We had a nice weekend. A trip to the pet farm and some mild housekeeping. A little pottering about in the garden and quite some chicken research done: hopefully not long now before we have our very own chickens (can't wait)!
Also, lots of cooking, because we had a lovely English guest coming over. Who brought me beautiful Liberty fabrics! So very generous and thoughtful.
Happy to report that I'm still improving my bread making skills. However, I think they now are about as good as they get (which is good ;)). I've started adding nuts and seeds to them. But not for the kids, since they do not always appreciate the finer things of food (silly kids!).
I'm baking 6 loaves per week now in two batches. It's barely enough for a week, so sometimes I have to bake extra. I don't ever buy supermarket bread anymore. Home baking gives me immense pleasure and satisfaction. My own bread is healthier, cheaper and tastes better :)
I've never been a very big fan of meat, although do appreciate it in certain dishes. So I'm not planning to become a vegetarian at all. However, I've been gradually using more vegetarian alternatives in our dinners. In Dutch supermarkets there is a large choice in vegetarian subsitutes and we like most of them. But lately I've been prefering more and more homemade alternatives over ready made food.
And it turned out that tasty veggie burgers are just so easy to make!
I made these from chickpeas, grated cheese, hazelnuts, parsley, garlic, egg and breadcrumbs. The variations are endless though. Just mix it all together and bake them. They were a huge hit... even with the kids!
I used to not like Sundays, but I believe I'm starting to become a fan. This Sunday was quietly spent at home. Simon had a party to go to, but before he went we played a board game together. Despite some frustration and tears (from Simon) we had fun.
Amber had a lot of homework to do and needed some help.
Even though it was wet and freezing outside I was determined to turn our compost heap. Bravely, I went outside and got to work until I spotted a mouse running off... I needed manly protection after that ;)
The time passed pleasantly and it was nearly time to start cooking. However, there was a nagging thing still on the to do-list. We have a vintage antique old iPod nano, that has been recalled by Apple for some fault that it may have. All you have to do is send your old iPod to Apple and you'll get a new sparkly one in return. We have known about this for weeks, but no matter how hard we looked that silly iPod was nowhere to be found! Very frustrating. Anyway, in the spare half hour before I started dinner I had a look in my sewing room and after digging through a few boxes I found it! I must say that the relief and satisfaction of locating it was almost enough for me. For good measures we did register it :)
I made veggie burgers for dinner that were very nice. I may post a recipe tomorrow. Now I'll have a glass of red and then I'll be off to bed. I caught up on a lot of sleep this weekend and I must say that I like this (new to me) feeling of not being exhausted :)