Sunday, 19 January 2014


Good morning, everyone.  It has obviously been a wet night but it isn't raining right now so here's hoping the day will be a little more cheerful.

Life is picking up again now.  I popped into town yesterday morning for just a few things.  I went to Wilco's to get some tights - they do tights that just fit me right and they are great value.  No point wearing expensive tights for school.  I also found in there a pyrex dish that is just what I have been looking for, a perfect size for making a lasagne/cottage pie/crumble for three (Beth, Alex and me) or for one with leftovers for other days.  I then summoned up enough indignation to go into the bank and demand to know why my pinsentry, which I had been waiting for since early November, delivery of which had been actioned twice, STILL hadn't arrived.  The importance of the pinsentry is that without it I cannot access my online banking.  I suppose I was a bit pushy (in a polite way) about coming in next week to pick it up rather than waiting for it to be delivered so the young lady went to look to see if they had any spares and, surprise, surprise, they did!  Now why couldn't they have done that in November?  Or December?  Anyway, I was politely grateful (it wasn't her fault, after all) and now I am back in contact with my bank account again.  What's the betting the other two will arrive next week now.

Then I went to Lakeland and was sorely tempted by all sorts of things but, you will be amazed to hear, didn't succumb.  I bought the appropriate size of loaf tin liners, some poly bags and some baggies.  I can't remember the last time I needed to get baggies (those twisty plastic bag tie things) because I'm in the habit of untwisting and reusing and you get so very many in a bundle but I needed to get some more out the other day and realised I was on my last 'sheet' of them.

Earlier on I had baked a banana loaf as I had a banana that was verging on disgusting (but still usable) so, when I got home, a cup of coffee and a slice went down a real treat before I started the bread making, having nearly used up the last pre-Christmas baked loaf from the freezer.  I now use nice deep 1lb loaf tins that make a perfectly sized loaf for one and as I did a 750g of flour mix I now have three lovely half and half loaves which will certainly see me through until nearly half term, ridiculous as it sounds.

I have posted about the chicken soup on my other blog so I won't ramble about it here.  It was scrummy.

The rest of the day was spent in idleness, finishing off Pride and Prejudice on my Kindle and then starting Death comes to Pemberley.  I've decided I love my Kindle.

Today might end up a PJ day.  Beth and Alex won't be coming round.  I have a full turkey leg, both bits, that have just gone into the oven for a long slow roast and later on I shall make a pan of Yorkshires, two for dinner ands the rest for the freezer.  I love Yorkshires but a one egg mixture makes such a lot.  It won't be the same as fresh made but it will be nice to pop just one or two in the oven to thaw, heat and crisp up for a meal.  And much better value than buying them.  Yes, Beth, I can save some meat for the kittens.

You can tell I'm back up to scratch.  I have a little pile of print outs of recipes I want to try and a whole pile of Kindle-freeby recipe books to trawl through.  Fun!

And now I need to brave the chill and pop out to the freezer to deposit the bread and to get the bits and pieces I need for today.


joanygee said...

Good to find you are perking up after being poorly. Jx

Joy said...

Thanks, Joan, that's lovely of you. It's good to feel on the up and up again.
J x

Sonja said...

Great to hear you are back to your usual lovely self (not that you weren't lovely when you were ill, you understand) . It really is good to hear you talking about cooking and sounding so much better. Great!

Joy said...

:-) I know what you mean. I have to be OK if I can talk about cooking, don't I?
J x

sweffling said...

Glad to see you back on form:) it sounds a horrid bug. Going over to look at the chicken soup now!

Joy said...

I hope you like it as much as I did. I think one of the secrets is the long, slow simmering of the carcass in the slow cooker. I'm now trying the same with a turkey leg carcass. The flavour won't be the same, of course, but I hope it's as tasty.
J x