Saturday, 20 December 2014

Christmas nibbles

Hello Dear Reader,

The mincemeat is out of the store.

I spent last night at the local hair salon getting rid of the greys. No fear, it's all costed into the monthly budget along with getting my eye brows done. I did my own hair and brows for years, now I can afford otherwise it means I can take care of myself. 

Today has been really relaxing. The house  has been cleaned, mince pies have been made, some have been eaten.

Two quiches, one with bacon and a smaller veggie version.

Let the Christmas holiday begin!

I'll be back later.

I'm already feeling rested and I'm off for a sew.

Froogs xxxx

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Stilton filled chicken wrapped in bacon

Hello Dear Reader,

We've been so tired that we've just got by on baked potatoes or soup out of the freezer. I love this simple recipe and in the past, when we've managed somehow to just get the two of us together at Christmas, this has been a version of what I would cook for Christmas lunch.

Simply, slice open a chicken breast and lay a slice of Stilton cheese inside. You could use any blue cheese as the creamy saltiness is a brilliant combination with simple chicken.

Then, wrap the bacon around the chicken breast tucking underneath. Pop into a preheated oven on 180 for 20 - 35 minutes. 

Salad was goes really well with this. I sliced an advocado for each of us, one red pepper and two ice gem lettuce. This certainly isn't cheap but as all we've eaten is baked potatoes and veggie soup all week, then it's offset by our previous cheap meals.

Don't worry that the Stilton will melt, use a spatula to scrape it off the pan and pop it under the chicken, you will scoop it up with the chicken when you cut it.

Serve on top of a bed of salad. I made this for DB's birthday supper yesterday and it makes a perfect celebratory meal.

Cost? A lot as I used FR chicken but the cheese, bacon and salad was reasonable. Plus, he only has one birthday a year and he had a fancy supper instead of a present.

Over to you Dear Reader, anyone from foreign climes unfamiliar with Stilton? If you do eat it, then please share what you cook it with. It goes brilliantly with pears and walnuts in a salad if you don't eat meat.

It's the last day of the winter term tomorrow so I'm all yours for two weeks. I'm certainly looking forward to meeting up with friends from Down Thomas, Peverell, Dartmoor, Newbury and of course right here in Liskeard. I'll be catching up with family and just having time to sew and relax.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxxx

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

One teacher to another

My dearest colleague,

You went to work today and so did I.

We both work with children.

Neither you or I do this for the money.

I, and my immediate colleagues, took children to the cinema and had Christmas lunch.

You went to work, as I did for the benefit of young people.

You did all you could but died I front of your children.  

I went safely home and so did the children I teach.

Neither you or many of your children will ever go home again.

My heart aches for the loss of innocent lives.

We are both teachers and I've never met you.

God bless my darling.