Today was the birthday party for the youngest of Brighid's wee friends from our coffee group.  Despite the rain, we all had a great time.  I spent no less than seven hours at work this weekend, and wondered how on earth I would work full time and ever see my family. 

Food things:
1. Fast food chicken cooked slowly: bung one whole chicken in the slow cooker with a tablespoon of red Thai curry paste and a tin of coconut cream and some pieces of pumpkin (no need to peel them).  Cook all day.  Eat with boiled frozen peas.
2. I made vegetable and meat bones soup for dinner.  The mere addition of pearl barley and split yellow peas makes me feel all the hearty economical country cooker.  When my Mum did this, she did it properly.  She didn't squander the food budget on drinking red wine while she cooked. 

The sun is supposed to shine on Wetville on Tuesday.  On Tuesday I plan to plant my garlic for the year.  If the ballet teacher would kindly cancel this week's lesson again, I might be able to plant my naked lady bulbs and transplant my blueberries as well.

I haven't sewn anything for ages.  I did read a novel though, a very average affair called The Ex-Wives by Deborah Moggach, which seemed indeed to be all about affairs.  I've started and abandoned so many books lately that I just wanted to complete something.  I'm on the lookout for something substantially better.


Anonymous said…
Have you read A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry (harrowing but can't-put-down-able)? Or Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake (dark, but excellent writing, and exquisite characterisation) You've probably read them both!
Annanonymous said…
I'm tempted to have a stab at your chicken recipe ...
Sandra said…
Thanks Rachael. I've not read either book and have my eye out for them now.

It's prizewinning for speed in my world Anna, and does well for taste. I heated up last night's soup again tonight (adding some old, hardened parmesan which I found in the fridge and some kaitaia fire chill sauce) and that did quite well on the speed stakes too.

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