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The house is quiet as the girls are off with their dad so here I am with the stuff I love at the moment. Lots to discuss as I’ve been a busy little beaver this week and have taken notice of plenty of things.
A couple of fails this week too – I thought I’d try stevia and spaghetti squash for the first time this week (not together, that would probably be weird) but I wasn’t stoked by either. Spaghetti the squash is not (dinner ended up being some kind of vegetable stew, no strands to speak of) and stevia in my tea has a terrible mouthfeel and I shan’t be returning to it.
I’m sure there are other uses.
So. Much. Reading this week. Mostly to do with work but also Savers threw up 5 stellar cookbook finds (At My French Table, River Cafe Cook Book Two, Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible (what this was doing in Brunswick I’ll never know, but never mind it’s mine now and I shall cook all the jalapeno hush puppies from within its hallowed pages), The Seasoned Vegetarian, and Delia Smith’s One is Fun!, it was quite the trip to the register), and I’ve been getting stuck into the new Lunch Lady magazine which is of course fantastic and Bigs and I have gone through and marked all the stuff we’d like to make.
Online I’ve been indulging in The Inner Duchess of Kate Middleton which is 11/10 stars, and catching up on the Go Fug Yourself Royal Roundups. They usually link to some pretty legit shit, including: (I’m dreadfully sorry to be sending you to the Daily Mail) this snippet of a book recounts a vicar’s weekend at Balmoral with the Royal Family which is just too good. And Prince Harry’s beard of which I cannot get enough.
I made Chantelle’s mum’s potato and leek soup with the awesome leeks and potatoes I got in this week’s The Organic Place box. Brooke dropped off a bag of produce a couple of weeks ago for me to try, and I signed up and started buying.
I’ve also been shovelling in chocolate at a rate of knots, which is unusual for No Sweet Tooth Stacey. For two days I hoovered everything in sight, and wild horses couldn’t have held me back. I blame hormones, even though I haven’t craved chocolate like that since I was pregnant. Stop looking at me like that.
Struggling to catch up on all the House of Cards episodes I’m behind on now that Season 4 is here this month. Also battling time constraints to watch Gilmore Girls, and I watched an episode of Geordie Shore for a good belly laugh and have been calling Lunchbox a gobshite all week. Applause all round.
There is also football, which goes on in this house like it’s law. Lucky I’ve come round a bit from the clueless lass I was 11 years ago and now don’t mind it at all.
I also watched half of a documentary on Prince Charles saving Dumfries house in Scotland. I still can’t understand a word that comes out of that man’s mouth.
Tim Ferriss talks to Seth Godin about his daily habits, what he eats, how he decides what projects to pursue, and what books he reads again and again.
More warm things as underestimating the cold and consistently underdressing is my downfall. This super-soft knit and this cuddly cardigan from Feather and Noise are waiting upstairs for the cold weather. I almost wish it was here so I could wear them. But the longer I can hold SAD at bay, the better! SAD is a gobshite.
I’m also seriously pondering the purchase of the famous distressed skinny jean from Bohemian Traders, even though I literally just purchased three new pairs of jeans (my diehard previous pairs seriously need replacing. I bought one new pair two years ago, and but everything else in my closet is 11 years old). I feel like I need them, even though technically I don’t. But I do, right? I mean, I don’t have any in that colour.
I also would be buying the black denim jacket if I didn’t have it already. It is out-of-control good.
The same crochet cowl, as last week, I finally got through that mega foundation chain (it’s like, 435 stitches long that you make as you go and while confusing at first it’s actually pretty cool).
- I’ve signed up to do the course Reading Literature in the Digital Age through FutureLearn. I’ve already done on on Shakespeare and am about to start one on England in the Time of King Richard III through the University of Leicester.
- This very cool 360-degree tour of the inside of Buckingham Palace (new! fun!)
- 91-year-old Bill Bevan’s fluffy Victoria Sponge recipe that he makes for his regular Corrimal Community Men’s Shed morning tea. CUTE.
- Kendrick Lamar’s new album. Stream it here.
- How much everyone loves Vinomofo! I feel like everyone has super-good taste, haha. High five to fellow mofos.
The Notorious Mum is notorious for making my TOTALLY PERFECT HAVE YOU TRIED IT YOU REALLY SHOULD banana cake, and she posted this picture in our Veggie Mama facebook group. For real, it makes me want banana cake every single time she bloody does it. Also you should totally read her blog because she’s so funny it should be illegal. It’s not right.
On this Day
2013: Cheesy Veggie Slice
Happy weekend, yo!