It started with a fish - never dreamed it would come to this....
Time for T on Tuesday with Elizabeth and Bleubeard, and I am late, might make it before Tuesday is over! I made a fish pie from a Slimming World recipe in a booklet that came with the mag. I am still chuckling over the freeze if the seafood is not already frozen, then telling you to use frozen cooked peeled prawns!
Anyway the recipe called for smoked haddock, I had unsmoked, thought it would do. Then I thought maybe the smoked bit would be nice, so I used a pack of smoked salmon instead of some of the haddock. Next ingredient, the prawns, I only had raw frozen shell on prawns and I didn't want to have to cook and shell them ----- so I used frozen mussel meat. I had the leek and the frozen peas. Potatoes - they were all sprouting but hey, I had enough. Herbs, I have bucketloads of chives growing, not parsley, and I thought I had dill but it was tarragon - that would do, with a bit of Greek Basil. Then I needed creme fraiche of the low fat variety to add to the potato with the herbs, ermm, I added no fat yogurt and some goats cheese.
Cooked up the sauce, added to the dish, carefully spread the potato, and felt pleased I did manage to cover it all - then turned round and saw the herbs! B*** I was not going to attempt to scrape off the potato and mix it in so I sort of scattered and prodded it into the top! Anyway it was delicious, and this was day 2 cold with salad. Day one was with kale, I have never had kale before that day and I can tell you I will never have it again!Very Berry tea, very nice, but it does contain liqourice so you have to take it in moderation if you have high blood pressure. This all happened at the weekend.
We went blackberry picking again last Friday, and this time Alfie got left behind sniffing and we really think he has doggy dementia because when Shaun went back to find him after we called for ages Alfie had gone out of the field, down the road to the car. He could have been run over. Anyway now we are making sure that Alfie is ahead of us, or if he stops we stay and make sure he is going the right way, it isn't the first time - he had gone off round an extra field before now when he didn't notice that we had turned, and his eyesight isn't good so he doesn't recognise us from a distance.
This is the river where we walked on Sunday, I love reflections in water. This is by the houses that you see in the next photo, lovely place to live.
Lovely houses, with lovely gardens in a heavenly location - probably expensive!
The abandoned new houses from last week - they are twos and threes in a row going by the patio doors, UK houses tend to be quite small, especially new builds.
I'm keeping this short, got to go out and I have so much to do in the next few days.