Tuesday, 16 November 2010

sunday tea

on Sunday we stayed in all day. Other half decided to make an amazing chocolate cake and we all sat down together in the afternoon for some tea, cake and fresh raspberries from the alottment. The weather was quite miserabable all weekend. We were meant to go to the Lantern festival at the Waldorf school in Greenwich but with big button being sick in the night, little button sleeping the effort to go all the way there just seemed like an effort too much. Another weekend of not doing very much. I really need them as we usually have such busy weeks. To gather my thoughts and do little tasks that otherwise is clinging to my mind. I am trying to be more organized and do stuff as they crop up. this must be the way forward in clearing the decks to allow for more creativity.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

making bread, creams and cupboards

having had a few really rubbish days when everything seems to have gone wrong it's been wonderful to spend a whole day at home pottering and getting things done. It's good to end a week on a relaxed note when things previously have been unbalanced and unsettling.

As the boys were at the alottment Sunday morning planting the garlic, I had a bit of time to myself. (little button was having one of her micro naps). I finally got around to making the cream that I saw first on here. I got the supplies months ago and it's brilliant!! I love it. Was so quick to make, however, I had a difficult time to get it into the bottle. In the end i used the cake piper thingy to squirt it in.

above turns from mess into the most fluffiest peaks of cream you can imagine with a gentle and delicate smell.

I try and have home made bread always at home but sometimes it's difficult to find the time. I grew up with that so it's normal to me. In fact, shop bought bread was a treat. When i am good at planning i soak the grains the night before, but most of the time i bake the
Grant loaf, first found in a Delia cookbook. Super quick and yummy. This time i used a third rye flour, the rest white flour and a handful of linseeds. Despite dropping it as i was about to put it in the oven it turned out fine. Even not so successful homemade bread is always better than shop bought.

and lastly, we put up the Ikea Trofast cupboard for big button's toy. Makes organizing his toys and tidy up easier. I always feel that our house is a mess so I hope this will help with that.

Going through his toys I felt that there was a lot we could probably get rid off. Things that we had 'inherited' and toys we hadn't actually chosen ourselves. Sometime getting things for free actually ends up just costing energy just by them simply existing and not being used. Time for a trip to the charity shop I think

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

kale and cake

wow, the autumn is passing so quickly. I love this season but i also find it's much too short until the dark grey winter is upon us. We went to our alottment this morning and picked the last of the pumpkins, found a lonely red onion. The calendula seems to have had a last wave of bloom or it might just seem like that as everyting around them is wilting and going brown. There has been frost so the kale is good to pick now. I love kale. Especially kale salad from Feeding the Whole Family I really like this book and have used it a lot although i find the ingredients a bit confusing at times. But I think it's mainly because the American English uses different names and when I am not sure immediately and think i have to go look something up i kind of give up.

Coming home with veggie bounty like that makes me feel happy. Happiness can be that simple.
I'll save the pumpkin for later, cook the kale for supper together with chickpeas that are simmering right this moment. Curry perhaps? When the two Buttons wake up I'll make some cake with them as we need it. Having had a very hectic weekend, having a few slow days like this are just perfect and I try and relish every moment. Just being together is fine.