Sunday, 24 June 2012

How're YOU doing?

Just as an aside, reminded by the title, I'm really enjoying "Episodes" on TV.
I know it's been panned by some people, but I like it. The language is a bit juicy (liberally peppered with the F-word) and the content a little sexual, but the tragi-comedy moments are very good. Matt Le Blanc (Joey from "Friends", if you needed reminding) plays a good parody of himself (one assumes it's not reality...!) and the theme of a couple who love each other struggling with separation after  infidelity caused by misunderstanding is well observed.

Anyway, let's move on. We had a lovely time away with the Cyclo Club last weekend - report over on View From the Teapot - and now we need to clean the house (Erk!) as MiL is arriving on Wednesday. Neither Mr FD nor I are very keen on this, as you can tell: I'm blogging and he's doing something on his computer! Well, the cleaning will get done, or it won't! Bib was playing with a binbag full of rubbish, but things seem to have gone very quiet - she's found a spot to collapse suddenly and sleep, in the way that kittens do. Last night George got out of the velux windows in Mr FD's study - he was on the roof playing! Eeep.

    Today's classic painting (I've forgotten to add these recently) is by Jean-Edouard Vuillard and is called "Woman Cleaning". Thankfully, I have a vacuum cleaner and I don't wear a very large stripey dress.


Food for the next week-and-a-half (I've planned ahead with MiL coming) is as follows (days are a little flexible as I'm sure we'll go out once, but I don't know when)
SUNDAY (today) - Mexican spiced chicken, with some rice and green salad. I've got legs in the freezer not breasts, so I'll use those instead.
Looks tasty.
MONDAY: Steak fajitas...I wanted something quick and easy as we're in Lyon all day, as I have a doctor's appointment. Luckily, I phoned last week to check the time of my ppointment, as I  discovered it was in my diary for the wrong day! Having waited 6 months for this appointment, I  would have been gutted to have missed it by one day!!! We plan on having a meal out  and going to the cinema too - if we're going all the way over to Lyon, we might as well make a day of it.
TUESDAY: Not sure, but something along the lines of this ham-and-potato gratin but using some mushrooms, courgettes and served with green beans.

WEDNESDAY: As MiL is a fisheating vegetarian I have (of course) chosen fish or vegetarian meals. Her plane arrives at 4.45, so we'll get back home about 6.30 - or maybe later. I'm going to put a made up vegetable casserole in the slow cooker before we leave for the airport, to have with lemon couscous. That way I won't have much to do when we get home.
THURSDAY: River Cottage's Courgette and rice filo pie which I've made before, and which is very nice. With salad or maybe vegetables (ratatouille may be good with this, to give a bit of liquid)
                                                                   SOURCE: as link to recipe

FRIDAY: Felafels, Imam Biyaldi, and tzatziki, plus tomato and onion salad and bread. I've made this several times since rediscovering the recipe. (scroll down to Saturday on this post) Although it's a bit of a faff, it is very delicious.
SATURDAY: Probably out somewhere. Maybe here: Le Relais d'Urfé (another of Mr F-D's websites!)

SUNDAY: Salmon with a thyme and lemon sauce (from a bottle!) Easy!!! Probably with rice. But maybe with Hasselback potatoes (Oh! I love these!!! So easy but so delicious!)

MONDAY Fish Tagine. I don't often cook fish, or at least, not much more than a quick grill of a bit of salmon. It's not that I don't like fish, but...
However, this sounds like a very tasty recipe, with the Moroccan spicy flavours that I'm using a lot of at the moment.
TUESDAY: MiL is leaving today. So I think we might just go back to meat with a very healthy (!) sausage, beans and chips!!!

I hope you find these mouth watering, and maybe inspiring...


Saturday, 23 June 2012

Long Time No See!

Sorry, Folks. I've not been very good keeping up this blog. I will direct you over to View From the Teapot for an update on what's been going on, and I hope to have time to write a Foodie post tomorrow...I need to plan meals for next week as MiL is arriving on Wednesday for a week. She doesn't eat meat, so we'll be on veggie/fishie things for a week. I think I hear Mr Fearnley-Whittingstall riding to the rescue once more!

Much as I like Mr F-W, this isn't quite my idea of delight!!!

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Here We Are Again!

Hello everybody. I hope you're well. I'm generally okay, but I've been having days when I've felt like I've got too much to do and too little time to do it in. The stupid thing is, that isn't really true - it's just a reasonless feeling! I wonder whether it's a symptom of the menopause - mum said that when she was going through "The Change" (to be said in portentous tones) she experienced feelings of impending doom: maybe my lot is to experience feelings of impending overload.

I felt very bad yesterday, but forced myself to go out for a walk: it was remarkably therapeutic, and I spent 10 minutes lying on a picnic table, deep in the woods, gazing up at the sky and listening to a tumbling stream somewhere nearby and the liquid song of birds. I came to the conclusion that if I get these feelings again, I will try to mentally list what I feel I have to do, and decide when to do them. That way, I can rationalise that, in fact, I'm not about to be overwhelmed.

So, as writing this blog is oneof my tasks for this afternoon (together with planning tomorrow's 4 hour lesson with a student I've never met before, finishing my ironing and phoning a couple of friends) I shall get on with it.
I've posted both the Giveaway prizes, and both have arrived, one more safely that the other. Unfortunately Fishcake Random's was damaged and part of it lost en route; I hope to make up the shortfall sometime soon.
This week's meals are a mixture of Slimming World, stuff in the freezer and what I fancy! The keenness for following Slimming World was soon lost and I'm back eating reasonably healthily but possibly too much! But I'm trying to walk for 30 minutes or so a day - if nothing else, it helps with my sciatic pain.

SUNDAY (today) Steak and mushroom pie, made with Brick pastry (similar to filo), hasselback potatoes and carrots.
MONDAY: Moroccan spiced vegetables & chickpeas and cous cous
TUESDAY: Salmon fishcakes, salad (though I'll need to buy some more, as we've eaten what I'd planned to serve with this!!) I'm using this recipe as a base, but adding some smoked salmon too.
WEDNESDAY: Cajun spiced chicken, with spicy rice, raita and griddled vegetables. Though, the recipe's version of coleslaw looks yummy too! We can't get 0% Greek yoghurt here, but I could use low fat natural yoghurt. We'll see how I feel when I make it.
THURSDAY: A version of Kamchatka but made with chorizo and sweet potato as well. We love this dish!

FRIDAY: I don't quite know what's happening. We may be eating at Gilles' house ("a leeetle barbecue") but if rain is forecast we may be eating here. Gilles' girlfriend Sylvie will be there too, as she's staying in St Just overnight, as on Saturday at 5.45 am we'll be getting on the coach to go on the Cyclo Club voyage. We're going to somewhere near St Claude in the Jura mountains
St Claude is the capital of pipe making - I remember stopping there on the way back from a holiday in Geneva, so Dad could buy a pipe (he was a great pipe smoker.)
I'm not going as a cyclist this year - last year I cycled, but this year I'm staying firmly with the non-cyclists, I think. I've not cycled at all this year, and I don't think now is the time to start! So, you won't hear from me next weekend, but maybe at the beginning of the week.

Have a good week, folks!

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Way-hay! 101 posts!!

This is a very quick post, as I'm watching the Royal Flotilla on TV - I do have to say, we Brits do stuff like this quite well! - and I want to get back to our new arrival (see View From the Teapot for more details!)

But our Jubilee lunch (not a street party, I'm afraid!) was spent with Gilles, who is a great Anglophile. It wasn't a very British lunch though - duck salad, Spanish chicken, French cheese and Pear Tarte Tatin (though that was a Gordon Ramsey recipe!)  It wasn't the party we'd debated, as time ranaway with us, but it was enjoyable all the same. I have flown the flag for the UK this weekend as I put up bunting:
Home-made in card, it's got a bit damp in today's rain, but's been remarked on by several people!

And now...drum roll!... it's Giveaway time!! I wrote the names of everyone who commented on the posts 98 through to 100, and picked out two. The first was Amanda from Crafty in the Med and the second was Fishcake Random from The Frugal Handmade Home. . Can you contact me with your addresses and I'll post your little prizes out to you both. Thank you for following/commenting . I hope you continue to enjoy (I assume you do) my blog!