I had a Perfekt start to the day – I bought a new (for me anyway) granola this week and had 40 g for breakfast with a small carton of fat free yogurt, mango and fig.
Our boiler is broken so we have no hot water until the new boiler is installed on Tuesday. After sending an SOS to my neighbours, Sarah replied quickly and Harvey and I headed over for a shower. It was very kind of her, we enjoyed our first shower in 2 days and came home refreshed. I must say the shower facilities over the road are lovely. The bath looked good too so I may try that next time :-).
The rest of the day was spent preparing for a very special visitor arriving from Ireland and I am so excited. I met Katherina in November 1990 when I joined the company she worked at and we worked together for many years. We worked with a team of people who became very good friends. I haven’t seen Katherina for years and I was really excited about her coming to stay with her daughter Aisling and Aisling’s friend Megan.
I needed to clear some space in the fridge for all the
booze food for the evening so I took out lots of little pots of deliciousness that needed using up.
In the morning I had cleared my vegetable patch of the last of its produce. My sweetcorn was a massive fail this year and this tragic little specimen was all I managed to grow. I decided it was worth eating though and added it to the pile of things to use up for lunch. I was pleased to find a beetroot among the weeds in the veggie bed and will roast that in the week.
I decided to cook an American supper as it is nearly Halloween. From a blog I have recently discovered and am enjoying, ‘ Oh She Glows ‘, comes this recipe for “Pumpkin Maple Baked Bean Cornbread Casserole”. That doesn’t trip off the tongue very easily. I think I will refer to it as “sweet bean casserole with cornbread topping” in future. The haricot beans are mixed with pumpkin, raisins, blackstrap molasses, maple syrup and various other condiments.
I mixed all the ingredients together and cooked them for about 15 minutes.
and then left them until I was ready to mix the topping and cook it. There was a mixed reaction to this dish; some disliked it but others enjoyed it. I enjoyed it but it was too sweet so I would tweak the recipe if I made it again.
Also on the menu was some of the most delicious but calorific and unhealthy bars in the world. Imagine salted peanuts, chocolate and Crunchie bars mixed together. Divine. Google “Nigella” and “sweet salty crunchy” and you will find various recipes or watch Nigella herself making them on this You Tube clip : Sweet and Salty Crunch Bars . They are so simple a child can make them. Oh, he did! Thanks Harvey.
Finally our visitors arrived, the champagne corks popped and we began a fun evening of reminiscing and catching up with each other.
I forgot about photographing my plate as I was far more interested in the fabulous company around my table rather than the food upon it. Suffice to say, great quantities of food and drink were consumed, many tales were told and we had a very long and very lovely night together. Don’t leave it so long Katherina before coming back, please.