., Dec. 19, 2015 – ABC
January 2016
January GOP Debate Thurs., Jan. 14, 2016 – FOX
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Be the Media!
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Camille

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