This is one we often have on nights I'm not around; decided it was time we had it when I was here. Gotta love a good baked potato...
Monday, September 18, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017
I really enjoyed this kind of wacky SF novel; it was pretty different from just about anything I'd read before, but not in a bad way. Extremely difficult to summarise, especially without giving away important stuff, but it was good fun.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
A young adult title, fantasy. I thought the beginning and build up to this story were superb; it somehow didn't quite maintain that level for me towards the end, though the finish was very nice. Lovely writing, though. I'd definitely read another by the same author.
This was a magazine recipe, but not sure which magazine, possibly Vegetarian Living. Anyway, it was extremely yummy,so we were all happy - the filling for the pancakes was chickpeas, spinach and paneer cheese, with curry paste & passata - really tasty. Again, the recipe suggested coconut yogurt (i.e. yogurt made with coconut milk) as a topping, and it was very nice with this - just the right contrast. Alex pointed out that we'd had two very different "things in wraps" meals in a row - hadn't even noticed before - but then, "things in wraps" is a very versatile kind of meal...
Monday, September 11, 2017
This is a terrible picture of what was actually a very nice dinner - soft tacos with a black bean filling. There was a guacamole sauce and a salsa with pomegranate seeds in it, which I really liked, especially the texture. We had both corn and wheat tortillas, though I liked the wheat better in this instance. And it was a bit too spicy for Sarah, though not for the rest of us. It used coconut yogurt as a topping, which Geoff found a little sweet (you could use regular yogurt or sour cream if you wanted to, but this was a good alternative for vegans).
Sunday, September 10, 2017
I picked this up a while back because I had read Olive Kitteridge by the same author and thought it excellent; this was also excellent. Strout is a great writer, and the characters are so real, true and earnest you almost ache reading it. Must check out the rest of her books (I think I've read another, a long time ago, though I have no recollection of anything beyond the name - Amy and Isabelle.)
Nope, it's not two different sets of chips, it's roasted/baked swede (rutabaga) a vegetable I tend to only use in stews, and always forget how nice it is in other ways...
Saturday, September 09, 2017
This is another of the books my class will be reading this year; I enjoyed it. It's a strong story about family and loyalty and set in an interesting, if perhaps overused, time (court of Henry VIII) - but for nearly all, if not all, of the kids in my class, it will no doubt be the first book set in that period they've read, so that won't matter for them. I found it well written and compelling and not suffering from the tendency to dumb things down for children - yes, it's simplified, but still intelligent. A good choice - and exciting enough to hold the kids' attention, I'm sure.
This is an old standby - we particularly like the pistachio and dried cranberries on top, adds something really nice to the dish.