Following a pretty hot and hectic week busily beavering away in my cubby-hole office I was looking forward to a lazy and luxurious weekend!
Henry Scott Tuke – August Blue (1893)
I’d had one hell of a week, working long hours in the unusually hot British weather so I couldn’t wait to stop last Friday night. Provided the weather remained hot and sunny and didn’t, as usual in our typically traditional British fashion, turn to gale force winds and pouring rain with practically sub zero temperatures, I was planning to do absolutely nothing other than water the garden. However, it seemed it was destined not to be as relaxing as I’d anticipated but, all in all, it didn’t turn out too bad!
It’s just so depressing to be back at work again this week but I now have another project in mind to keep my mind off my mundane weekly grind. I’ve been desperately trying to find ways to cut back on the household bills but no matter what I do they seem to creep ever upwards. Unfortunately at this time of year I tend to spend a fair bit of dosh on summer food – juicy fruit, salads, dips, fresh fish and anything that doesn’t take too much effort. Having paid out nearly £2 for a small pot of hummus and over £1 each for a tiny pot of sour cream and chive/garlic and onion dip, as well as heaven knows how much on shop bought pates, I’ve now decided to “do it myself” (together with my trusty assistant, my partner Adam). Our first efforts at hummus turned out incredibly well and we didn’t even follow a recipe – all was done by rule of finger (shove ingredients in a blender and dip the finger in to taste test!). Just watch out for some of our ideas in the not too distant future!!
Don’t think I’m up to a Nigella Lawson standard and can’t see Adam as the next Jamie Oliver but the hummus took us about 2 minutes to make up and cost us around £1 for two or three biggish pots.
Now all I need to do is get my recipes published and give up the day job … In my dreams!!!!