This will be a short post this evening, but I wanted to tell you how delighted I am to have found the above cup and saucer. I have been searching for it for several weeks … well, perhaps I exaggerate, a week or two. I looked in all the usual places, including my Resources Cupboard, but what I’d not checked was a box containing a whole collection of Honiton pottery which my mother bought in a shop’s closing down sale in the late 1960s. I don’t remember putting it in with the Honiton pottery, but there it was.
Many years ago we had a rather lovely china shop in our small town, the kind where you went to buy dinner services, both traditional or modern, and lovely tea services and even cut glass items. Sadly the shop is no longer there. One day my mother and I ventured inside, just for a look-see, as you do. And on display were a series of very pretty cups and saucers. We both fell in love with them but they were quite expensive, even in those days (I’m speaking of the late 1970s, maybe the early 1980s) I think around £10 – £12 for a cup and saucer. Anyway, my dear Ma said she would buy one for me and asked me to choose one. This cup and saucer is the one I chose.
It is by Royal Albert and the name of the range is Provincial Flowers and this design is Lady’s Slipper. I love it not only for the design (I love china with a black background; it makes the colours glow) but also for the shape. And so, rather naughtily, I’ve looked for another cup and saucer from this range, found one on Etsy, and ordered it. This is the first time I’ve bought anything on Etsy. Once I have the pair I think I will be happy and curb my spending. I might even display them on the mantelpiece for summer, not with tea in them, but flowers.
I have felt slightly better today, after having had gripes for a couple of days. I don’t wish to harp on about illness, it’s so utterly boring, but from time to time I have diverticulitis. It’s nasty for a day or two and then eases, and it’s easing now. And so, after husband had been cooking (bless him, he’s really kind but has a rather limited repertoire!) I decided to make lunch today and, instead of eating in the kitchen as we tend to do (it’s so easy and convenient) I laid up our dining table. No, I didn’t pull the table out (which lives behind the sofa as a sofa table much of the time) for just the two of us, but just put up one leaf of the table.
When we went to Waitrose last Friday I bought some lamb burgers. We don’t tend to buy things like burgers, but we thought lamb burgers (and they were quite small) might make a nice change. And so I cooked one lamb burger each, and served them with mayo for husband and mild chilli sauce for me (perhaps not the best thing following the gripes!) plus a green salad, some sliced beetroot, and tiny (and I mean tiny) roast potatoes (I par-boil them and, having drained off the water, I put a little rapeseed oil into the saucepan, pop the lid back on, give the potatoes a swirl, and then pop them onto a baking sheet and put them into a hot oven to roast. This results in lovely, crisp roasties – I also sprinkle them with a little Malden sea salt flakes (which I’ve ground up in my small pestle and mortar), black pepper and some dried oregano.) And so husband had a rather nice lunch made for him today after all the help he has given me over the past two days (and 53 years!)
As you can see, the lamb burgers are very small, but they are also dense and extremely filling. With the salad, beetroot, and potatoes we couldn’t have eaten two.
I said this would be a short post!
Until next time.