Saturday, 26 November 2016

The House Presenting Still Goes On

We haven't managed to sell our house yet but have certainly had a lot of interest in the short time that its been on the market, so I'm trying to stay optimistic that we may have a sale soon ...

In the meantime, its as good an excuse as any to buy myself some fresh flowers on a regular basis. This week's delights are some pretty yellow and orange tipped roses which add a cheerfulness to the hallway.

It can be tricky trying to get washing done and dried (or quickly hidden away) between viewings.  We don't have a tumble drier and the days are too short (and the weather too bad) to put things outside on the washing line.

They say every picture tells a story, so I'll leave you with some pics from last week when I had a little helper (or was it a hindrance) getting the laundry from the laundry basket and into the washing machine.  

are we doing a coloured wash today?

I'll just find a few more socks

Just got to get them in that round space now

Room for 2 more t-shirts?

Monday, 21 November 2016

Ten Reasons Why I Like Using A Slow Cooker

Last winter my Slow Cooker Challenge lacked effort - but not for want of trying.  I actually used it pretty often but quite a few of the recipes were variations on a theme and I didn't want to get too repetative.  However, I've almost perfected the Moroccan inspired dishes and found that, in addition to getting the spices balanced, it also helps to include a tablespoon of almond nut butter and also some diced sweet potato (thickens the sauce) and then at the end, so it doesn't overcook the flavours, to add some lemon juice and freshly chopped coriander (I think this is called cilantro if you live in the USA).

I promise to get some more recipes on here soon ....

Ten reasons why I like using a slow cooker

  1. Its a way of preparing healthy food
  2. It saves time in the kitchen - means you can go off and do something else instead
  3. Can be set up to cook while you're out so your food's ready and waiting when you get back home again
  4. You can make several portions at a time
  5. A good way of using up leftover veggies so avoiding waste
  6. Home cooked food from scratch is nearly always cheaper than convenience foods
  7. In terms of energy, is said to be more economical to use than a conventional oven
  8. Although uses low energy, still gives off heat and makes our postage stamp sized kitchen very cosy
  9. Slow cooking creates better flavours
  10. The aromas that fill the house are better than any scented candles