Well, the coronation chickpeas were a success, so much so that MOH even commented on how much he liked them. That was a shock, especially after the face he pulled as I was making them - they are easy to make, and are chickpeas mixed into a sauce of yogurt and mayonnaise flavoured with curry powder and some sultanas thrown in for good measure. I skipped the raw red onion, thinking of our work colleagues, but they’re on the lunch things to make again list (which is a list I just made up).
Well, sort of.
I’ve also been looking out for some vegetable accompaniments for lunch too, as salad isn’t really cutting it right now. On that list is roast broccoli with a soy dressing, roast kale, and green beans cooked with cherry tomatoes, and my all time favourite squash puree, or even roasted chunks of it. As well as adding to our five (or however many) a day, it’s a good way to fill us up.
And better than salad.
The weather has turned in the last week hasn’t it, but thankfully there’s been more crisp, clear days rather than the grey, drab days and my walk to work through Greenwich Park has provided plenty of breathtaking views, and plenty of leaves.
At home we’ve been on boiler-watch. It’s become a regular task to replace them while the boiler is on. The engineer came on Friday and in the end it was fixed, but there was a bit of a hiccup along the way. After he left we’d had the heating on, but the house wasn’t getting any warmer. Checking the boiler we quickly realised it was overheating and a phone call from the engineer helped MOH resolve this, by turning the valves back on and allowing the heating to work as it should.
With the temperatures dropping, having our heating working as it should was very well timed. There was a bit of a frost Friday morning too, so that called for a quick dash out into the garden to cover up the pizza oven with an old blanket and a tarpaulin. And then dash back inside again - we have become fair weather gardeners.
Then on Sunday out came the sun, and this cat was making the most of it. And who could blame him?
I’ve a feeling though that the sun’s appearance will be short-lived, but then again next month I’m off to Barbados, so it’s not all bad!