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Day 3 of 5

7 Nov

Today was pretty good. I managed 2 things of the ‘want’ list and did a few little ‘shoulds’ (but no I didn’t sort out my paperwork).

Cakes

I made chocolate whoppie pies
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These were made much faster by the addition of this wonderful stuff

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It’s not usually available in the uk, and when it is it’s usually prohibitively expensive. So normally I either faff about trying to make my own or make a butter-cream filling. When I saw it, reasonably priced in the supermarket I thought I would give it a go. It was successful! Filled whoppie pies in half the usual time!

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The Wedding Blog
It may have taken me three months to write a post about it but it’s finally done! I managed to put together a wedding post (see for yourself!).

The Car Service
Also long (read two years) overdue. It cost me dearly but I now have legal tyres and a working clutch!

Being Social
I cooked for Dan and my lovely 3-day-live-in-friend. It really does feel like a treat to have a friend round for dinner!

I’m feeling pretty good about today. It was good to let some of the ‘shoulds’ slip in favour of the ‘wants’ for once!

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A Belated Easter Post

21 Apr

I started writing this post over Easter and thought I would try to write a seasonal one for you all (I’m sorry it’s late!).  I have had a busy time thesis writing, I wanted to get as much done as possible before I started my new clinical placement. Fortunately, the lack of blogging and the persistent slogging has paid off and I’ve written pretty much all I can untill I start getting the results of my experiment in.

Unfortunately, I pretty much missed easter altogether!

In England Easter is a bizarre and fantastic conglomeration of  the Pagan celebration of new life, the Christian marking of the death and rebirth of Christ and blatant consumerism.  To celebrate I usually make a cake; a simnel cake to be precise, which is a medium-light fruit cake with a layer of marzipan baked into it, it is our favorite but really should only be served at Easter.  I really missed the simnel cake but I did allow myself to make some easter nests!  Which were scrummy:

They are just made with crushed shredded wheat cereal and melted dairy milk chocolate, mixed up and squished into nest shapes where you place your little mini eggs. Leave to set in the fridge.  Not exactly high brow…

Well…

Untill you serve them with this:

Yes…

That would be a peaty single malt whisky

Yum!

Had I have been at my mother’s house for Easter, food would have been of central importance.  It still was here, only not so fancy! At my Mum’s we would have had fish on good friday and a roast dinner on Easter sunday (probably lamb- but not necessarily).  D does not eat meat so there is little point in cooking a roast dinner in this house.  We were able, however, to have fish on the friday.  This took the form of a smoked mackerel salad:

I know it’s a ‘salad’!

This always puts us off too, untill I actually make it and realise how ‘yum’ it is.

I think the recipe came out of one of my mum’s magazines years ago, I can’t remember where and I have probably sufficiently altered it for it not to matter too much.  It’s basically a bag of mixed leaves (preferably something peppery); sliced radishes; sliced Gherkins; Smoked, peppered mackerel and new potatoes.  I make a seriously unhealthy dressing by mixing mayonnaise with grated horseradish (or horseradish sauce) and lemon juice.  No measuring involved just to taste.  The flavours are fantastic= Smoky fish, tart gherkins, peppery radishes/leaves and the freshness of the lemon= Grand!  We washed this down with a few pints of homemade Woodfordes Wherry, a Dark Ale which didn’t seem to disagree with the fish as much as you might expect.

For Easter sunday we went with a cheats ‘toad in the hole’.  I’m ashamed to say I bought the (boat-shaped) yorkshire puddings and just added meaty sausages to mine and veggie sausages to D’s, served with gravy, Kale and mashed potato neither of us minded too much!

And that was our easter,  I hope yours was more seasonal and I look forward to a time when I can embrace public holidays and celebrations again! (maybe then you will get to see my simnel cake!).

Happy weekend!

 

 

 

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