Monday, September 26, 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Dinner, 24/9/16: Roast Chicken, roast potatoes, roast beetroot

A nice autumnal dinner, and one which gives another meal - cold chicken for Tuesday, which is our difficult dinner day. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Book 80: Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo

A while back I read the book Six of Crows by the same author and enjoyed it; I wanted to go back and pick up the original stories which set up the world in which that book is placed. This is the first of them, and is yet another piece of good young adult fantasy - I wish all these stories had existed when I was  a teenager - not that I can't enjoy them now, I can, it's just a shame YA fiction was so thin on the ground in those days!

Dinner, 23/9/16: Potato & Carrot Tart; Indian Spiced Greens

The carrot tart is an old favourite (though I have altered it, mainly to put in a lot more carrots); to accompany it this time I chose this recipe of Indian spiced greens, which was a perfect accompaniment. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Book 79: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

This is the first in a series which seems to get raves everywhere, and I enjoyed it, but not to the rave extent.  Nicely written and characters interesting enough to want to see where it went (though I did find I got a bit confused about who was who, even with the handy guide at the beginning - partly because everyone seems to go by at least two names) but I don't think I'll be following through with the rest of the series. I didn't dislike it, I just didn't love it.

Dinner, 21/9/16: Chicken and Cauliflower Curry

Geoff cooked today; this is a chicken and cauliflower curry he's made before, though I wasn't home on that occasion, not sure why. It was lovely, and of course it's always nice to have a meal someone else cooked!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dinner, 20/9/16: Green Bean Mac and Cheese (Good Food)

A nice variation on the mac & cheese theme. Made ahead on Sunday, ready for the oven on Tuesday, which is our difficult night. And plenty of leftovers for lunch in the week. Win/win.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Book 78: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Third in this enjoyable YA series, loosely based on fairy tale characters - but only loosely, really. A jumping off point, let's say. Looking forward to the next one - Winter.

Mmm, Apple & Pear Crumble...

Kudos to The Boychild for his yummy crumble - that's what happens to slightly old fruit in our house - tasty!  We looked to see if our (elderly, housebound) neighbour's garden had any more blackberries from her (extremely overgrown) bushes, but looks like they've finished for the season - shame, as blackberries are lovely in a crumble.

Dinner, 18/9/16: Lamb Rogan Josh (Beverly LeBlanc)

From the book I my Slow Cooker. I've made this before; it's an excellent Rogan Josh, and the nice thing is that it just sits there cooking away while you get on with other stuff. As I also wanted to make something ahead today for Tuesday, it was good to have a dinner which could be done earlier. Now that we are returning to Autumn and the weather is getting crisper, I imagine there'll be more use of the slow cooker and more curries, casseroles and stews. Hearty, warming fare...

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Dinner, 14/9/16: Penne, pecorino and broad bean gratin (Ainsley Harriot), salad

Good, but needed longer in the oven - we were in a rush, though, so had to take it out a bit early.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Dinner, 13/9/16: Lemony couscous with chickpeas (Moosewood), tomato & cucumber salad

A make-ahead for Tuesday - Tuesday is my night to tutor quite late, so I don't have time to make dinner. Sometimes someone else will make it (not a good night for Geoff to cook as it's the one day a week he reliably goes into the office), but sometimes we'll try to make things ahead on the weekend. This was the latter, served with a tomato and cucumber salad (no picture) and pita bread and hummous for people who didn't have enough!  And leftover couscous salad for lunch Wednesday!