St Valentines Day


Valentines pressie

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My Darling Luffly Husband bought me something for Valentines that wasn’t flowers or chocolates or wine. It wasn’t lacking in thought and it wasn’t something I wanted to ask for the receipt for so I could return it.

This Valentines has excelled all other Valentines in our time together, it took real thought and it means he’s been paying attention when I’ve been talking to him about spinning! πŸ˜‰

My Darling Luffly Husband bought me the one, the only, the Brand New SLIDING HOOK FLYER from Ashford.

I’m such a lucky Girly
πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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Chicken: SMASH!!!


Chicken Smash (8) crop

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This is what we had for dinner tonight. It wasn’t as pretty looking as it was on the cookery telly programme I got the recipe from Last night but I’ll bet it was just as tasty!!!

Jamie Oliver called it Chicken Paramsan but my Darlin Luffly Husband affectionatly named it Chicken SMASH! πŸ™‚ The recipe is on his website and it’s in a short video which means you get to see it all happening.

Well Jamie quotes Β£2.80 per head for this recipe!?! I about dropped off my seat when he said that and then added the “not too bad really!”

Well I used stuff that was in my freezer already, instead of RSPCA Organic Chicken I used ASDA Smartprice

Chicken, instead of Parma Ham we had good old fashioned Bacon and as the only Parmasan Cheese I had came dried in a tub I opted for freshly grated Chedder. I reckon that the whole meal which included mash and sweetcorn came in at about Β£5 and would have fed four but as my youngest isn’t quite into chewing on stuff yet my Daughter, my Darling Luffly Husband and I kinda pigged out on it. Hehe!

After you layer it up, the Chicken, then the Cheese, then the Bacon on top, it’ll look like a really cute parcel. But You have to cover it over with the Clingfilm and then SMASH! it with something big and heavy, like say a big heavy assed copperbottomed frying pan for example. Then after a couple of SMASH!s you’ll feel much less stressed and the cute little parcel will look more like road kill which means it’ll cook in under 6 mins and will get to the table quicker.

My DLH is wanting this for tomorrows dinner again and it’s so quick and tasty I think it will take a permanant place on the list of things to cook for DLH when I want something new or expensive. πŸ™‚

Introducing Halona!


Halona

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I’d like you all to meet Halona. I’ve called her this as the meaning of the name is well suited to the circumstance she came to us under.

I blogged recently that I had gotten an old Spinning Wheel out of my Classifieds for Β£25 but what I didn’t then know was that if you run it Anti-clockwise to ply you ended up with the Bobbin, Flyer, and whorl all unscrewing themselves! lolSO it was time for a new plan!!!

I’ve been procrastinating with listing some stuff on Ebay but when my Spinning wheel broke the listings went up super quick as I NEEDED a new Spinning wheel.

Well Karma/Spinning Gods/ my Grandad looking down from above/call it what you will, was shining down on me today coz my Darling Luffly husband picked up another bargain at the carboot!!!

So, Here is Halona, She is my new Ashford Traveller with 9 Bobbins in almost-new-but-been-neglected-just-needing-some-loving condition. We got her for a heaven sent price of only Β£50 (honest) and she spins like an angel (shame I don’t but I’m sure pratice is all I need)

P.S. Halona means: Of Good Fortune.

All Spun Out!


SpinningWheel

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Look at my pretty Spinning Wheel that I got for the bargain, knock down price of…… only Β£25!

My Darling Luffly Husband is always on Gumtree see if there are any bargains to be had, he’s after anything from computer games to campervans and the latest find… land in the highlands (Me thinks I better start knitting thicker Jumpers πŸ™‚ )

It was on one of his many trawls through Gumtree that he saw my soon to be new Spinning Wheel. I’d wanted one but the price was a bit off putting. I’m well known for spending loads on something (e.g. Lateral Thigh Trainer) and lasting a week at it then never using it again. I’d been looking at drop spindles but hadn’t gotten one as i just knew somehow that wouldn’t be the same, lol, a touch of Fiber Snobbery never hurt anyone, right?

So anyway, It needed a bit of work as the person selling it had never used it and it was a dry as a dinosaur bone. I gave it a new drive band of green twine (all I had at the time, but it’s doing the job) I also had to squeeze about half a tin of oil into it to get it go round smoothly, I’m still having to heavily oil it every time i getit out so as not to pull a hamstring while treadling lol. So Far I’ve had fun with yarn barf, shabby singles and now I’m on the slow path to something that is starting to look a tad like it might ply up into something knittable…. watch this space!

Man in Charge of the Kitchen?!?

Well last night was knit and Natter night again and I’d made Meatloaf coz I knew Darling Luffly Husband and my Daughter would enjoy it, it was quick and easy to prepare and it meant that I woudn’t have to serve it up before I left and it gave me an hour of ‘free’ time to get ready and get other stuff sorted before I left.

As I left I did have a wonder about the success of my plan of leaving a man in charge of my kitchen. I had left full instructions on what to do when the timer went off and left him a tin of Baked Beans out as subtle stearing away from Meatloaf sandwiches πŸ™‚ My Darling Luffly Husband is an intelligent human being but ultimatly a man all the same so my wondering was valid I thought.

When I got home I was starving. I was expecting to go in to dried up meatloaf and a full can of beans but what I got was a pleasant surprise. My Darling Luffly Husband had covered the remaining Meatloaf and had left me a portion of beans so all I had to do was slice and microwave and sit down and enjoy.

So I reckon that leaving My Man in charge of the Kitchen wasn’t the disaster that may have been in many other kitchens up and down the country. It’s all in the training girls!!!

P.S. I love you Darling, don’t ever change.

Meatloaf:

400g mince, a HUGE onion finely diced, Salt and Pepper (more than you think), 4 stale bread rolls wizzed in the blender mixed with a egg and some milk til it’s squishy.

Put everythig in a big bowl and mix with your hands till it’s all combined then add a big squirt of ketchup (a la Roseanne Barr) and mix it again.

Stuff it all into a greased 2lb loaf tin then bake for about a hour at 180 degrees.