It’s Sunday afternoon and I’ve spent all day on a zoom call. Truly, all day. It was a strategy and planning session for my voluntary gig. We got through a lot of stuff, but I wouldn’t be lying if I didn’t say that the blue skies and perfect temperatures outside didn’t have me looking wistfully out the window from time to time.
That aside, lets wrap-up the week.
My leg is still causing me grief. There are times when I think it’s improving and others where it feels as though it’s getting worse. I’m still not able to walk much but so that we don’t get out of routine (it’s a slippery slope) we’re still getting up early and heading down to the beach. I’m seeing an osteopath and at least now the pain is isolated in the top of my calf rather than being indistinguishable between calf, knee and hamstring, so that’s progress, right?
I have to say though, not being able to do my usual number of steps is really doing my head in.
I took a half day off work on Monday and Grant and I headed down to Manly. A friend needed his unit packed up in a hurry and as they were stuck on the other side of the border we helped out. A few hours work and then a wander around Manly – a new to us bayside suburb in Brisbane.
Sarah and I spotted a platypus in the Mary River the other day. I’ve never seen one in the wild before and although I have no photos, it was absolutely worth telling you about.
If you haven’t caught this show with David Tennant and Michael Sheen yet you are really missing something. It’s on ABCTV and I binged the lot on iView last week. Filmed during British lockdown it is, quite simply, fabulous. Both actors are playing themselves, but parodies of themselves.
Speaking of series that were filmed during lockdown, I’ve also watched a few episodes of Dun Breedin’ on youtube. Described as a drama with funny bits, the episodes are just 10 minutes each. Created by Scottish actor Julie Graham, and set in Brighton, it’s about friendships and menopause and was a lockdown hit when it screened in Britain.
5. In the kitchen
We were out all day Saturday so no Destination Kitchen, although I did make a really lovely buerre blanc to go with salmon and asparagus on Saturday night when we got home. Given that I’m unable to do my usual number of steps at the moment though, that buttery sauce will probably be the last of the Saturday night buttery sauces for a bit. Nor will there be indulgences such as this fairy bread ice cream that I shared with Grant during the week. For the record, it was waaaaaay too sweet for both of us and sounded better than it tasted.
I had a number of people who read Wish You Were Here and Happy Ever After comment that they would have liked to see recipes for the food that’s cooked and consumed in these books. Because I can’t go back and add them – and even then, which ones do I choose? – I’m gradually adding recipes that have either been inspired by my books or featured in my books or researched for my books to my recipe website Brookford Kitchen Diaries. Escape To Curlew Cottage will also have a few recipes in it, with the rest on this site
Don’t worry about having to follow that site though as they’ll be appearing here too.
Anyways, last week I made (and blogged) the ultimate brownies. I also made a couple of other recipes from Escape To Curlew Cottage which I’ll post over the next couple of weeks. Speaking of which, that book is off being copy-edited as we speak, although release date isn’t until early next year.
In case you missed it…
Also on the blog:
- My bloggy tour through France in the spring of 2018 continues. This week we’re off to Burgundy via Troyes. You’ll find the post here.
- In addition to something about Nigella’s brownies I also posted this meat-free recipe. It’s a Thai red curry with sweet potato, lentils, chickpeas and spinach – and it’s a favourite in his meat-loving house.
- Over on the author site, I posted something about writing a novel in a month during November or, as we like to call it, NaNoWriMo. If you’re interested in giving it a go, I have some reasons why in this post. I’ll be posting tips each week leading up to November.