Monday 11 March 2019

I blame James Martin.

Yesterday started out at the double and just got busier as the morning progressed. At around 11-30 we sat down with a cuppa and put the telly on to catch  Simon Rimmer and his guests. James was amongst them and we watched him cooking Plaice in batter, with scraps or crispies (depending on where you live). 
As one we said "my mouth is watering, I could just eat that"

Now in Neath there is an award winning chippy "Shillingfords" and they cook on Sundays.

We have never cleaned up and left the house so fast, at least not for a long time.

Yes, you guessed it. Our plan for a gammon, jacket potato and salad dinner was shelved. We had battered Plaice and chips.

The fish was cooked to perfection, light crispy batter that crunched between the teeth and then melted deliciously. Firm white flakes of fish, sweet as a nut, with no clumps of half raw batter mix. 
The chips,however, were not to our taste.They were cooked but quite soft and pale whereas we like ours to be darker and crisp, they were also not as hot as we expected. 
It was our first visit there and because of the non existent parking will quite likely be the last.

Come the summer our local chippy will be open on Sundays, although we do not intent for this to be anything more than a one off.

Any way, on to some knitting. I am working on the Paris in Berlin shawl by Joji Locatelli, it is a very easy knit and I am loving it.
I have to say here that no knitting (or crafting of any kind) happened yesterday. On our return we carried on being busy both outside and in.

This is using up the remnants of another project, using a nameless yarn, in a soft semi solid yellow/orange/cream colour, it will be mine, all mine. 
I will take the next shot against a dark background in the hopes of showing the true colour. 
I have only just completed 27 rows of the main pattern and find it so addictive. I have stash yarn picked out for one each for Francesca and L and am inpatient to get started on those. The pattern is really simple and so easy to follow simply by reading the knitting. It starts off in the flat then once the first textured section is completed you join in the round and start the main body. The idea is that is is a cowl that simulates a shawl in the front. All the gorgeous drape at the front neckline with no dangling points to be tucked away.

Now although i have lots more to ramble on about I need to get in the greenhouse and prepare the side beds for plants and seeds.

Tomorrow, mid morning, I have an eye test booked. It was the first one available but will mean that nothing much happens here till after lunch. Perhaps I will be able to get the next round of lavender bags cut out.

                       TTFN                                         Pam


  1. Just wondering if you could have browned and crisped up the chips in the oven - but that fish sounds utterly fantastic.

  2. Now that made my mouth water. I haven't had plaice for ages and our chippy's don't seem to sell it.
    Shame about the chips though they do need to be crispy and with at least some colour on them.

  3. I craved chips from the chippy the other week... Sadly they did not live up to my expectations and were disappointing.

  4. Our chippy does the most beautiful cod - we ask for lightly battered, but like so many find the chips pale and 'soggy'The cowl looks lovely Pam xx

  5. Made me smile thinking of you donning coats quickly and off to the chippy. What a shame the chips didn't live up to expectations.

  6. You've made me want to knit again, looking at that pretty pattern Pam. No time for that though as other projects to finish (nearly there with the Random quilt - just the binding to join and some ends to sew in, and a small hand quilting project to finish (a Christmas present). We need to put the house back on the market soon though, so much to do inside and out and that's where my time will have to be spent.

  7. That knitting pattern sounds about perfect for someone on my gift list. I will have to look it up. Thanks for posting the name and who designed it.

    God bless.


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