Monday, October 26, 2009

I've been a bit under the weather the last few days. Benny being so generous shared his cold with me. I just wish the little man with the mallet would stop his hammering inside my head. I haven't actually felt like doing anything but snuggling up with hot tea but I managed a few rows of knitting in between naps. One advantage of this simple life is one can do nothing once in a while without upsetting anything. True the washing is escaping from the basket this morning but not to worry we have other things to wear

I managed to bake on Saturday while Pampa did the grocery shopping, so the tins are full or were full.

  • Ginger biscuits, Benny has been asking for these for ages.

  • and while I was about it a Sticky Ginger cake.

The morning is grey with a little rain and hardly any wind. Not a good day for a Monday, not the sort of day to start the week off with.

  • The Pear tree with a few yellow leaves still clinging on.

I like Monday to be bright a cheerful with a little breeze. I like to be able to breath in the fresh air and lift my face to the sun. We can't have everything, now lets see whats good about today. It's not cold, around about 14c, not bad for the end of October. I don't have to go out anywhere as all the errands were done on Saturday. There isn't any ironing to do and I have supper all planned. I can start a new knitting project today as I've caught up with my dishcloth swap items for next month. All in all a day when I can gather my strengths again.

  • Cooking supper from this book, 5o Great Curries of India by Camellia Panjabi.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Love em or hate em.

We still have a few beetroot on the allotment, although we have eaten lots this year we can never have too many. Pampa is the beetroot king in our home and growing, cooking and eating them is his speciality.

Here he is preparing a basket full for the cooking. The leaves are cut off not too close to the actual beetroot and the root is left on. This helps stop the beetroot 'bleeding' into the cooking water.

He gives them a quick rinse in cold water and puts them straight into a large pan of cold water.

Bring the pan slowly to the boil and then turn down till it is just simmering. Any more and the beetroot will be dry when cooked. Leave them for about an hour. He check every little while to make sure they are still covered with water and are still simmering.

A little prod with a sharp knife to see if they are ready, yes done to perfection. Drain, mind they will be hot.

Cut the stalk off with a small knife and the skins should just fall away on it's own.

What you have left is a bowl of delicious beetroot. We serve these either hot with a white sauce with our dinner or cold with salad or in our sandwiches.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

12 Dancing Dishcloths well 11 actually.

I have received all my dishcloths from the 12 Dancing Dishcloth swap over on Ravelry. They are all so beautiful I can't bring myself to actually use them just yet but I will, I will. This first photo is a set from a kind lady from over the ocean. I love this kitchen towel and I'm going to add this pattern to the list I am making for Christmas presents.

Look at all this lovely, lovely kitchen crafting. Every time I clean my kitchen I will think of all those ladies from all over the world busy with their needles. I've been busy as well but I'm not showing as my lovely swap partners must see them first.

Here are two pieces of very pretty fabric waiting in the wings to be turned into a couple of sewing kits for my girls. Underneath just peeking out is some fine cotton I picked up in a sale. Pampa is going to get plain hankies and if I have time I might use a little for an embroidered one for Mills.

Have a lovely weekend.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Wondering around peeking at other peoples blogs I came across this and thought I might as well:

1. Where is your cell phone? Flat
2. Your hair? Grey
3. Your mother? Irish
4. Your father? Missed
5. Your favorite food? Bread
6. Your dream last night? Frightening
7. Your favorite drink? Tea
8. Your dream/goal? achieved
9. What room are you in? Bedroom
10. Your hobby? Creating
11. Your fear? Restriction
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Home
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. Something that you aren’t? Extrovert
15. Muffins? Chocolate
16. Wish list item? Polytunnel
17. Where did you grow up? Cornwall
18. Last thing you did? Baked
19. What are you wearing? Preloved.
20. Your TV? Off
21. Your pets? Worms
22. Friends? Working
23. Your life? Content
24. Your mood? Happy
25. Missing someone? Mills
26. Vehicle? Dirty
27. Something you’re not wearing? Frown
28. Your favorite store? Closed
29. Your favorite color? Turquoise
30. When was the last time you laughed? This morning
31. Last time you cried? Yesterday
32. Your best friend? Loved
33. One place that I go to over and over? Allotment
34. One person who emails me regularly? B J.
35. Favorite place to eat? Home

One word answers are harder than you think but given honestly don't they give an insight into our lives.

A contented day.

My life, to the outside world must seem dull and samey but it's the sameness of it that is it's joy. I like my routine, my home, my world. I am happy with my life.

Today I visited the lottie with my little helper, as it was his day off. We cleared the pumpkin patch, picked the last of the sweetcorn and cleared away the runner beans. We filled this compost bin and now I need Pampa to build another. Job for the weekend.

The last of the sweetcorn, a little tough now but fine for Pampa's favourite chicken and sweetcorn soup. There were also a few squash lurking under the leaves, very small but nice roasted whole.

But the best were the first of the Brussels sprouts, yummy one of my favourite.

There are also the other, some would say mundane, activities of my day. Washing and who could not be pleased to hang their washing out under this blue sky.

There is always bread making, a loaf hardly lasts a meal let alone a day in our home. This is bog standard granary and white flour. I fine this the best for the 'workers' packed lunch, quite firm and easy to slice.

The goody tin needed filling, flapjack here, so easy and quick, chocolate on this batch but another favourite is oats and apricot.

And there is always knitting, a pair of cosy socks for one of my girls for Christmas and this gorgeous autumn pair I am making for Pampa. A little joke in our family is Pampa's love of orange and how I hate it.

After I have finished writing I will prepare supper. Pork chops with leek and bacon sauce, those yummy sprouts and a few runner beans I found on the plants as I was pulling them up. Must not let them go to waste.

I will have had a contented day and hope for another one tomorrow.