Saturday, January 20, 2018

Books in


...yeah, so, I was passing W H Smith...

Friday, January 19, 2018

Dinner, 19/1/18: Parsnip, Potato and Goat Cheese Rosti


Inspired by a recipe by Nigel Slater, which uses parsnip and beetroot. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Book in


Picked this one up because my sister in law was talking about it when we got together the other weekend. I've read another book by Barry (The Secret Scripture) which I enjoyed, and this one sounded quite good.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Dinner, 17/1/18: Penne alla Amatriciana


Alex cooked this one - it was really nice, a good, rich, flavourful sauce. I do like a bit of bacon & red wine...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Dinner, 16/1/18: Curried Potato Patries


These are tasty - the inside is peas, onions  & potatoes with curry flavourings; the outside is just puff pastry. My puff pastry has butter in it, but it you were vegan, you might be able to get puff pastry made with margarine & make these vegan. You'd have to leave off the eggwash, too, of course...

Monday, January 15, 2018

Dinner, 15/1/18: Courgette & Tarragon Soup


Made by Alex and Sarah for a quick supper before we headed uptown to see The Book of Mormon...

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Dinner, 14/1/18: Cottage Pie


Tasty meal tonight - I like cottage pie anyway, and in this case, it was made by Geoff , so that made it even nicer...

Friday, January 12, 2018

Book 2: The Garbage King, Elizabeth Laird


This is a childrens' book - it's the one my class is currently reading. There are a few bits of it which are probably a bit beyond their age, but the basic idea - the contrast (and interaction) between the two main characters in Addis Ababa,  one incredibly poor, living in the slums and then sold into slavery and one very wealthy - is provoking a lot of discussion among the kids - most of whom have no real concept of poverty, even those who are pretty poorly off by London standards. I thought it very compelling read, with well-drawn characters, none of whom was black or white in their behaviour and choices, and would definitely recommend it for mature tweens and younger teens (and older, too). 

Dinner, 12/1/18: Spanakopita (Spinach Pie)


Once again, I forgot to take a photo of my dinner until it was nearly gone, so the crusty crunchy pastry on top isn't as attractive as it usually is, but still, you get the general idea...

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Book 1: The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry


A very enjoyable historical novel; a good start to the reading year, even if it has taken me a while to finish it (it's been busy here, but also, I have several books going at the same time at the moment for various reasons...)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Dinner, 10/1/18: Tofu & Vegetable Stir Fry with Cashews


We have some variation on this a lot - it's quick, simple, tasty, healthy.  This one had bamboo shoots and water chestnuts in it, as the online supermarket was out of sugar snap peas, which I really like in a stir fry.