It’s seems like I’ve been missing in action for the last few months. It’s been crazy! I had a milestone birthday, left a job I’d been happy in for 11 years and started a new job working longer hours.
And that was just me! My daughter left school and started a fantastic new course and our dog had some health problems and needed lots of vet visits and special care (he’s fine now).
Throughout that time I had lots of ideas for blog posts, but I just never had the time or energy for writing, until now.
Suzy Spoon’s cookbook
My farewell present from my lovely workmates was a Readings bookshop gift card (more on that in a later post). One of the FOUR gorgeous books I chose was Suzy Spoon’s Vegetarian Kitchen.
Remember Suzy Spoon? She’s the one behind the Spoon’s Vegetarian Butcher sausages. I’d heard the vegetarian butcher shop had closed down a while back, but apparently it’s gone on to bigger things, which is great.
When I planned to spend a cosy night watching Eurovision, I knew a couple of recipes from this book would be the perfect comfort food for the night.
Green split pea and smoked tofu soup
This was a really easy recipe and made the house smell great! It was supposed to be for dinner in front of the telly, but with family hovering around, I decided we’d better eat it for late lunch this afternoon.
Kathy’s chocolate self-saucing pudding
I’m not sure who Kathy is, but we had her chocolate self-saucing pudding (another recipe from the same book) for dessert, and it was really good.
I didn’t eat mine until it had cooled down quite a bit, so the sauce was pretty thick, but like a good chocolate pudding it had crunchy bits, steamy bits and gooey bits.
The Main Event
Watching Eurovision and eating comfort food was supposed to be the main event of the night. I’d planned to sit in my pyjamas, in front of the (gas) fire, eating my comfort food feast. But I couldn’t wait, and by the time the show started at 7.30pm I was already stuffed full! I hope I just don’t nod off and miss the show.
Just showing my rapidly increasing age, I want to point out that I am wearing my brand new, faux sheepskin Grosby Invisible Snuggle Boots. They’re not pretty, but they’re very warm and comfortable on a cold night, and they have rubber soles so I can take the dog out without changing my shoes. They’re much nicer than walking around inside a dead sheep’s skin!
A big weekend in Europe
Hasn’t the news from Europe been great this weekend!
1. 5th place for Guy Sebastian
Guy Sebastian came 5th in the Eurovision Song Contest with a song that was daggy enough for Eurovision but catchy enough to have us grooving in our armchairs. Sadly, it’s already done the earworm thing and stuck itself firmly in my brain! (Oh yeah, and Sweden came first. Congratulations to them!)
2. Ireland votes ‘Yes!’
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any more exciting… Ireland voted ‘Yes!’ to marriage equality. Fantastic news! I hope we get the chance to follow their example soon.