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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Comfort Food

This is definitely comfort food, and just right to warm hungry tums on cold autumnal days like today. Imogen is a bit of a fussy eater so I made her a simple cheese and potato pie in a separate dish. Ours wasn't much different, we had bacon and onion, cheesey potato pie. It's quick and ease to prepare, but tastes delicious.

Fried all the bacon bits within an inch of their life so I could drain away any fat or grease.



Chopped an onion, threw it in and fried them together (doesn't need any oil)




Peel, boil and mash lots of potatoes, season then add grated cheese, bacon and onions.



Pop it in a dish and garnish with some nice fresh tomatoes


And a wee one for Imogen


Serve nice and hot with a little bit of grated cheese on the top. Lovely on it's own or with some baked beans


Take care
xxx

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Sunday Afternoon Cookies

It's been a lovely Sunday here. The weather is just about holding, so while I peeled and chopped for dinner, Andy was chopping and pulling (up weeds) in the garden. He cleared our old vegetable patch and I'm hoping to plant lots of bulbs in it ready for next Spring.... his hoping next weekend he may be at the allotment clearing and preparing it before all the weeds grow back!

Imogen and I made the most delicious cookies. We prepared the dough in the morning. This is one of my favourite cookie recipes though it feels a bit decadent...

We use 8oz of butter


6oz of caster sugar and 6oz  of soft brown sugar


This is creamed together with a teaspoon of vanilla extract


Added to this very high calorie, sweetness are 2 beaten eggs. Then the flour, 12oz of it and a teaspoon of bicarb and one of salt.


Then the really yummy part... lots of chocolate.



We used a couple of bars of cooking chocolate, about 12oz altogether, roughly chopped up with the odd taste check! Stir it into the gooey dough.



This makes a very sticky cookie dough. Separate into 2 and roll out into 2 fat sausages in clingfilm (otherwise it will stick to everything) and pop it in the fridge until you want to use it.


There may be spoons to lick at this point, depends whether a real sweet tooth or not!


When the dough is chilled it becomes nice and firm. Cut nice thick slices, about 2cm, and pop in an oven for about 10 minutes at Gas 5.

It should be just going golden on the edges when it comes out. leave on the baking tray to set and cool a bit, then transfer to a cooling rack, then to plate, then to tummy while still a bit warm... perfect!


Take care
xxx

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Happy Afternoon

I haven't posted much recently, still getting back in the swing of the school routine and sorting out the new conservatory and tidying up from all the decorating - the house is almost unrecognisable inside from a few months ago!

We bought a 'new' record player last week. I won an auction on ebay, much to my excitement. Hubby and I couldn't wait to bring it home and dig out our old records - and explaining to our 10 year old what LPs and 45s are! It now lives proudly in our new conservatory, a few old water marks on the wood, but we love it none the less.



 I was in the kitchen making Toad in the Hole with mash and veggies, good winter warmers,


love fresh broccoli



and having a sing-a-long to good old Frankie.


Absolute bliss!

Even the dogs were enjoying it and had a little dance along with me...



What a lovely afternoon, cooking, singing with the dogs, a lovely hot meal for the family and even the chickens had a treat from all the veggie peelings.

Take care
xxx

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Bramble and Apple Crumble

Yum, one of my favourite puddings.

Imogen has been bramble picking and we had 2 containers full of juicy brambles in the fridge. It's a bit hard to get to everything and move around at the moment with all the decorating etc that's going on, so a nice simple bramble and apple crumble was an easy thing to throw together nice and quickly without needing too much workspace either.


I like to soften my apples a little first.

Lots of oats added to make it a wee bit healthier :)
One to take round to Adam as well.




Delicious with some evaporated milk and a little ice cream.

Take care
xxx

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

New Arrival...

The school summer holidays are coming to an end, Andy went back to work yesterday and Imogen goes back to school tomorrow. Luckily I have a new friend to keep me company... So excited, she arrived this morning...


 I've yearned for a Blythe doll for a long time, but they are so expensive! My wonderful, thoughtful husband found another type of doll, a Tangkou, very similar to the Blythe dolls just much kinder to the purse :) He ordered me one straight away, and she arrived today, so excited, she's so beautiful!



 Her face is so pretty, little pointy ears, gorgeous big eyes (4 different colours) and the longest hair


Wow, her eyelids!
I think we're going to be the best of friends, I can't wait to start making clothes and hats for her. I'm thinking I may call her Cora.

It's been so hot today, I've been painting furniture in the new conservatory, but I was melting. When Andy came home from work this afternoon, we packed up and set off for the coast, a last afternoon at the seaside for Imogen before going back to school. It was gorgeous, the sky was blue and the beach quite empty.


What a beautiful view

A perfect sandcastle



Beach babe!



I knitted Imogen this cardigan last year.

 Imogen had a lovely time, I sat and crocheted some squares while I watched her play and Andy slept the sleep of the hard working... with a few snores :) She did have a little bump on her knee when she was in the sea, but took it like a trooper.


Take Care
xxx