A sideline project for an IT guy who likes to cook

No lie in

We both woke at alarm time this morning without the alarm! It’s like a law of physics, when you don’t need to get up you can’t sleep and then when you do need to get up you can’t.   If it had been a school day we’d have been flat out.  Both in need of that extra hour to refresh.  It’s elusive and for no reason.

We decide to get up and make the best of the dry morning the rain is due around 11, in search of a second coffee perhaps something to go alongside.  We end up at old haunt, nothing taking our fancy on the way.  Soderberg, a Swedish bakery and we know we won’t be disappointed from an eats point of view.  The coffee is good just not big enough.  The service slow, it’s ok there is no rush today.

We swung by the bookshop, I was hoping to check out the new book by Anja Dunk, Advent.  Unfortunately not in stock.  I was also hoping to pick up some wheat gluten, which I’d checked on line to see if the store sold it.  Again though not in stock.  So not very successful.  Then the rain came, with a howling wind to the bite we didn’t hang around.

Back home pre lunch is unusual on a Saturday and I as watch the leaves dance on the wind, the rain at a diagonal with the wind crashing against the windows I’m glad I can stay in the rest of the day.

Dinner this evening is already in the bag, I made a slow cook aubergine and lamb stew Thursday evening so I’m hunting around for a dessert to perhaps fill my time.  The trouble is it will come with a bout of guilt.  There is a tub of sour cream in the fridge crying out to be used and I’m wondering about a cheesecake recipe and wondering if I’d be able to freeze half.  I feel I’ve left it too late in terms of cooling down.  The veg box came with a couple of beetroots almost the size of foot balls so I feel a chocolate beetroot combo might be the way to go.


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.

14 Comments

  1. Natalie

    Aubergine and lamb stew sounds delicious. Glad to see your Comments back on. I couldn’t leave a comment last weekend but was able to select ‘Like’. Thank you for your #weekendcoffeeshare.

    • akeerie

      Thanks Natalie, I think I’m finally back up and running comments wise. Thanks for saying hello and hosting.

  2. dinah

    My friend used to make a version of this and it was wonderful!

    https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/beet-cake/

    Have a great week 🌺

    • akeerie

      Hi Dinah, thanks for the link. I love the idea of using a Bundt tin.

  3. Gary A Wilson

    I think I need to retire before taking on the kind of cooking projects you take on EC.
    You never fail to inspire but the reality of how this house works almost always kills the urge to create something amazing and eatable.
    Some day I’m going to stop putting all this time into fretting over someone else’s software and hand the task over to some youngster. Then we’ll see how inspired I can be.
    Blessings..

    • akeerie

      Hi Gary, I do all this cooking to drain out my fretting. A moment of mindfulness, a way of tuning out the noise and the whirring……I look forward to you joining me in the kitchen :). Thanks for popping by

  4. Thistles and Kiwis

    Oh I went to Soderberg’s last time I was in Edinburgh (gosh….three years ago now….) and a had a lovely cardamom bun. The lamb sounds good.

    • akeerie

      They seem to be going from strength to strength, little pop ups in key parts of the town.

  5. AdventurousAngela

    It sounds like you had a relaxing weekend. ☺️ And I’ve always wanted to try lamb! I hope you have a great week. 🙂

  6. Julie

    A chocolate beetroot brownie sounds delicious. I’d be open to try it. I just won’t tell my husband and friends there’s beets in it :-).

    • akeerie

      Tried to convince my son there was nothing else in it, but he wasn’t for believing me. He still ate it though. You should go for it!

  7. Kirstin

    That stew sounds yummy. I love lamb but it is so expensive here, I rarely buy it. Hope your week has been a good one. I’m way behind on visiting my favorites.

    • akeerie

      I try to pad it out with lentils and aubergine in order to make it last. Thank you for taking the time to say hello

  8. Janet Alcorn

    Mmm… beets. Roasted with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mmm…

    Sorry, got distracted for a minute there.

    As for dessert, never ruin a good dessert with guilt. Treat yourself and enjoy every bite!

    Hope you had a wonderful week.

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