Friday Blog Hop: Celebrate the Small Things

How did I get by before I discovered rice cakes? Yes, they look and taste like polystyrene but they are the answer to this girl's dreams. I'm a grazer. Put me in the vicinity of my kitchen and I'm likely to dive into the fridge for a hunk of cheese or raid the cupboard for a handful of nuts. And these are the least of my sins! So a rice cake (whole grain, in a nod towards healthy eating) at 18 calories a slice is something to be celebrated. I've already eaten five and it's only just 9 a.m.

The best adjective I can come up with for my past week is gentle. English life as experienced in my childhood. On Sunday I drove out to one of the villages to meet up with friends for a visit to a cottage garden and nursery, followed by a guided tour of the village church. (The tour was meant to last for half an hour but went on for an hour and a half, so I was becoming a bit fidgety toward the end).

The cottage garden at Norwell Nurseries

St Lawrence's Church Norwell

 Saint Lawrence was a Christian martyr who was roasted alive by the Romans.

Eventually released from captivity, we made our way to the friend's cottage and enjoyed scones with cream and jam and a pot of tea in her tiny courtyard garden, which overlooks the High Street. A warm and peaceful Sunday afternoon with just the occasional tractor chugging past or a bypasser wishing us a good day. How I wish that I could return to a rural life!

Continuing the culinary theme, I've been putting some effort into coming up with new supper dishes this week - life was becoming too predictable and boring. Earlier in the week, we ate Cod Steaks with Chorizo and Haricot Beans in White Wine and yesterday evening an incredibly quick and cheap concoction Chick Peas and Smoked Bacon Lardons in a Spicy Tomato Sauce. I've put the recipes on hub pages and you can reach them by clicking the links. I also made a rhubarb crumble with produce from the garden and some real custard sauce to pour over (no Bird's Custard Powder to hand). Resident squatting son seems to enjoy Bird's Custard ( which was devised in 1837 by a man whose wife had an egg allergy) but I prefer the real thing.

It's been a lazy, laid-back week. Mostly, I've been pottering in the garden, deadheading pinks and pruning shrubs. On rainy days I've dived into a pool of library books. At the moment, I'm revisiting Fay Weldon, who has to be my most favourite of all female modern novelists. So clever, acutely observational, and amusing. Getting down to the more serious reading material, I'm still working my way through The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray. If you are starting to have concerns about uncontrolled migration it's worth a read. But be warned, it can read as extremely right-wing in parts and I can't agree with all of the points that he makes.

Thanks for Alexa Cain and friends for maintaining the Friday Blog Hop. Click the link on the right if you want to know more, or join the gang.

Bye for now x


  1. Thank you for this little glimpse of your "going ons".

  2. Rice cakes? Good choice. I'm a grazer too, but as I don't need to be overly concerned about my weight, I generally go for chocolate and biscuits-making sure I have at least one piece of fruit a day. Your cooking adventures sound great. I love trying different foods and flavours as you can see from my celebrate post this week. Is the Murray book a new/new-ish release. Sounds interesting. Thanks for the tip.

  3. Yes, it's new (2017). ISBN 978-1-4729-4224-1
    Luckily the public library has a copy, though my local branch had to order it from another branch for me. I saw Mr. Murray on a tv debate, which aroused my curiosity. Frankly, the book is depressing. What it reveals makes me worry for the future of my small granddaughters.

  4. My kids especially love rice cakes as do I. Those dishes sound delicious, and the gentle journey sounds lovely too. Glad you had a nice week!


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