Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Dinner, 19/11/19: Roast Squash, Spicy Roast Cauliflower and Chickpeas


Used a bit of my Vampire Slayer hot sauce (with lots of garlic) on the cauliflower, which worked really well. 

Monday, November 18, 2019

Dinner, 18/11/19: Potato & Leek Soup


With a bit of blue cheese in it. It's hard photographing soup in a way that looks attractive.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Year Long Declutter, Week 46: 654 items total


Cleaned out the hall cupboard recently, so these are some things from there, at least mostly. A couple of torches which no longer work, a lot of paper bags too small to be super useful, a picture frame which doesn't fasten properly, an old modem, a few candles, etc which are no longer used, a door decoration which has seen better days, and a few other bits and pieces. Some bound for the charity shop, some for the bin (or recycling). The cupboard is still full, but at least it's tidier!

Book 90: Last Night in Montreal, Emily St John Mandel


I thought this was great. I had previously read Station Eleven, which I enjoyed, but this one was even tighter, storywise, I thought. Very compelling, and although some aspects of the resolution were as I imagined, not all of them were. Going to see out more of her books!

Dinner, 17/11/19: German Sausages, Sauerkraut, Chips


Originally, I had planned to eat leftovers from last night's feast for dinner, but there weren't any (or at least, only a very little bit left). So the boys picked up some German sausages after they went to the gym, and we had some lovely sauerkraut from the farmers' market, and chips. A bit of a change from yesterday!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Dinner, 16/11/19: The Annual (Nearly) Vegan Birthday Feast


Every year for my birthday I have some friends round - many of them are vegetarian and one is also allergic to dairy and gluten, so I tend to go for vegan food. With perhaps the occsional optional cheese sprinkle. And the salad above has a little honey in the dressing.  This year, we had Lentil and Butternut Salad (a regular feature), 


Herby Braised Carrots, 


Fennel, Chickpea and Aubergine Bake, 


Devilled Mushrooms, 


Giant Butterbean Stew, 


Green Bean and Kidney Bean Curry, 


and Burnt Aubergine Chili (by popular request - everyone loves this!)

Also rice, a loaf of bread and some dessert, which doesn't appear to have been photographed - pears poached in red wine, and Flourless Black Bean Brownies. 

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Book 89: Even the Dogs, Jon McGregor


Took me much longer than usual to read this, not because it was difficult or badly written (the opposite, really), but because it was just a bit too bleak and depressing, that I found myself constantly wanting to put it down. He does write like an angel, though.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Dinner, 12/11/19: Frittata with onions and mushrooms


So, what do you do when you have way too many onions in the house (and don't have the time or inclination for onion soup)?  Frittata, with caramelised onions and some mushrooms for good measure.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Dinner, 11/11/19: Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower Soup


A really nice wintery soup, with flaked almonds on top, but also in the soup, before blending. Adds a great taste and texture.  Recipe from Good Food

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Dinner, 10/11/19: Roast Vegetables with Yorkshire Puddings


A traditional Sunday roast dinner, except without the meat - just a variety of roasted veg, from the veggie box and the farmers' market - cabbage, Romanesco, sweet potato, peppers, onions.  I made Yorkshire Puddings to go with it, and of course there was (veggie) gravy as well. Yum. 

Year Long Declutter, week 45 (640 items total)


Continuing on from my closet declutter, some scarves I don't really wear much, and a pair of shoes I never wear (from the charity shop originally, so I'm not too worried about the fact that they are going back there).  Two pairs of shoes which are for the bin - really worn. And some totebags which don't ever get used. The blue one will get passed along to someone else, and the others, I will use to send stuff to the charity shop. 

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Dinner, 9/11/19: Pork Chops, Braised Leeks and Carrots


This was a really lovely way to cook carrots and leeks - really tasty and a great texture (recipe here, though I didn't use the breadcrumbs). The porkchops were from the farmers' market and were fried briefly in a pan before being finished under the grill - again, great texture, very succulent. 

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Book 88: The Toll, Neal Shusterman


The third (and final) book in the series - and goodness, what a lot of stuff to resolve. Done well, and with some interesting new characters, as well as developing some of the more minor existing characters into more important players. I enjoyed this, though of course, it's always a shame to see a series come to an end when you enjoy it.