Life Lately: February 2016

If I had to sum up February in one word it would be… food. Whenever I feel in a bit of a muddle I gravitate words the kitchen — this has it’s benefits though! I’m pretty sure Pret Guildford will have noticed a sizeable dip in lunchtime sales this month. Other than making and eating good food I’ve been … err … actually I can’t think of much else 🙂

Watching

  • The new series of the X-Files (series 10). What a plot twist! I won’t say any more than that in case you haven’t seen it yet.
  • Transparent: a series about a man (and father of three) who decides to ‘come out’ as a woman. It’s a comedy but definitely gives you food for thought (there I am with the food again…)

Reading

Magazine on lap

Sunday reading

I finished The Circle by Dave Eggers. I was a little disappointed to be honest, the story felt repetitive and there was no real ending after 491 pages of tiny tiny text. Next on my reading list is the beautifully designed Ernest journal no.3. It’s full of information about weird and wonderful things. Grim discovery of the month though is Pemmican – a cake made from animal fat and meat.

Eating (and drinking)

Rolled biscuit dough

Lemon biscuit dough

  • Spiced vegan lentil soup: cookie and Kale’s recipe is the best lentil soup recipe I’ve come across
  • Pineapple cashew rice: basically a pina colada in meal form. What’s not to like?
  • Yarde Real Cider: a Christmas present to Scott from my family
  • Pinto bean chilli: one of my favourite cold weather meals
  • Lemon biscuits: I dipped one side in lemony glace icing and sprinkled grated lemon zest on top for a bit of decoration

Baking bagels has become a bit of a Sunday ritual over the last few weeks. They are so simple to make and so much tastier than the stodgy ones on supermarket shelves. I still need to work on getting a tidy join but they taste good; seeds hide a multitude of sins 🙂

Seeded bagels

Homemade bagels

I’ve been using this recipe from the River Cottage Bread book. Bagels are easier than you think, so give them a go!

Making

Nothing at all! I’ve hit a bit of craft slump this month but resting my hands after so much knitting over December and January is probably a good thing. February hasn’t been a totally unproductive month though, I’ve put together a few collections on Unsplash and written up my post about the hat and gauntlets I knitted recently.

Dreaming

The last few weeks have bought plenty of sleep weirdness. One night I’d shut myself in an old fashioned blue room to try and stop a bull getting in. It bashed through the door so I climbed inside a wardrobe and then decided to get on top even though it was wobbling around. Other sleep weirdness includes me waking up convinced I’m half way through swallowing something I shouldn’t be like rubbers (!?!), cotton wool, coins and ear plugs. And the other night I said, “Two plastic bags. That’s my contribution.” in a very matter of fact tone. I’d love to know what’s happening inside my brain when I think I’m done for the day.

Enjoying

Hyacinth in the sun

Our windowsill garden of hyacinths and daffodils — although as I write this, the hyacinths have finished flowering.

Let the Good Times Roll face scrub. Thanks to changing weather and central heating, the skin on my face started to look like desiccated coconut. So I went to Lush and bought something to compensate for my very lax (read: almost non-existent) skincare routine! The scrub is magic.

That’s all for February!

5 Comments

  1. For some reason I thought making bagels would be difficult… You have inspired me…I might give some a try. I am not that good at baking but I’d like to improve 🙂

    Sounds like you have had a lovely February x

    • So did I — but you just make a dough as you normally would, the only difference is the shaping and a quick poach. Even if they come out a funny shape they still taste good 🙂

  2. While reading this I had to check out the Ernest Journal – definitely want to read more, bagels – I’m going to try and make them now instead of buying them every week, and your Unsplash collections – I didn’t know you could put together collections. So I’ve learnt and want to learn three new things due to your life lately. Keep on focusing on food!

    • Thanks, I’m pleased to hear you’ve discovered some new things. I’ll keep an eye out for freshly bagels on your Instagram feed!

  3. Ooo I love Ernest Journal, I’ve an old back issue I’ll send you 🙂

    Heh heh I have weird dreams too, I can always remember my dreams, I love that they are so often far more exciting than real life! I have a penchant for dreams involving dragons…

    I feel I may have said too much!

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