Just the Loveliest Things

May 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Summer Jumpsuits

Was AMAZED to find these in Next today and thought them worthy of a two minute montage…think it’s time to save up and do a mental lady imaginary child shop. But when I have a child, I won’t be able to afford to spend £15 on a dress that will be worn once. This is how I rationalise.

Food Glorious Food

May 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Food is on my mind this morning, which doesn’t help me when I can only afford a £1 sushi pack for lunch. This is what happens when you suddenly decide to jet off to Barcelona for the bank holiday weekend…

Anyway:

My Creamy Lasagne Mess

Ingredients: Leeks, shallots, garlic, oregano, mascarpone, bacon, lasagne sheets, piccolo/sunstream tomatoes, parmesan.

  1. Cook bacon pieces in a dry pan and set aside
  2. Add chopped garlic, leeks and shallots to the pan
  3. Stir in a little bit of oregano
  4. Put bacon back in pan
  5. Dollop in small amounts of mascarpone until it’s the consistency that you want, adding milk/white wine if it’s too thick
  6. Ladle a thin layer into a baking dish
  7. Cover with lasagne sheets
  8. Spoon in another layer of leeks etc and grate some parmesan over the top
  9. Another layer of lasagne sheets and so on
  10. Top the lasagne with strips of bacon, grated parmesan and halved tomatoes
  11. Bake until golden and bubbling
Boyfriend would probably insist we add chicken to this, but I don’t really think it needs it.  I’d also probably add whatever we had around the house, like courgette and carrot diced real fine. This also makes a yum risotto, to which I’d probably add Gruyère rather than parmesan. God I’m hungry.

A-DOOR-able*

May 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Door

I Just Love Today

I am writing about doors. Exterior doors, bi-fold doors, sliding doors, hardwood doors, glass doors, door frames, garage doors, door furniture and all the different materials that you can possibly make into a door. It’s bloody fascinating. Not.

This is for a company that sells HUNDREDS, if not thousands of doors. There are only so many things you can say about doors, and I have to reword them in an interesting and relevant fashion on about 53 pages. Oh God.

Still, it could be worse. I could be dead.

* This is a pun delivered straight from the company I’m dealing with. It is not mine. I would never try to lay claim to something so brilliant.

The Weekend

May 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

So…we didn’t make it to the bloody Temple of the Winds. It rained a bit and we used it as an excuse not to go out. I cooked roast pork with crackling, my special white wine gravy, caramelised carrots and sautéed potatoes…with crème brulée for puds. Like, the opposite of a long healthy walk?

Perfect Pork with yummmmy crackling and super gravy:

  1. Score through the fat about half way to the meat with a verrrry sharp knife
  2. Use a hair dryer – yes a HAIR DRYER – on the fat to make it as dry as possible
  3. Rub the fat with lots of sea salt
  4. Stick bits of garlic and rosemary in the scores
  5. Place the pork on two wedges of onion in a baking tray. These will collect the juice and make a great base for the gravy. Also add garlic cloves, small bits of carrot etc for stock. As these burn, they will provide the deep flavour and colour you want for your gravy
  6. Shove in the oven for about 25 minutes on MAX heat
  7. Turn down the oven to about 200C and cook for 35 minutes/lb
  8. Remove the pork from the oven and allow to rest for 15/20 minutes
  9. Place the juices in the tray over a low heat and work in a tablespoon of plain flour
  10. De-glaze the pan with white wine to taste
  11. Mash everything up real good to squeeze out all the flavour
  12. Add vegetable stock to the consistency you desire
  13. Run through a seive, pushing down hard on all the onion etc
  14. Cut the pork into inch thick slices with a SHARP carving knife and pour gravy all over
AMAZING

Perfect Piggy

What NOT To Do With Your Man’s Home

May 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Creeping Claptrap

Whenever I guiltily sneak home another charity shop find it just gets put in the corner or on my book mountain. Therefore, both are getting a little crowded and are starting to creep out from the walls, encroaching on the space that’s supposed to be for humans. But I’m afraid that I tend to live in the future in my mind, and if I see something that would look amazing in my imaginary house, well I gotta have it. This is not restricted to ornaments.

Scarily, I also buy baby things for my non-existent children. Not ALL the time, but I have at least three items of clothing, a Hello Kitty soft toy and about two hats. Psycho, eh? Even more weird is the fact that Boyfriend doesn’t seem to be bothered by this obviously mental behaviour. He agrees that having a baby is going to cost enough as it is, and we may as well start spreading the costs now. This is not normal. I think he has things wrong with him.

Just SOME of The Jars

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