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Slow Cooked Brisket Chilli

Slow Cooked Brisket Chilli

The #BeastfromtheEast and #StormEmma have been ravaging this last week, I’ve had 3 and a half snow days, so have been pottering around the house a lot (yesterday the snow was just massive). So today I decided, after seeing lots of clips for it online, […]

Today, I have achieved…not much of anything really.

Today, I have achieved…not much of anything really.

Mondays are, on paper, a good day. I have 2 classes and three PPA/TLR lessons where, in an ideal world, I get lots of prep done for the week ahead. That just didn’t happen today. For some reason everything seemed to take about four times […]

New Roast Chicken Method

New Roast Chicken Method

Today, in an epic procrastination, Hubs and I have reorganised all of the wardrobes/drawers in our house – binned 4 bags of shite and have 4/5 bin-bags of clothes/textiles to take to the textiles recycling point.

We also went out for petrol and got a foodie magazine (it had a budgeting feature), which had an interesting method for a roast chicken by Tom Kerridge. It is a pot-roast idea, and made the juiciest chicken we’ve had in a long time!

2kg whole chicken
2 onions
2 carrots
2 bulbs garlic
sage/rosemary/thyme sprigs
salt/pepper
small bottle white wine

Preheat oven to 180C. Chop the veg into a trivet, and a bulb of cracked garlic cloves, put the herbs and other bulb halved in the cavity of the chicken, season, pour wine into base. Roast, uncovered, for two hours. Stand for at least 15mins before carving.

Last day of half-term tomorrow…sigh

Last day of half-term tomorrow…sigh

As a teacher in a secondary school, half terms always seem so far away and then go by in a flash. This one feels like it has been a lazy long weekend, and yet school was ages ago, at the same time. I did a […]

Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

Today I decided to try a new cake recipe. Loosely based on one by Nigella, but modified to fit what I had in the cupboard… 75ml extra virgin olive oil 75ml rapeseed oil 3 eggs 200g vanilla caster sugar 1tbsp vanilla extract 50g cocoa 125ml […]

TIL: Estate Agents photos lie

TIL: Estate Agents photos lie

Today the hubs and I had booked two potential house viewings…the first was right at the top end of our budget and well, what a disappointment that was!

The area was lovely; easy transport links, nice little field at the bottom of the road, good schools nearby…

The house…was just dire. The rooms were really small and oddly laid out. The garden had a fence panel missing that was rotten and looked into the trash heap that was next door’s garden – complete with broken glass, disused electricals and general debris. It also had a broken blown-down patio heater. Upstairs, not much better; a bathroom that smelt like a urinal, grotty floor tiles and a very dated shower, small bedrooms that you could barely fit furniture in, and plethora of cracks and chips in the walls.

We were not impressed – what was worse was that the agent showing us round didn’t seem remotely embarrassed at the state of the garden or the pokey rooms….

We agree that was NOT our future home, and went back to chill out with the in-laws until the next viewing.

Unfortunately, we got to the viewing early, and then got a call that the owner had brought the wrong keys so the viewing was cancelled. Not cool. New viewing booked for Tuesday evening, will report back then…

 

Procrastination Station

Procrastination Station

So, currently I’m mid half-term break and supposed to be having a bit of a rest and catching up with the house…except I have no inclination to any housework… We have a mahooosive list of chores and general upkeep that we’d like to tackle (I […]

Another day, another bake…

Another day, another bake…

Hubs asked for some cookies…so I made some. I like my cookies really crammed full of tasty things, so tend to use a LOT of fillings. The base recipe was: 250g butter 1 cup vanilla caster sugar 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar 3 1/2 […]