Oh my goodness!! The weathermen and women weren't joking when they promised an eastern cold snap. I have been in my wellies all week and it has just kept on snowing.
On plus side, my Dad has been at home a bit this week, so we have been warmed with his signature one-pot dinners -vegetable curry, goulash and yesterday we tucked in to some gorgeous rice pudding for afters.
While I haven't done much cooking bar a quick bit of spaghetti
bolognese, I have been rummaging at potential new recipe's and cookery
I found was Boutique Baking by Peggy Porschen. While
being one of a family of three does not afford me much of a chance to
go for showy bakes, especially as my Dad is not a fan of icing, I was
really tempted to get this. It features lots of adorable little nibbles
to glamorize any morning coffee or showcase at a vintage afternoon tea. I
would have also liked to have had a go at the techniques to make normal
tiered sponge cakes become centerpieces in their own right by the use
of decorative techniques and additional ingredients.
I was delighted to discover that York Waterstones has an
extensive range of cookery books. I was intrigued by Rose Prince's Kitchenella (I have linked a review of it here). In some way, it reminded of the books written in the 1950's -huge and full of text. There seemed to be lots of interesting comments, stories and tips at the start of sections and surrounding recipes, which I really like. I will definitely buy this next time I do a book haul.
In the meantime though, I'll be nursing my bruises from a few snowball hit. I haven't let the snow stop me from wearing skirts and dresses this week, particularly as I have found that it is so easy to sneak a few extra layers underneath!! I was very grateful for my fluffy Seasalt socks that I was given to wear under my wellies... cold feet are not my idea of a good week!