Saturday, 11 February 2017

Cookery Books and Meal Planning

So how many cookery books do you have? A quick count up of books on this shelf here

gave an answer of 95! But you see those 2 files on the top shelf?

well they are full of recipes. Here are my second and third shelves

I'm sure you'll recognise plenty, especially all the Marks and Spencer's ones on the third shelf! But on top of all those I save recipes on my Pinterest board.  Do I use them all? No of course not, but I can't bare to part with them and still lust for more. I just love getting a pile out when I am menu planning and just turning page after page for inspiration.

This week it has been very much all the new ones I had for my birthday which were these

The Sheffield Cookbook is brilliant in that it has contributions from all different 'food and drink' people in and around Sheffield. It gives a short history of the place and the people who run it along with the type of food or drink and then a recipe. As you know we love the quirkier type of places and this book is full of those so we are compiling a list of places to visit.
It's not been all about new books this week but a Mary Berry casserole has been planned for tonight

along with 'Emerald and Jade fruit salad' which come from here, a book given to me by David's parents many, many years ago.

I try and plan for the whole week and generally stick to it, although if we have left overs we'll 'fill' them out with more veg just so they're not wasted. Here is this week's meals

There are 2 further columns to the right, the first I write where I've found the recipe and the second I try and put where and how much I spend on food. 
As I wrote earlier despite all the books I still lust for more and James Martin's French Adventure is my lust at the moment. I am gradually watching most of the programs on catch up and enjoying the (generally) very simple rustic recipes. I also have to admit here to having an obsession with 2CV's having owned one 32 years ago (before that I had 2 Citroen Dyanes!) and loved it. I wonder if I'll get the book as a Valentine's present? I'll let you know xx

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Our January

Gosh 29th January already, how many times do we say where does the time go? As usual life@number6 has been full and despite 'retiring' from my job at Goose Lane I have been helping out when needed.
We started the new year in our caravan on a small site near Sheringham, North Norfolk.

We know Sheringham very well and always enjoy going back there. We didn't have the best of weather but still managed to get out and about. Weybourne Station is always a must

As is Sheringham itself

Many years ago we stayed in the above, one of the lasting memories was of the chair hanging from the ceiling. 
We treated ourselves to a meal out at the Wiveton Bell, a lovely pub/restaurant in Wiveton village with very good food.

We had a good walk along the beach at Wells next the Sea, admiring all the beach huts as we walked

It certainly blew away the cobwebs. On our journey back we stopped for a quick photo shot of Cley mill. One of these days we might stay there!

Apart from working, putting the decorations away and generally cleaning round - oh and starting the big loft clear out it was just us until Charlotte and Nina flew up to stay for a few days. Charlotte had a couple of things she wanted to do and had time to do it all. We had a lovely day with my Aunt and Uncle, cousin and husband as well as my brother and his family up in Baildon. A stop at Ikea on the way back wasn't too stressful and David being the 'number 1 car packer' got everything in. One of the things Charlotte had wanted to do was to go to the Winter Gardens in Sheffield, Nina enjoying walking round.

We walked through and into the Millennium Gardens, where the water fountains proved interesting. 

Lunch was at The Holt a place I had read about and had earmarked to go. My goodness we weren't disappointed - we loved it!!

It's in an old factory building and reminded us of our favourite Retorrick Mill down in Cornwall. Mismatched furniture and crockery, gorgeous food and excellent coffee due to the fact that they roast and grind the beans themselves.

We were taking Charlotte and Nina down to Devon and then going on to Cornwall where we would stay at their house whilst they were in France. My goodness it was cold down there, we had heavy frosts overnight and gorgeous sunrises.

Knightshayes the national property is just up the road from where we were staying so we took the opportunity to go there for a walk and fresh air. We walked down from the car park to the playground which is a tree that was blown over in the storms of 2014 

It has been imaginatively turned into an excellent piece of playground equipment

with swings, ladders and tunnels

David and I are now in Cornwall enjoying the feeling of being on holiday in a self catering property. We are here not just to enjoy Cornwall but also to do some 'loft work' in between days out and walks on the beach - more of that another day. Till then enjoy your Sunday as I am xxx

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Season's Greetings

Well I had intended to make this a longer post but time is getting the better of me. At the moment I'm in between making a bakewell pudding, pavlova and flat breads and at a standstill as I have no castor sugar and cooking butter. My elves have gone out to do some last minute shopping and until they come back I can't do any more - well I could go and clean the upstairs and dust our bedroom but who wants to do that on Christmas eve? Time has just flown by these past few months but I hope to have more time in the New Year as I am retiring from my job at the clinic, last shift next Wednesday. I am going to miss all our lovely patients and also my work colleagues but am looking forward to the not working round work for holidays and activities. One of my first jobs will be get an instagram account for life@number6 as now I have a 'proper' phone I use instagram a lot but only have a personal account. As soon as I've sorted that I'll be letting you know. Until then here a few pictures of number 6's Christmas decorations this year

 and here is my Christmas buy for this year, the label reads 'Driving home for Christmas'

and I finished my Christmas socks just in time

My elves have returned with sugar and butter so I shall wish you a

Very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year