I thought it might be fun to offer a Giveaway for my 345th post. I have packed some little goodies into this box, above, and all you need to do to be included in the draw is to leave your name in the comments box. I will then write down all the names on pieces of paper and ask our little grandson to pull just one out of the hat. And it will be a hat – husband’s panama hat. I do hope as many readers as possible will take part. I am happy to send this little box of goodies anywhere in the world. Once I have all the names and have closed the draw and our grandson has picked the winning person, I will contact that person via email and request their address so I can post this box to them.
There is a deadline for this Giveaway Draw and that is midnight UK time on 2nd May, that is a week today. The best of luck!
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Today has been rainy again, but with a few breaks in the clouds, but not that many. Where oh where has spring gone? Has anyone seen it? If so, please let me know and I will go and ask it nicely to return forthwith.
As it was rainy this morning I decided to bake another rhubarb cake to which I added slivers of stem ginger and some of the ginger syrup to the toffee topping. It really is such a scrumptious cake that I’ve renamed it Totally Yum Cake. I reckon you could to this with pineapple or pear topping, too.
I wish you could all have a slice … our Egg Man (he brings eggs from a local farm once a fortnight) called just as I put the cake on the glass cake stand and he looked so longingly at it I gave him a slice.
I also made a chicken and pasta bake this morning, using left-over cold roast chicken from the double chicken breast I bought in Waitrose. I was pleasantly surprised how good this chicken breast was, succulent for a roast dinner and lovely cut up in the pasta bake. I made a sauce by first sautéing spring onions and adding flour to make a roux. Then adding milk to make a white sauce, adding 1 vegetable Oxo cube, crumbled, plus some ground black pepper. Next I added grated mature cheddar cheese and some grated parmesan before adding cooked (rinsed and drained) penne pasta, the cooked chicken (chopped up), a handful of chopped fresh parsley, and some frozen peas. There was sufficient for two meals for the two of us, one bake which we had for lunch today and another is in a gratin dish the fridge ready to be re-heated tomorrow.
I also bought a bunch of watercress last Friday and although we’ve had some of it in our salads since then, there was at least 3/4 of the bunch left and so I made watercress soup again, and that will be for our supper this evening. So easy, just onion, potato, watercress, a splash of milk, 3 veggie Oxo cubes, and a little cream or crème fraiche if you have some, but neither are essential, and boiling water to cover the ingredients. All simmered for about 15 minutes and then blitzed with a stick blended. Job done, as they say.
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Some kind readers of my blog commented on the yellow floral tablecloth on the garden table. This is actually a very old Provencal ‘throw’ and we used it for several years on our large sofa when it was looking slightly the worse for wear and before we had it reupholstered. I took the idea from a lovely rug on a sofa which I saw in a magazine and although my cotton throw was insignificant beside this gorgeous rug, I thought I’d show you the photo which was my inspiration, and the other photos of the lovely room.
Photo credit: Andreas Von Einsiedel
I just love this room. Although these photos date from 1995, which in my reckoning is 23 years ago, the room hasn’t dated at all, thereby underlining what I’ve said long and often: decorate in a traditional way and a room won’t date, only possibly look better as it ages. There is the world of difference between traditional and old-fashioned. I love the wall of mirror behind the sofa, the wonderful landscape painting and, of course, the books and the flowers.
Another view of the same room, photo credit: Andreas von Einsiedel
And another view, photo credit: Andreas von Einsiedel
I could quite happily live in this lovely room. It has all the elements I love: a large, comfortable sofa, Oriental rugs, soft colours, attractive small pieces of furniture, books galore, objet d’art and, of course, an abundance of flowers. It hasn’t a currently-fashionable ‘vintage’ look, it hasn’t been ‘themed’ in any way, but oh, how lovely, how stylish it is. Well, I think so anyway.
I am now going to have a cup of tea and read my latest magazine which arrived this morning …
Until next time.