Thursday, July 27, 2017

Book 65: Vinegar Girl by Anne. Tyler


This is, apparently, part of a series of modern retellings of Shakespeare's plays by various authors. The play on which the novel is based is The Taming not the Shrew, and while I'm not completely convinced of the shrewishness of this particular Kate, I enjoyed the story, which was more or less exactly what you'd expect from a modern retelling of Shrew by Anne Tyler.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Book 64: Acqua Alta by Donna Leon


The next in this series, which I am rereading, gradually. Forgot to catch my blog up before I left to come to Amsterdam for a week, but at least I can add new books I've read, even if I'm a bit behind on dinners or books purchased. I always like these Brunette books, both for the plots & characters and for the setting. This was a very good one. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Book 63: Emma by Alexander McCall Smith


This is part of the Austen Project - six modern authors writing modern takes on Jane Austen titles. I've read a couple of them now, and while this was good, and faithful to the story while being presented in a modern way, it suffered from the same problem which the original has for me - I just don't really like Emma. She makes me cringe. Give me Elizabeth Bennett, Elinor Dashwood, Fanny Price - or even better, Anne Elliot - any day. Heck, I'll even take Catherine Morland. (Though honestly, haven't read Northanger Abbey in so many years I might be wrong about that last one...)

Dinner, 16/7/17: Baked Green Eggs


We've had this before - eggs baked in a spinach nest. It's unusual, but I  like it, and it's nice and simple.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Book 62: Ink by Alice Broadway


Finally got around to finishing a book - just haven't really been up to much reading lately - not sure if it's because I'm tired or because of the weather, or what, but it's quite unusual for me. Tried a couple of books I didn't get into, but finally settled with this young adult title and another book which I'm nearly finished as well. I enjoyed this - it wasn't quite as good as some I've read recently, but I thought it was an interesting premise, presented well. 

Dinner, 15/7/17: Chicken Jalfrezi (Hairy Bikers)


We really like this curry as well - had it several times before. Definitely a family favourite.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dinner, 13/7/17: Cheeseburger Quesadillas (John Whaite)


We've had this a couple of times and really like them. Fast food in the best way...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Dinner, 12/7/17: Asparagus and Broccoli Soup


This was a blended soup, made from the ends of the asparagus we've had all through the spring and some broccoli stalks -I threw these bits in the freezer, as it seemed a shame to waste them. If I did this again, which I would as it was very tasty - I would sieve it, as it did have some fibrous strands. But otherwise, very nice.



Monday, July 10, 2017

Dinner, 10/7/17: Indoor Picnic


Too hot (and too tired) to cook. So this is an assembly-type dinner. If I had a bit more energy, I'd make some salads myself, but even that is a bit much after this weekend. Alex and I had more or less the same thing last night (slight variation). Maybe next week there will be actual cooking...

Friday, July 07, 2017

Dinner, 7/7/17: Fish Fingers, Oven Chips


The height of sophistication. Alex and me, on our own, on a Friday night...

Monday, July 03, 2017

Dinner, 3/6/17: Spicy Chicken with Peanuts and Green Beans (Ken Hom)


Essentially a Kung-Pao chicken, though not as spicy, and I added green beans.