Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Book 77: Skellig by David Almond

This is actually one of the books we're reading in class next year, so I wanted to get ahead - I have a stack of 4 more waiting. My kids have all read this, either with a class or independently but somehow I never got to it - it's a remarkable story. And will be really interesting to see what a bunch of 10 year olds make of it.

Dinner, 22/8/17: Wholemeal spinch & potato pies

We love these, but don't have them as often as Geoff would like because they take a bit more time than we usually have for a weeknight dinner. Luckily, summer allows for a bit more leeway that way. And of course I made enough to have some leftover for lunch the following day...

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Dinner, 19/8/17: Sausages, mash, cabbage

Sausages from an excellent local butcher (Bevan's - via Garsons Farm)...

Friday, August 18, 2017

Book 75: The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

Picked this up in Oxford the other day and started it on the bus back to the park and ride. It's a very quick read; a sort of Q&A about autism, written with sensitivity by a young Japanese boy (13/14 at the time of writing) with autism. Interesting insights into why some autistic people act and react in certain ways. I think his second one will be even more interesting as it's written when he's older, and will probably be a little more in depth. 

Dinner, 18/8/17: Pizzas

Homemade pizza night in the North household - mine this time was a white pizza (no tomato suace) with cheese, pepperoni, jalapenos, artichokes. It was yummy...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Book 74: The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick

There are days when I think I will just curl up and read Young Adult fiction forever... There is so much really good stuff out there in that genre; Marcus Sedgwick is a relatively recent discovery and he's really brilliant - this one is the story of a young girl who finds that she can foresee people's deaths - not a great power at the best of times, but when it's the First World War and you have two older brothers, perhaps even less great. An excellent book.

Dinner, 17/8/17: Asian Chicken Dumplings with Spiralized Vegetables

We really like this dish; the raw, dressed, spiralized veg are perfect for a summer supper. This time we used carrot and marrow as I had another marrow from our recent visit to Garsons Farm to use up. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Books in

Well, we were in Oxford today with Geoff's brother and sister in law, and we popped into Waterstones so Geoff could pick up a few books - his reading shelf was running low (unlike mine, I know, I know). I was fairly restrained, buying only these, two of which are actually non-fiction, and the other a young adult title. I've actually already started one of them on the bus back to the park & ride; it will be a quick read.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dinner, 15/8/17: Thai sticky chicken & ribs, corn, new potatoes

This was Sarah's choice - she made the marinade and cooked the ribs and chicken (which were excellent). The corn and potatoes were just boiled, so it wasn't really tricky...

Monday, August 14, 2017

Book 73: The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

Last in the trilogy, which I've been re-reading. Reminded once again of how excellent these books are. Brilliantly constructed world, great characters, compelling plot, not to mention a strong argument against organised religion at the same time as being an even stronger argument towards individual morality and responsibility to the rest of the world... 

Dinner, 14/8/17: Stuffed Marrow

Originally, I had planned something else with the turkey mince that this recipe uses, but then we went to Garsons Farm (a pick-your-own place) last week, and I couldn't resist buying a couple of marrows. (This only used one of them; not sure what I'll do with the other one. Maybe spiralise it.)  So I stuffed it with turkey mince, cooked with herbs and tomatoes; there's a cheesy breadcrumb crust on top. Really tasty, though I think I'd definitely peel the marrow next time as the skins were a little tough.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Book 72: The Subtle Knife, Philip Pullman (re-read)

Second in the Dark Materials trilogy, which I am re-reading. Still excellent.

Dinner, 12/8/17: Pasta Bake (Alex cooking)

Earlier this year I threatened my family with the idea that I wasn't going to plan meals, shop, or cook in August. I'm not sticking to this, but I am requiring a lot more involvement from them, so this was Alex's contribution to our "Everyone Does More Cooking and Stuff in the Summer" movement. (Love the catchy title!)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Dinner, 11/8/17: Cauliflower Cheese, sauteed potatoes (Geoff cooking)

Not normally a dish you'd choose in August, perhaps, but although the weather is somewhat better than it was, we are not in the midst of a heatwave, so a little cauliflower cheese is just the thing. Especially when someone else is cooking it...