Seems it's not quite peak blackberry season just yet.
Last night's raid on some local hedgerows was a bit disappointing on the blackberry front - found enough for a crumble or cake, but it needs another week or so before everything is nicely ripe and pickable. However, we also picked enough sloes for a large batch of gin
Christmas strikes again. As usual, I am not feeling at all festive or excited about it. It's also about 20° warmer than it was this time last year, and obviously no snow, so it doesn't "look like xmas" either. Quite why everyone thinks it should be snowy is a bit beyond me anyway, given that this is the UK and that rarely ever happens...
A week off work is always good though - now all I have to do is finalise which days I'm doing which exciting things on (climbing, kayaking, etc etc) and actually decide New Year plans.
ahh, the one day of the year where I can be arsed to eat pancakes*...
Yesterday's worked surprisingly well. I used a slightly different recipe from normal (well, I always use a different one as I never remember/write it down) - bit more adventurous, using buttermilk rather than normal milk. Anyway, the batter looked thicker and more gloopy, and it did look like the pancakes might come out fat and rubbery (I like 'em thin and crêpey). But they were actually very good - and tossed brilliantly!
So for future reference:
half a pot (140ml ish) buttermilk
and a little bit of... continue reading »
I was reading the packaging of the sweets I was eating yesterday, as you do. Now I want to know why they feel the need to sneak vegetables into strawberry laces. Is nothing sacred?! It was bad enough when I was younger and discovered that the chunks in Branston Pickle are bits of veg... Stopped eating it for ages, heh
Anyway it's almost the weekend again, which means I'm off camping again, and have purchased yet another bottle of wine. My current criteria for buying wine is that it's pink, costs less than a fiver, and most importantly has a... continue reading »
For reasons mostly to do with the voucher I get at the end of it, I'm currently doing some survey type research thing. This involves, amongst other things, recording how much fruit and veg I eat each day.
Two weeks in and I'm just about averaging two portions. That's 1.8 of fruit and half a vegetable, ish. I'm not convinced their way of calculating it is entirely accurate, but even so, oops...
Everyone knows that the only way to 'tap and unwrap' a chocolate orange is to bash the living shit out of it, yes? They even have it on the adverts now.
But apparently this is not so true anymore! I'm quite disappointed actually. Me and John had two each in our xmas stockings (yes, I know..), and I've only just got round to eating the second one.
My first one was a tangy one (absolutely the best type), and I barely had to touch that to get it open. In fact, I think all I did was... continue reading »