This smelled lovely in the slow-cooker all day, but was a little boring to eat. Nothing awful, just not as nice as some pot roasts, or indeed, stew. I have plans for the leftover meat, though, which will hopefully be a bit more exciting.
This was nice, except there was way too much butternut squash (even for those of us who really like it) and not nearly enough cauliflower. I'll make it again, as I really liked the curry sauce, which was a Thai style one with coconut milk, etc, but we'll only use part of a squash, and a larger cauli, or two small ones. Might also see if I can find some tiny green Thai aubergines to go in as well. The veg is roasted and the sauce made separately, so the texture of the cauli is great...
This was a Nigel Slater recipe (the chicken) - and was tasty and quick. Not one for the dieters, though, as it involved not only the eponymous Marsala, but also butter and cream. Alphabet pasta just for laughs...
Haven't managed to get down to the Pick Your Own to get corn really fresh, but it's not bad in the supermarket at the moment. A nice accompaniment to this easy lamb steak hotpot, which is essentially just some lamb steaks cooked over a few tins of bins, a tin of tomatoes, an onion and some spices... Plus, there are beans left for lunch tomorrow. Yum.
Finally, the last piece of furniture (the bed) has arrived for Olivia's room, which was the last in the redecoration saga earlier this summer. So I guess it's about time to show some photos. Very hard to take photos of a room which show the whole thing... Here's the wall across from the door - the chimney breast has a feature wallpaper, but the rest of the walls are simply off-white.
She has a new dressing table and chair to suit the more grown-up, vintage style to the room
and a very simple wardrobe to replace the yucky built in cupboard, which was flush with the chimney breast, and thus not deep enough to actually hang a proper, adult size, clothes hanger in. You can also see the new floor (same as in the rest of the house), which is a big improvement on the carpet. The only rooms now without this type of flooring are the kitchen (vinyl), hallway & steps (carpet, but nice carpet chosen by us, not left by previous owners) and the loft bedroom/Sarah's room, which still has the rather granny carpet left by the previous owners. But it's in good shape still, so it's staying at least for the time being.
Here's the view towards the window, showing her new bed - we kept the existing curtains as they were actually quite new and in good shape, and even though the colours aren't quite perfect (they have blue in them) they are nice...
This is the new bed - a white metal day bed, in a vintage style, which looks very sweet.
And of course some storage space - a set of shelves and a bookcase. She's very happy with it, not surprisingly. And it's so spacious, compared to what it was like when the girls were sharing it.
First day back to work for me, plus I wanted to go to the gym after work, so a meal which could mostly cook itself before I got home - along with some of the excellent bacon we bought in Yorkshire to bring home... Yum.
A new one for us, from Madhur Jaffrey's Curry Nation. I confess, I didn't follow the recipe precisely, as we don't deep fry in our house. I steamed the cauliflower florets in the microwave and boiled the potatoes, then fried them lightly in a frying pan before adding them right at the end. I really liked the fact that this used the other bits of the cauliflower - not sure I've ever done anything with them before, but it works really well in this and also, not so wasteful!