Saturday, March 25, 2017

Book 27: The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

I've not seen the film of this, so I can't make any direct comparisons; from what I've read about the film, I think they changed it a fair amount. I thought this was an enjoyable book, though I can't say any of the characters are particularly appealing (not because of the mental illness, but because outside of that, their worldview and mine is pretty different). But I thought it was an interesting portrayal of mental illness, and authentic feeling, at least in my limited experience. 

Dinner, 25/3/17: Spiralized Sweet Potato Carbonara (Spiralize Every Day)

This recipe uses spiralized sweet potato with a carbonara type sauce. I liked it, though it wouldn't replace carbonara with pasta on a permanent basis. The sweet potato noodles were steamed, possibly for a little too long, but the flavour combination worked well.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Book 26: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Kate DiCamillo (children's)

This is a children's book and is the next book we are reading as a class, basing our work for the next half term on. I wanted to read it in advance so I'd know the story, as I'm not always in the classroom when the text is being read to the children. If you don't know the story, it's hard to support them!  Anyway, it's a lovely story, though I think much of it will go over the heads of some of my 7 & 8 year olds, and it's quite sad in places. It will be interesting to see what they get from it!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dinner, 22/3/17: Spaghetti with Bacon, Peas and Parmesan (Waitrose Magazine)

A nice easy mid-week supper. The peas are partly blended up to make a kind of pesto, and partly left whole. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dinner, 21/3/17: Winter Vegetable Broth with Haricot Beans and Chorizo (Darina Allen)

Soup. It's hard to photograph to look appealing, but it tastes nice...

Monday, March 20, 2017

Book 25: A Year of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman

I really enjoyed this novel, with its lyrical writing and magical realism. It's a lovely story of relationships, of all sorts, including perhaps our relationship with our own minds & hearts. An unlikely cast of characters all around works well to keep you interested, and the writing is lovely.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Dinner, 19/3/17: Pork Paprikash (I love my Slow Cooker, by Sara Lewis)

Some prep work to do before chucking it in the slow cooker, but not more than half an hour or so, and the result was terrific. And because it was only Geoff, Alex & me for dinner, there's another batch in the freezer for another dinner as well...

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Dinner, 18/3/17: Salmon Teriyaki with Courgette & Sesame Noodles (Spiralize Every Day)

Another winner. Really convinced about spiralised courgettes - they work so well.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Dinner, 17/3/17: Potato & Pesto Pizzas (Good Food magazine)

Pretty much what it says. the crust here is made from  a packet of ciabatta bread mix, so it's very light and airy. Topping is pesto, potatoes, mozzarella. The rocket is only added after cooking.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Book 24: Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

Second in the Great Library series, and a compelling addition to the first one. Looking forward to seeing how the series is resolved; can't quite imagine what exactly will happen.

Dinner, 15/3/17: Chicken Curry, Okra (Geoff cooking)

Geoff often makes a curry when it's his turn to cook - always comes out nicely as well. This was no exception.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Dinner, 13/3/17: Enchiladas (Hairy Bikers - Hairy Dieters book)

Excellent enchiladas, yum!  Sarah made these, as she's here until tomorrow. And lots of raw veggies to go with them.