What a week, the implementation went to plan but a BAU issue hit the ropes. Confusion reigned, the support rota kicked in as it was felt it was weekend related and caused me to get called out. Then ensued a roller coaster of tiredness. I was on high alert for the next few nights causing me quite a bit of angst. Cancelled a camping trip, too tired and depressed to contemplate hitting the hills. Add to this the eldest who was in self isolation because he happened to sit next to a pal at the cinema who’s just been confirmed COVID positive.
Fortunately I’ve still taken the days off we were going to take and we decided to play tourist in our own town. Caught up on a bit of shopping and found a new book shop Topping & Co, which was just an amazing find and wish I’d known about it sooner.
We had lunch out just the two of us for a change. The Olive Branch Bistro Edinburgh and couldn’t resist trying the:
- Crispy shredded duck leg, watermelon, pomegranate, orange salad with dukkah and passion fruit
- Roast aubergine, pepper and spinach katsu curry, coconut rice and dukkah flatbread
- Cheese cake of the day, Dark Chocolate and Baileys
Today as I write this the sun is shining through the window (it was supposed to be raining) and my sons PCR test has come back negative. A sense of normality is resuming in my mind as I take it easy and think about the day.
With the rollercoaster of the working week my excuses for not tackling any of Grannies box of recipes seem valid. I’ve not really got myself in the frame of mind for writing full stop although amazingly I did finish the header for a soup recipe that has been keeping me sustained for the last couple of weeks. Definitely a keeper and a recipe for life.
I’m a big fan of a hearty soup and this one I come back to time and time again. It’s very versatile and great for tweaking in relation to any vegetables that might be left over in the fridge. Initially it started off as bacon and lentil and then I found a chilli languishing with the carrots. Mainly because the supermarkets don’t sell single chillies and so with a little ginger and some mixed spice it became a spiced lentil soup. Then with a little leftover chicken from the BBQ I added another tweak to make bbq’d chicken soup. Mainly keep to the core and then add your own touches and enjoy playing with it.
As we meet over coffee we are heading into the last week of August, which means autumn is definitely approaching for us in the northern hemisphere. I’ve been thinking about what I might like to achieve as the new academic year starts. It feels like a good time to knuckle down to something. I managed to pick up a couple of music books for some fresh inspiration on the piano. There are a few new cook books taking my eye, but I need to really hit the ones I’ve already got and promised to study. I’m going to try choose 3-5 and really get the most of them rather than just turning the pages and looking for the next!
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.