Monday, June 29, 2009

Residents in my garden .....

As well as our storks George and Betty, we appear to have some other residents in our garden ...... a family of hedgehogs. Luke took this photograph last night. Isn't he (or she) adorable?!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

I have been tagged .......

I've been tagged by my friend Kathi, otherwise known as kathiroussel and 5gardenias. Thank you Kathi!

I've been Tagged

What is your current obsession?
Writing .... anything, everything .... ideas, notes, lists ......

What is your weirdest obsession?
Raw cacao nibs (organic raw crushed chocolate beans)

What are you wearing today?
Jeans and a floral shirt.

What's for dinner?
Barbequed chicken, garlic polenta cakes and a salad.

What is your favourite book?
The Catcher in the Rye.

What's the last thing you bought?
English tea bags.

What are you listening to right now?
BBC Radio 4, a British radio station.

What is your favourite ice-cream flavour?
Pistachio, I think for the colour as well as the flavour.

What do you think of the person who tagged you?
I think of Kathi as very talented, wise, warm, open, and kind hearted. I think of Kathi as a friend.

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
The north Norfolk coast, England, UK.

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour where would you go?
Holkham beach to meet my cousin Sam.

Which language do you want to learn?
Russian, so I know when someone is swearing at me. In Latvian there are no swear words, the worse thing you can say is 'go mushrooming!' so everyone swears in Russian, the second language here in Latvia.

Who do you want to meet right now?
Sam on Holkham beach .....

What is your favourite colour?
I have two faves ..... sludgy green, and brown.

What is your favourite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe?
A cheesecloth top with hand crocheted straps. It was my mum's, and I think it dates back to the 70's.

What is your favourite magazine?
I am more of a book person, but I suppose my favourite magazine would be Country Living.

If you had a £100 now, what would you spend it on?
New jeans. Every pair I have has at least one hole somewhere.

Favourite artist/s?
My 6 year old daughter Lucy.

Do you admire anyone's style?
People who remain positive in the face of adversity.

Describe your personal style?
Down to earth.

What are you going to do after this?
Catch the drop on treasury west .....

What are your favourite movies?
Benny and Joon, The Shining, and The Shawshank Redemption.

What is your favourite fruit?
Wild raspberries.

What inspires you?
The world all around.

What music do you like this week?
Lloyd Cole, specifically his album 'Rattlesnakes'.

What is your dream job?
Taste tester at all the best restaurants around the world ..... I love my food!

What is stopping you?
Mmmmmh ...... lack of funds, two small children, a husband, three cats ........

If you could change something in the world to make it a better place what would that be?
I would cure all the sick.

Something about yourself that makes no sense?
I don't like feet.

The rules:
1. Respond and rework; answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own.
2. Tag eight other people.

I am tagging:

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Best of British!

So I live in Latvia but I am British through and through. I love my food, especially old English traditionals. One of my absolute favourites, a real 'comfort' food for me, is good old English custard. I have a wonderful recipe which I am going to share with you.

Ingredients
1 vanilla pod
1 pint sweet cream
6 large free range egg yolks
1 dessertspoon cornflour
2oz golden castor sugar

Method
Pop the cream in a saucepan. Split the vanilla pod lengthwise and scoop out the seeds, put it all in with the cream and start heating very gently on the stove.
Whisk together the egg yolks, cornflour and sugar together in a medium bowl with a balloon whisk.
When the cream has warmed to just below simmering point remove the vanilla pod, and slowly add the cream to the egg mixture, stirring the egg mixture all the time.
Then tip it all back in to the pan and heat it up again, fairly slowly, until it thickens.

Tip in to a jug and serve with a fruit compote or pie. It's also rather good cold with some fresh whipped cream and fruit.

Right then .... I'm off to my fridge ..........

Saturday, June 6, 2009

A trip to market.



This morning we all bundled in to the car and took a trip to the saturday morning market in our local town, a 15 mile drive.

I was so glad I remembered to take my camera along so I could take a few snaps. I thought this stockings stall was wonderful and half expected those mannequins to start doing the 'can can' at any moment.

The market was an abundance of colour and smells, not to mention wonderful fresh local produce. We drove home enjoying the glorious pungent smell of ripe home grown strawberries.