All I can say is, it’s a good job I like salads and fruit and more salad, and that my boys like sandwiches and that the weather has enabled us to use the barbecue a few times! I think we’ve done pretty well, I’ve still made them bread every day and we’ve only had two Indian takeaways in all that time – and boy, they tasted sooooo good!!
But oh, how I’ve missed you my beautiful roasted vegetables :)) oh the pure joy..
Let me confirm, my kitchen project is STILL not finished, but I do have cupboards and worktops and a hob/stove and ovens (yes, two beautiful new shiny babies) and lights and sockets; however, I don’t have a floor, just boards, no plinths on my cupboards, no finished edges on anything, no hot water and a beautiful new Belfast sink with no plug! My back garden is a building site, with piles of bricks and rubble and rubbish everywhere and the waste pipe for the new sink and dishwasher empties out into a pile of bricks!!
We are in a much better place than we were a few weeks ago, or even one week ago, but it still goes on…the last three weeks in particular have been the toughest, I can barely put it into words; I have literally felt like my entire existence has been removed, we’ve all been ill, I’ve cried out of frustration most days, and I’ve been shut away in my living room for two weeks with two dogs (my brother in laws Labrador, Robbie, has been staying, which is fine, he’s lovely and beautifully behaved, but this was all meant to be finished by the time he stayed), my kettle on the window sill, my breadmaker next to the television, and hours and hours of cleaning to do at the end of every day, with huge amounts of dust and plaster and mess to clear up plus huge amounts of dog hair as Robbie added moulting to the list!!
But today, I have chopped and peeled and cooked and barely sat down and it feels fab!!! I had started to fear that I had forgotten how to do it all, it had been so completely and effectively removed from my day to day existence, but today I took the plunge and roasted several pans of vegetables in one of the new ovens: spiced aubergines and courgettes, cubed butternut squash, carrots/onions/garlic; made chermoula, tahini sauce, and roasted carrot and garlic dip.
Tomorrow it will all start again, my house will be invaded with men and noise and mess, I’ll have to cover everything up again, but today, I’m happy :)
Salad leaves, roasted aubergine and courgettes with cumin and paprika, and tahini sauce..who wouldn’t be smiling??
I hope you’re all having a great weekend and have a fab week ahead xx