Friday, 25 October 2013

Why am I not surprised? And a walk down memory lane.

What can I say, I see people who do not work pushing trollies piled high round the supermarkets. I also see families with a basket picking things up thinking about it and putting them back. There are two sides to every story but to sell newspapers you will mostly see only the worst.

Any how, my swap block is done and sent.

I like this block and am glad that I made 1 for myself.

This version looks unbalanced but it still has to have a border. I have 2 of these.

These are destined to become cushions, now that the borders are on I will quilt them and then add envelope closures. 

I had a look in the fridge this morning, something different for dinner, but what?

A walk down memory lane was called for.
I found 3 small parsnips, 3 small carrots, 2 small onions and 2 big sticks of celery, scrubbed, peeled topped and tailed. Chopped up roughly and into a pan with a spoonful of buttery stuff, add 3 small red apples washed, cored and chopped and sweat for 10 minutes, add a grind of pepper and 3 tsp Korma curry powder, sweat for another 5 minutes to cook the curry powder, pour in enough stock to just cover. Then I drained a can of chick peas and added to give protein and creaminess to the texture.

Bring to simmer, cover and cook till all the veg is soft, then attack with a wand blender. You can pass through a sieve if you want but it is not necessary. Thin out with extra stock if needed.

We will have this with a swirl of cream and a sprinkle of chopped 
coriander on mine. I have not made this for ages, goodness knows why. The smell is amazing and the taste is too. Dinner tonight and 4 portions for the freezer for a cost of around £1.50.  25p per portion,
I will toast some homemade wholemeal bread to go with it and have some Apple Fool for pudding, equal parts of cold custard and thick cream mixed into twice as much apple stewed with cinnamon. The cream was RTC 10p and the custard was left over from another meal, apples from the garden, all in all I guess that it comes to 35p per meal and I am happy with that.

Reasons to be grateful.

1. Pain under control today.

2. Ben happy as Larry.

3. Repeats of Duck Dynasty on TV.

4. Tea flowing like a river, the meds make me thirsty.

5. A wet start to the day but glorious sunshine by lunchtime.

Ben decided to have a mad five minutes on the sofa! This is where he landed.

                                              TTFN                             Pam


  1. I hate, hate, hate, those attention grabbing headlines, and the division it creates. The majoriy of immigrants illegal or not do not recieve such benefits. But I do understand frustrations that people feel at the inequality of the benefit system and those who do not work when they should.

    sharon x

    1. In this area if we did not have the immigrant work force just about every business would close due to lack of labour. We have a strong Eastern European population and a sprinkling of Timoreans, it adds to the social wealth and of course the shops stock food for them , that gives me a whole new range of ingredients to try out.

  2. Just love those blu blocks .. they will make lovely cushions .. I do like blue I find it refreshing.
    Lookout for postie .. he has a parcel for you in the next couple of days.

    Vicky x

    1. I am looking forward to it, I have had a rummage round the cupboards and collected some materials in readiness. I love the blue blocks but these are destined to be a gift.

  3. The blue blocks are really lovely, I have a 'blue' themed crochet blanket project in my mind, but have to finish at least one or two of the current ones first! Glad you are feeling a little better today, the soup looks lovely, have chicken carcass on the hob as I type ready for chicken stew at the weekend (if we are not blown into the English Channel first!) Take care

    1. I used veggy stock for my soup, I had a few things that were too soft to rescue but made a big pot of stock. I froze the rest and will use it to cook my next chicken carcass in, another level of flavour. We are having soup again tonight with onion bahjis to dip in.

  4. All news stories like that do is create racism. People begin to think all immigrants are taking advantage of the system. Many are not. The honest get lumped in with the crooks.

    1. As I said it is all about sales, the truth is immaterial. I know more than enough Brits who milk the system.

  5. Blue is my favourite colour and I just love those blocks. I'm not a quilter, but I'm slowly understanding the terminology thanks to you!

    1. You really ought to stay as a non quilter, it takes over. If I am honest It is my "drug of choice". The buzz that I get when a glimmer of an idea is translated into a quilt block or project is fantastic. I have never taken "social" drugs (other than caffeine) but can understand addiction better since I started quilting.

  6. I'm already pensionable age, but I'm still working, my pension is £5727.50 per annum, I worked 40 years and had 10 years off to raise 4 children who are all tax payers.

  7. As I said, why am I not surprised. There is a total "cluster f**k" in the benefits system. I think that The pension should be more than minimum wage, No one should be able to get any benefit over minimum wage regardless of how many children they CHOOSE to have. No one should get an enormous house just because they have CHOSEN to have loads of children. I am still working but will finish this year, I do not have children but equally I have never used the benefit system for anything.


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