Sunday, 13 September 2015

8.10pm and it's almost dark

I quite like the dark nights. Once my curtains are closed. All cosy in the house.  
What I cannot stand, is the dark mornings. I just can't wake up and get going! It's so depressing to wake up and there's no chink of light through the curtains. 
Not to mind, only 16 Friday's until Christmas!! 

I've had such a non stop busy week at work getting absolutely nothing done!! The weekend has been much the same! 
Yesterday I walked into town with the HG to the fabric shop for a look. 

Let's just leave it there shall we? ( I'll take a photo of the goodies that I managed to 'look' off the shelves another time! ) 

There was a first time for something too. As Madonna sang I was 
" Like a virgin, touched by smoked mackerel for the very first time,"
 
As Katy Perry sang, 
"I ate smoked mackerel and I liked it! "

What did I do on such a historic occasion? I tweeted Nigel Slater of course!! He naturally was seduced by my witty allure ( and faint tangy odour ) and replied!! 

That was my bait when I went fishing!! AND I got a bite! 
Kate is one of the first people I used to tweet :-) and she is like a pro at blogging and is jolly lovely. 

And get me! 

I bloody love Nigel Slater, he's awesome! 
Other things I have done today is 
Knitted a bootee
Made cottage pies for tomorrow and the freezer. 
Made Indian chicken curry and I had that new fangled cauliflower rice the Internet was going crazy for about six months ago pre coconut water crazy. It was so easy, if a little messy to make. FYI whizzed up cauliflower florets act EXACTLY like those teeny polystyrene balls and they stick and fly everywhere. But it actually didn't taste like whizzed up cauliflower! It made a nice bland rice substitute and as I'm trying to be slender of silhouette again like 2013 I recommend it! 
I also totally cancelled out any goodness by making a jam roly poly for pudding! 

My caterpillar patch is coming on in leaps and bounds. Who am I to deny God's creatures my cavelo nero? 

And on that note, I've completely forgotten what else I was going to tell you! 

Play nice folks
Lots of love from 

Rachel *will be grumpy about dark mornings for a long time* Radiostar xxx


22 comments:

  1. Your twitter exchange with the lovely Nigel Slater almost made me overlook the fact that you said there were only 16 Fridays until Christmas, ... almost!

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    1. I knooowwww! Even less pay days! I'm the least prepared I've EVER been this year!

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  2. < chuckle > Nigel Slater always come over as such a thoroughly pleasant guy, doesn't he? Love the exchange. I also love the dark nights AND mornings! All cosy and warm and secure. Like now!
    Re Cauliflower rice - really? Never tried it that way. Nice?

    J x

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    1. Give it a go Joy! I've had loads of twittery chats with Nigel now. I fact I do count him as one of my close personal friends ( LOL )

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  3. Oh, Nigel Slater and Rick Stein are my absolute favourite cooks......I call them cooks deliberately, because that's what they do, with the minimum of cheffy messing about and with a lot of love for the food. Unlike the 'celebrity' chefs who are up their own backsides and make fussy arty creations in the centre of massive plates or on bits of slate or driftwood.....I ask you, food is for eating, not sticking up on a wall.

    I hate dark mornings too......i'm always up early and these dark mornings make it feel like it's the middle of the night still....horrible.

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    1. Sooze, I'm seriously considering hibernation. You in?

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    2. At my people's lovely thatched Sussex home, there was a knocker on the door of the master bedroom. The previous owner did literally 'hibernate'. The knocker was for the maid when she brought up his meals, post, etc.

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  4. Wowsers, look at you hobnobbing with the rich and famous! My son loves Nigel Slater, he will be so envious!
    I HATE dark mornings but love dark evenings.
    I literally said to my husband not even an hour ago that I want to be all warm and cozy and watch a "good feel" factor film. Sort of like that " Christmas" feel. I love Autumn and Winter.
    Dark mornings + Monday morning just doesn't work for me!!

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    1. I feel all comforted to be surrounded by like minded folks! I've tweeted with Nigel a lot now. Not often he fails to reply or engage with his followers. A thoroughly decent chap

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  5. I just wish he would get a hair cut! (she says sounding like an old woman - Oh hang on I am an old woman) AND I like my cauliflower to look like cauliflower!

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    1. I like my cauliflower light steamed and covered in hot cheesy thick sauce!! But as a rice substitute if one is saving calories, it's top banana!

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  6. How nice to have a new friend!!! :D God I'd love to have Nigel Slater as a neighbour. Same here with dark evenings & dark mornings but more so that I do the morning walks with the dog than anything else. I've debated trying the cauliflower rice but it's too much of faff at the moment so will smother my cauli with cheese sauce & dream of a long lost silhouette over the winter instead xx

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    1. I absolutely adore cauliflower cheese! But honestly the rice thing was worth it and was so easy to do!!
      Me n Nigel have been friends for years! ( well, we've tweeted lots in the past too!! )

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  7. Ooh, I love a bit of Nige, love the simplicity. Loving the darker, cosy evenings here too, mornings make we want to stay in bed where it's snug and warm xx

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    1. I'm here, bloggy replying from my warm cosy bed instead of getting out of it to get ready for work!!

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  8. Nigel and Rick, just like Sooze I love their food. Are you watching Rick on tv, he cooked octopus last time and I am not a fan but I adore squid!. I am trying very hard not to buy the book, it is on my Amazon wish list though. I prefer bright starts to my day but like the Autumn colours, food and cosy dark evenings, just wish I had an open fire.

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    1. You are welcome anytime to warm your tootsies in front of mine Pam! Your quilt us keeping mine warm in these chilly evenings! I am watching the Rick programme. I loved watching him with his son.

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  9. I like the dark nights too. Also bit less keen on the dark mornings, and I love Mr Slater :o) xx

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  10. PS- I forgot the most important part- fabric photos? Hurry up woman! xx

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    1. Yes yes ok! Coming sooooon! ( that means I'll do it after work tonight.

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  11. I don't like darkmornigs, it's like getting up in the middle of the night. I too like Nigel Slater and his food. I've mixed grated cauliflower with rice and hubby and daughter haven't noticed yet.
    Carolx

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    1. That'll be my next step Carol. Mixing it with rice - ingenious!!

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