Snippets of life

I’ve been a terrible blogger recently, both in terms of actually posting on my own blog and visiting other people’s. Sorry about that. I have a proper blog post coming up for you later this week, but that will have to wait as our home computer has decided to make uploading photos to a post stupidly complicated (can’t upload directly to a post – have to go via the media library). In the meantime, I’m taking the cheat’s way out and giving you some more little snippets in the form of a bullet point list…

  • No matter what time I go to bed or how well I sleep, 6 a.m. will always be too early to wake up. I was in bed at a reasonably time last night, but I still had to hit snooze twice before I could drag myself out of bed.
  • Obviously I would never complain about not having to work for four whole days, but Easter weekend has me completely confused. What do you mean today is Tuesday?!
  • We went out for the day with a friend on Sunday and on the way back she introduced us to the Welcome to Nightvale series of podcasts. It’s bizarre and amusing and I like it a lot.
  • The temperature confuses me at this time of year (yes, I’m easily confused. That’s why this is Confuzzledom). It was 8°C when I left the house this morning, but it’s supposed to get up to 22°C during the course of the day. What am I supposed to wear?!
  • Jan and I have been keeping an eye on our friends’ birds over the Easter weekend and I’m very pleased to say they were still very much alive when we went to check on them and refill their water/food yesterday 😉
  • I really, really like chickpeas, but I always seem to do the same thing with them. If anyone has any brilliant ideas for tasty chickpea-based meals that aren’t curry please send them my way!
  • My grandpa is now on oxygen all the time and he’s been put on more painkillers. The consultant says it’s just a matter of time, but they’ve been saying that for 8 weeks so who knows how much longer this could go on.

And that’s all. No pictures today because I’m on my lunch break at work and don’t have access to any. Boring post, I know, but I need these once in a while to keep track of where my mind is…

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23 thoughts on “Snippets of life

  1. I’ve just found this in my paltry stock of recipes… must make that again…

    Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad

    1 can chickpeas
    1 cauliflower
    1 large onion
    2 sticks celery
    3 cloves garlic
    1 medium-hot chilli
    115ml olive oil
    55g tomato puree
    500g ripe tomatoes or 2 cans of chopped tomatoes
    Basil (fresh leaves or dried herb)

    Cut cauliflower into florets, steam for a few minutes, leaving cauliflower still crunchy.
    Finely chop the onion, celery, garlic and chilli. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan. Add onion, celery, garlic and chilli and fry until soft. Stir in tomato puree, then add chopped tomatoes and chick peas, and basil (if using dried) and stew over medium heat for 20 minutes.
    Add Cauliflower and stew for further 10 minutes. If using fresh basil, tear up leaves and add just before serving.

    Eat hot or cold. This will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.

  2. Not boring post at all! By the way – I am become confused about the weather and today as Tuesday, too. Something wrong with this Time in many ways! Hopefully- next week will be back to normal, still 4 working days left.

  3. I quite like being confused by the weather at this time of year, because I find that if it’s cold it feels fair enough, it’s only just spring (in Stockholm, at least!) and if it’s nice it’s a bonus. The only thing I really do with chickpeas is hummus, which I see has already been posted.

    I’ve also been a bad blogger lately, this is the first chance I’ve had to go visiting in ages! Quite nice to have lots to catch up on, I suppose!

  4. I have so many good chickpea recipes that I’m not allowed to cook much because B isn’t a big fan… my three favourite recipes (apart from hummus) are Ottolenghi’s chickpea salad, his chickpea and Swiss chard stew, and his chickpea sauté (have a quick google, they’re everywhere!). You could also try a tomato/aubergine/chickpea stew…?

  5. Sorry to hear about your grandpa, that is such a nerve-wracking situation!
    I feel like I only use chick peas for curries too. Or to make hummus. Or I add them to my salad. But there must be more! 🙂
    Happy to hear that the birds are doing fine!

  6. Chickpea patties? I usually moosh them up, add fried onions and garlic, along with some corn and herbs. Add a but of salt and pepper, plus an egg or too. They for patties really well and go great as a date burger or on top of salad!

    Best of luck, keep your head up as much as possible. I’m thinking of your grandfather and hoping all is as well as can be.

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