A sideline project for an IT guy who likes to cook

It All Started on Friday…

Happy Halloween – Bakewell Tart

I can’t believe it’s Friday already as it suddenly dawns on me the weekend coffee share is upon us.  The beauty of a four day week as I’d taken Monday off as part of last weeks half term. 

Monday felt so refreshing, a blue sky day, and I was productive.   The exhaust and new tyres on the van.  Cycled here and there, topping up on a few health (nuts and grass) store essentials along with returning some library books.   The library round the corner is still being used as a COVID test centre, so it’s a hike across town to a different branch holding strange hours that I’ve not got my head round.   I’m just glad it’s back and in operation, having it closed for a book junkie was like having my right hand cut off.

The weather since has been dark and dreich, constant rain.  Enough said!

On cooking front,  I’m tackling the Rye Bread from the guardian.  I’m in the final stages and it’s looking good so far.  My sourdough starter bit the dust a while back when we sort of gave up bread as a low carb diet experiment.  So to be able to build something up over the course of a few days using a slow ferment like this might be a revelation…..At the same time, I can’t go back to the high carb diet! 

Veg box had potatoes in it this week despite us specifically being on the list for no potatoes (that low carb diet again).  I’ve got a great chickpea and potato recipe inspired by Dishoom for this and the relatives are coming round for an overdue visit so mischief managed.

Halloween seems to be the theme of the weekend with a pumpkin/squash also in the box.  I’ll be hunkering down trying to avoid the cobwebs pairing the squash with a piece of Cod or Haddock.   The boy has a couple of parties to go to so there might be a bit of hair a makeup required, but as a teenage boy the days of lightning on the forehead has long since gone and we are now talking about curfew times as opposed to which face paints to use.  Oh for simpler times!

Thank you for those folk who came for coffee last week, really appreciated those battling with my comments section on the blog.   I think I’ve got a cache problem with the host service.  Which is really frustrating, wasted a lot of time for me which meant I didn’t get round to other folks posts.  Apologies.

…..and then Saturday came, I hadn’t managed to post this. The squash and Haddock soup was amazing. The bread….hmmm the jury is out, showed so much promise but may have been in the oven too long.

…..and then Sunday came and I’ve moved host again! A lot quicker this time, a little bit less stress (but not stress free). JetPack looks to be firing on all systems and no caching problems. There’s a media problem, but nothing I can’t handle and needs to coincide with a content review generally. …..and windows 11 available for my PC has popped up……I may be gone for some time!

On that note…..Happy Halloween!


The #WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up hosted by Natalie the Explorer that serves as weekly heart beat and sort of of a mind-dump. Helps me reflect on my week, with a list of achievements, thoughts and rambles normally whilst drinking a beverage probably listening to music.

2 Comments

  1. Kirstin

    enjoyed your update. I miss the library. I live outside our city limits so it is spendy to pay the yearly fee and it would be only me using it. I sometimes use my mother in laws card. Your recipes sound really good. I love making sourdough bread but don’t do it often because it doesn’t last long and I try to keep the carbs to the occasional thing.

    • akeerie

      I would really miss the library so can understand why reach for someone else’s card. Agree on the carbs. I’d been trying to lose a few lbs for a while and only managed it when I cut out the bread. So now it’s a real treat.

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