Friday, 8 November 2013

It's Friday !

Woo-hoo !

So, after a week of colleagues being off sick (meaning mucho work for those of us who remained standing); a week of fighting their bug off myself (that elderberry syrup I made the other day rocks), and the general time-of-year overwhelmingness of it all....

....I am just so pleased and happy it is Friday at last and I get a couple of days where I at least do not have to go to work, even if the rest of my life is unlikely to step it down a notch just because it's the weekend.

You never know though :)

But hey, I did clean my windows this week, and now we can see through them, which is definitely a bonus when it comes to windows.  I made and ate lunchtime bean salads


                             We sparkled sparklers and ate jackets and bangers on Bonfire Night


And I gutted Jack and got another 1.8 kg of pumpkin to play with


We ate Tarka Dal with our cous cous (only 20 packets left, wey-hey !)

Half a cup of red lentils
3 cups of water
1 flat tsp if salt

Bung it all into a pot, bring to a boil, then simmer for 20-30 min until you are left with a thick soup.

1 onion
3 cloves of garlic
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp chili powder (or to taste)
Oil or ghee, for frying
Dice and fry the onion; add crushed garlic and the spices, give it a good stir.  Add to the lentils.
As ever, it doesn't look pretty.....

But it tastes like heaven.
And then there was the free stuff....


                                                        .... and the heavily discounted stuff.

And finally, there was a copy of Terry Pratchett's   Raising Steam.  I might be behind on pretty much everything..... But I am keeping up with my reading.  Some things are just too important.


  1. Hey - good to know you liked my kitchen tip, so I thought I would let you know that I love your recipes! Haven't found any elderberries this year or I would have tried your syrup - we always get the odd cough and cold and it would have been great to have a go with that. Maybe next year...

  2. Sorry everything is so hectic right now. You are right though, it is that time of year. I can feel the tiniest edge of panic creeping in. So much to do! Hope you are feeling much better now Allegra. And that you have a really lovely Sunday, with a little time for relaxing.

  3. You've gotta love free stuff :-)

    Tarka Dal pretty cheap too but very tasty!! I'm down to 11 packs of Cous Cous now, whatever will I do without my Cous Cous mountain ;-)

  4. Thank you for another delicious sounding recipe. Now that I have lentils AND spinach I can take my pick. :)
    Just a quick question - I remember that you mentioned saving a lot of electricity by using a stove top kettle. We have an induction hob and the kettles are not as expensive as I thought. Do you think it would be worth it?