Saturday, 30 June 2012

The Potash

the potash

Last weekend I went away with some friends for a few days in Suffolk.

It was such a lovely time in the countryside: we played boules on the lawn, rounders by a castle, threw stones in the sea and had an evening murder mystery barbecue.

Long weekends are the way forward...

ps. If I ever own a house I'll definitely make an embroidery of it.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

fête des pères

fathers-day garden

On Friday I went on a Father's day outing to Arundel with my mum and dad.

It was lovely weather and although we couldn't go boating on the lake there were lots of water birds there for us to watch. My favourite were the baby moorhens - so small!

We also visited Arundel castle - my favourite part was the walk around the gardens. There are some interesting water fountains (one with a levitating crown) and many nice flowering plants. A good time of year to visit.

Monday, 18 June 2012

let's cook: bigos

For our May instalment of our cooking challenge my mum voted that we should cook up some Bigos (or Polish hunters stew).

I am a big fan of this dish and I am sure to order it every time I visit my favourite Polish restaurant, but I'm ashamed to say I didn't rise to the challenge this month and am yet to produce any stew.

In my defence, there was a bit of a heat wave at the end of May which meant a warm winter stew was not the most tempting idea, but really I have no excuse, as my mum managed to cook up not just one, but two batches during May.

Above is the first of those attempts. Looks tasty...although I would have skipped the mashed potato in favour of some rye bread.

My dad gave this dish 9/10 - a great score (he was especially happy as it was a very meat heavy dish). Good work!
I receive 0/10 for a non-submission. Bad form. I will be sure to make it another time though.

This month we are doing pannacotta (a much more summer friendly dish, and one of my favourites). I'd better pull my finger out and get in the kitchen this time! Watch this space...

Monday, 11 June 2012

a wedding

a wedding

I made this card for a wedding I went to at the weekend.
I was pleased to have the chance to use one of the nice envelopes that I bought in Japan.