Sunday, November 29, 2015

Dinner, 29/11/15: Roast Chicken, Roast Potatoes, Stuffing, Red Brussels Sprouts

A slightly late homage to Thanksgiving, though without any serious intent...

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Book 110: Bones by Jan Burke

After not being able to get into my previous book (The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood*) despite several attempts, I decided to head back to something I knew would catch my attention. I'm nearly caught up with these now - I have three more, and I think there are only one or two beyond that. An excellent serial killer type story, with good development (as usual) of both the plot and the characters.

*I seem to have trouble with Margaret Atwood - some of her books I love, others I just can't get into. This, unfortunately, was one of the latter.

Dinner, 28/11/15: Vegetable Curry

...and a big stack of poppadoms...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Book 109: Flash and Bones, Kathy Reichs

Another in the Temperence Brennan, forensic anthropologist series. This one centres (sort of) around NASCAR racing, about which I know nothing, but it didn't matter. Very readable, if not particularly distinguished.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Book 108: Liar by Jan Burke

This is a re-read, though it's been a while since I read it, and I didn't really remember most of it (which is fine!). In making space on my bookcases recently, I decided to get rid of this series, but only after re-reading it, which I've been really enjoying. I can't imagine I'd read them a third time, though, so it will be nice to have the space - and perhaps someone else will find one in a charity shop and really enjoy the series, and the author will have a new fan.

This one is a nice, solid story, skillfully plotted, with well-drawn characters, even the minor ones. I always enjoy this series.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Dinner, 22/11/15: Cottage Pie

Because my actual birthday was a Thursday (a day on which we rarely eat together as a family due to a number of committments for everyone except Geoff), it wasn't practical for Geoff to cook a birthday meal then - so he did it today, when Alex and I were out for a good chunk of the day doing some Christmas shopping at a large mall with a Lego Store (Westfield Stratford City).  For various reasons, Geoff is doing more cooking lately, so there are many nights on which I don't cook, but it's still lovely to have another one - especially when you've been out shopping for several hours (not to mention the travel across London)...

Birthday goodies

Goodies from friends and family - admittedly, it's not about the presents (I'd be happy to have my friends over with no presents at all), but the presents are a nice addition!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Annual Birthday Feast

All kinds of goodies this year (all vegetarian, as two vegetarian friends were attending) - Yotam Ottolenghi's Quinoa Cakes, which I made recently for the family, a Butter Bean Stew, Halloumi Stuffed Peppers, a Lentil Shepherd's Pie, Broccoli Casserole and Roasted Squash with Pumpkin Seeds & Fenugreek (also Ottolenghi). 

and for pudding - a cherry and blueberry clafoutis and pumpkin pie. With homemade vanilla ice cream, of course.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Books in

A few books in, as it's my birthday...  The one below wasn't a birthday present, just a book from my list, ordered to top up a Waterstone's order of something else to make it to the free postage mark (and technically it came in the post yesterday, but who's counting...). The top three are birthday gifts - the Laurie King is the latest in the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series (about the 12th or 13th, I think); the Susan Vreeland is her newest (I've read all the others) and the Wilkie Collins, in addition to being Wilkie Collins, is set in Venice, apparently...