Sunday, July 16, 2017

Book 63: Emma by Alexander McCall Smith

This is part of the Austen Project - six modern authors writing modern takes on Jane Austen titles. I've read a couple of them now, and while this was good, and faithful to the story while being presented in a modern way, it suffered from the same problem which the original has for me - I just don't really like Emma. She makes me cringe. Give me Elizabeth Bennett, Elinor Dashwood, Fanny Price - or even better, Anne Elliot - any day. Heck, I'll even take Catherine Morland. (Though honestly, haven't read Northanger Abbey in so many years I might be wrong about that last one...)

Dinner, 16/7/17: Baked Green Eggs

We've had this before - eggs baked in a spinach nest. It's unusual, but I  like it, and it's nice and simple.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Book 62: Ink by Alice Broadway

Finally got around to finishing a book - just haven't really been up to much reading lately - not sure if it's because I'm tired or because of the weather, or what, but it's quite unusual for me. Tried a couple of books I didn't get into, but finally settled with this young adult title and another book which I'm nearly finished as well. I enjoyed this - it wasn't quite as good as some I've read recently, but I thought it was an interesting premise, presented well. 

Dinner, 15/7/17: Chicken Jalfrezi (Hairy Bikers)

We really like this curry as well - had it several times before. Definitely a family favourite.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dinner, 13/7/17: Cheeseburger Quesadillas (John Whaite)

We've had this a couple of times and really like them. Fast food in the best way...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Dinner, 12/7/17: Asparagus and Broccoli Soup

This was a blended soup, made from the ends of the asparagus we've had all through the spring and some broccoli stalks -I threw these bits in the freezer, as it seemed a shame to waste them. If I did this again, which I would as it was very tasty - I would sieve it, as it did have some fibrous strands. But otherwise, very nice.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Dinner, 10/7/17: Indoor Picnic

Too hot (and too tired) to cook. So this is an assembly-type dinner. If I had a bit more energy, I'd make some salads myself, but even that is a bit much after this weekend. Alex and I had more or less the same thing last night (slight variation). Maybe next week there will be actual cooking...

Friday, July 07, 2017

Dinner, 7/7/17: Fish Fingers, Oven Chips

The height of sophistication. Alex and me, on our own, on a Friday night...

Monday, July 03, 2017

Dinner, 3/6/17: Spicy Chicken with Peanuts and Green Beans (Ken Hom)

Essentially a Kung-Pao chicken, though not as spicy, and I added green beans. 

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Dinner, 2/7/17: Hot & Sour Soup

Geoff's favourite soup, though not a favourite for Olivia, containing both eggs and mushrooms - good reason to have it on a Sunday, then, when she's at work during dinner time.

Book 61: Traitor to the Throne, Alwyn Hamilton

This is the second in this trilogy (third not yet out); a YA fantasy trilogy set in a desert land, full of Djinns (and half-Djinns) and whatnot. I am really enjoying them.  Not that I've been reading much lately - tired, hot, busy. Perhaps July will be better!

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Books in

Well, so much for July! Olivia and I popped into Nottingham after visiting the university, and of course, there's a nice Waterstones there. So I had to visit the Buy One Get One Half Price tables. These friends came home with me.

Book in

...already, on the first day of the month (actually, I technically bought this yesterday evening, but I had already done my June book roundup, so I'm counting it for July). Anyway, this was at the library on the sale table for the Friends' - 40p.  I am pretty sure I've read it before, but that's ok, it was good.  Not going on my list, though.

June Round Up


  • 30th: Courgette, Mozzarella and Mushroom Tart
  • 29th: Fend for Yourself Thursday
  • 28th: Orecchiette ai broccoli
  • 27th: Leftover pasta bake from freezer
  • 26th: Chicken Korma, Courgettes
  • 25th: Sausages, Yorkshire Puds, Cabbage
  • 24th: Chili peanut beef noodles (Geoff cooking, K & O away)
  • 23rd: Spicy Potatoes with Spinach and Paneer
  • 22nd: Fend for Yourself Thursday
  • 21st: Jambalaya
  • 20th: Fend for Yourself Tuesday
  • 19th: Chicken Goujons, Potatoes, Salad
  • 18th: Salmon, Asparagus, Sweet Potatoes (K&A only)
  • 17th: Homemade pizzas
  • 16th: Roasted Cauliflower & chickpeas with Harissa
  • 15th: Fend for yourself Thursday
  • 14th: Red Kidney Bean Green Bean Curry
  • 13th: Tahini and Honey Chicken & Paprika Potatoes (Alex cooking)
  • 12th: Pasta with Pesto & Veg (Sarah Cooking)
  • 11th: Steak, Asparagus, New Potatoes
  • 10th: Dinner out (early Father's Day celebration)
  • 9th: Veg Stir Fry with Noodles & Cashews
  • 8th: Fend for yourself Thursday
  • 7th: Vegetable & Pasta Soup (no picture)
  • 6th: Mexican Bean & Tortilla Bake
  • 5th: Lemon, chicken & artichoke pasta
  • 4th: Roast Chicken, etc
  • 3rd: Picnic on Juniper Top
  • 2nd: Sausages, etc (K&O away)
  • 1st: Fish, potatoes, peas (Geoff, Alex - K & O away)