Weekend plans to finish all outdoor painting got rained off on Saturday by bad weather and an autumn cold. Baking, comfort food, and ginger and green jasmine tea, eased my aching head. A parcel from Love Knitting with some of my favourite English wool, sweets and a handy little drawstring bag arrived and somehow calmed my wheezy chest. In-between sneezing I managed to start another Annabel sweater. It's amazing how a few balls of yarn can brighten up a sad soul, especially when watching Rachel Khoo bring back recipes from her travels and then try them out in her colourful little quirky London kitchen.
There seems to be a pattern forming, food-wise. Mid-week experimenting. Busy days and looking for speedy nutritious meals. I've tried some good ones recently and will share them soon. But weekends are for family and tradition and it seems that I keep going back to the old favourites like a spelt aunties apple cake, made with amazing windfalls from a neighbours garden, chicken pot pies, with cauliflower greens (must tell you about those too,) and risotto with whatever's in the store cupboard and vegetable basket.
All the while sweet Ahmad was cleaning beams in the attic then applying bees wax, and painting walls, checking every so often in my cosy spot with a blanket in front of the television to see if I need anything. He even made himself a ploughman's lunch and brought the camera to me with a photographs he'd taken for me to post here. He's the best...even growing his moustache into one of those cute smiley musketeer ones...just because I like them...It's amazing what can cheer a girl(I use the term loosely) up...
- aunties apple cake
- risotto using this recipe but with mushroom, sweet potato and olive...(I know a bit of a weird combination, but maybe it's because I wasn't feeling well)
- chicken pot pie
keep warm and toasty
joining with karen for weekending