Category Archives: Grandchildren

There’s a TIGER in St James’s Park Underground Station

Tiger shop at St James’s Park Underground
A selection of cheap goodies

I was so pleased when my husband Josh told me that the Danish Company TIGER Copenhagen had opened a store in St James’s Park Underground station – only a stone’s throw from where we live.

It is a small branch but there’s always something I don’t need but must have!!

Although our daughter Louise’s children are now going on for 20 and 17 we still like to buy them silly little things when they come to visit and there’s always something that takes my fancy in TIGER.

SPIRALIZER COOKING

Yet another cookbook
Yet another cookbook

Yes, yes – it’s another cookbook. I saw it on our last visit to the Lakeland store and found it irresistible.

I bought a spiralizer a while ago when my vegetarian grand-daughter said it was all the rage, but other than spiralizing s courgette to add to a green salad and a carrot to add to my chicken soup, my spiralizer had languished in the cupboard.

My Lurch spiralizer
My Lurch spiralizer

However, looking through the Spiralizer Cookbook on display in Lakeland, there were so many appetising-looking recipes. Lots of them are low calorie and will help in my fight against putting on weight. It’s hard if you enjoy cooking.

So far I’ve only made the Celeriac Remoulade but I must try Catherine Atkinson’s spiralized potato cake and potato latkes. I shall certainly be looking at some of her other cookbooks.

Memoir extract from Woman in a White Coat
I learned to cook after I finished my second house job as a new qualified doctor. I had qualified as a dental surgeon five years earlier.

When I finished my second house job I was five months pregnant. I was unlikely to find a part-time temporary job in medicine and I couldn’t face the thought of standing all day in a dental practice, though it would have been much easier to find a locum dental appointment. I decided to take a cookery course instead. At that time, I could cook omelettes and minestrone, but not much else. Only the girls in the lower streams at school did cookery and my mother had always shooed me away.

‘Food is rationed,’ she’d say. ‘Don’t want you wasting good food. Time enough to learn to cook when you get married.’

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STRAWBERRIES FOR TEA ANYONE?

Fresh from San Sebastian
Fresh from San Sebastian

 

Louise and her family come over from San Sebastian Easter, August and Christmas – during the school and college holidays. They always come bearing goodies – this time they brought this delicious box of strawberries and jars of my favourite pickled peppers.

Basque Pickled Peppers
Pickled Peppers from the Basque country

We’ve tried buying picked peppers in London but have only been able to find the fatter tough peppers that are best used for cooking. I like to have a pickled pepper in my home-made cream cheese sandwiches.

 

I might try  this tongue twister on my Basque grandchildren.

‘Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
A peck of pickled peppers Peter picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter picked?’

I wonder who remembers how much a ‘peck’ is – 9.0923 litres or ¼ bushel. A bushel is a measure of volume (1.2445 cubic feet or 8 gallons) used originally for quantities of grain, fruit or other produce, so the actual weight would vary depending on the contents.
As a children in pre-WW2 London we had to learn all these old measures like rods,  poles, perches and  chains as measurements of length.  Acres (4840 square yards) are still used as measures of area, particularly in farmland.

More cake – scrumptious poppy seed cake

Moist and delicious
Moist and delicious

Another friend to coffee so another excuse for making a cake. we’ll only eat some of it. the rest I’ll frieze and take it with the frozen half coconut cake when we go to See Louise.

It’s a bit disappointing that it rises so well but always flattens as it cools. I suppose it’s the beaten egg whites that do that. it’s still delicious and a great favourite with our grandchildren.

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Another off to Uni

Yes - well he doesn't quite look like that now!
Yes – well he doesn’t quite look like that now!

Yet another grandchild off to Uni. He’s got more teeth now and he’s no longer into dusting.

Unlike my Basque grand-daughter he’s going to take a gap year – work for a while to earn some money and probably trek around India. His mother did the same when she was his age. The Basques tend to go straight on to Uni from school – as we did in the old days.

Jane’s Birthday

A Happy Birthday day in Switzerland

A card I made for Jane – at least I bought the card with a cut-out apple and filled in it with layers of folded Japanese origami paper. I but the cut-out cards when I see them and have used cut out boats, hot air balloons and a football for the children and grandchildren.