I truly think a career in satire is dead, after the last month of our politics. Somehow, we survive as a nation but for how much longer, I wonder as the bond market vigilantes sharpen their knives for Monday’s opening? George Canning was the shortest serving PM at 118 days and he snuffed it at the end rather than found himself defenestrated. I wonder if La Truss will take that crown? After all her ‘joined at the hip’ Chancellor has now the shortest term under his belt – apart from Iain McCloud who also left office in a box. Goodness, isn’t this getting gory?
The week itself has been pretty free of anything much. These days I do most of the cooking, and having two extra mouths to feed on a reasonably regular basis, adds an incentive to be creative. This week I’ve managed:
- a sprout, chestnut and bacon flan with my own short crust pastry, accompanied by a medley of green veg and hasselback potatoes
- stuffed red peppers (the stuffing being mushroom and vegan sausage based with rice and creme fraiche) in a cheese and tomato sauce
- a three mushroom soup with cheese and spring onion soda bread
- a lentil based cottage pie
- a filo pastry torte with chorizo and tomatoes
- a lemon meringue pie with sweet pastry
- a key lime pie
- a Dorset apple cake
- and a lemon drizzle cake…
As you can see, a fair few are veggie based, though happily the days when our current house guests were vegan has passed. That was something of a nightmare, culinarily speaking.
I must admit to enjoying the catering. Perhaps it’s because I spent years being catered for, apart from the occasional Sunday roast or holiday extravaganza. Now-a-days it’s good that it falls to me to lead the way and give the Textiliste some time back. After all, she uses it wisely. And she still has a hand in finding the recipes as I do tend to revert to the mean if I’m left to my own devices. I think she has me creating a harissa cauliflower meal tomorrow…
The garden has benefitted from rain and benign neglect this week. There’s been a little prepping of the top lawn and some lawn conditioner was delivered to do the front and the bottom in the next week, between the showers. At least the chest infection – which has been a stayer, irritatingly – has pretty much passed so I’ve no excuse. Here are a few tasters before I post something more comprehensive later.
As you’ll see, Dog is acting thoughtful and Vicky is out during the warm days, but indoors every night. It won’t be long before she’s asleep for the winter. Of the other pets, Nutmeg is having a burst of new life, joining us every night for dinner. We shouldn’t allow her really but it’s hard to deny her the fun.
On of the tasks I enjoy, is to take a regular picture of the city from Norwood Park. This was this week’s (Friday – I went moody with the out-of-focus cityscape!)
This comes from August,
Shows how grass bounces back, eh. And then there are the colours around here. This is one spectacular autumn tree in the Village