Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday

I couldn't think what to call today's post but finally decided that the wonderful word 'Friday' just about sums it up. It's been a mad busy week all round so there's a certain amount of relief that today is indeed Friday.

In between the madness I treated myself to little moments of calm, most of which were spent in the kitchen.

The sloes are now in a lovely big jar, getting to know the gin and the rosehips have been turned into four small jars of cough-soothing syrup.



I've never made rosehip syrup before and it was incredibly easy. I used a recipe from my River Cottage Handbook. Here's the recipe I used if you fancy having a go.

Monster has had a bit of a week, which started with minor surgery for a very poorly ingrown toenail, followed by a return visit for 'wound dressing' and then a whole day out with his year group to the Southampton Boat Show. He had his first full day of the term in school yesterday - just eight days behind his rather disgruntled sister.

He's been in need of cake all week and somehow I just didn't get round to baking until today. Poor child has had to have fruit or yogurt instead. Can't wait to see his little face when he gets home and sees a tin full of rock cakes :o)



I've enjoyed a visit to the farm shop to stock up on some wonderful seasonal veg. I couldn't resist a beautiful red cabbage and came straight home to try out a recipe from the Abel & Cole Cookbook - red cabbage braised in balsamic vinegar. Very very easy - all you need to add to the shredded cabbage is half a mug of balsamic vinegar, half a mug of sugar and a mug of water. Bring it up to the boil, then simmer it gently for an hour - making sure it doesn't boil dry. Absolutely delicious!



I also bought one of these - mainly because it's so pretty - but I'm not sure what to do with it! Answers on a postcard please.




I needed a very simple knitting project to relax with in the evenings this week. I trawled through all my patterns and mooched through all my lovely sock wool and still hadn't a clue what to do.

Then I unearthed my basket of scraps.



Yarn held double and 4mm needles led to some very satisfyingly quick sock knitting. Sock 1 took a few hours. Sock 2 is well on it's way but this is secret knitting, to go into Minx's Christmas stocking, so finding time to knit it without old eagle eyes about is proving a challenge!



We're discovering the harsh reality of life that is later bedtimes for the beasties. Mr Moog and I get all misty eyed and nostalgic for the days when we actually had an evening - babies fed, bathed and in bed for 7pm......

......sigh.

xxx

12 comments:

Gina said...

You know it is all downhill from here... we're always in bed before any of our offspring!

Cybèle said...

My 11 year old started going to bed later than me in the summer holidays (not yet during termtime, much as she would like to). I don't mind so much, but she wants to spend the time after her younger brother has gone to bed, with me. I sometimes just want 20 mins on my own with nobody looking over my shoulder to see what I'm doing on the computer!

dottycookie said...

Hmmm, yes, evenings. Our two are at least up in their room reasonably early still, but they're not asleep ...

I think you should put the squash on the mantelpiece. That's what I do. I even grew some ornamental gourds this year but the wretched things haven't fruited. Ungrateful, that's waht I call it.

French Knots said...

Poor Monster, a bad toe,no cake and forced to eat fruit!
My 11 year sometimes goes to bed after me during the holidays, she thinks I'm a wuss!x

Ali said...

I hear you on the 'shared evenings' phenomenon - it's not entirely welcome round these parts either. But I think I'm going to have to get used to it.

Hope the toe is all better.

marit said...

Ah, yes, "big" kids is why I stay upp till well past midnight...I try kicking them into bed around 10:30pm, but they just won't listen! (they are 13, 15, 17 and 18, so I don't have a whole lot to say anymore:~)

Great idea for socks!

Have a lovely weekend:-)I thought we would go after the sheep this weekend, but it's pouring down, so even if it should be sunny tomorrow, it would still be too wet in the mountains...

Jane said...

Hope the wee beasties toe is better now, love the sock knitting, the needles have been calling to me too, although I've been resisting as i'm cross stitching but the siren call is getting stronger and its not helped by your lovely socks! :-) hope you have a good weekend. Jane x

wonderwoman said...

i'm with Gina, i'm always in bed before my lot!!!!

Stine said...

We love those little spaceship shaped summer squash. I cut off the ends, slice them and cook them in a pan with some butter and sliced green onions. Yummy! They are best if purchased when small - the size that will fit in the palm of your hand. Enjoy!

Locket Pocket said...

Lovely cooking and great sockage!

I know what you mean about the evenings - Jonathan and I have been trying to watch a film he bought me for my birthday but we're always too tired to start watching it by the time the monsters have gone to bed and can't watch it when they're around as, shockingly, it's a 15!

Me x

Thimbleanna said...

You're so funny -- just wait until they're grown and coming in at all hours of the night LOL. That cabbage looks wonderful -- it's been a long time since I've made any and now I'm craving it!

Michaela said...

Oooh, that sock, loving that sock! I wondered about the rose hip syrup - is it nice? Don't want to make it if it tastes vile!

Love rock cakes - send one over will you please?