Although my head was much improved this morning, I was still feeling sub-optimal. I was grateful for the fact that last night Mr L suggested cancelling my trip to Kirkwall. The weather is still pretty horrible and less than ideal for fighting against the wind with a shopping trolley. I took the car out and went to see what I could buy from the local shops. It was a dismal trip overall.
My biggest disappointment today was in not finding any good white chocolate – no G&B, no Lindt, nor even Lidl’s white choccie. I bought some Lindt dark in case we can come up with an alternative dessert idea. I did also find some white cooking chocolate, for which I have little optimism.
Interesting veg were off the menu too but I did stock up on nice fresh roots for tomorrow’s Beef Olives, which I am preparing in a pot-roast style. I also bought some cheese for the cheese board – pedestrian stuff: Stilton, Wensleydale and Port Salut plus a Camembert to bake for the starter.
One big success of the morning was in the purchase of two packs of very attractive breadsticks, for dunking into the Camembert. Shop #1 failed to provide cream for the dessert but shop #2 had some in stock. Phew. A second big success was in finding my arrival at the shop coinciding with the arrival of a supply of free-range eggs from my friend Jean. Our hens being off-lay, I tend to go eggless when I can’t find good free-range eggs. Jean’s, I know that I can trust. I’ve seen her Happy Hens.
However, when I got home I found that our own Ladies have decided to go into production early and have presented us with an egg of their own – they do not normally lay until Christmas Day.
Tomorrow’s menu now looks like this:
- Sherry (Oloroso) and olives to aid the cooking process, no salted almonds due to not going to town.
- Baked Camembert with breadsticks for the starter, continuance of sherry
- Beef & Haggis Olives casseroled with red wine and root veg, Roast Potatoes, Mashed Parsnips, Broccoli, washed down with red wine of some as yet undetermined variety
- Frozen berries with white chocolate cream and Sloe Gin (subbing for Angostura Bitters), with Brandy Snaps for dunking. There may be dessert wine. Or not. It depends on how sloshed I am, I must leave room for Port.
- Cheeseboard with grapes if we can manage it, just Port if we can’t.
Yes, no sign of any diets around here tomorrow but it will be Fast Day on Thursday to compensate and plenty of treadmill to go with that. Mr L finishes work this evening and then has nice long holiday until the second week in January – if the weather ever picks up we’ll do some long dog walks.
As I had planned to be in town today there was no lunch organised. This was a great opportunity to use up some leftovers and so I reheated the remains of the Cabbage and Chestnut Bake from Sunday – serving it simply with potato croquettes and the tomato sauce. Before that we had a bowl of the soup that I had made from Saturday’s leftover Ultimate Couscous vegetable tagine. The soup was marvellous! So good in fact that I would in future use the recipe intentionally for soup-making. That or make double quantity and turn half into soup for the freezer. I swirled some yoghurt through it and topped with chopped coriander and it was just perfectly delicious. Well worth remembering.
500 Calorie Catchup:
Both meals were delicious.
As promised, I got myself onto the mill last evening – in my new trainers and my new sports shorts (!!) It was very hard work but I stuck at it until I had done 2 kilometres. Wearing my new shoes, I appear to be using my muscles differently. Bits of me were going “ooch!” and “ouch!” and I woke in the night with knees a-throbbing. Clearly I need to break in not just the shoes but my body as well. More practise needed!