Monday, 18 January 2016

Keeping Warm, Odd Jobs, Simple Foods


This weekend we were both full of colds, so we spent our time having leisurely breakfasts, with lots of hot drinks.


We fetched wood into the house to keep the log burner going.  Using wood from our woodland means that we have a continual source of free fuel, we just have to do a bit more woodland management later on this year.  Now that the building work is completed on the house we will have much more time to gradually work our way through the woods, clearing space around new saplings and making sure that a new generation of trees will be available to keep us in this lovely free fuel.


 Some jobs were done but they were only bits and bobs of things and the everyday chores such as cleaning out the henhouse and filling feeders etc.

But mostly we ate simple foods and curled up in front of the television when we weren't at the cinema.  We went twice this weekend, using our already purchased year long passes means the more we go, the better value they will be.  All in all a very lazy weekend for us ... we should have more of them it did us both the world of good!!

Sue xx

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  1. Poached eggs and baked potatoes are great. Your eggs are rather neater than mine will ever be though.

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    1. It's easy to do neat eggs when you have a poaching pan with little egg sections ;-)

      It's been one of the best purchases we've made, and has been in constant use for the last couple of years. If you take out the poaching section and you have a small deep frying pan, I love dual purpose things :-)

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    2. How have I never thought to use my each poaching pan as a frying pan before?! It would be perfect for frittata! Thanks for the good idea :)

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    3. Ha, I (not being from Great Britain - the headquarters of the poached egg) had to look twice to figure out what the 'round things' on the toast are! At first I thought that it might be some really fancy gourmet store cheese concoction. Off to eat an egg myself now!

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  2. I like your placemats! Dual purpose - placemat and reading matter :) x
    Funnily enough, we had exactly that kind of weekend too - very restorative every now and again.

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  3. Simple & Cheap, what more do you want x Get well soon x

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  4. We are the same with cheap fuel as we have plenty of wood lying around the place and branches are always being blown off trees in the gales. Last year an alder was blown over in our plantain and it has kept us going ever since.
    Those poached eggs look perfect. How do you do it - mine always end up all raggy.
    Hope the colds are better.

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  5. Pretty plate Sue, glad you had a good weekend. Hope the sniffles have gone! x

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  6. lazy weekends are the best kind, hope you feel better soon x

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  7. We were also both at the aching/bunged up stage of a cold over the weekend, so did very little. Slow cooker used on both days, porridge for breakfast, home made soup from freezer for lunches!
    Watched a couple of DVDs, read a bit, and dozed through a bit of rubbish TV, the only jobs done were the essentials!
    Hope you're both a bit better now!
    Do you poach your eggs in the microwave? They look exactly like mine, which are always microwaved, I just can't get the knack of doing them in boiling water!

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    1. No we never do eggs in the microwave, they really don't taste as good as conventionally cooked, as our son pointed out after his last visit. He says he will never cook his scrambled eggs in the microwave again after tasting ours cooked in a pan.

      Years ago when all I had was a microwave I used to do my eggs in there all the time, but to bring out the true taste they do need a much more gentle heat. A poached egg pan is the way forward for perfect poached eggs, that way they are not IN the water but are cooked sat in dishes in the water and with the steam from the water above is trapped under the lid to cook the tops.

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    2. I suppose I should have another go at poaching eggs in a pan, but even using 'poach pockets' mine are still a bit on the weird side!
      I am a bit of a perfectionist with scrambled eggs though, they must be done slowly, in a pan, with best butter, and if we've got it, a drop of cream!

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    3. No we never got good results with those poaching pod things either, a proper poaching pan is the way forward :-)

      We do our scrambled eggs the same as you, cooked in butter slowly and carefully, but unfortunately I can no longer add cream :-(

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    4. Sue, Last night I remembered that I had a £15-00 M&S gift card lurking in my wallet, so today popped to our local M&S and spent £12-50 on a poaching pan!
      We had bacon, tomatoes and delicious, perfect poached eggs for supper this evening!
      You were right, a proper poaching pan is definitely the way forward! Thanks!

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  8. must say those poached eggs look absolutely perfect!

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  9. Perfect weekend. Having a good (free!) wood supply is such a boon, we're going through it at a rate of knots now it's got colder.
    Get well soon!

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  10. MMMM, poached eggs on toast was a family favorite Sunday breakfast growing up. Yours look absolutely perfect.

    God bless.

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  11. Best sort of weekend, Now I MUST have poached eggs a.s.a.p!

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  12. Poached eggs... love them when I am poorly. Add to that Heinz tomato soup, baked beans..... aah.

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  13. Sounds like a wonderful week, I agree we all need more days and weeks like this, hope you both are feeling better!
    Blessings,
    Sue

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  14. I have enjoyed reading about your progress on your place and do hope you are feeling better soon.

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  15. Sue, sounds like a really cozy way to spend the day!

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  16. Hope you're feeling better really quickly.

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  17. Those poached eggs look perfect, I can almost taste them! How long do you cook them for? I have an egg poacher but always seem to end up with them too well cooked on the bottom or still slimy on the top.

    Hope you are feeling better.
    Christine

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  18. Sounds like the best kind of day, the potatoes look really good.

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