Ugh, it’s an unpleasantly rainy day here in England today–cold and rainy, the kind that makes you want to stay inside all day. We haven’t had good weather or a spot of sunshine in some two weeks here. I’m dreaming of a Spanish villa somewhere in the sunshine….I’m tired of being cold. I’m also starting to wonder how people do indeed put up with the weather on this island for so long! I can see why sitting inside drinking tea and making up for the weather’s miserable existence by eating tons of cakes and cookies is the norm here.
Although I must say, despite the gloomy weather today, three things excite me: one, it’s FRIDAY, always a good thing even when you’re not working, two, I FINALLY managed to find some polenta at the grocery store, something I’ve been trying to find for a while now (I’ve been wanting to make this: Sweet Breakfast Polenta), and thirdly, I just received a gift from Coldplay in my inbox: a free download of a live album they put together just for their fans! Sweet!
Oh and I went to the Dorchester Market during the week and scored some greatness as usual! I came home with a weaving loom for only £1, a way cool ring made out of sea shell, and some dried fruit for a cake for really cheap. I’d never taken a train by myself before even though I’ve been living here for over a year now, and it was my first adventure on the rails! Thankfully it was uneventful and I made it home without any transportation mishaps. Oh, and I also bought some rhubarb since it’s now in season, and made this for tea the other day: Sour Cream Rhubarb Squares. They were indeed deliciously moist with a faint hint of rhubarb. I made some in a muffin tin and the rest of it I made in a loaf tin and froze for later.
Tomorrow night for dinner I’m trying my hand at Apricot Pork Chops with Jersey Royal potatoes and I’m making my first ever Shoo-fly Pie! I bought a Pennsylvania Dutch cookbook ages ago at my local library and came across the recipe today, so I’m going to make it. It will also be my first time making a pie or even working with molasses! So here we go! Wish me luck!
Brrr!!! I’m really cold right now! I think I’m going to make a tea loaf now…my new thing is to make baked goods and then freeze them for later use/enjoyment. With only three of us in the house, it’s kind of hard to eat everything up within the week, even though believe me, I’m trying my best! So by freezing it, it lasts longer and we can have things available for tea in only a couple of hour’s notice.