The weather has changed, we’re back into winter again, chilly winds and torrential rain. Indeed, it’s been named “Storm Gareth” but, thankfully, the weather cleared when husband got the car out of the garage and we drove off to see the film/movie, The Aftermath, this afternoon at Dartington. And also, it was fine and sunny when, a couple of hours later, we emerged from the cinema.
We both enjoyed the film which hasn’t had glowing reviews. But what do these critics know? I thought it was a lovely film (if “lovely” isn’t damning with faint praise?) It was my kind of film, one about relationships forged during difficult times. This film is based on a true story although I expect what we saw today actually bears little resemblance to the events in immediate post-war Hamburg in 1945. It was certainly better than either Colette or The Friendship, we really enjoyed it.
We returned home at 4.30 pm and had coffee and cheese biscuits (Carr’s Melts, which we are partial to) on which I put some Philadelphia with chives. It was lovely to have this lovely cream cheese again. I don’t buy Philly Lite, it’s disgusting stuff. I think they just whip the original and add water to it, as when you spread it on bread or biscuit, it just disappears. If you want to cut down on the fat, just have less of the real stuff.
The tulips which I bought last Thursday have now opened and are looking beautiful, more like poppies than tulips.
For supper this evening I offered husband a choice (who’s the lucky one!) He could have prawn curry which I would cook for both of us, or he could have a ham salad with new potatoes which I would prepare for him while I would cook spaghetti with a home-made tomato sauce for me. I know that the second option would involve more work for me, but it’s hardly onerous to make husband a salad, is it? He chose the salad – I somehow knew that he would – and so prawn salad will be on the menu tomorrow.
I love wholewheat spaghetti with a rich tomato sauce and for the sauce today I used a can of cherry tomatoes. I chopped and sauteed a large onion, added the can of tomatoes, added dried basil and a veggie stock cube, about a dessertspoon of tomato puree, and a sprinkling of sugar to remove any bitterness from the tomatoes.
When it was cooked, just a few minutes later, I added two dollops of creme fraiche. It was lovely, served with freshly grated parmesan, while husband enjoyed ham with apricot chutney, beetroot salad, a mixed salad, ripe vine tomatoes with fresh basil and sea salt, and new potatoes with butter and parsley.
We don’t often have dessert, but this evening, as I loaded the dishwasher and tidied the kitchen, husband peeled and cored two ripe William pears for us. A lovely clean-tasting dessert after the spaghetti.
And now I will have a warm shower so that after we have watched the penultimate episode of the latest series of Shetland I will be ready for bed. Night, night.
Until next time.