We have been in Cyprus for the last week – so no cooking or recipes in the log this week. I also didn’t do that much food-related reading, opting for novels instead. I wasn’t really expecting to get much time for that, but the combination of a toddler that can now be absorbed for longer periods, plus some long afternoon naps meant I made some reasonable progress. It was lovely to have a break that felt like summer – it means I feel better about throwing myself into pre-Christmas preparations now.
- Finally finished Death comes to Pemberley, by P.D. James – pleasantly diverting, but not much more, and occasionally felt like it was showing off the period research a bit.
- Intended to start on A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson, but instead got sucked into reading the previous book, Life after Life again (not sorry – still so good).
- And The Muse by Jessie Burton (which you must have come across, as it was advertised absolutely everywhere), which I really enjoyed. A nice blend of historical romance and mystery.
- Rachel’s lovely post about being an imperfect mother, and the importance of saying sorry when you do something you didn’t mean to: Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
- Related (sort of) a survey that suggests parents constant overestimate the capabilities of their two and three year olds and can end up punishing them for things beyond their control.
- Added to the recipe list recently: roasted cauliflower with pumpkin seeds, brown butter and lime from smitten kitchen; the Cumberland rum nickies in this month’s Delicious magazine; a slow cooker recipe for Asian shredded beef found in Real Simple magazine.