The rarest of things occurred this week – a weekend without any plans. I had thought about going to a local arts centre to watch the new Macbeth film, but instead on Saturday we pottered around painting our spare bedroom rewarding ourselves with a trip to the pub, just the two of us. Saturdays for me are days of action and are best spent in productive ways.
Sundays I prefer to spend in a more leisurely manner. A simple banana, granola and yoghurt breakfast spent catching up on football scores and political talk courtesy of Andrew Marr. Crocheting the finishing touches to some fingerless mittens and starting a matching slouchy beanie with the leftover wool. Making a pot of tea while homemade granola is crisping in the oven and apple compote is bubbling away on the hob filling the house with deliciously warming and autumnal smells.
Later we’ll watch the Man Utd/Man City game (my boyfriend is a United supporter), put finishing touches to the spare bedroom and finish the evening with some pitta pizzas and a hot chocolate.
On Monday I’ll be starting a new series of posts with my cooking inspiration for the week ahead. I’m an intuitive cook and get my inspiration for evening meals from all sorts of places – recipes I’ve seen on the web, cravings I’ve had, seeing local and seasonal produce at the farmer’s market, a restaurant menu. “This week I’m craving…” will be posted on Mondays and include recipes for dishes that have inspired me for the week ahead in the hope that it will help you all with your own meal planning.
This week’s likes:
Leaves falling onto my head and all around me – The smell of coffee in the morning – A trip to the theatre on a weekday night – Wearing my favourite vintage belt
Watch –The Casual Vacancy; A performance of A Dolls House in the Sherman Theatre
Eat – Garlic roasted peppers and broccoli with chickpeas/ Lentil and kale soup/ Gingerbread men/ Greek Salad/ Farmhouse sausages with braised red cabbage and mash/ A mini strawberry tart/ Creamy squash pasta
Listen – The Kick Inside – Kate Bush/ The Cult’s Best of/ And two random songs that have been stuck in my head this week – Stacey’s mum/ Gangster’s Paradise
Read – On Liberty by Shami Chakrabarti/ After Flodden by Rosemary Goring
Do you prefer productive Saturdays and leisurely Sundays? What random songs have been stuck in your head this week?