Saturday, June 17, 2017

Dinner, 17/6/17: Homemade pizzas

Olivia and I were out today at a university open day (Sarah is in Bulgaria on holiday; Geoff is in Switzerland at a conference), so I wanted something fairly easy for dinner - Alex put the pizza dough on when we were partway home, and it was ready when we got here. After that, it's just a matter of assembly (this one has no tomato sauce, just chili oil, garlic, some meat and cheese) and cooking and then relaxing in the sunshine with your yummy pizza!

Book 60: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

This is the second in a duology (first was Six of Crows) I started a while back. When I picked up the first one, I didn't realise there was another trilogy of books set in the same world, so I went back and read those in the intervening space, to get a better understanding of the world. It's not essential, but I'd recommend the trilogy first if you are going to look into the Grisha world. I really enjoyed all five of these, despite reading them in an odd order. It was an interesting premise for a Fantasy world, and I do think that YA writing is very strong these days - makes me wish I was a YA again - ok, not really. Just makes me wish we had books like this in the days when I was. I love the outcasts and rebels in this pair of books and overall, probably like them better than the Grisha trilogy, which is a bit more serious.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Dinner, 16/6/17: Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpease with harrisa & spinach couscous (

This is a recipe I've cooked a few times before, and each time I've made a few alterations; we really like this variation, so it might stick. I accidentally dumped the couscous into the pan with the harissa onions, because I was talking while cooking, but it worked brilliantly.  Cauliflower is such an underrated vegetable and can be cooked in so many ways. With this one, I also roast the chopped up stems and leaves of the cauliflower and add them to the finished dish.  Vegan if you don't sprinkle the feta on it (if the couscous is vegan).

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dinner, 14/6/17: Red Kidney Bean & Green Bean Curry (Hairy Bikers)

The Hairy Bikers' latest cookbook is not only a "diet" book, but also, vegetarian. Some of the stuff looks pretty promising. This was great.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dinner, 13/6/17: Tahini & Honey Chicken and Paprika Potatoes (John Whaite)

This is actually a photo from the last time we had this, as I wasn't home, and Alex forgot to photograph his creation - he cooked. We did the marinade on the chicken the night before, and the rest was easy assemblage on the day. Very nice. And easy!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Dinner, 12/6/17: Pasta with Pesto & Veg

This was a using up leftover bits kind of dinner - the pesto was in the freezer from a previous meal; the broccoli and asparagus were both extra bits from previous dinners. Win-win. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Book 59: About Grace by Anthony Doerr

I picked this up because I read and really enjoyed All The Light We Cannot See by the same author. This is his first novel, and although I thought it was a bit of a slow starter, it was actually quite a strong story with a compelling plot and characters. It lacked that special bit of magic that made All The Light... such an amazing story,  but then again, so do 99 per cent of books written. 

Dinner, 11/6/17: Steak, Asparagus, New Potatoes

The steak was on sale, the asparagus was new season, the potatoes were Jersey Royal. What more is there to say?

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Book 58: The Moon-Spinners by Mary Stewart (re-read)

...and here's the last Stewart re-read, at least for the present. I like this one a lot, though not quite as much as my very favourite few. But it's still a nice, satisfying old friend to visit.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Book 57: Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart (re-read)

Whenever I re-read a Mary Stewart, I usually end up reading several of them. This is one I hadn't revisited in a while, so I enjoyed that, though I admit, it's not one of my very favourites.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Dinner, 6/6/17: Mexican Bean and Tortilla Bake

Another quick meal - Sarah cooking again tonight to help me out on busy weekdays, as she's a lady of leisure at the moment.