A quiet weekend, all by myself and the television managed (again) to lock itself out, this time the internet. Lillie came back rather tired, it had been cold sleeping out on the moors, no salt for the pasta either but the assessor meeting them at Hebden Bridge, said instead of walking the last couple of miles along the canal they could catch the bus and gave them their bus fare.
I cooked her favourite meal anyway knowing she would be miserable. Yes I have taken some cooking duties over but get frustrated by how few vegetables I can use. A teenager who doesn't like vegetables, a daughter who has reactions to mushrooms, onions and garlic, not forgetting peas and sweetcorn. But talking of meals, Nigella Lawson and Nigel Slater rule supreme amongst the cookery books. I like Nigel for his easy way of just putting food together with a handful of this or that.
I did his tarragon chicken on Friday, take the leftover carcase of one chicken, pick all edible meat off and including the jelly in the pan, then add Dijon mustard, tarragon, handful of cheese, and cover in cream. I would say at this point stir until everything is mixed. Put in a gratin dish and cover with breadcrumbs. Have you not noticed how Panko crumb has replaced the golden British crumb, we also use old fashioned crumb from the loaf.
Each morning I read 'Tod chat' and find out what has been happening. The little black cocker spaniel has been found in Leeds of all places but is now safely home. The bus timetables are causing great distress by not running on time to service the train services which are not working due to work on them. Sounds normal doesn't it. An interesting moan from someone, who complains that LIFE IN TOD is not as it was when she worked down the mill! It is all those Southern 'foreigners' I suspect.
What else, well private cams have revealed a somewhat sad lad trying people's doors in the middle of the night. Dogs have become the new thing to steal these days of course, cars less so.
Finished 'The Road to Wigan Pier,' all I can say of Orwell is that he is a feisty writer, must watch my 'H's I have picked Naomi Klein for my next solemn read, though I notice John Lewis Stempel has a dozen books on offer on Audible.
Through some of this writing I have been conversing by writing messages on my phone to my daughter, isn't technology a wonderful place.
George Monbiot - Miracle of Reduction don't read if you are anti-green.