Monday, 18 September 2023

Monday, 18-09-23

A very good morning to everyone as we start a new week.  We have had rain overnight here and it looks as if there's more to come as we go through the day as well as a bit of sunshine.  One of those days when you never know what to wear when you go out, in fact!  
Coat, umbrella, shoes, sandals?  All of them?  😉

I had a nice, gentle day with plenty of kitchen activity.  
I made some rye bread and, oh, my, it is delicious.  It's not pure rye, it's a mix of rye and wholemeal flours; I used the Cookidoo recipe and Thermione.  Cookidoo is the subscription recipe site for the Thermomix and the recipe feeds straight to the machine and takes you through, step by step - it is ever so clever.  I also added a bit of treacle (because most of the other recipes I investigated added treacle, molasses or similar) and folded in some mixed seeds because I usually do and I love 'em.  It was a long slow process, the first rise took for ever but it wasn't a problem as I had all day and it came out dark, not too heavy because of the flour mix and absolutely delicious.

I've already posted this on t'other blog but this is what it looked like as a toastie.  I did wonder if it would toast OK and it did!
The rest is sliced and in the freezer to enjoy at my leisure.  And I will certainly be making it again.

I roasted a chicken for dinner - decided to splash out!  Chickens are no longer cheap meat; it's more like when I was a little girl and we often had a roast chicken at my grandparents' but never at home - and always for Christmas!  However, the chickens most certainly had a better life . . .
Anyway, a whole roast chicken is not as poor value as it seems because by the time I had picked off all the meals, there was a whole pile to use this week and the carcass has been bubbling away in the slow cooker all night, making the kitchen smell amazing and giving me a most wonderful smelling stock.

I did a bit of tomato sorting (huge ones for cooking/processing, medium ones for frying and small ones for salad) and the huge ones are now making passata in Thermione.  I've found a baked bean recipe to make UK baked beans, not USA ones using canned white beans (the recipe says cannelloni but I have haricot) so I'm giving that a go. 
Heinz they won't be but, looking through the ingredients, they will taste great; they can't do any other with the likes of passata (garden tomatoes), onion, maple syrup, herbs, spices, Henderson's, etc, etc, etc.  I might also add some finely chopped bacon.  Mmmmmm.
I'm rambling, sorry!

I'm getting on with Bertie's little jacket and have plenty of yarn so that's good.  I made the back, including the shaping, then decided maybe it was a bit short - Bertie is a tall toddler - so pulled the raglan shaping undone, lengthened it a bit more and I'm much happier with it.  It's a nice stitch; I do love knitting Aran patterns, they are very tactile and satisfying.  Photo when I've finished.

Oh, I've just looked out and the sun is shining.  How lovely.  It's funny now sunshine makes us smile, isn't it!
Anyway, today I have one scheduled thing which is circuits.  There were not back grumbles after last week's classes so I'm going to give it a bit more effort this week - but I will still be very careful as I don't want another week like that one!
At home, I have the usual housework jobs, including a bit of washing (fingers crossed I can line dry) plus a stock to strain and sort out, ditto passata and whatever else comes into my head, after which I will settle in my chair with my knitting and my telly.

It's going to be a nice one and I hope yours is too.  Be good - but not too good, as my Dad used to say.  xx


  1. I've just been enjoying a little catch up before heading out to work. The autumn leaves you've found are lovely, and I'm quite tempted to make some myself. It's about time my crochet hook saw the light of day again.
    No question on the weather here today. Its wet and windy. A thoroughly miserable day really. Xx

    1. Go on - have a go! It's very satisfying.
      It keeps clouding over here and there's a fair breeze. Lindsey is hoping to do circuits outside but it looks doubtful. xx

  2. I noticed that Walmart is selling two Perdue roasters for $1.14 per pound. The packages are about $12, so $6 for one roaster. The price of a beef roast has been out of my budget for a few years. They are easily around $20 these days.

    1. Most meat is pretty expensive not, isn't it? xx

  3. I will probably pick the rest of my tomatoes this week. The forecast is wet and then....even wetter wet this week. They can ripen on the kitchen window sill. The baked bean recipe sounds tasty.
    Enjoy the knitting and I look forward to seeing the finished jacket.
    Have a lovely rest of the day x

    1. It's definitely the sort of weather that encourages blight now. Fingers crossed. xx

  4. Gosh it rained here so heavily during the night it woke me up twice, and it carried on until about half an hour ago. The reservoirs should be full to overflowing this year. I'm glad your bread turned out tasty, it looks good. xx

    1. Oh, my - that really is a lot of rain. We've had nothing like that here. xx

  5. I went to sleep to the sound of thunder last night. It wasn't directly overhead or I wouldn't have slept. Today is very windy and we have had some rain. It's forecast to rain solidly for several days. We've picked the last of our plums and greengages - it's been a good crop this year. x x

    1. How lovely to have plum trees. Delicious. xx

  6. Very warm here, but as the nights cool off I will not complain. That bread looks so good.

    God bless.

    1. It felt quite chilly yesterday (Monday) as the day went on and I was cold overnight. xx


    Commercial Loans
    Personal Loans
    Business Loans
    Investments Loans
    Development Loans
    Acquisition Loans
    Construction loans
    Business Loans And many More:

    Contact Us At :
    Phone number :+17249771197 (Whatsapp Only)


    Full Name:................
    Loan Amount Needed:.
    Purpose of loan:.......
    Loan Duration:..
    Marital status:....
    Home Address:..
    Mobile / Cell:....
    Monthly Income:....
    Website You Heard About Us?......

    Contact Us At :
    Phone number :+17249771197 (Whatsapp Only)