Good morning, gentle readers. It's Sunday. Right now it is a bit chilly but fine although it looks as if there's rain a-coming this afternoon. After some early wet weather yesterday, it all cleared up and it was quite a pleasant day really although the wind did pick up at times so it wasn't sitting outside weather.
I was thinking about my instinctive reactions as Saturday started. Must do this, must finish that, must get the other thing started. It's taking an effort to remember than now I don't HAVE to do certain things on certain days.
Making the bread, for example. On Saturday I made bread for me, on Sunday for Beth (so she could have it really fresh). Now - well, as long as I'm in, it can be any day.
Or the washing/ironing. No longer does it need to be washed on Saturday, ironed on Sunday (not that I always did the ironing on Sunday anyway, sometimes it was iron and wear!).
Yesterday I arrived at Aldi just before it opened and was surprised that the car park wasn't packed and there was only a small queue waiting to go in. Very different from Sunday but I suppose the time difference plays a big part. getting there for eight on Saturday is very different from ten on Sunday. Anyway, it was a good shop and I seemed to get loads for not much money.
I had intended to get some tomatoes that were one of the super six but they weren't yet out. I looked at the other tomatoes and saw that some others were far better value. It was a lesson in looking carefully for me as one expects the super six to be cheaper. I wonder why vine tomatoes are so much dearer that 'ordinary' ones.
As I only wanted them to make that tomato risotto featured on Eat Well for Less, ordinary ones will do!
On the way home I stopped off at the library and now have some fiction reading too. As a result I spent a fair bit of the day reading and will do so again today.
I had a go at the Hollywood Baguette recipe and yes, it worked well. Gorgeous crusty outside and very tasty inside. I shall copy that one out and use it! I now want to try it using wholemeal but not today as today I need to make loaves for me and Beth.
So what will I do today?
First of all I didn't get the winter spiced lemon curd made so I will do that. I have lemons that really need using up so this will be ideal. I also didn't get the apple and pear jam made so might start on that and finish it tomorrow as it is a two step recipe. I have bread to make, as mentioned. I want to find a good onion gravy to go with sausages: I like a deeply savoury gravy and most onion gravies seem to be too sweet so I think I shall have to adapt one. I want to make that tomato risotto, if I get to Morrison's, as I don't have enough arborio rice - or maybe I shall use a mixture of what I have and basmati rice - yes, I might do that. We will have that tomorrow, I think, for lunch maybe.
Eddie is coming round again to get on with the computer. It will be nice when that is all done and dusted!
It's all go! But first - coffee.
Breakfast: toast and jam, yogurt
Dinner: sausages, new potatoes (from allotment), runner beans (from garden), courgettes (from allotment) and a bit of cauliflower (from Aldi!!!), fruit
Tea: tomato soup with baguette croutons, yogurt