Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I am a big fan of Jane Austen. I’ve read ‘Pride & Prejudice’ in both its original form, and as a Marvel comic. I’ve watched the 2005 film & the classic BBC series. I’ve read spin-offs ‘Pemberley’ and ‘Longbourn’.
Now comes Curtis Sittenfeld, author of ‘Prep’ and ‘American Wife’, and suddenly the Bennetts are in modern-day Cincinatti. Continue reading “‘Eligible’- Curtis Sittenfeld”
These chocolate and toffee squares (also known as millionaire’s shortbread) aren’t actually that hard to do at all! They do take a bit of time though between the different layers, so best for a relaxed afternoon bake. Continue reading “Baking up is hard to do”
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, or so they say. It’s a pity you don’t have it till after, maybe long after, when you actually need it. ‘Notes to Self’ is the sort of book I want to give to every 15 or 18 or 20-year-old, past me included, and go ‘Here. This is how wonderful and messy life can be.’ Continue reading “Notes to Self-Emilie Pine”
Now, I’m not sure what your views on veganism or ‘Veganuary’ are. Being vegan definitely seems to be more mainstream in the last year or two, and I’ve noticed a lot more advertising from Go Vegan World.
Personally, I’m not a fan of ‘preachy’ veganism. I understand that many vegans feel strongly about the treatment of animals, but I think a carrot rather than stick approach (note the suitably vegan metaphor) might be a better way to persuade people to your cause. Continue reading “The Accidental Vegan”
One of the many things I love about Mr. WB is his ability to surprise me with books I hadn’t heard of or mightn’t think of picking out for myself. I’ve loved reading ever since I learned how, and there’s nothing like that cosy feeling of discovering a new book or three under the Christmas tree. Continue reading “Uncommon Type- Tom Hanks”
Oh dear. Well I owe my reader(s) an apology. It has been a long time.
Usually I’m not that bothered by January blues, but this year seemed a little different. A busy schedule and cold pre-Christmas left me slightly lacking in energy, and long dark rainy days don’t help. Probiotics on the other hand do, so I’ve re-discovered my zip. It’s time to come out of hibernation (or hi-bear-nation, as Francis thinks it should be called).
Also helpful for re-discovering your zip: a big warming bowl of ramen. I must admit to being a bit impressed with myself when I served this up to Mr. WB last week, despite the fact that it was very easy to make: chicken stock, chop, chopsticks!
A VERY belated post if you’ve been growing your own pumpkins (which I didn’t realise I’d never published), they’d want to be well inside at this stage away from the rotten (and rotting) wind and rain!
Pumpkins last best when ‘cured’- stored on a windowsill for a few weeks to allow the skin to harden and change colour.
Pumpkins come in a great variety of colours and shapes, as Francis can attest to. Those Hallowe’en monsters in the shops are all about appearance rather than flavour (remember size not being everything with the courgettes?). Continue reading “What to do with all those…pumpkins”
You might think I’m going all Stateside to wish you ‘Happy Holidays’, but no, it’s a delayed review of my September *summer* holiday reading! Yes, I am that far behind in my blogging.
So, here’s a little summary of the three books I read while in lovely Sicily. Continue reading “Holiday Reading”
Mr. WB got very enthusiastic with the beetroot this year and planted a while bed of it, which has subsequently led to repeated reminders of ‘You have a lot of beetroot to get through’. So, what’s a girl to do? Continue reading “What to do with all those….beetroot”
Ah, the courgette (or zucchini if you will): the garden gift that keeps on giving! Just a few plants in your garden will give you an abundance, or even over-abundance of courgettes to play around with. Continue reading “What to do with all those….courgettes”