Not perfect, but perfect

I mentioned the possibility of fresh bagels in my last post and fresh bagels were forthcoming. Sourdough bagels in fact. Not perfectly formed. Not perfectly browned. NOT perfectly Instagram-worthy. But delicious and perfect.

Hopes

The skies are a little more overcast here today so I’m not feeling as guilty about enjoying being indoors, particularly as I can see my small and much loved garden from the window. The camellia and magnolia I was worried about (both were in bud far too soon, in the middle of winter because we…

Music festivals…random thoughts and suggestions

Although we made the decision to NOT attend any music festivals this year, we have been to one or two each in previous years – instead of ‘lying by the pool’, ‘bungee jumping off tall things’ or ‘how the hell did we get here?’ holidays. This is because short breaks give you the same mental…

It works…sort of

After the failed (but not 100% failed) experiment of my Xmas dinner the gauntlet was thrown down (too dramatic?) by Ennuiandwaffles in the comments. Pickled gherkins? No problem. I’m not sure if this completes the brief – have I really paired things that are great on their own to achieve new and surprising peaks of…

It doesn’t work but I don’t care

(I am starting with a disclaimer on this one…it is my 5th ‘non-thinky’ post in a row but I have not lost my frustration, fury or angst, I am merely turning my back on them for a while. It isn’t a Christmas thing, it’s a ‘I’m tired of those people doing those things’ thing). The…

Palate cleanser

After all the politic angst (perfectly reasonable and deserved angst IMO) and deep and meaningful ponderings I was advised to post something lighter and more delicious…so here it is. I subscribe to a weekly email newsletter from Laura Olin. I am rarely interested in everything I receive via email newsletters, but they are worth it…

If you’re listening…

I recently enquired of a trusted partner in crime whether or not the NSA would start following my blog if I wrote a post slagging off ‘president’ trump.  The answer I got back was “They already do, and they’d like to see more recipes” so in an attempt to satisfy my audience, no matter how…

Make it your own

I am fortunate enough to have semi-regular access to a wonderfully full Indian supermarket. I am also fortunately enough to be able to buy random products with no idea what to do with them. The last purchase of this sort was a packet of dried limes. It appears that dried limes are mostly used in…

The last four things – part 2

Following on from yesterday… 3: Lush shampoo bar and tin I have started using these Lush shampoo bars as a way to reduce the plastic I buy and because, once I started using them, I discovered how much better my hair feels. They do not seems to leave as much residue when they’re rinsed out,…

The last four things – part 1

I am trying to find a balance between frugality and minimalism. On the surface it would seem that they are compatible but frugality means buying 100 of something if you find it on offer (so that the next 100 times you need that thing you have not paid full price for it) whereas minimalism means…