Friday, 30 September 2016


Good morning, gentle readers, and welcome to the last day of September.

Yesterday was an odd day - I woke feeling 'not right', felt progressively worse through the day although I did my reading stint at school, came home to get ready for the music festival meeting and just crashed out, shivering and freezing cold.  I turned up the heating, sent apologies to the meeting and tried to get warm under my owl fleece and after a while the warmth returned and I went to sleep.  Still feeling a bit odd this morning but definitely better after sleeping really well, although I'm very glad I have no commitments.  I was going to school to watch a video about Termly Learning Conferences, but it's not essential so I shall give it a miss and take it easy and gentle today, keeping the aches at bay as much as possible.

Whinge over - thanks for listening.

On Bake Off this week, the technical challenge was making fougasse, which is a French flatbread traditionally shaped and slashed to resemble a leaf.   As I watched, it seemed a very simple process, not to different from an ordinary bread dough (with the addition of fresh herbs to match the 'botanical' theme for the week).  I looked it up, found the recipe they used (newly posted on the Beeb site!!) and thought I would have a go.  I quite fancy making mini-fougasse, if that is possible.  The only ingredient I don't have is fine semolina for dusting.  Have any of you, my readers, made fougasse?  How did it go?

I finished the bag and managed to get it to the lady who is going on maternity leave today.  Here's a couple of not very good photos - the patterned fabric is a Very Hungry Caterpillar pattern.  The bag and the pockets are all filled with something - a pack of disposables, baby oil, etc, with a couple of goodies for the mum to enjoy once baby is born.

Yesterday's food went totally doolally but never mind, here's today's plan
B: two boiled eggs, apple
L:  red pepper hummus, oatcakes, fruit
D:  fish pie (MUST have it today), runner beans, yogurt and pineapple


Annabeth said...

Gorgeous sunshine bag, makes you smile just looking at it. Great idea! Sure Mum and baby will love it!

Joy said...

Aw, thanks, Annabeth. I really hope she does. You lay a bit of yourself on the line everytime you give something you've made yourself, don't you?

J x

Chrissie said...

I love the gift, it's so cheerful and thoughtful! I'm glad you are feeling better today - that sounded horrible and I hope the aches and pains clear up completely today

Joy said...

Thanks, Chrissie, I'm sure they will. :-)
J x

Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

Love the bag, lovely idea, so bright and cheery xx

Joy said...

Thank you so much. It is a nice bag and the only tricky bit is inserting the zip. I think I will make another one, bigger and without the zip as I love the outside pockets.
J x