Saturday, January 31, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Having done the Omnivore’s One Hundred, I had to do this that I found over at Food Stories page on Food Buzz … I give you my British One Hundred!
The rules/guidelines/instructions/whatevers …
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Link back to Food Stories, if you would be so kind.
Grey squirrel NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!
2. Steak and kidney pie – yum, love it and steak and kidney pudding too!
3. Bubble and squeak – yum again.
4. Spotted dick – it’s ok I prefer Jam Roly Poly
5. Hot cross buns – lovely, toasted with butter.
6. Laverbread – yep, with cockles, fried in bacon fat … I’m a Swansea girl you know!
7. Toad in the hole - yes, I follow St Delia's recipe
8. Shepherd's pie AND cottage pie - yes, one with beef the other with lamb right?
9. Scotch egg - yes I've made my own a la Gary Rhodes
10. Parkin - yes, grampa used to make it on Guy Fawkes night?? Why I don't know!
11. Welsh rarebit - yep
12. Jellied eels - ype, not keen on the jelly.
13. Stilton - yes I love it but you can stick your cissified white stilton with apricots
14. Marmite - my mate!
15. Ploughman’s lunch - yes BUT I'd rather have a ham one.
16. Cucumber sandwiches - yes @ #100.
17. Coronation chicken - yep, but I'd rather not!
18. Gloucester old spot - not yet, one day. Need to find a decent butcher round here.
19. Cornish pasty - of course, I'm rather partial to an ogi
20. Samphire - yep, I don't "get" it though!
21. Mince pies - yes, pastry kills me but I love them. I want to try the ones that the Hairy Bikers/Bakers made at Christmas with orange in the pastry.
22. Winkles - yes, hasn't every British "kid" of a certain age had these on a wet seaside holiday? Cornwall, August 1978! And in France, Les Sables d'Olonne.
23. Salad cream - love it! With Gary's Scotch eggs.
24. Malt loaf - yep, yum, like it made into bread and butter pudding or toasted or just ...
25. Haggis - yes, nice, with Scots friends one Burn's Night.
26. Beans on toast - this very day for breakfast.
27. Cornish clotted cream tea - yes, yum!
28. Pickled egg - yes, in the local chippy. An aquired taste.
29. Pork scratchings - yum, lead me too them. My mother shudders.
Pork pie - yep but I'm not keen, pastry and the jelly! Not again thanks.
31. Black pudding - yes I adore it. A full English is not right without it.
32. Patum Peperium or Gentleman’s relish - no, must have a go. BUT I love anchovies.
Earl grey tea - not keen to be honest but I have tried it.
34. Elvers - haven't tried them, would though. Gordon's version sound like whitebait. I love whitebait!
35. HP Sauce - oh come on of course, cheese on toast wouldn't be right without it!
36. Potted shrimps - yes, from Morecombe - delicious.
37. Stinking Bishop - yes, lovely, thank you Neal's Yard Dairy
38. Elderflower cordial - yes, my friend Brid makes her own, yum!
39. Pea and ham soup - yep, I made some last Sunday.
40. Aberdeen Angus Beef - yes BUT I prefer Welsh Black.
41. Lemon posset - lovely with blueberries in the summer!
42. Guinness - oh there were some nights on the black stuff, lets not go there right now.
43. Cumberland sausage - yes, lovely. Tesco's finest are good.
44. Native oysters - yes, down in Whitstable.
45. A ‘full English’ - yes, the curer of all hangovers. The challenge - to get a little bit of everything in the first and last mouthful.
46. Cockles - yes, with #6. In fact I've picked my own nr the steel works in Llanelli.
47. Faggots - yum, whether they're by Mr Brains or from Swansea market.
Eccles cake - I don't care for them, there's that whole pastry thing again.
49. Potted Cromer crab -yum!
50. Trifle - oh yes, cream and custard and cake and fruit ... what's not to like.
51. Stargazy pie - once in Cornwall, it was delicious.
52. English mustard - yes, on ham sandwiches, stong enough to singe yor nasal hair.
53. Christmas pudding - oh yes from that little place in Covent Garden, what the hell is that shop called? Meantal breakdown. We have one from there every Christmas. Bugger ... goes away to think.
54 Cullen skink - yes in Scotland, all that creamy smokiness was very lovely.
55. Liver and bacon with onions - yes, don't like it if it's overcooked though.
56. Wood pigeon - yes, *spit spit* and I've found the shot too.
57. Branston pickle - yes, "bring out the Branston!"
58. Oxtail soup - yes, lovely rich and irony. Thank you Mr Heinz!
59. Piccalilli - yes, lovely with Ham sandwiches.
60. Sorrel - yes, leaves in salad BUT I've heard that sorrel soup is good too.
62. Chicken tikka masala - of course, who hasn't, well vegetarians obviously.
Deep fried Mars Bar - no but I've tasted a pizza crunch ~ boke!
64. Fish, chips and mushy peas - delicious!
65. Pie,mash & liquor - yes, when I first moved to the South East in 1997. I remember thinking how bizarre it was that the liquor is in fact parsley sauce. And they way the mash was "spread" onto the plate.
66. Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding - yes, lovely rare beef, slab of pudding and a good red wine jus. YUM!
67. Pickled onions - lovely, straight from the jar and then the vinegar to go on your chips.
68. Cock-a-leekie soup - yes, lovely, again in Scotland ... thanks to Ruth's MIL big Betty-B.
69. Rabbit and Hare - yes, I love rabbit pie the way my grandad used to cook it. Not so keen on hare but I'd eat it again.
70. Bread sauce - this very Christmas, made with brioche crumbs.
71. Cauliflower cheese - yum, a weekly eat chez Langthorne
72. Crumpets - butter and jam, has to be Strawberry.
73. Rice pudding - lovely, grampa's recipe, we fight over the skin.
74. Bread and butter pudding - yum, probably my favourite dessert, well alongside, creme brulee/pannacotta. I like to spread a dab of marmalade over the bread and butter too ... Osborne pudding I believe.
75. Bakewell tart - yum.
76. Kendall mint cake - never tried it. Seen it in Millets. Is it good?
77. Summer pudding - always horrified at the thought of this BUT it's yum! With a big dollop of cream.
78. Lancashire hot pot - "I'll have a hotpot Betty love!"
79. Beef Wellington - yum, after foie gras probably my favourite dinner. Simon's is legend!!
80. Eton mess - yum, double yum, got to be chewy meringue though.
81. Neeps and tatties - yum and I like the Welsh version, potch.
82. Pimms - Pimms o'clock.
83. Scampi - delicious.
84. Mint sauce - is there any other way to eat lamb?
85. English strawberries and cream - and Welsh strawberries from Knelston on the Gower.
86. Isle of Wight garlic - yes after watching rick Stein eating garlic fudge.
87. Mutton - yes, it's the best basis for a good cawl. I find myself saddened that Welsh food is not sufficiently celebrated
- Catherine, Tom, Cerys, Duffy - tell everyone! Bugger that in fact. Listen everyone WELSH FOOD IS bloody BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
88. Deep fried whitebait with tartare sauce - yum, I LOVE whitebait, with or without taratare sauce.
89. Angels on horseback - I love these, oysters wrapped in pancetta/really good bacon and grilled. YUM! I like prunes doens this way too.
90. Omelette Arnold Bennett - eggs, cheese, smkey haddock, done for brunch by my fabulous BIL - YUUUUUUUMMMMMMMM - I could eat this every day. You should taste his pear and roquefort salad.
91. Devilled kidneys - the devilier the betterer, yet another mother-cringer.
92. Partridge and pheasant - yum, I love the gamieness of both f these birds, eaten in the UK and France.
93. Stew and dumplings - my nana was a great home-cook. Pork stew with apple and sage dumplings that were as light as a feather. Beek casserole with horseradish dumplings that tickled your tastebuds BUT danced across you tongue.
94. Arbroath smokies - THE BEST smoked haddock I have EVER tasted.
95. Oyster loaves - what? Off to Google them!
96. Sloe gin - picked them, pricked them, gin'd them, drunk them. Eaten the sloes coated in dark chocolate with good vanilla ice-cream afterwards.
97. Damson jam - yum, grampa's damson jam was fab.
98. Soda bread - YES YES YES, the best kind of bread.
99. Quince jelly - umm, British 100? Quince jelly? Sorry, have only ever eaten this as membrillo. Bring on the manchego!!
100. Afternoon tea at the Ritz - been there, done that, loved it, I'd go everyday! The Grand in Brighton is bloody good too.
I say ... and you think ... ? Unwanted :: unloved
You’d better :: watch out
Woman :: me
Weighed :: less
Upright :: standing
I feel :: with my hands
Ill :: medicine
It’s like :: this
Poor man :: beggar man, thief
Great :: "fabulous darling"
Saturday, January 24, 2009
It's been such a busy week ... no time to blog ... no time for much of anything but work, sleep and the daily commute. There's been a strange smell in the nursery - we checked lots of bottoms and all agreed that little bums SHOULDN'T be able to make that kind of smell!! Poof! There's been windy weather whipping children into a frenzy and there's been playing in boxes. And that was just the fun bits, on top of that, well, there's been meetings and training and teachers off sick and "multi agency attendance panels" followed by me shouting through letter boxes! No really, I was. Well ... I don't want them going to court anymore than she wants to go to court. And to top it off I've got a cold and I'm all snotty SOOOOOOOOO I may just go back to bed if you don't mind!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
This is a specially formulated diet designed to help women cope with the stress that builds during the day:-
1 slice whole-wheat toast
1 cup de-caf tea or coffee with skimmed milk LUNCH
1 small portion lean, steamed chicken
1 cup of wilted spinach
1 cup herbal tea
1 Jaffa cake AFTERNOON TEA
The rest of the Jaffa cakes from the packet
1 tub of Gino Ginelli ice cream with chocolate topping DINNER
1 family size Supreme pizza
1 portion of spicy potato wedges - 1 of your 5 a day!
4 bottles of wine (red or white)
2 loaves garlic bread
3 Snickers bars LATE NIGHT SNACK
1 whole Marks & Spencer cheesecake - eaten directly from the freezer Sounds workable to me! You in?
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
The handbag challenge has been floating around the Internet for a little while now ... and for once thanks to Santa I have a new handbag (actually 2 new handbags) that are good enough to be included. As they're new, they're also clean/tidy enough inside not to embarrass me. Don't ask me to re-do this in 6 months time because I will refuse!! Anyway inside the bags ... I heaped the booty all together is/was/shall be ... - my purse, yellow leather, looking scrubby, could do with a new one. Strangely no mobile phone ... where is that? Aha I spy it in all it's Nokia E71 loveliness! So, there you go, just got to stuff get it all back in now. So, the rest of you ... are we feeling brave out there people? Want to share the contents of your handbag/man-bag/rucksack/laptop bag? Don't be shy ... spill! * Yes I like this handbag enough that she has a name! I know, I know BUT leave me be please - I'm still dealing with man flu at the moment and it's wearing me down! He's not having a bell!!
Right, here we go ...
New handbag #1 - Red leather aka Scarlett*
New handbag #2 - Aubergine leather aka Nameless Bag, yes meant as a play on words - needs a new name. Suggestions please - polite ones that is!
- 1 silver chain mail purse, containing (bizarrely) 30 Rand, my only-for-an-emergency M&S credit card and an ancient Clinique lipstick which I probably should bin BUT they don't make the colour (Black Lily) anymore and I love it.
- my keys on the Zulu bead work chili keyring.
- my school keys (the big bunch at the back buried under the orange gorilla key ring)
- my keys to Mum and Dad's on the Zulu bead work rhino key ring. ... he's threatened to change the locks, she loves me and has stopped him.
- our passports because after all, we've only been back from France for what, almost 3 weeks ... that's nothing, they were in there until March one year.
- my cheque book.
- my USB drive attached to a little Welsh lady keyring.
- my camera case ... camera in hand being used!
- a purple glass bead necklace, in case an extra bit of bling is necessary.
- a small tube of hand cream.
- used ferry tickets ... ditto to the passports.
- my Nintendo DS and a spare game ... ditto to the passports, long journey etc.
- a pack of playing cards ... ditto to the passports, ferry crossing etc. We used to play dominoes but Simon was taught by a Jamaican he met in Brixton (Jamaica not London) and therefore is embarrassingly loud whilst doing so.
- my last lesson observation.
- 2 black pens.
- spare contact lenses.
- painkillers - you travel with Simon!
- a square of leather the same colour as Nameless Bag ... I'd like matching gloves. I'm looking for gloves that match Scarlett too.
- a large paperclip.
Anyway inside the bags ... I heaped the booty all together is/was/shall be ...
- my purse, yellow leather, looking scrubby, could do with a new one.
Strangely no mobile phone ... where is that? Aha I spy it in all it's Nokia E71 loveliness!
So, there you go, just got to stuff get it all back in now.
So, the rest of you ... are we feeling brave out there people? Want to share the contents of your handbag/man-bag/rucksack/laptop bag? Don't be shy ... spill!
* Yes I like this handbag enough that she has a name! I know, I know BUT leave me be please - I'm still dealing with man flu at the moment and it's wearing me down! He's not having a bell!!
I say ... and you think ... ?
Arrival :: airport
Vomit :: sick
Fit :: not
Stutter :: me, when tired
Lifestream :: consciousness
Tread :: stair
Desire :: want
Freezing :: cold
Permit :: allow
Crinkle :: cut chips
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Yay Tuesday is a memory! You asked how it went and how major it was, well we have to write/fill in a Raising Attainment Plan* every September when the academic year begins to say how we're going to improve. Then 3 times a year the Local Education Authority sends an inspector** in to check progress against the targets on it. Thankfully we couldn't be sacked if it had gone badly BUT the frequency of his visits would have increased and he would have asked to see other things e.g. teaching observations and spoken to pupils/parents. As it is he has said we are making GOOD progress.
The good news is that he wont be back until April BUT he will be back.
The rest of the week didn't particularly improve much - windy weather, full moon ... neither of which are particularly good for children "on the spectrum" ~ and we've got plenty of them trust me. On Thursday afternoon the head went to a meeting, the deputy head was on a training course, leaving **SCARY GULP** me in charge. I know - IN CHARGE. And boy oh boy didn't things kick off. I have one child who wrecked the internal exclusion room, a child who attacked a classmate on the playground and a child who was left after school when parents didn't show up and was finally collected by the Duty Social Workers team at 5.15! God I needed a glass of wine last night! :o( Onwards and upwards!!
*as we are a school that does not have brilliant results ... thanks to years> of poor teaching, misuse of funding etc. - thankfully this is being changed> by a new headteacher or I wouldn't be here!!
** Euphemistically known as a "partner" - there's a load of bollocks for you eh?
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
We have our Raising Attainment Plan - cRAP - review this morning. Our School Improvement Partner - Hitler from the LEA - will crawl
up our arses all over our data peering at it through a magnifying glass. He'll carry out his inquisition question, poke and prod. I'll be back when the ordeal is over and I'm feeling more human.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I say ... and you think ... ? Resolution :: broken
Break :: bread
Tied :: rope
Suffering :: pain
Instead :: other options
Divorce :: finished
Slash :: Zorro
Cough :: medicine
Happy :: Doc, Dopey, Bashful
Sniffle :: sneeze
Friday, January 09, 2009
My parents have had a new shower installed in the salle de bains.
It's affectionately known as the beast.
It has 6 jets - 3 that mist, 3 that pulse/sting/really bloody wake you up*!
It has a wand with a big shower head on it that you can take off the shower mounting.
And it has a shower head in the ceiling that is akin to standing under a waterfall!
Some of you out there in blogland will have had this kind of shower for years ...
I just know that one the morning of December 20th the waterfall was so strong it made my eyeballs ache!
* You certainly don't want to catch your nipples with it ... I know - TOO much info!
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Sunday, January 04, 2009
I say ... and you think ... ? Confirmation :: absolute
Verse :: and chorus
Authorize :: authoriSe - empower
Blog :: more often!
Thirty :: nearly over, forty next
Heir :: first born
What are you doing? :: watching YouTube
Complaint :: bad service
Leave :: Tune :: sing Do some muttering of your own here.
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Friday, January 02, 2009
Well, we arrived back yesterday evening - the bags are still unpacked in the dining room ... I have neither the strength of character or the energy to tackle them, so I am instead doing something far more useful ~ yep, blogging. Ssssh, Simon thinks I'm de-cluttering the office! Anyway ... arriving Chez le Laquet in the earlyish morning of Saturday 20th December gave us bags of time before Christmas to do all those French things I like the most, of course shopping and eating figured high on the list. On Sunday morning we trooped off to the Christmas market in Souillac - small but perfectly formed - for a wander around before lunch.The weather was cold and crisp, the sun shining, bright blue skies BUT everyone was bundled up against the cold. Locals were buying bunches of holy and mistletoe, swigging down mugs of mulled wine or chocolat chaud. The air was thick with the scents of Christmas - ginger, cinammon and cloves. There was pain des epices to taste, gaufres and crepes being freshly cooked and tasting plates at every stall - saucisson, jambon, St Andre and cabecou, pain aux lardons/noix, nougat and aligot with duck sausage ~ yum!! "Gosh, you must have been stuffed" I hear you say ... merely warming up to the challenge ahead my friends!! Lunch to follow!
Thursday, January 01, 2009
In the spirit of the Omnivore’s Hundred, Andrew over at VGT has come up with the Very Good Taste Christmas Fifty; fifty foods and drinks from around the world. As with the Hundred, there are some items in here that will seem commonplace, and a lot of items you may never have heard of (with Wikipedia links to help you out).
Here’s what to do:
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve tasted.
3) Place an asterisk after all the items you’ve cooked/prepared.
4) Optional: Cross out anything you never want to try, or add an exclamation mark after anything your really want to try.
You’re also welcome to post a link to your version of the list here at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk.
The VGT Christmas Fifty
1. Crystallised or candied fruits
2. Egg nog *
3. Bûche de Noël, or Yule log *
4. Rum balls *
5. Bebinca ! - no but sounds good.
6. Roasted chestnuts
8. Tourtière - had this in France, much flatter looking than the Quebecois version.
9. Uszka !
10. Port & Stilton *
12. Roast goose *
13. Lefse !
14. Sugar plums
15. Romeritos !
17. Hot toddy *
18. Christmas cake *
22. Candy canes
23. Pasteles !
26. Christmas pudding *
28. Figgy pudding
31. Mince pies *
32. Wassail bowls
34. Pio Quinto
36. Mulled wine *
37. King cake *
38. Christmas beach barbecue !! - want to, want to!
39. Cola de mono
43. Dominostein !!
44. Cranberry sauce *
46. Satsumas or clementines *
47. Pumpkin pie
49. Nut roast *
50. Brandy butter *