Sunday, 29 April 2012

Rainy Day

What to do on a rainy Sunday?  The usual car boot sale is a no go, working on the allotment isn't exactly an appealing prospect.....

Perhaps a couple games of Bananagrams?

A cheeky cider in my favourite glass?

Might as well make some hummus for packed lunches and general snackage...

And while we're at it, a wholemeal oregano and sun-dried tomato pizza base...

... for a dairy free pizza?  Oh go on then.  

I told you I was turning into a yogurt weaving, hummus making sort.  Not sure I'm comfortable with it to be honest but the pizza was lush so that certainly helped :)

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Car Booty

We haven't been to many car boot sales or charity shops recently, life has been a bit hectic but over the last couple of weeks we started the spring/summer car boot season fairly well...

Fantastic glass jug a bargain £2, cheer me up tulips and our 50p ship of joy (or fools, but really that depends if you're an Erasure fan or not).

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Allotment Geekery

A couple of weeks ago we found these wire bakery trays at the dump, hung above our plot in the polytunnel it almost doubles the amount of space we have for germinating seeds and generally growing stuff.

MozzyMr with the peas and courgettes.

We let the tomato plants get a bit pot bound so it was time to get them in the plot, with the wire baskets freeing up lots of space they finally got the root room they needed.  The plan is to plant basil amongst the tomatoes, Monty told me it was a good idea... bloody love Monty.

Rocking crazy allotment hair!

Monday, 9 April 2012

Sandal Wearing, Yoghurt Weaving and Carrot Hummus.

So this bank holiday weekend I became one of those hummus making, allotment owning, Guardian reading lefties.  It shouldn't have come as too much as a surprise I had the allotment owning and Guardian reading under the belt already but then I went and purchased this little beauty (yeah I pimped the photo, I wanted it to look it's beautiful best), I think I might call her Betty....

So  what to make with Betty first?  Well  reflecting upon my new lefty lifestyle it seemed wrong to do anything else but a River Cottage carrot hummus receipe, hazaar!We totes own a pestle and mortar, MozzyMr is very keen to master curries and mashes up all sorts of seeds and spices (om nom nom).  These little beauties released a lovely zesty smell and grinding them up to put in the hummus made me feel like a GROWN UP!

Yum bags roasted carrots with garlic, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, olive oil, salt and pepper. 

And finally the carrot hummus!  Yeah, yeah it looks like baby sick, but it really, really is delicious and will be my packed lunch tomorrow with lots of raw pepper and celery, which bearing in mind I've got the post bank holiday blues it's a good to have a nice lunch to look forward to :)

How was your Easter bank holiday weekend?

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Interesting Things Growing in the Kitchen

We've been growing some closed cup mushrooms this time rather than the posh ones we were growing a while ago. When they're growing they look just like those pixie/fairy house illustrations you see in children's books. Whilst I have a slight issue with the mouldy, fungusey nature of the mushrooms they do look super cute and taste amazing. The kit was a bargain £3.99 at Aldi and we've had absolutely tons of mushrooms from the kit so far and they don't look like they're going to stop any time soon either.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

A Month of Reading

I feel I need to start this post by saying don't judge me!  There is a whole heap of young adult fiction contained within this post which quite often makes people scoff but this month of reading is a gold mine of fantastic reads which with the summer just around the corner you might want to consider...

1. Double or Die by Charlie Higson

A number of years ago an ex-colleague of mine recommended and lent me Silverfin the first of the Young Bond series by Charlie Higson. I never thought it would be a book she would read so thought I would give it a go and was very glad I did, it was great. I quickly purchased Bloodfever the follow-up but at that point Double or Die was in hardback and on principle I won't buy hardback books they're just too expensive. 

Wanting a quick read I thought I would give Double or Die a try. Crikey, it's just a bit action packed, very far-fetched but ultimately great.  The good thing about young adult fiction is an absolute disregard for what can't happen and as the young James Bond gets chased, and chased and escapes and escapes in more and more ridiculous scenarios I loved every page. Higson keeps the slightly kitsch elements of the original Bond's but thankfully without the sexist Pussygalores etc.

2. Hurricane Gold by Charlie Higson

I told you I liked the young James Bond's.  As I was nearing the end of Double or Die I got slightly edgy and nervous that I didn't have the next book in the series to immediately move on to.  Hurricane Gold provides a ludicrous villain, fast cars, horrendous but inventive ways to die, guns, gore, and lots of page turning goodness.  Buy it, do it now, off you go....

3. Looking for Alaska by John Green

You may remember I read Paper Towns by John Green in last month's A Month of Reading, and I LOVED it.  You might have guessed from this post already that when I like an author I tend to rush out and buy all of their books and read, read, read (thank god I don't like Patrick O'Brian I'd be broke) and John Green's books are great!  Looking for Alaska is an exploration of beginnings and endings. What I love about Green's books is that he writes about teenagers and their lives in such an ordinary non-Skins way and doesn't pretend that life as a teenager isn't mostly boring and filled with the complicated relationships with friends and family.  I can't say too much about the plot because I don't want to give much away and I do want you to go out and read this book.

4. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Ahhh the exquisite pain of a heart broken teenager.  Colin; anagramer, prodigy, and dumped by 19 Katherines works his way through the heart break with friend Hassan on a road trip (Hassan is one of the best characters I've come across).  This wasn't my favourite John Green book, but that's like saying it's not my favourite cake, it's still cake damn it which means it's still great.  Once again Green's characters are full and normal and funny and smart, the story is something everyone can, on some level relate to and I will eat my imaginary hat if you don't enjoy this book.

That's it for me  and this month of reading, allotment season is kicking off so I suspect my consumption of literature is going to nose dive.  But I'm very excited to say I have been chosen to be a World Book Night Giver!  But more of that later...

Sunday, 1 April 2012

New Tricks

I've been continuing my quest to improve my photography this week, and chose the cat as my project.  Well I actually thought I would specifically focus on her paws but she seemed to get a kick out of having her photo taken so I took the opportunity to photograph her.  Please indulge me on my journey to crazy cat lady status and old age.

She's looking very dusty in these photos because she'd been out in the garden and loves to roll about in the dust when it's hot, trouble is she gathers up ants and other undesirable bits and bobs and then brings them into the house.  

These are a bit dark which is a shame, but I'm trying not to use a flash, practice makes perfect!

Still a lot of work to be done to improve my skills but I'm happy with the photographs I've been taking, setting projects seems to be pushing and challenging me.  What do you do to improve your photography?
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