Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Dinner, 9/10/19: Green Bean and Kidney Bean Curry

Good vegan recipe for an easy, quick curry. Yum!  (From Hairy Bikers: Hairy Dieters Go Veggie)

Monday, October 07, 2019

Book 72: The 101 Dalmatians, Dodie Smith

Picked this up last night when too tired to tackle my current book (Milkman by Anna Burns). Although I'm a big fan of I Capture the Castle, I'd never read this one (though of course I've seen both the cartoon and the Glenn Close live action film). I thought the book was very sweet, and more fun than the films in that it was told from the dogs' perspectives. A nice children's read. 

Dinner, 7/10/19: Prawn and Courgette Curry

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Dinner, 6/10/19: Chipolatas, Grilled Raddicchio, new potatoes

The grilled raddicchio was something new for us (we've eaten raddicchio before, but not often, and not grilled) - it was very nice. Served with a little cheese on top (or not, if you prefer). 

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Dinner, 5/10/19: Broccoli, Romanesco & Spinach with Cheese Sauce

Not quite cauliflower cheese, but more or less same principal. And saute potatoes. 

Friday, October 04, 2019

Dinner, 4/10/10: Yasai Yaki Udon

Recipe from a new (to me) book: Mob Veggie.  This was great - very similar to the dish you might order in e.g. Wagamama, with two kinds of mushrooms and lots of veggies (and udon noodles- yum). I threw some peanuts on top, as well. Definitely will make this again.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Book 72: Gentlemen & Players, Joanne Harris

I saw this somewhere on a list of good thrillers and shortly after that, saw it in a charity shop - an obvious sign if there ever was one. I enjoyed it - it was well constructed, though I did work out one or two things (though not everything). Not at all like other Joanne Harris I've read (e.g. Chocolat) - much darker. As one would expect from a thriller.

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Dinner, 1/10/19: Broccoli, Spinach & Fennel Soup

a.k.a. cream of whatever needs using up in the fridge...

September roundup


  • 30th: Tuna, Baked Potato, Peas
  • 29th: Lunch out in Brighton
  • 28th: Ribs, Mashed Potatoes, Salad
  • 27th: out to dinner for Sarah's birthday (pizza)
  • 26th: Fend for yourself Thursday
  • 25th: Veggie Burgers, Sweetcorn, Potato Waffles
  • 24th: Parsnip & Leek soup
  • 23rd: Leftover chicken, potatoes, salad
  • 22nd: Vegan Hotpot
  • 21st: Roast Chicken, Roast potatoes, Cabbage
  • 20th: Spanakopita, Cucumber Salad
  • 19th: Fend for yourself Thursday
  • 18th: Smoked Haddock, Romanesco, Potatoes
  • 17th: Black Kale Bruschetta, Roasted Bean & Veg Salad,etc
  • 16th: Vegan Swede Laksa
  • 15th: Pork Mince Curry (S, G, A only)
  • 14th: Burnt Aubergine Veggie Chili
  • 13th: Green Bean, Potato and Halloumi Bake
  • 12th: Fend for yourself Thursday
  • 11th: Cajun Spiced Potato Wedges, Roast Veggies
  • 10th: Veggie & Cashew Stir Fry
  • 9th: Sweet Potato and Spinach Curry
  • 8th: Minestrone
  • 7th: Pasta with pancetta and artichokes
  • 6th: Courgette & Halloumi skewers; potato cakes
  • 5th: In transit
  • 4th: US Holiday (dinner out at Joe's Farm Grill)
  • 3rd: US Holiday (dinner out at Barrio Cafe)
  • 2nd: US Holiday (dinner out at Charleston's)
  • 1st: US Holiday (Leftovers from Chinese takeaway)

Monday, September 30, 2019

September Book Update

I liked the way I kept track of my book reading last year, so I'm going to do something similar this year - just monitor books in and out, without any pressure to declutter or read things in order, etc. I'm once again setting a goal to read 100 books in the year - I read 102 in 2018. Otherwise, my only goal is to keep reading and keep enjoying books!

In January: books read: 9; books out: 2; books in: 5; books on windowsill: 59
In February: books read: 10; books out: 0; books in: 0; books on windowsill: 54
In March: books read: 4; books out: 0; books in: 0; books on windowsill: 52
In April: books read: 6; books out: 4; books in: 2; books on windowsill: 48
In May: books read: 10; books out: 0; books in: 3; books on windowsill: 48
In June: books read: 9; books out: 0; books in: 0; books on windowsill: 46
In July: books read: 2; books out: 0; books in: 0; books on windowsill: 46
In August: books read: 16; books out: 0; books in: 2; books on windowsill: 47
In September: books read: 5; books out: 0; books in: 6; books on windowsill: 51

September didn't start with much reading, as we were moving my mother into her new apartment after our long road trip, and I was way too tired to read much in the evenings... But it got a bit better once I got back home and into a routine.
  • I read a book on the plane trip back to London (Watchers of Time, Charles Todd)
  • I bought a book in the airport in Phoenix in case I was stuck without one on the plane (Clock Dance, Anne Tyler)
  • I read two of the books from my shelf (March by Geraldine Brooks, Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman)
  • I re-read a children's classic we had in the house (The Neverending Story by Michael Ende)
  • I read another in the Inspector Montalbano series (The Snack Thief, Andrea Camilleri)
  • I treated myself to some books at Waterstones in Brighton when I took Sarah back to uni - I had a voucher from the end of the school year (one of those multi-shop ones), so I didn't actually spend any money, which is fun...
Here's the updated list of Books to Read in 2019. These are the books hanging out on my windowsill upstairs, waiting to be read. Or discarded. But hopefully, read. I started the year with 60 books on this list - you can see how long the books have been knocking around by the dates in brackets.
  1. Ford Maddox Ford, Parade's End (Nov 2012 - birthday present - bought after the BBC adaptation - but I knew I wouldn't read it straight away as I wanted to let time pass from the adaptation.  Enough time has probably passed now...)
  2. Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
  3. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude (would be a re-read, bought shortly after his death - spring 2014 - as I was reminded how much I enjoyed it and I didn't seem to own a copy - think my old one fell apart, probably...) 
  4. Daphne du Maurier, Frenchman's Creek (Waterstones Piccadilly - 2016? bought in principle for the girls, but thought I might read it again as it's been ages)
  5. Daphne du Maurier, Jamaica Inn (Waterstones Piccadilly - 2016? bought in principle for the girls, but thought I might read it again as it's been ages)
  6. Susan Barker, The Incarnations (charity shop, July 2016)
  7. Orhan Pamuk. A Strangeness in Mind (Christmas present 2016)
  8. Andrew Taylor, The Ashes of London (passed to me by Geoff after he read it, April 2017)
  9. Mark Haddon (Introduction), States of Mind: Experiences at the Edge of Consciousness (Waterstones Piccadilly, April 2017)
  10. John Irving, Avenue of Mysteries  (Waterstones Piccadilly, April 2017)
  11. Mikhail Bulgokov, The Master and Margarita (charity shop, April 2017)
  12. Jane Smiley, Early Warning (Abe Books, May 2017, after finishing the first in the series)
  13. Siri Hustvedt, A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women (Waterstones Wimbledon, July 2017)
  14. Lucy Worsley, A Very British Murder (Waterstones Oxford, August 2017)
  15. Sebastian Barry, Days without End (Abe Books, January 2018)
  16. Arundhati Roy, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (passed to me by Geoff, Feb 2018)
  17. Bella Pollen, Hunting Unicorns (Kingston Hospital Charity Bookshelf, March 2018)
  18. Sebastian Faulkes, A Week in December (Charity Shops, March 2018)
  19. Jose Saramago, Blindness (Lisbon, April 2018)
  20. Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake (passed on by Geoff, April 2018)
  21. Spark, Alice Broadway (Waterstones Wimbledon, April 2018)
  22. The Mime Order, Samantha Shannon (Abe Books, May 2018)
  23. Salt to the Sea, Ruta Sepetys  (Waterstones Picadilly, July 2018)
  24. Selected Stories, Alice Munro (charity shop, July 2018)
  25. The Murderer's Ape, Jakob Wegelius (Waterstones Wimbledon, August 2018)
  26. Even the Dogs, Jon McGregor (Abebooks, Sept 2018)
  27. Islands in the Stream, Ernest Hemingway (Abebooks, Sept 2018)
  28. Throne of Glass, Sarah J Maas (Waterstones Wimbledon, October 2018)
  29. The Mistletoe Bride, Kate Mosse (charity shop, November 2018)
  30. Milkman, Anna Burns (Waterstones online, December 2018)
  31. Hillbilly Elegy, J D Vance (Waterstones Piccadilly, December 2018)
  32. Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi (Christmas present, 2018)
  33. Theft, Peter Carey (charity shop, January 2019)
  34. The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy (charity shop, January 2019)
  35. Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman (Waterstones Wimbledon, January 2019)
  36. Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng (Waterstones Wimbledon, January 2019)
  37. And the Mountains Echo, Khaled Hosseini (charity shop, Harborne, April 2019)
  38. Kate Atkinson, Transcription (Waterstones Wimbledon, May 2019)
  39. Laini Taylor, Muse of Nightmares  (Waterstones Wimbledon, May 2019)
  40. Emily St John Mandel, Last Night in Montreal  (Waterstones Wimbledon, May 2019)
  41. The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro (AbeBooks, June 2019)
  42. The Red Queen by Christina Henry (Waterstones online, June 2019)
  43. The Venetian Masquerade by Philip Gwynne Jones (Waterstones online, June 2019)
  44. The Last Picture Show, Larry McMurtry (used book store, Laurel MD, August 2019)
  45. The Reef, Edith Wharton (used book store, Laurel MD, August 2019)
  46. Clock Dance, Anne Tyler (Phoenix Airport, Sept 2019)
  47. Unsheltered, Barbara Kingsolver (Waterstones Brighton, Sept 2019)
  48. The Wedding, Dorothy West  (Waterstones Brighton, Sept 2019)
  49. Once Upon a River, Diane Setterfield  (Waterstones Brighton, Sept 2019)
  50. Tamar, Mal Peet  (Waterstones Brighton, Sept 2019)
  51. Fresh Water, Akwaeke Emezi (Waterstones Brighton, Sept 2019)

Dinner, 30/9/19: Tuna, Baked Potato, Peas