Jumped out of bed in a mad panic this morning. We’d had a lie with no work for the day and was just coming too when my subconscious told me I’d not put yeast in the bread maker. I lifted the lid to find the dough smiling at me, with 3 hours left to go…thank fully the bake setting hadn’t kicked in….what to do?, I grabbed a teaspoon of yeast, a drop of milk, mixed the yeast and then poured onto the dough, a spoon of extra flour and set the mixer to pizza setting. I’ve now switched to manual (me) bake mode and it’s rising happily in a kitchen bowl. Flour is too precious to waste at the moment!
So week two working from home came to a close yesterday, and we celebrated by bringing a bit of holiday spirit to the table instead of a glass of wine. It’s been a few years since we went Sorrento, a coastal town in southwestern Italy famous for Limoncello. A long distant memory, but the taste of the drink brings back a bit of sunshine into our minds.
Funny to see in the Guardian today my profile I joined in 2009! Which messes with my head, I’ve dipped in and out over the years mainly on wet rainy day bus rides into work, but nothing that made me think I need to actively get stuck in. This week though I sporadically dipped in a bit more, changing some of the folk I followed more akin to my interests now and it was refreshing. Even one of my favourite bakers @DanLepard answered and then followed me which gave me a buzz.
So I’ve been rambling on and not offered you a coffee, mainly because all the baking has been hovered up this week. I made a chocolate and banana loaf from Nigel Slaters Kitchen diary to keep the beasts at day and it didn’t last long at all. This weekend I’m going to make a carrot cake (will slow one boy down) and a coconut and chocolate traybake both from the bourke street bakery. Both recipes need little flour and given the shelves are still completely empty of flour it’s a blessing.
Also got a big cook up planned for the day, the local butcher delivery showed up yesterday, stewing lamb and a chicken. If I get those sorted, it will make the week go a little easier by having the evening meals already sorted.
Exercise wise I’ve been getting through the ibuprofen nursing my hip and back. I’d have gone to a physio if they weren’t on lock down. It’s strange though after a run the pain seems to die down. It’s just overnight and long periods of sitting down…which is prevalent given all the phone meetings that I used to walk round a building for. I took a rest day on Wednesday from the morning run and I was in fowl mental state by the end of the day. So I pushed through the pain Thursday and Friday and it made such a difference to my well-being. Also trying to pay attention to the beeps of my watch….when it tells me to move, I go up and down the stairs until it clears. Typically 4 times!
I hope you are managing to stick to routines, or forming new healthy habits and wishing you another healthy safe week. We were supposed to be going away this week as part of the Easter break, sadly cancelled, but I still long for the mountains…..so I leave you with this small film. Stay safe both in body and the mind.
Freeride at Home, a Ski Movie by Philipp Klein
The #WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up hosted by Eclectic Alli 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.