It was flippin' cold yesterday morning when Mum and I went into town to do some window shopping. Mum and I love window shopping but Dad hates it with an absolute passion so we left him at home, much to his relief - and ours.
First of all we looked in the local day centre charity shop and you know what, if I was trying to set up home on a limited budget, I'd be more than happy to get stuff from there. There was a full set of china, beautifully retro, square plates, really nice, for a ridiculously small amount. It was lacking small bowls but had tea and coffee pots, two jugs, sugar bowl, egg cups, gravy dish, butter dish - oh, so much.
We spent a long time browsing around and I reckon I'll be going back for another look at some point.
Then we moved on to Wilkos which we went in even though we have a Wilkinsons here at home too and I am glad we did because they had some small terracotta pots for 50p each. No, not for the garden, I though I would try them to make flowerpot bread. Fingers crossed. I love flowerpot bread, such a quirky shape.
As I said to Mum, it's half term and I need some holiday reading. Believe me, I could have spent a lot more.
That was it as far as spending was concerned, you will be glad to read, apart from a very good coffee each which warmed us up, inside and out.
It was a good, trouble free journey home too.
Today I have a few cooking plans afoot and some housework to do. After some talk with someone on Facebook, I have started off a sour dough starter again in the hopes that this time it will be more successful. This friend has simplified the whole process very much for me so I am hoping. I also want to use one of the flower pots and make a loaf.
As well as that, I'm going to have a go at making barley flour and using it. I have no idea whatsoever if it will work but let's give it a go and see. You never know!
And finally, I have some holiday reading!!!
B: barley pancakes with yogurt, pineapple and a drizzle of maple syrup
L: probably soup, once I have seen what needs using up in the fridge
D: I want to have a go at making barley pasta which I will have with some chicken and a tomato/veg sauce. I think I shall have to mix it with other flour because of the gluten but I reckon it is worth a try!
Coffee is calling! Have a great day and stay as warm as you can.