Sunday, June 16, 2019

Year Long Declutter, week 24 (336 items total)

Actually, this is a lot more than 14 items, this week - but I thought it was silly to count out the individual badges.  Alex kept a few for sentimental reasons, but most of them weren't anything special, so out they went. 

Dinner, 16/6/19: Mixed Vegetable Paella

This paella is from a Yotam Ottolenghi recipe, and it's really tasty. The vegetables in it are really tasty, and it's nice and spicy. People who still think meals without meat aren't as good (do those people still exist these days?) need to eat things like this...

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Dinner 15/6/19: Chicken and Mushroom Pie, Spring Greens, New Potatoes

The pie is my usual Hairy Bikers recipe, but with celery added (we had a lot of celery) - it was really nice.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Book 44: The Boy at the Back of the Class

A children's book about a refugee joining a class in a London school. Really lovely book  - pitched just right, I think, for the age group. 

Dinner, 11/6/19: Prawn and Chili Spaghetti

Monday, June 10, 2019

Dinner, 10/6/19: Chicken Curry (Geoff cooking)

I was originally going to go out to a class at the gym, but between feeling exhausted from a weekend of driving to fetch girls from uni and the fact that a year's worth of rain was coming down in a single day, I decided not to go.  Luckily, Geoff had cooked enough curry for all three of us (the girls being away larking it up on the Isle of Wight). 

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Year Long Declutter, week 23 (322 items total)

This selection is also from Alex's room - some of the musical instruments went to school for my raffle prize box. The tennis medals also went to school, where they may be able to be put to good use. The rest went in the bin, I think.

Book 43: Scythe, Neal Shusterman

This was really good - set in the future where people have learned to heal any and (almost) all illnesses and injuries, there is an elite group of people chosen to be reapers - to kill a certain percentage of the population to prevent over population. Plus there's an all-knowing (but good) computer god-figure. Yeah, there's more to it than that, but that's the basic premise, and it was interesting where he went with it. Looking forward to the next one.

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Dinner, 8/6/19: Broccoli and Kohlrabi Cheese, Salad, Sauteed Potatoes

Another kohlrabi in the box (before a tip about a gratin from a friend, which sounds lovely - that might be next) - this time, with lots of broccoli to use, we decided to do it in cheese sauce. Lovely!

Friday, June 07, 2019

Book 42: The Beast is an Animal, Peternelle van Arsdale

Young adult fiction, fantasy (more or less).  An interesting idea and an enjoyable read.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Dinner, 5/6/19: Frittata with mushrooms & tomatoes; salad

One of the things I've been enjoying eating more of while the girls are absent is egg based dishes like this - Olivia doesn't like eggy things, and while Sarah eats eggs, she's not crazy about frittata and omelette. And anyway, it would be harder to make enough for five.  

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Book 41: Alice by Christna Henry

I really enjoyed (if that's the word) Henry's Peter Pan take (The Lost Boy) and had had expectations of this book; I was not disappointed.  Again, I'm not sure I can really say I enjoyed the book as it was very very dark, though it's far enough away from Alice in Wonderland that it hasn't put me off the original, but it was a really well constructed, interesting & horrific tale based around the Alice universe. Looking forward to The Red Queen, another one, linked to Alice. 

Dinner, 4/6/19: Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes & Basil

Doesn't show that well in the photo, but it was lovely - just a simple sauce of cherry tomatoes, a lot of basil and some garlic.