I’ve really enjoyed this week. I’ve slowed down, eaten good food, done lots of yoga and spent lots of time with friends and Mr Roast Chicken.
Here were the best bits:
1. Porridge on Saturday morning. It’s SO much better cooking it properly on the hob than at work, where I use packets of microwave porridge. I can toast the oats slightly and stir until it reaches perfection. For me, perfection is not too sloppy and with a few ‘bits’ in it from the aforementioned toasting. I like it pretty thick, with brown sugar falling in and around the folds, melting in places, staying grainy in others. I now never forget that pinch of salt – it makes the sugar and oaty flavours sing sublimely.
2. Reading through all my old BBC Good Food Magazines. That’s really sad isn’t it? Well la la la I don’t care I had a GREAT time on Sunday morning sifting through a whole stash of them. I tend to read them seasonally, so I got out all of my October and November editions and had a good old wallow, dreaming up casseroles and puddings. Got to get an apple crumble together in the next couple of weeks. It’s funny to notice how after only a few years of me buying the magazine (my first copy is from 2009) food fads and tastes have changed. In that first copy, it mentions tahini, advising that it is/was ‘starting to become more widely available in supermarkets’. Spiralised vegetables are nowhere to be seen, and the recipes seem a little more traditional.
3. Cooking up a storm. Stews, to be precise. It’s not even that cold really, but it’s just what I’m craving at the moment. Meat, too. We’ve been eating mainly veggie for a while – and I’m craving meat! So out come the thick sausages, the slowly braised beef, the pork shoulder cut into chunks and slowly, slowly simmered. The Easy Slow Cooker Beef Goulash was particularly good 🙂
4. The morning light. I don’t get up super early, so it hasn’t been until the last few days that I’ve been up in time for the sunrise. And what lovely sights they have been. Pinks and greys and vibrant oranges. A good blogger would insert a photo [here].
5. Watching the THREE rose bushes I planted a while back already grow and thrive. I’m so pleased. I had three rather murky ones left over from the previous owner of our house and a gardener friend of mine declared them kaput. So I dug them up and replaced them, first replacing ALL the soil as that’s what you’re supposed to do, apparently. Now I have a super-happy peach rose starting to reach up to join its friend the Clematis, a sweet little pink one doing the same, and another one that’s starting to get lots of leaves but hasn’t sprouted any more flowers – I think it might be a white one. They’re all looking happy and healthy and I feel very proud, having NO prior gardening experience whatsoever before we moved here.
6. Coconut oil in my hair. That’s it really – putting coconut oil in my hair for swishy silky sweet-scented tresses. Late to the party, but I’m raving now.
7. Road trip with Mr Roast Chicken. We weren’t going anywhere exciting, but that time in the car is surprisingly conducive to long, deep heart-to-hearts. My old driving instructor said people were always pouring out their heart to him. There’s something confessional-like about being alone with someone in an enclosed space, he thought, and I’ve often found that true for me.
8. Getting out on a lunchtime wander again. I’ve neglected these strolls of late, in favour of little bits and pieces of shopping and chores. But it’s not been good for me. I’ve been more stressed and lacking in energy – so it’s been great to get back to them. Most of the pics in this post are from a little walk through a wood near my work. The air smelled woody and fruity and I felt refreshed and energised on my return. Must Keep It Up.