Book hygge! WHAT I READ, SUMMER 2020

Daily reading is one of my favourite ways to pamper and get some self-care (I prefer the term “self-preservation”). Here’s a round up of what I read over the summer! A mixed bag with rather a lot of cozy mysteries and a couple of (pleasant) surprises!

Jane and the Waterloo map by Stephanie Barron. A historical cozy mystery (part of a series, this one is number 13) where Jane Austen solves crimes. Rather enjoyed this and will probably read more in the series. Three stars out of five.

Last Train to Helsingør by Heidi Amsinck. I picked up this book at random at our local Danish library. It looked very promising – specially commissioned short stories for BBC Radio 4 – some Scandi-noir tales. Unfortunately this was a DNF (Did Not Finish) for me. Simply too outlandish and simplistic – the kind of stories you would write in junior school. Two out of five stars.

The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley. This is the second in the Flavia de Luce series which I’ve read and it was a little heavier going than the first. But looking forward to the next! Three out of five stars.

A Study in Treason by Leonard Goldberg. Another cozy mystery series, this time with, Joanna, the daughter of Sherlock Holmes solving the crimes. An interesting premise but not sure I would read others in the series. Three out of five stars.

Wedding Cake Crumble by Jenn McKinlay. Another cozy mystery, number 10 in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series, revolving around the owner of a bakery called Fairy Tale Cupcakes who is catering her best friend’s wedding. I listened to this on audiobook. Three out of five stars.

Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen. Number 10 in the Royal Spyness series. I’ve read many of Rhys Bowen’s books before and they are always a cozy read. You know exactly what to expect. Three out of five stars.

The Clutter Corpse by Simon Brett. Aaaaaargh! I was so excited to read this because a) Simon Brett is one of my favourite cozy mystery authors (he has several series and I enjoy all of them) and b) it was labelled as a decluttering mystery. Two of my favourite things! LOL! But, alas, the book kind of fell flat. I wasn’t really interested in the main character at all and Simon Brett’s usual quirky, humorous touches were absent. Let’s cross our fingers that he’s soon back on form. Two out of five stars.

The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell. I listened to this on audiobook. Ruth Rendell is a fantastic writer, giving you a little slice of English society while presenting some dark crimes. It’s not a mystery as such (we know who the killer is from the beginning) but the suspense keeps going til the end. Three out of five stars.

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata. I picked up this book at our local Danish library because of the eyecatching cover and the fact that it is set in Tokyo (one of my favourite places in the world). I’m a sucker for Japanese mysteries (though this isn’t a mystery) and love the Japanese clean style of writing. It was obviously a “hot title” beacause our library had a whole pile of these books stacked up on their summer reading table. A fast and very short read (I read it in Danish and, if I remember rightly, it’s only about 180 pages long), very quirky and with a couple of laugh out loud moments. Four out of five stars.

The Magic Chair Murder by Diane Janes. This is a new series, a historical mystery set in 1920s England. I really enjoyed the setting of this one and the characters. Four out of five stars.

Death in the Stacks by Jenn McKinlay. This was my second Jenn McKinlay read this summer (see Wedding Cake Crumble above) and this particular one was number 8 in the Library Lover’s Mystery series. I listened to this on audiobook. Simplistic but good to liste to when you are working in the garden, doing laundry, etc! Three out of five stars.

Murder at Greysbridge by Andrea Carter. This book was a very pleasant surprise! I picked this up at our local Danish library, completely at random. A really good read and I’ll definitely be checking out other books by Andrea Carter. This one is number 4 in the Inishower Mysteries series. Set in County Donegal, Ireland in the present time, featuring a solicitor called Ben (Benedicta). A fast-paced easy read. Four out of five stars.

LLAP! Hugs!

Diane

PS: I very rarely buy books, preferring to borrow them from our wonderful Danish local libraries! I use eReolenGlobal and Libby apps to find/read books, plus Goodreads to track what I’ve read.

PPS: If you’re looking for book suggestions and reviews, my friend Sue (formerly a book seller, now a librarian) has a great book blog!

http://bookaliciousbabe.blogspot.com/

You can find my hygge books, magazines, tv programmes and music YouTube videos here…


VIDEO READ ON! FAVOURITE BOOKS – WITH THE SECRET SLOB

Happy Sunday! I’m excited to be doing another video with my friend Steph, the Secret Slob! Today we’re talking about our favourite books…are you ready to hygge with us? Leave a comment on YouTube and let us know what you are reading. We all love book recommendations!

You can find more of my videos with Steph here and my hygge books, tv and music videos here

LLAP! May the Danish hygge be with you! Hugs!

Diane


Books and tv hygge! June 2020

Daily reading is one of my favourite ways to pamper and get some self-care (I prefer the term “self-preservation”). The month of June can be a bit of a challenge because we are always super busy (my birthday, end of school term, start of the summer vacation) and it can be all too easy just to drop my reading with the excuse that I have too much on my plate. But I’ve learned over the years that, if I neglect my reading, the overwhelm feeling starts creeping back. We all need to recharge during our day, if only for a few minutes!

I didn’t get through as many novels as I usually do but I did make sure to at least flick through a magazine while eating my lunch, or while getting ready for bed, just before I switch off the light. And I managed quite a few episodes of tv series (read on) instead of just sitting mindlessly zapping through the tv channels. So all in all, June was a hygge win! Let’s start off with the books. And one which I started reading at the end of May and finished in June…

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. This is the first of the Flavia de Luce series – and my first Alan Bradley – and I have to say that I really loved it! I had heard of the series many times before but had avoided it because the protaganist is an eleven year old. There is nothing childish about the book (thankfully) and – hooray – lots of very dry wit. Just my thing.. Will definitely be reading more in the series. Two thumbs up! And four stars out of five.

The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths (number 11 in the Ruth Galloway series). Elly Griffiths is one of my favourite authors, and never lets you down. I first discovered her after picking up The Zig Zag girl at our local library (the first novel in her “Stephens and Mephisto Mystery” series). The Lantern Men was a real treat. My rating: four out of five stars.

Before the coffee gets cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. This is a novel which kept on popping up in recommendations when I was doing online searches for new books to read. It was an interesting idea for a story and started off well. I enjoyed the setting (love anything about daily life in Tokyo) but the naive style isn’t my cup of tea. Or should that be coffee? LOL! My rating: two out of five stars.

The Watersplash by Patricia Wentworth (number 21 in the Miss Silver series). This was a recommendation from one of my lovely followers on YouTube/Instagram. Patricia Wentworth is often compared to Agatha Christie and Miss Silver is often compared to Miss Marple. Easy to understand why, the elderly sleuths share many common traits. A good little mystery with quite a lot of dry wit and some wonderful writing. Just be warned that it is very much of its time (gender roles) so can seem rather dated. I would certainly read more Patricia Wentworth. My rating: three out of five stars.

And now to tv/movies…

Giri Haji on Netflix

I thoroughly enjoyed Giri/Haji (“Duty/Shame”) on Netflix. Eight episodes with plenty of drama and rather absurd comic moments. Raw and dark and definitely not recommended for the faint hearted. Set in London and Tokyo and incredibly fast paced. I loved it! Rather a strange finale…I’m wondering if they’re gearing up for a second season?

The Story of Fire Saga on Netflix

The Story of Fire Saga, a parody of the Eurovision Song Contest by, and starring, Will Ferrell, on Netflix. I’m a huge fan of the Eurovision Song Contest and I also love Will Ferrell (one of my favourite films is “Blades of Glory”). So I was looking forward to this one but also a little apprehensive. Would it live up to the hype? The first 15 minutes were toe curling and I was wondering whether I would make it the whole way through. But there are a couple of scenes which had me literally crying with laughter (my husband thought I had gone berserk) and lots of cameos from former Eurovision contestants so it was a cosy watch. Keep a special look out for the Russian contestant – an actor from Downtown Abbey – who is unrecognisable in the part. And it was a welcome surprise to see a brief appearance by (handsome) Mikael Persbrandt, one of my favourite Swedish actors. Mikael is best known in Scandinavia for his role as Gunvald, the tough bad boy cop, in the Swedish tv crime series “Beck” (a brilliant series, available with English subtitles) and known internationally from the movie “In a Better World”, by the Danish director Susanne Bier.

That’s all for June, folks. Happy reading and watching!

LLAP! Hugs!

Diane

PS: I very rarely buy books, preferring to borrow them from our wonderful Danish local libraries! I use eReolenGlobal and Libby apps to find/read books, plus Goodreads to track what I’ve read.

PPS: If you’re looking for book suggestions and reviews, my friend Sue has a great book blog!

http://bookaliciousbabe.blogspot.com/

You can find my hygge books, magazines, tv programmes and music YouTube videos here…


Books! What I read in the merry month of May!

[Reposting due to technical problems with the original]

I love reading – a quick and easy way to pamper! And, as I usually get my books from our fantastic local Danish library, it’s free too! Here’s what I read during the month of May. Our Danish public libraries were closed during the Covid Lockdown so most of these books were borrowed online (e-books and audiobooks). I use eReolenGlobal and Libby apps to find/read books, plus Goodreads to track what I’ve read.

A Dream of Death by Connie Berry. Cozy mystery set in Scotland, first in the Kate Hamilton series. I’m always a bit wary of books by non-Scottish authors set in Scotland but this was surprisingly good. My rating: three out of five stars.

Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke. Number 17 in the Hannah Swensen series. I had high hopes for this one because Joanne Fluke is a popular cozy mystery writer but this was truly dreadful, with mundane dialogue which seemed to be there to fill out the word count. So disappointing! My rating: one out of five stars.

The Liar in the Library by Simon Brett. This was a re-read for me (I’ve read all of Simon Brett’s works) because I was desperate for something “cozy” during the Lockdown by one of my favourite authors. Not the best in the Fethering series but a nice, mindless read where you feel right at home with your favourite characters. My rating: three out of five stars.

Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost. First in the Christmas Tree Farm Mystery series. Audiobook. You may wonder why on earth I was listening to a Christmas cozy during the month of May but it sounded interesting and turned out to be a very entertaining “listen”. All the Christmassy elements and would be perfect for December reading! The sequel will definitely be on my list for this year’s Christmas hygge. My rating: four out of five stars.

Started reading The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley and, so far, it’s very promising. Will give you an update next time around.

And one cookbook which is worth mentioning (usually I flick through a cookbook, find one recipe I want to try and then return it immediately to the library). Quick + Simple = Delicious by Emily Kydd, a British food writer. We had the Danish version “Hurtigt + Nemt = Lækkert”. My son made several recipes from the book (see our recent menu plan by clicking here) and he wants a copy of this book when he moves into his own flat. Praise indeed! We are now checking out Emily Kydd’s other cookbooks. Our rating: four out of five stars.

Happy reading!

LLAP!

Diane

PS: If you’re looking for book suggestions and reviews, my friend Sue has a great book blog!

http://bookaliciousbabe.blogspot.com/

You can find my hygge books, magazines, tv programmes and music YouTube videos here…

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📚 My March and April reading

I love to read! It’s one of the easy ways to transport myself away for a moment…and I usually read a chapter or two in bed, just before I switch off the light. Here’s what I read when we first went into Covid Lockdown here in Denmark from the beginning of March and through April. I’ll post another update soon with my books from May 📚

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. This was an audiobook. Several friends spend New Year’s Eve together at a remote getaway…a fast-paced whodunnit. My rating: four out of five stars.

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen. Rhys Bowen is usually a safe choice for a simple cozy mystery and this one, set in Italy, was no exception. My rating: three out of five stars.
On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen

The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols by Nicholas Meyer. Something I found at random. Started off well but it seemed to drag during the second half. My rating: three out of five stars.

The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths. If you follow me on YouTube, you’ll know that I love Elly Griffiths’ books and her various series! Another cracking read. Very cosy when you know the characters so well. My rating: four out of five stars.

The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths
This was my second Lucy Foley book and it probably came too close after I read the Hunting Party (see above) because the plot seemed very similar. Really didn’t like the characters in this one but, again, it was a very fast-paced thrilling read. My rating: three out of four stars.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Another book I found by chance, it appeared when I was doing a search for P. G. Wodehouse. Audiobook. A really charming little novel. My rating: four out of five stars.

Old Baggage by Lissa Evans

Happy reading!
LLAP!
Diane

PS: If you’re looking for book suggestions and reviews, my friend Sue has a great book blog
Bookalicious Babe Book Reviews


Fischer, Kasparov, Carlsen. And Larsen!

My DDH (dear Danish husband) is an avid reader and book collector.  Though – glory, glory, hallelujah – since the advent of the Kindle, the avalanche of books coming into the house is finally beginning to let up!  But at bedtime his favourite reading matter is…chess books.  Not books about chess.  Books detailing chess games:

1. e4 c6 2. Sf3 d5 3. Sc3 Lg4 4. h3 Lxf3 5. Dxf3 Sf6 6. d3 e6 7. a3 Lc5 8. Le2 0-0 9. 0-0 Sbd7 10. Dg3 Ld4 11. Lh6 S38 etc, etc, etc…

Yep.  Weird.

Now, I know nothing about chess apart from the ‘big names’: Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov, Magnus Carlsen.  Magnus, 23 years old and current World Champion.  The little Norwegian boy who became a Grandmaster at 13 and models clothes for G Star.  Yep, a real chess Boy Wonder.  But I always try and buy a good chess book for DDH’s birthday and this year the hunt was easy peasy.  You see, the biography of Bent Larsen just came out…

Who he?  Denmark’s very own Chess Wonder!  Scandinavia’s most famous chess player (until Little Magnus came along).  Bent Larsen was the first Westerner to take on the heavyweights from the Soviet Union.  A man whose private life seems to be just as interesting as the impulsive chess he played.  “The best chess player, never to become World Champion.”  Bent Larsen was also a great teacher and author (and translated chess books from Russian).  His own “Find the Plan” was the first chess book Little Magnus Carlsen ever read…  A co-incidence?  I think not! 🙂

“Larsen” is a mix of chess games, anecdotes, press cuttings and family photos.  The whole caboodle.  At 110 pages and 1.5 kilos, it’s a bit of a heavyweight itself… 

And guess what?  This is only Bind I (Volume One)!  Volumes Two and Three are still in progress.  (Hooray – that’s hubby’s birthday presents sorted for 2015 and 2017!)

The book is only available in Danish.  But, hey, even if you don’t speak Danish, you chess nerds will – selvfølgelig – still be able to enjoy the detailed chess games.

+ + !

Diane 🙂

 

 


And we're baaaack! To school!

 

Hello, everyone!  Summer has been – and is still pretty much still here weatherwise (yes, sir – thanks to the Danish weather gods, this seems to have been the best summer since I arrived here in 1998!) – but the school holidays have zipped past and my kids started back yesterday.  Which means that a) the pesky lunchboxes are out on the loose again and b) it’s time to get covering textbooks…

In Denmark the bookshops are stocked to the gunnels right now with rolls of special bogbind (‘bookpaper’).  Don’t be fooled!  Yes, yes, it looks cute and/or cool.  But give this stuff a hard stare and it will disintegrate before your very eyes!  And will be falling off the book by the end of the first schoolday…  Forgive the pun, but it’s paperthin.  So save your Danish crowns and use normal giftwrap or brown paper.  Now, for some reason, the Danes have a bad habit of taping the covering directly onto the book (we even got a message from the school about it last year).  Which, of course, means that it makes a right mess when it’s ripped off at the end of the schoolyear.  So here’s how we cover books in Scotland, as taught to me by my Dear Dad.  (He always covered our books with offcuts of wallpaper – the Navy Seal of bookcovers!)

DS12 brought home this book yesterday – “Allez Hop!” – he’s in 7th grade and is starting French this year (the choice was either French or German).  So let’s get started!  Cut a piece of paper considerably larger than your book.

Fold in the sides to make a dust jacket.

Cut diagonally from the spine down to the edge of the paper.

Fold in the cut edges. 

Tape the edges to each other – but don’t tape onto the actual book!

Not perfect, but the job is done.  “Værsgo’!”  Or should I say “Voilà!”?

 

Have a great (school)day!

Diane 🙂

 


Feel Good Friday – 9 November 2012

Three things that have put a big smile on my face this week:

Switching off my telephone and going to bed before 10 o’clock in my nice clean, cosy bedroom (thank you, Flylady!) and reading a chapter or two of Martin Beck (a series of Swedish crime novels that I’m reading in Danish) before I turn off the lights.  Not just once, but three nights this week – bliss!

Not only a smile but a tear in my eye from this one…  My sweetie friend Heidi (a fellow flybabe) wrote a lovely post about me – was a fantastic thing to wake up to on a dreary, dark Wednesday morning!

Jack The Story So Far

Jack The Story So Far on Facebook

 

Getting a great deal on confit de canard (duck confit).  It’s what we eat for Christmas dinner – which in Denmark we celebrate on the evening of 24 December – and we will be having it for dinner tomorrow night.  Much yumminess!  And a saving of 70 Danish crowns (ca. US$12 or £7.50) per tin.  Said the canny Scot! ;D

 

 

Have a fantastic Friday and a wonderful weekend!

 

Diane :o)

 

 

 

 


Impossible (Coconut) Pie

Here’s a recipe which I found in the unlikeliest of places…a crime novel!  (The one I mentioned in last week’s Feel Good Friday post.)

I’m loving Kerry Greenwood’s novels

and am racing through them at a speed of knots…

You’ll need:

  • ½ cup plain flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup dessicated coconut
  • 4 eggs
  • vanilla (I used vanilla sugar)
  • 125g melted butter (I used the stuff that comes in a squeezy bottle)
  • ½ cup flaked almonds (I didn’t use them – ‘cos I didn’t have any on hand!)
  • 1 cup milk

Heat the oven to 180 c (350f) and grease a deep pie dish.  Then hold on to your hats, because this is going to be super speedy!

Put everything – except the almonds – into a bowl and mix well.  Mix in half the almonds, if you’re using them.  Pour into the pie dish and sprinkle over the rest of the almonds.

Bake for about 35 minutes.  It will puff up and go golden brown.  Remove from the oven to cool. 

It’ll slowly deflate while it cools, ready for slicing (into very generous slices) and eating…

Bon appétit!

Hope you have a terrific Tuesday! 🙂


Judging a book by its (swell, just swell) cover

I was at our local Danish library on Sunday afternoon, browsing through the English crime novels (British English before American English, according to Danish cataloging systems…).  I like toread before I go to bed and I love crime novels.  But not ones filled with death and despair.  A bit of death is fine – it’s the bleak, cruel, sordid ones that I try to avoid.  That’s why I love the Montalbano seriesso much. Set in Sicily, the sexy swarthy detective swims daily in the nude (winterbathing anyone?!) and often escapes from work (or unplugs the phone at home) in order to enjoy his food. And there’s lots of food.  Plus he manages to [boom, boom!] devour a few signorinas along the way… ;D

Anyway, back to the library.  I spotted this book – which stood out like a sore thumb (or ‘exquisitely painted fingernail’) amongst the dimly lit streets, pouring rain and hooded figures that have infiltrated the display shelf.  Look at that hair and that dress!  What a swell looking female detective – just like something out of Thoroughly Modern Millie… 😀

Two pages in, and she’s already mentioned gin, a country house, a stolen diamond necklace, a retired Indian Colonel, a Duke, a ballroom, a gardener’s boy and a cricket ball.  Raaaaaaspberries!  I’m off for a cuppa and 15 minutes of my new book.

Hope you have a terrific Tuesday! 🙂


Oh, Jeeves!

I don’t often write book reviews.  Unlike Ms. Caboo.  Who has set herself the herculean task of reading and reviewing 100 books this year!  And shares her experiences good and bad – for your reading pleasure – on her blog,Bookalicious Babe Book Reviews 🙂

But I have – alas – now run out of Montalbano (my swarthy, Italian detective – swoon!) books to read (penned by Andrea Camilleri).  So I had to look elsewhere for my before-bed entertainment and – by golly – I came up trumps! ;D

P.G. Wodehouse and, in particular, his “Jeeves” series, has had me in stitches.  Literally.  I have the whole ‘shoulders-hopping-up-and-down’ thing going on.  And there are more one-liners than a stand-up comedian can shake a (diamond-tipped) walking stick at.

I read a chapter in bed every night.  Nothing better than going to sleep with a smile on your face 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend!

P.S. If cookery is more your thing, I’ve just posted some more recipes to my new blog – my little red file !


Writers block(head)

I got a book for Christmas and finished it at the weekend. A fairly run-of-the-mill ‘Da Vinci Code’ type of thing (which, to be honest, read more like a filmscript than a novel). Now, I know it’s a work of fiction, but that doesn’t mean it should contain glaring mistakes. Right? Write? ;D



For the record, this photo was taken with my mobile phone… ;D

The action starts off in Copenhagen and there’s a fire… “Fluorescent yellow fire trucks were already positioned…” Um, say what?? Fire engines here in Denmark are most definitely red. Ask any Dane. May I suggest that the author – instead of wasting time and money on his (apparently fruitless) research trip – should have gone straight to ‘google pictures’? The Danish translation for fire truck is brandbil.

Then later on, while in a church in Lisbon, the main character says, “..we also need a picture of this. Since none of us has a camera, any ideas?”. Um, your mobile telephone? For Pete’s sake, the book is set in the present (published in 2007), so surely the telephones they’re carrying have an in-built camera? (Especially as the two characters are secret agent types…) For goodness sake, I had a camera in my very first (cheapo) mobile telephone from 1999. Gaaaaah!

Anyway, I finished it and can now go back to my usual reading matter – cookbooks and murder mysteries. Hooray!

If you want reviews of books that are worth reading, then go and see what Ms. Caboo is up to… http://bookaliciousbabe.blogspot.com/ She’s reading 100 books this year – go her! 😀

Have a terrific Tuesday! 🙂


Tea with your Tolstoy? :)

I’ve already shown you the terribly high-tech, all singing, all dancing Danish libraries where you’re (literally – boom boom!) allowed to climb on the bookshelves, haven’t I? If you missed that post, it’s here…‘Where are we?’ Wednesday

But the other week I popped in to another local library as they were the only branch who had a book that DS10 needed the same day. Normally we’d just go online and order it to be sent to our nearest library…they send them for free from all over the Danish kingdom. This particular bibliotek (library) is a quaint little place with a white fence, a courtyard with a few tables and chairs and trailing plants…

Inside, it was like walking into a time machine…like stepping into one of those mobile libraries that used to drive round our area in Edinburgh. Oh, how I loved that van, it was one of the highlights of my week!

I found the book that DS10 needed and decided to have a quick look around. There were all the usual magazines and newspapers, Miffy DVDs, gardening books, doctor and nurse romances and, of course, the obligatory computers for use by patrons. There was also a cosy little corner complete with sofa, cushions and an old battered writing desk…

Above the desk there was a sign that said ‘Må vi byde på en kop kaffe eller te’ (May we offer you a cup of coffee or tea?)

And who can resist when the (Earl Grey) tea bags are so daintily presented on an old glass cakestand which is placed on top of a crocheted doily?

I didn’t see any biscuits… But, then again, who wants to find crumbs in between the covers of their library books? 😉

Have a wonderful Wednesday – with plenty of heavy reading and light refreshments! 🙂


Menu plan Thursday – Letting the kids loose!

Did you have a favourite cookbook as a child? This is my one, “A Young Cook’s Calendar” by Katie Stewart. It’s from 1978 and cost 45p at the time! There aren’t any photos in it (only drawings) but I loved reading about “walks at the weekend and tea by the fire” and “picnic food to carry to a special place”….ahh, so cosy! 🙂

I bought this mini BBC Good Food cookbook “101 recipes for kids” via Amazon the other day (I actually bought three from the same series – the dangers of trawling the internet after 9pm) and the kids jumped on it when it arrived in the post. They’ve been looking at all the pictures and drooling. “Can we have this? And this too? Ooo, this looks good!” So I said, “Okay, you plan the menu for this week – you can choose whatever you like as long as you make it!” 😉 

Last night DS10 made us Cheesey Corn Cakes (p.42) for dinner. They turned out so well, I think they look even better than the ones in the book! 😉

Anyway, without further ado, here’s what DS10 and DD8 are planning to cook the next 7 days…

THURSDAY

  • Mexican Tortilla Triangles – p.40 We’re making them with some leftover chicken and we’ll have them with salad

FRIDAY

  • Veggie burgers – p.104 on our own homemade wholewheat rolls

  • Speedy Banana Splits – p.196 Do you see the bananas in the fruit bowl, they need to be eaten! 😉

  • SATURDAY

  • Ham and cheese pizza – p.72

  • Chocolate Fondue and Toasted Marshmallows – p.180 Did someone say ‘oooooo’?

SUNDAY

  • Veggie Spaghetti Bolognese – p.60 It’s made with red lentils, will be interesting!

MONDAY

  • Sticky Chicken Drumsticks – p. 74 We’ll serve it with sushi rice (made in my trusty ricecooker) and readymade Goma dressing (Japanese sesame sauce)

TUESDAY

  • Oven egg and chips – p.102 It’s Scout night tonight so we need a quick n’ easy dish.

WEDNESDAY

  • Cauli(flower) Macaroni cheese – p.68 This is actually my choice 🙂

DS10 said to me, “Mum, it doesn’t really matter if you change around the days we’re making this food…because everything is going to taste yum!” 😉

Child labour? DS10 hard at work making pancakes last Sunday morning…

Hope you have a thoroughly thrilling Thursday with lots of good things on your plate! 🙂


Five go to the cinema!

Don’t know quite how I ended up with ‘fives’ of things I like on Fridays. Could be something to do with the Enid Blyton books? Not the infamous “Famous Five”, didn’t like those kids. I preferred the Enid Blyton series “The Five Finder-Outers” who were more sleuthlike. But, as usual, I digress!

I’m all excited about the #FlyBabyMovieParty tomorrow – see my previous post for details on how to join in! 🙂 My twisters (twitter sisters) and I will be watching Mamma Mia ‘together’ around the globe. I’ve good food planned, and DD7 and I will be dressing up…

Surprisingly enough, I also have a real life (not this blog/twitter/facebook one) and have some real live girlfriends. Whom I also drag along to the various soirées I organise. I’m thinking a trip to the cinema is just what we need to start off the social year. Because it’s still too cold, icy and snowy to go gadding about in town in our high hair and high heels 😉

So here are the five films I’ve come up with. A random bunch.

  • Sherlock Holmes   (though I’m not sure I’ll ever see Robert Downey Jr in the same light after watching “Tropic Thunder”…)
  • Avatar   (but I’ll probably see this with DS10)
  • It’s Complicated/Det’indviklet   (a ‘girly’ film and I love Alec Baldwin in the series 30Rock)
  • Whatever Works/Mig og Melody   (Woody Allen is always worth watching)
  • ……euh, I couldn’t find anything else that tickled my fancy, suggestions gratefully received!

Hope you all have a fabulous Friday! 🙂