Hello Poor Neglected Blog!

I had such plans and hopes for blogging over the last week or two, but life has been chaotic and I’ve just not found the headspace to sit and waffle away here.

I’ve been cooking like crazy, testing out lots of great recipe ideas, some of which have worked, others… well I hear a big fail klaxon in my head!

We had a really lovely Indian takeaway yesterday, except it was direct from my kitchen not a local curry house.

Not bad huh? I’m getting the recipes for everything up and so far we have the samosas, pilau “rice” and Bombay potatoes. The rest will follow in the next couple of days, so you should have them all in time for your very own Saturday Night takeaway, if the mood strikes you!

In other news I was very pleased to take delivery of an actifry this week! I’m blown away by it so far, and it is going to be very useful for a top secret project I’m currently working on. More on that in due course, but it’s something I’m very excited about. I fried the samosas in the actify instead of baking them, and they worked really well, came out nice and crispy and cooked in next to no time. I’m going to try chicken nuggets in it later on, fingers crossed they turn out well, though I can’t honestly see any reason why they wouldn’t.

Today’s excitement was a delivery from Devon Rose, lots of lovely nitrate free bacon and lard, along with an assortment of other delights, including liver and kidneys! I haven’t cooked with kidneys yet so I’m looking forward to that, with some trepidation. Tomorrow I’m hoping to recreate a childhood favourite, Leberwurst. I really hope it tastes as good as I remember from my days in Germany, fingers crossed.

Oh, I almost forgot! I have a code to share with you for a 10% discount off your first order with Devon Rose, you just need to type in TW10RTD at the checkout. They offer a really fantastic service, Richard phoned me to discuss my order and was extremely friendly and helpful.

We went to watch some amazing fireworks the other weekend, take a look at this little video, I think you’ll be as blown away as we were (not literally, thankfully)

i’m sure I’ve missed out some incredibly exciting happens of the last week or two, but I’m buggered if I can remember what! I’m off to join in with paleo hour in a wee while, come along and join in if you’re about between 8pm and 9pm GMT on a Tuesday, it’s a great little community that is rapidly growing. Uk based, but all welcome.

TTFN

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Moving On And Moving In

The last week or so has been one hell of a bumpy ride. We are finally in our new house (I cant call it home yet) and beginning to start getting organised. We have moved into a smaller house which we get the privilege of paying more money for! Gotta love renting hey? In an attempt to soothe my somewhat fractured soul (we didnt want to move but the landlord sold the house unexpectedly) Ive been playing in the kitchen. Ive gone from a fabulous range cooker to a crappy little built in oven and hob and so you’ll excuse me whilst I indulge in a little pity party! 

Anyhoo… at the weekend we took a trip to Leeds as the teens were doing their grade 6 Rockschool exams, so we visited the Chinese supermarket to stock up on a few bits and pieces. They had some exotic (to us country bumpkins) ingredients which I found rather exciting and the rest of the family found worrying! So far I’ve made a not to be repeated desert with some taro root; served up, perfectly fine if unexciting taste wise, boiled purple sweet potato; and…. most thrilling of all…. made purple flour! 

 

This has made me very happy! It is such a lovely, vibrant purple and I can’t wait to create a cake with it! I really hope it holds its colour through the baking process – assuming I can get to grips with the new oven that is.

Here in Northern England it’s the summer solstice. It’s a bit cooler than it was when we moved in and we’ve had some rain, which the birds, in the trees at the bottom of the ski slope like garden, seem to have enjoyed. 

Hope that the turning of the year brings you everything you’re hoping for. 

 

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Hazy, Lazy Days of Summer

The Paleo/Primal lifestyle isn’t just about the food you eat, It is an entire way of life, and reducing our stress loads plays an important part in that. Moving is a very stressful experience, even though I’ve moved countless times throughout my life so the physical aspects of it don’t feel too onerous to me, the associated admin really gives me the jitters. Taking ten minutes to unwind after the tedious task of dealing with utility companies and council departments is crucial self care in my opinion! The added bonus of course is knowing that I’m filling on up vital vitamin d without having to pay for supplements. What’s EVEN better is that there’s an app for that! Look, how cool is this? 

In just over ten minutes my clever body created more than three times the amount of vitamin d contained in one of these little capsules!

 

What a bargain. I can’t recommend this app enough; its called D Minder and there is a free and a paid version. At £1.49 for the paid one it’s a darn sight cheaper than supplements. I bought it because I found the free one was a bit glitchy, plus I liked that I could save history on the paid one. What’s great about the app is that it is completely customisable to your circumstances, right down to your skin tone; as my pale English skin burns pretty easily I love that it tells me when I need to get out of the sun to avoid burning. It is a fantastic tool in my opinion, because vitamin d is so enormously important for our general health and well being, and anything that increases our awareness of our needs is worth celebrating.

A good book and a cup of something good to drink also help with the unwinding – my dandelion coffee with a smidge of manuka honey is doing me the power of good, as well as being pretty delicious. Lots of paleo people drink the real thing, but my system is super sensitive to caffeine these days, so much as I love the aroma of freshly ground and brewed coffee, it doesn’t love me, but dandelion coffee and chicory aren’t bad substitutes.   

 That’s me ready to take on the next round of moving hassles. How did you de stress today?  

Puppies, Pottering, and Posh Parkin

This weekend the weather has been far too glorious to be stuck inside typing up recipes on the computer, so I haven’t!

Truth be told we’ve been very busy as we get the keys to our new house on Friday and, until today, only one box had been packed… hmmm! That situation has been rectified somewhat today, but you would definitely not think we were moving as soon as we are if you popped round for a cuppa!

Yesterday we visited my cousin whose dog has just birthed seven of the most ridiculously cute little puppies. Me and the children are using all means, foul and fair, to persuade the Mr to let us have one. See for yourself how unbearably awwwww worthy they are….

cuteness factor to the max


Today there’s not been so much cuteness, just lots of hard graft. The garden has to be tidied before we hand over the keys to this house, so weeding has been the order of the day. It’s a strangely enjoyable task, though not so much so when you’re not doing it for your own benefit (though plenty of vitamin was generated, win-win) , so to balance that little negative I gave my fruit trees and bushes a good feed and mulched them with some slate chippings, and they now await the transfer to their new home.

see my shiny new watering can in my favourite colour combo


After all the lifting of heavy things – how very primal! It was time for a tasty treat in the early evening sunshine, and what better than a slice of my Posh Parkin? It would have been all too easy to wolf down a slice or two without any ceremony, but when you’ve given something the posh moniker you’ve got to do the job properly haven’t you?

 

 it really hit the spot I can tell you, but shh… don’t let on that you know, because I snuck off away from the rest of the family and had that slice on the QT! Naughty? Oh hell yes, but very, very nice.

Now weather depending, I will get the recipe for my Oh Yeah Baby Jamaica Ginger Cake up in the next day or two. Try not to drool too much whilst you’re waiting.

TTFN