Lentil & bacon soup
As I said in my last post, I really want to cook from scratch and I was getting frustrated at myself that I was wasting food. I'm not really wasting the food as all food waste goes to the chickens! They literally eat any scrapes. Obviously I don't give them chicken or egg leftovers, as that was be really wrong!
So I suddenly thought in the middle of the night when the dog was barking and Flicky had just woke up, that I could make a soup. I am not the best cook but I try. I also don't like following recipes as I always forget to check where I am at with the recipes and that stresses me out.
Anyway, I made a lentil and bacon soup from leftovers and I am mainly doing this post so I can remember what I put in it!
As I said, I don't follow recipes and I am no chef! So I chucked the veg in a big pot and cooked them until they were soft, I then blended them. I tried to use this hand blender I've got but it was rubbish and ended up using a smoothie maker to blend it! I then put it back in the pot and added the veg stock and Philadelphia. And then the last thing I put in was the bacon. I fried the bacon off until it was really crispy. This made it taste really salty. I cooked the lentils separately, they took about 25 mins. I got the lentils from Sainsburys and followed the instructions. I mixed it all together and it was beautiful!
The actual soup...totally impressed myself with this
Life goals & herbs
My herb seeds all planted. Next job is the bed behind them!
When we were planning on relocating from Bristol to Cornwall, the main reason was for lifestyle choices. I decided to write a list of life goals that I wanted to achieve by moving. I obviously had to write them down as there was no way I would remember them and it meant I could keep going back to look at them to refocus.
So they were;
As we've been here only 8 weeks, all the above haven't really been achieved. Well except 5, I have started this blog and that is writing!
And yesterday I went to the garden centre with Flicky and my Mum. And it inspired me, so I have sown lots of herb seeds. This is all part of goal 2. To have my own little herb garden on the terrace so I can use my own fresh herbs for meals. The long term goal is to have raised vegetable garden in the garden but that's a very long term goal!!
I am also looking at joining the local running club, which I am hoping will help with goal 3 and hopefully meet some new people from the area.
I'll keep you updated with my progress!
Sowing the seeds & garden centre fun
Crantock & caravans
My parents-in-law, (Ok is that even the right phrase??), came to see our new house on the weekend and loved it! Yay! Myself and Joe’s Mum made scones with Felicity, who loved “minixing”, yes that’s how she pronounces mixing! And then Joe and his Dad went out kayaking on the river Looe, which was also a huge success.
We then went to visit them at their caravan site in Crantock, near Newquay. We also needed to empty our old beloved caravan and get rid of it, as we no longer need it for holidays, as we live in Cornwall. It was ridiculously sad packing all the stuff away and leaving it for the last time. We have had so many funny and happy memories in that caravan. My ultimate favourite thing was when we used to get into bed, with a cup of tea and chocolate, watching match of the day, and it was raining on the caravan roof.
We made the most of the day and went for a big walk as soon as we got to Crantock, walking to my most favourite beach, Polly Joke. Felicity played in the sand and the water. We ran the dogs up and down the beach, found a big dead Gannet (random I know!) and then headed up the headland to our favourite pub, The Bowgie. Oh I love that place. The view is stunning and they do my favourite nachos with chilli con carne.
I would usually have a nice big cold cider there, however, after multiple (I mean, like over 6 attempts); I have stopped drinking alcohol due to sickness. I have never quite felt the same since my emergency c-section with Flicky and my body just doesn’t like the stuff. It’s really no biggie for me, I was never a massive drinker before, but I am gutted I can’t even have one cider at the pub!
We timed the trip from our new house to Crantock and it took 55 mins. This made me very happy; it’s not too long to get there and means I can keep topping up my love of Crantock. Joe’s parents are keeping their caravan there so we will be visiting lots more over the summer.
Ok so I have been a bit quiet on this blog malarkey, reasons being;
We have gained a new member of the family since I last blogged. Alfalfa, or Falfy for short, the tortoise.
He was given to us by my sister-in-law as they have a female tortoise and Falfy kept trying to have his wicked way with her! So he now has a lovely home in the garden and seems to be settling in well. He particularly likes sunbathing in the Cornish sun, like, who doesn’t?
I’ve had to bring him in a couple of times overnight due to the cold nights, but it literally drove me crazy as the dog is obsessed with him. Yes obsessed! I’ve never seen Red so interested in something before. And then the cat sniffed him out! Oh my days, she has tried to rip the carpet up to get into the bathroom, where I had put Falfy. I don’t even know what she would do to him but don’t want to find out. I left the bathroom door open by accident and found her trying to find him in the cardboard box that he was in!
I have a video of Felicity meeting Falfy for the first time and it wasn’t the best reaction but since then, she always talks about him and will wave and point when we show her him. She has yet to cuddle or touch him but he is really prehistoric looking so that’s fair. They can live to 100 years old so I’ve told her that she needs to get to like him as shes got him for a long time!!
Ralph (my nephew, the St Bernard), Joey, Felicity, Falfy & Red
Hello! I'm Jess.
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