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Friday, 9 September 2016

Taste the Rainbow


And they say advertising doesnt work!  Ha

The In-Laws came for a flying visit at the weekend.  We have no spare rooms or beds.  That was fun.  

I fed them roasted mix veg, rice and tandoori chicken.  We had quorn strips, I probably wont have that again.  Everyone else thought it was delicious.  I am not keen on quorns texture.

The tandoori was really easy, low fat plain greek yoghurt, mixed with a Pataks jar of madras paste.  About half the jar.  I butterflied the chicken breasts, placed them in a bowl with half the curry yoghurt mix and left it for 2 hours in the fridge and did the same with the quorn.

To cook them, I used the grill pan bars over a baking tray, with some baking parchment in the bottom, to catch any drips as the yoghurt is hard to scrap off and wash.  The quorn I put them on parchment paper on top of a pizza tray. For my own quorn I made it with alpro yoghurt and the curry paste and repeated, (I cant eat dairy, no its not a fad, I have never been able to eat dairy).

It was a pleasant evening.  I was given compliments on my 'adventurous food'.  Next time I am going to feed them something truly exotic!  I need ideas lol

Thursday, 8 September 2016

It was all



It was all yellow grey.

Greetings from the Cotswolds.  I hope you like Coldplay.

Things have moved on quite dramatically, on the home front.  We are at paint stage, with a snag list but we have ordered carpet.  It cant be all bad.  I thought you may want to see the bedroom so far.  Remember Urban Obsession?  The grey?

Here you go.





All very angular at present.  The grey paint has been a pig to use. it all needs tidying up on the edges.  There arent any crisp edges where the roof line meets the wall, it is therefore a bit wobbly.  My Brother is coming up to help with that and some carpentry that I am not happy with and once you have asked someone 3 times to fix something and they still cant get it right, it is time to cut them off.

The en suite is larger than it looks in the above picture.  This is at white wash stage.  It will be a light grey when finished.  The tiles on the floor are medium oak tile/planks.  They are covered in dust right now.  No matter how much you brush up and vacuum, turn your back it is settling again from the air.  I think it will take months for it to be more normal.  The underfloor heating is really nice under foot as I knew it would be.

The hall so far is the most improved.  All that wood panelling is gone...  We are waiting for a real decorator to do the hall, stairs and landing for us.  Its a big job. 

I just keep telling myself we are nearly finished.  The oil tank is full. the garden has been hacked right back to the boundary.  The garden now looks bigger than it is.  It will never be as big as our last garden, but it should be pretty in the end.  Getting ready for Autumn and then winter.  I hope it is warm and cozy here.  

Does the house feel like home yet?  No, but it is becoming more like us.  Rather than the disgusting building we moved into.

Hope you are all well.