Let It Snow

Thursday, 17 January 2013

There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth if it doesn't.
Katie has talked of nothing but the impending snowfall since she got home from school yesterday -
'I'm going to wear five pairs of socks under my tights, and jeans, and a vest, a t-shirt, a long sleeved top, and a hoodie as well as my coat, I'll wear my thin gloves under my mittens and my ear-hat, oh! but my wellies have a hole in them! '
'You'll have to stay inside then'
'Nooooooooo'

Earlier in the week George had mentioned that his coat was too small and that it was too cold to cycle to college without one.
'Oh surely not, haven't we just bought you a coat?'
'That was Tom. The label on mine says 'age 13-14'
'And you're.......?'
'17 Mum' he replied rolling his eyes.

So today I took George to buy a new coat and a pair of wellies for Katie ('can I have pink ones?', 'no you can have cheap ones'). As I entered my pin number I reflected how you never get a break from having to fork out large sums of money for boring stuff- stuff such as essential clothing for children, car MOTs, road tax, house repairs, new parts for the pc, driving lessons for 17 year olds, and dental work.

Good grief but dental work is expensive. After telling Tom that we would have to save up for a new drum kit as £400 was far too much to spend just like that, I find I will have to spend £465 just like that on another crown for my tooth. Fillings I had thirty years ago are acting like wedges in my teeth and cracking them. If only I hadn't been allowed to put sugar on my Frosties when I was a child.

Spending money on food is considerably more fun. This morning my weekly delivery arrived bearing lots of little sausages, brisket of beef, a chicken and some fine looking half-price cod loins.

The little sausages were tonight's supper tossed in honey and mustard and roasted in the oven. I roasted some carrots, parsnips, potatoes and red onions too.




Tomorrow we will have the cod, possibly bread-crumbed and served with homemade oven chips or maybe simply roasted and served with mash.

On Saturday I will cook the brisket slowly in red wine with some carrots and parsnips and we will eat it with mash. And on Sunday we will have roast chicken. Hopefully there will be leftover beef and chicken for suppers on Monday and Tuesday.

There will be puddings too. It's too cold to only have pudding on Sundays, we need ballast. Rice pud with strawberry jam perhaps, and another mincemeat galette des rois (it was so good), or maybe mincemeat pancakes. Mugs of cocoa may also feature and possibly gingerbread or cinnamon rolls. What do you mean I said no more cake? That was when I was stuffed with Christmas food and clearly not in my right mind.

Here's hoping for a day of snowy fun free from travel difficulties and stress. Keep warm. Unless you are in Australia. If you are in Australia keep cool.

48 comments:

  1. We've had quite a lot of snow here and it's so cold! Those sausages look very tasty.

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  2. No snow here in Cornwall just horrible rain :-( the sausages look very yummy :-)

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  3. It's already snowing here in North Bucks and I am not impressed.

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  4. I read somewhere (but can't vouch for it personally) that acrylic paint can be used to decorate wellies. Lots of different colour polka dots look good on plain coloured backgrounds. Maybe practice on the old wellies?

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    1. I failed with the wellies. They only had short ones and they are not good enough apparently. Thanks for the paint tip though.

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    2. Anonymous7:48 pm GMT

      You can patch up wellies with the same kit which is used for patching burst bicycle tires! (cannot patch the holes in the sole though) Works perfectly, just remember to let the glue dry well. When I was a kid my wellies were all patched up this way and the other kids thought they were really cool.

      And then maybe some paint...?

      Terhi

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    3. We can't find the hole in the wellies. We've had them immersed in water and there's definitely a leak but where? Thanks for the help though :0

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  5. We are just looking at braces for our daughter and the cost could be in the region of 4-14 thousand euros - i miss the N.H.S!
    Glad you are going back to the puddings, i was at my sink the other day lamenting the lack of puddings in your house (I know i really should GET A LIFE!)
    Those veggies look divine!

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    1. The NHS only do really essential orthodontics now.

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    2. Oh really?! That's shocking. I wont bother come back now then. lol

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  6. I've been promising snow for several days so it had better come. Sledges are ready. I really love your foodie posts, lots of inspiration. When you say slow cook the brisket - are you using a slow cooker? Yes, puds are a must in cold weather. Oooh I feel a crumble and custard coming on this weekend.

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    1. No slow cooker. I just cook it for 3-4 hours at about 140 in a covered casserole. Slow cookers are more economical but I found they make everything taste the same.

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  7. It all looks and sounds deeeelicious! Nothing better than wonderful food on a cold day! Your family is so lucky!

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  8. Sue, I am so glad that you have had a change of heart about cake! I would never have said anything to discourage you but I hated the thought of you changing your cooking and eating habits. I am so inspired by the way you guys live and eat, I was dreading you getting all low fat and cakeless on us!

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    1. I would never get low-fat Jayne -been there. I think I should eat less cakes and sweet things though, less generally really. I'm keeping the N-S diet in mind.

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  9. No snow due here Sue. See, there are down sides to Cornish life. Glad the right mind has returned and puds are back! xx

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  10. One sticky bun this morning and one dainty cake this afternoon, but it's so cold that I almost feel virtuous.

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  11. I love that you are back on the cake Sue - absolutely essential in the cold weather! It's falling steadily here (in Yorkshire) - my footprints from when I shut the chickens in about half an hour ago have completely disappeared. Keep warm!

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  12. Am reading you post with ALL the windows open, after yet another 40 degree (C) heat wave, it's early morning and am trying to cool the house before it warms up later! Can't get my head around roast Chook at this time, but am always up for cake, no matter the weather!! Now Sue, isn't this perfect crochet weather?!?!??

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  13. carbohydrate loading is Very important in extremely cold weather conditions. might as well be cake. of course it won't snow now you've bought the wellies.....

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  14. Barb_in_GA10:50 pm GMT

    Your post has me quietly chuckling to myself. I'm just back from the dentist, who tells me that I need yet another crown to replace the large filling that is cracking my tooth. And yes, I had the same thought about all those sweets I ate as a child! Atlanta is all a-twitter at the possibility of--gasp!--snow! Or ice! Neither of which will happen, of course, but they're all at the grocery, buying milk and eggs and bread like we'll be snowbound for a week. We call it 'French Toast Frenzy'.

    Cheers and stay warm!

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    1. French Toast Frenzy -I like it.

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  15. I'm having a filling replaced in a couple of weeks. It's only about five years old and it's the second of two put in by a dentist who didn't do a very good job. The other was replaced last year. I'm annoyed about it.

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  16. I really enjoy your Blog, try asking your dentist to make a custom, soft night guard for your lower or upper teeth. This cushion might just buy you a little more time before another tooth fractures. I too deal with this issue but have been lucky enough to have a father as a dentist, as well as my husband as a dentist. Not bragging, just wanted to offer a suggestion that has helped me as I get older (cough,cough).

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  17. This post did make me chuckle as so much of your witty writing style does. Your snow-fending food looks and sounds delicious and I have to say I completely agree - when it's this cold, puddings are not the optional extra they seem in warmer temperatures. So glad you are baking again - your cakes and biscuits always look straight out of a wonderful patisserie and it seemed sad that their days were numbered! I could give up almost everything except homemade baking which I know is bad really but I tell myself that homemade cake with honest eggs, local flour and pure butter (as well as the less righteous sugar!) is not actually nearly as bad for me as a lot of other processed food. I know, I am probably kidding myself but I still think there's something in it! Sorry to hear about your crown - dentists always seem to charge twice as much as i expect. It's a bit like policemen getting younger, I fear! Stay warm today! E x

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  18. hooray for cake! Your meal last night would have had my men cheering. The rest of the menus for the week sounds perfect for cold weather. Keep warm! Julie x

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  19. Holy shit you're joking - so after the horrors of HAVING fillings in the first place all I have to look forward to is the eventual destruction of the teeth they were put into in order to save???? There is some terrible irony in there somewhere.

    The sausages sound lovely. But look like little toasted fingers. I guess.
    x

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  20. You take such 'ordinary food and turn it into something lusciously mouthwatering. Those sausages look amazing and I don't even eat meat sausages!! (And yes they are a little like fingers Janice.)

    Puncture repair kits work well for repairing wellies,(like Tom did in The Good Life) I know I've done it in the past!!

    Sue xx

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    1. Puncture repair kit! I'm surprised Charlie hasn't already thought of that. Thanks.

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  21. Allowed? I was positively force fed sugar on everything, including the already sweetened cereals. It was the apple last thing at night that did for my teeth though, and a dentist called I. Screech, who took great delight in filling my mouth with mercury. Have bought sausages even though I don't like them, such is the power of your serving suggestion.

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    1. How can you not like sausages? Force fed is more accurate to be honest. I'm sure my kids eat much less sugar than I did despite all the cake. They have no fillings at all.

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  22. Balance Sue. Cake AND salad, although not together. And maybe not until the snow's gone.

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  23. Our house was full of the same sense of pre-snow anticipation yesterday, and fortunately the clouds have delivered the goods overnight. I'm guessing it's the same in Herefordshire...Happy Snow Day!

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  24. There'd have been much wailing and gnashing of teeth here too ... I love snow! Fortunately (for me, I'm sure not everyone feels the same) it's coming down thick and fast here.

    I feel your pain re. the tooth ... literally, the wisdom tooth that has been contributing to my trigeminal neuralgia and is waiting on being pulled just exploded yesterday, leaving me with a mouth full of shrapnel but thankfully a lot less pain. Thankfully we have dental insurance! I do hope yours isn't giving you too much gyp :)

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    1. It isn't thanks Annie -just a bit of sensitivity which prompted me to go and get it checked. Better just get the thing sorted out while there's money in the bank.

      I love the snow too.

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    2. Hope your dental problems clear up soon -sound dramatic!

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  25. Dread my check-ups at the dentist because of the cost - though I don't think I have many teeth left still to crack and crumble! Just been hit for a major car service - January bills are the perfect incentive for more frugal food shopping, lucky it coincides with soup and stew weather. We've so many carrots to get through we may go orange!

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  26. Anonymous1:32 pm GMT

    Will there be snow pics Sue? I am much happier in our 40 degree heat - 43.2 yesterday and just scorching!, than I would be in snow. But it makes the pics look so romantic.
    Puddings and cold weather just go together don't they? I love a date and pecan
    self-saucing with custard in winter. Mind you I'd love your mincemeat number.
    Keep warm and stay safe ov er there.

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  27. Oh, the boring purchases. A PE kit. Shoes.

    Not whisky. Oh no.

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    1. Exactly. Especially if it is to replace a lost PE kit.

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  28. Snow! How i would love some snow. It's 40 degrees here as Anonymous reports. Ick.

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    1. Hottest day of the year in Sydney they are saying on the news.

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  29. Hello Sue,

    Two things: ~

    No 1. I am reminded of the poem ...

    Oh, I wish I'd looked after me teeth,
    And spotted the perils beneath,
    All the toffees I chewed,
    And the sweet sticky food,
    Oh, I wish I'd looked after me teeth.

    Pam Ayres - I think

    No 2. Thank you ~ I feel as if I have been given permission to have some cake now. Hooray!

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  30. Oh, I bet your daughter is in heaven today as lots of snow! I did laugh at your remarks about buying a coat for your son - takes me back a bit - I could never keep track of his growing (upwards, he's stick thin even at 31).

    I was interested to see that you think slow cookers turn out meals that taste samey - think you're right actually although I do like the cooker for rice puds.

    Like everyone else I'm glad baking is back! It's for purely selfish reasons as love the pics and love the inspiration. Thanks.

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  31. Enjoy the snow, it happens so infrequently that I wish people wouldn't complain about it when it does, lol! That's a lot of money for a crown. I desperately need an eye test, new glasses for distance and for the first time, glasses for close up too. I'm putting it off because of the cost, but as I thought you'd received cod lions in your delivery I think I've put it off long enough! Especially as I wasted 5 mins of my life that I'll never get back wondering what cod lions were!

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    1. We're having cod lions next week.

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  32. As a child of the '70s I can relate to the dentist issue. Dentists in the UK were trained to 'drill'n'fill' as my current dentist tells me, whereas now the approach is apparently to leave well alone unless absolutely necessary. We would have been better off not going to the dentist as children.

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  33. Ooh those sausages look yummy! They're my favourite as the ones we get here are super scrummy
    I'm in New Zealand and while we aren't as hot as Aussie we are still quite hot in the northern region

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