Monday, September 18, 2017

Dinner, 18/9/17: Jacket Potatoes with Beans, Cheese, Bacon

This is one we often have on nights I'm not around; decided it was time we had it when I was here. Gotta love a good baked potato...

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Book 89: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

I really enjoyed this kind of wacky SF novel; it was pretty different from just about anything I'd read before, but not in a bad way. Extremely difficult to summarise, especially without giving away important stuff, but it was good fun.

Dinner, 17/9/17: Salmon Tikka Masala

Salmon curry with courgettes, onions, tomatoes. Yum. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Dinner, 15/9/17: Lentil Shepherd's Pie

Probably shouldn't be called a shepherd's pie if there's no meat in it, but I have to call it something. Tasty!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Book 88: Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

A young adult title, fantasy.  I thought the beginning and build up to this story were superb; it somehow didn't quite maintain that level for me towards the end, though the finish was very nice. Lovely writing, though. I'd definitely read another by the same author.

Dinner, 12/9/17: Paneer Stuffed Pancakes (source unknown)

This was a magazine recipe, but not sure which magazine, possibly Vegetarian Living. Anyway, it was extremely yummy,so we were all happy - the filling for the pancakes was chickpeas, spinach and paneer cheese, with curry paste & passata - really tasty. Again, the recipe suggested coconut yogurt (i.e. yogurt made with coconut milk) as a topping, and it was very nice with this - just the right contrast. Alex pointed out that we'd had two very different "things in wraps" meals in a row - hadn't even noticed before - but then, "things in wraps" is a very versatile kind of meal...

Monday, September 11, 2017

Dinner, 11/9/17: Black Bean Tacos (Good Food magazine)

This is a terrible picture of what was actually a very nice dinner - soft tacos with a black bean filling. There was a guacamole sauce and a salsa with pomegranate seeds in it, which I really liked, especially the texture.  We had both corn and wheat tortillas, though I liked the wheat better in this instance. And it was a bit too spicy for Sarah, though not for the rest of us.  It used coconut yogurt as a topping, which Geoff found a little sweet (you could use regular yogurt or sour cream if you wanted to, but this was a good alternative for vegans). 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Book 87: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

I picked this up a while back because I had read Olive Kitteridge  by the same author and thought it excellent; this was also excellent. Strout is a great writer, and the characters are so real, true and earnest you almost ache reading it. Must check out the rest of her books (I think I've read another, a long time ago, though I have no recollection of anything beyond the name - Amy and Isabelle.)

Dinner, 10/9/17: Sausages, Spicy Wedges, Baked Swede

Nope, it's not two different sets of chips, it's roasted/baked swede (rutabaga) a vegetable I tend to only use in stews, and always forget how nice it is in other ways...

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Book 86: Treason by Berlie Doherty

This is another of the books my class will be reading this year; I enjoyed it. It's a strong story about family and loyalty and set in an interesting, if perhaps overused, time (court of Henry VIII) - but for nearly all, if not all, of the kids in my class, it will no doubt be the first book set in that period they've read, so that won't matter for them. I found it well written and compelling and not suffering from the tendency to dumb things down for children - yes, it's simplified, but still intelligent. A good choice - and exciting enough to hold the kids' attention, I'm sure.

Dinner, 9/9/17: Ghobeli (Rice with Lamb and Carrots)

This is an old standby - we particularly like the pistachio and dried cranberries on top, adds something really nice to the dish.