A Fine Idea.

Good morning Peeps,

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I wish you fun on this fine Tuesday,

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Well, it is actually coldish, wettish and greyish once again….but not minus 20…. so that is an improvement.

I keep a ‘weather eye’ out for any changes, because the bad weather is forecast to start again very soon, but as yet we are OK.

Once you have had a taste of Siberia, you can put up with the normal winters here, in a much more appreciative frame of mind.

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Today we need to make a journey out to the Metro Centre in order to buy a few Christmas necessities.

I am not looking forward to it one little bit because I have been told by three people that they went there yesterday to catch up on their shopping, and it was hell.

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It seems that the crowds were aggressively shoulder to shoulder, without a space between them, like a shoplifter’s paradise!

However, needs must, so perhaps a very early start might make it a bit easier.

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I suppose that a quick way to clear up the problem of what to buy for the little presents, would be to buy everyone Jamie Oliver’s new cookery book.

This book has been carried on a wave of popularity, because it was being sold at the same time as people were enjoying his television series of ‘Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals’.

I think that it has coincided perfectly with the renewed interest in austerity and better quality food, that is cheaper and home prepared, with fresh ingredients.

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The book shows 50 quick, thirty minute, three course meals, that can be made from start to finish in only half an hour.

Probably suitable for everyone from beginners to working parents to newly single men.

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Even Big H watches the programmes with great enjoyment….although there is no sign yet of him actually making the dishes shown in any of them.

Unfortunately he is turning out to be an armchair cook….and there is no way I am eating an armchair!

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Amazingly, it could soon become the largest selling cookery book ever.

The record is at present held by the ‘How To Cook’ book, from the pen of the old favourite, Delia Smith.

So far Jamie has managed to sell almost three-quarters of a million copies in just 10 weeks.

He needs to sell over 1 million to take the record, and I think that he probably will….soon!

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Perhaps I should pick up a copy for Big H, while he goes and stands for hours looking covetously at tools.

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So, I must away.

Have a good, crowd-free day yourself.

J,x.

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4 Responses to “A Fine Idea.”

  1. nelly says:

    it’s -22 today, and we already had 5 inches fall this a.m. causing some traffic. I don’t need to tell you how much I dislike continuous winter, so I won’t go any further.

    I like Jamie Oliver. He did a few things mainly shed light on the obesity rates in the UK (previously N.America thought they were the only fat affected nation), he introduced a lot young student to cooking with his quick student meal recipes and 30 minute blitzes and basically stole some of the French thunder and brought it to British cuisine (i.e. we no longer think of you as the fish & chips and black pudding variety!). Needless to say, I love him. I like his treks around the world too, his episode on Native American cuisine was heartbreaking but also fantastic (Navajo reserves and such).

    Big H sounds like my sister – addicted to the food network, can’t even make an omelette. Not “can’t” as much as “can’t be bothered with the process”. I did find a loophole though, and it requires some initial investment. I bought my sister a very cute frying pan, whisk and apron. She went on a pancake making craze for a while. Then after watching a Martha stewart episode about chickens, we got her a pepper grinder and one of those useless olive oil containers that are purely decorative. Next thing we know she made herb chicken stuffed with rice or something like that.
    Lucky for me she’s impressionable still, so a re-watch of “Julie & Julia” or one of the xmas movies always puts her in a cooking/cookie-baking mood. Little nudges along the way help, and now she’s pretty good at making a Tetrazini *from scratch*.

    I suppose it is genetic too.. my mum is an excellent baker & cook http://www.dessertatelier.com. I recently found out she completed a placement after uni at the Lieutenants’ Mess Hall in Moscow (big deal at the time).
    I should start cooking more often. Lately I’ve been living randomly, between after work outings, weekend brunches and coffee binges in the morning. New year’s resolution: Go out once every fortnight or so!
    Are you thinking about your New Year resolutions yet?

    nelly.

    • Jaksie says:

      Hi.
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      Learning about the vagaries of your Canadian weather always makes me feel that we English are weather wimps.
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      It would be no good me suggesting a pinny (apron) and a whisk to Big H….he would just assume that I had ideas about sex….not ideas about him doing some cooking.
      He is too old now to be very impressionable!
      Not long now until the New year, but I have decided to give up on making resolutions-except for trying to always live in the moment.
      After all, I may not have very many left!!!!!
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      Fish and chips IS British cuisine….at it’s very best!!!!!
      J,x.
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  2. nelly says:

    oh and here’s a funny video that resembled our morning here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjYIy6i03Kg

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