It has been a long week, but some parts have skimmed along easily all the same. I went for a run this morning, in the sunshine and with a cool, fresh breeze scudding along the canal, and it all seemed a bit better. Getting out into the air, seeing some greenery and some sunshine has an endless capacity to make me feel better, and to help me get perspective. And despite the showers, the heat of the sun, strawberries and tomato salads mean that I think it’s actually summer.
A big piece of news too: we completed our new house purchase this week, somewhere further out in the sticks. While there is a long way to go before we move in, I am excited and hopeful about creating a family home there over the next year. This slow transition suits us well, and will give us lots of time to figure out how to make it all work before we up sticks.
It has been a pretty good week in food. I renewed my enthusiasm to tackle some of this month’s (or rather last month’s) food magazine recipes, and with some very good results – not least the pie below, which has been pudding every evening through the weekend. It’s inspired me to be a bit more thoughtful about next week’s meal plan and hopefully there will be more good stuff then.
- Rhubarb pie (with a few strawberries) – Delicious Magazine, July 2016
- Sourdough bread (Bread, Cake, Doughnut, Pudding), and wholemeal sandwich bread (Brilliant Bread)
- Roast chicken with tomato bread salad – Delicious Magazine, June 2016
- Spinach and coconut curry (though I subbed out the spinach for sweet potato) – Good Food Magazine, June 2016
Without a recipe:
- Pulled pork buns with salad (pork from freezer, bbq sauce stashed in the fridge, bought burger buns, tomato salad, potato salad)
- Waitrose frozen pizza base with mozzarella, ham and tomatoes
- Cheese on toast…
- Fried rice with leftover peanut-lime chicken
- A leftovers tart: ham, cheese, tomato, broccoli and spring onion quiche
- French toast with cherry compote and bacon (post-run Sunday brunch)
Not much food-related reading this week, so instead, some other things I liked:
- Emily Quinton on setting goals for the second half of the year – she’s a photographer and co-founder of Makelight, who offer online and in-person photography courses.
- Thinking about Hillary Clinton – a plea for reason. I don’t really understand the Hilary-hating narrative, so this sort-of helps clarify what’s going on (and also why it’s misplaced)
- Seven things you’ll discover when you return to work after Maternity leave (by What Kate Baked) is pretty spot-on
- The Fabian Society on polling the Brexit voters – not necessarily the ‘left behind’
- My favourite comfort reading at the moment is on bullet journaling. This on Why the humble notebook is flourishing in the iPhone era is a good summary of the phenomenon.
- Rachel Jeffcoat is one of my blog-crushes: writers who I will read any post they write, as soon as I can get hold of it (also in this category right now: Shauna Ahern of Gluten Free Girl). She’s been on very fine (and reassuring form) recently – especially the letter for her youngest’s third birthday and three things to watch to distract you from Brexit.