The past couple of weekends have been quiet as I’m still feeling under the weather. Friday night my sweetheart picked me up from work as usual only this time I showed him around the school and he helped us change our displays for next term. We built a big airplane together out of cardboard for the kids to sit in. It was really nice having him there to help out :).
We spent Saturday doing a bit of shopping in Cambridge and brought home these lovely couch cushions. I am in love with the duck wearing Wellingtons pillow as it looks so quintessentially British. Like the embodiment of a Beatrix Potter story.
I also thought this ornate beaded pillow was really beautiful. Although if you fall asleep on it you get the beaded pattern pressed into your cheek.
This weekend I also tried my hand at baking scones for the first time. I realized after adding all the ingredients that the person who gave me the recipe (who makes the best scones ever) must have forgotten an ingredient or two in the directions as there were no liquids to make the floury mixture into a dough. I improvised and added in some milk but they aren’t nearly as good as I was hoping. I shall try them again soon.
I did have some culinary success this weekend however. My man and I decided to cook a big roast dinner on holiday Monday and I thought I would try and make Spaetzle. It’s a German dumpling/noodle that a good German friend of mine used to cook when I was little and I loved them. And it turned out fab; just as I remember. It goes wonderfully topped with gravy alongside a nice roast.
My other half insisted on having some Kraft stuffing with it (I’m now down to one lonely box!). I’ll have to see if some of my lovely friends and family back home will send me some more from Canada.
We picked up some strawberry plants and some flowers for our hanging basket but the weather has been dreadfully gloomy so haven’t been out in the garden this weekend. I hope we will get a few sunkissed, lemonade-filled summery days soon so I can get back out there in the dirt!
I did however pick these lovely buttercups from the lawn before my sweetheart started mowing last weekend. I’ve always loved buttercups.
“A flower is a weed seen through joyful eyes”
-Jonathan Lockwood Huie
What’s been your biggest cuisine-related success as of late? Or food disaster?