What a wonderful blue-sky day it has been. Even I would love autumn more if every day was like today, rather than murky, misty and grey.
Above is the view above our neighbour’s laurel hedge towards a lovely tree in their garden. It is just changing colour and looks so pretty against the blue of the sky.
This evening we had a meal from Freddy the Freezer. I made a couple of cottage pies the day before yesterday and one found it’s way into Freddy. Early this morning I asked husband kindly to bring a meal from the freezer; I said, “You choose what you would like,” knowing full well that chilli didn’t stand a chance! So he said, “Write down on a piece of paper what you think I will choose and we’ll see if you are right …” So, off he went and I wrote down ‘Cottage pie’. Of course I was right. He’s sooooo predictable!
So, cottage pie was our supper meal this evening, with minted peas. Something nice and simple but nourishing and tasty and, of course, home-made. Why has it taken me 53 years to decide a 2nd freezer would be useful? No, don’t answer that …
“One I made earlier!” (with apologies to *Blue Peter!)[*For those of you not in the UK, Blue Peter was a children’s programme in which the presenters showed children how to make simple toys and things, often from the cardboard roll from a used loo roll and sticky-backed plastic, and they always had a finished example, i.e. one made earlier, hence this oft-used phrase.]
Yesterday I invited our elder son, his wife and our little grandson, and our daughter in law’s mother (as she was staying with them from her home in East Anglia for half term week) to supper. We were to eat at 5pm so that our little grandson could be home in good time for his bath, story and bedtime by 7pm.
I decided to make a high tea with the addition of baked potatoes and crusty bread. So I loaded the table with ham, salami, coleslaw, grapes, various cheeses, a mixed green salad, butter, salad dressing seved separately (I usually ‘dress’ a salad but I wasn’t sure whether our daughter in law’s mother likes salad dressing) , chutney and tomatoes.
There was still the baked potatoes and the crusty bread to add to this high tea, and afterwards we had cheesecake which, I confess I bought. To drink, H2O from the tap, or sparkling Badoit (my favourite sparkling mineral water.)
I also baked rock buns yesterday. Oh, how husband loves rock buns! Apart from Christmas cake, which I make every year to the same recipe since I first had this recipe in 1968, rock buns are his favourite cake. Mind you, I love them too …
They are cooked at 180C for exactly 15 minutes in the middle of the oven, and then removed from the oven while still a little soft – the heat of the tray continues to cook them sufficiently for them to be crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. Served with a little butter, they are delicious. I expect you know that “rock” bun describes the shape, like a little rock, not the texture!
As demonstrated in the leading photo, it has been a lovely day, and the sea was a shade of deep blue …
Not a particularly good photo as I have to take it through the glass of the side window in the bay window in the sitting room. This evening the sky had mellowed to a pale pink just above the water, and there was a narrow white line along the horizon …
Barry was here today, and of course, he found a patch of sunshine …
He had his harness on so that I could easily attach his lead when he needed to go into the garden for a call of Nature.
Perhaps one of the nicest things today was the arrival of some pieces of china. Well, pottery to be more accurate. It’s made by Burleigh and I just fancied some blue & white plates, something we’ve not had for many years. Husband isn’t keen on blue and white, but I think by the time he’s got food on these plates he won’t complain!
I thought I’d buy just these two medium sized plates and two side plates (sometimes called bread & butter plates) to start with and if I liked them I would send for two dinner plates, which I have now done. I don’t need to buy whole sets of six, just pairs of plates are sufficient for us now. I think they’re really pretty, but then, I like blue & white!
Have a lovely weekend.
Until next time.