As I write this it’s in the evening on Easter Sunday and it’s been an all-round weird weekend so far – especially so in that it hasn’t really felt too different to how Easter weekends tend to be. We’ve eaten too many hot cross buns with too much butter (if, indeed, there is such a thing), I haven’t eaten any chocolate (yet), I’ve drunk too much wine and we’ve done a lot of not very much. In many ways, it’s been perfect.
Of course, we are, as many people are, making the best of a less than ideal situation. Anyways, in the interests of spreading cheer, here are my 5 things for the week. And yes, I did have to look a little harder than usual for my smiles, but they were there out there just waiting to be found.
We got caught in the rain twice during our morning walks this week, and by caught in the rain I mean it was raining when we started walking and it steadily got worse. Our Merrell hiking trainers though stayed dry – well, they would have if it wasn’t for the rivers of rain running down into our socks. The outside was dry though. That’s a tick.
2. Grey hair
My boss is threatening to do our daily catch-ups on Teams. I’m currently two weeks past due to have my grey roots done so this isn’t a prospect that’s filling me with joy. Given that my hair is very long, very thick and very curly (and I am glad that it is) it’s almost impossible for me to do one of those do-it-yourself dye jobs at home without dyeing the rest of the house. It. Isn’t. Going. To. Happen.
I bought myself one of those mascara like pen thingies but, well, I don’t know. Then I decided that even complaining about this whole grey thing was focussing on the negative so now I’ve found myself doing instagram searches like #longgreyhair #longgreycurlyhair All the women in these pics look much better than I do and their grey is much nicer than mine is and it seems that everyone who goes grey like this needs to wear proper make-up with bold lips and brows all the time – which, given that I only wear makeup when I go out that is a problem for me. #watchthisspace
3. Meatless Monday
This Thai-style sweet potato and lentil curry was an absolute winner this week. Sarah declared that this could be a regular on the Tracey menu rotation and even Grant, who usually offers helpful suggestions such as ‘this is nice darlin, and would be great with bacon’ or ‘how nice would this be with chicken?’ actually enjoyed it.
4. Midsomer Murders Marathon
I was supposed to be writing but this happened. Enough said.
I was very excited to receive a new cookbook in the mail the other day – a birthday pressie from my bestie in NZ. We were supposed to be catching up next week but, well, covid19.
Anyways, I’ve already put it to use with this lemon and raspberry slice.
Also on the baking front our Saturday Kitchen Destination this week was England, so that called for a nursery-style pudding such as this Queen of Puddings. It’s a Nigella recipe (of course) and while Grant liked it, Sarah wasn’t keen on the texture of the custard so I probably won’t make it again. I have to say though, my meringue was pretty damned perfect. #justsaying
Okay, that was my week…how was yours?