Just Now I Am.....

Thursday, 16 October 2014











~ Enjoying autumn. Apparently there are some people who do not enjoy autumn. I am not one of them. In fact with the exception of extreme heat I enjoy every seasonal manifestation. Autumn is my favourite though, what's not to like about a season with quinces?

~ Eating split pea soup. Split peas are bargainous food. 55p for 500g and a good source of protein. I use a whole packet plus an onion, a carrot and a stick of celery if I have one. Just simmer in stock until soft. Ham stock is great if you have it, I did, leftover from boiling a small ham . Some bacon bits make a welcome addition. Makes enough for 8 people.

~ Anticipating the publication of the three new Persephone books next week. The Dorothy Whipple, Because of the Lockwoods and The Country Life Cookery Book with illustrations by Eric Ravilious are going in my basket asap.

~Finding yet another spelling mistake in a letter from Katie's school. Sigh.

~ Searching for new and stimulating blogs to read. A lot of my favourite bloggers are posting infrequently or not at all and I miss their take on life. I like humour, intelligence and originality (I don't ask for much do I?!), I'm not so keen on bunting. So, if you have any good recommendations do please share them.

~Reading Standard Issue, brilliant online magazine by women. Great article about Malala Yousafzai which I will make my daughter read later when she can tear herself away from watching Zoella. Also great article by Emma Silverpebble about making stuff.


57 comments:

  1. Split peas and ham are a great combination... in fact, there are few pulse-y soups that don't benefit from the addition of ham in my humble opinion.
    I can't think of any blogs to recommend at the moment (I suspect you follow a lot more than I do anyway) and some I used to read seem a bit, I don't know, not really my thing any more. That's a nice diplomatic way of putting it.
    I enjoyed the article on crafting. Those children's beards would be great for Halloween but I suspect Joe would tear it off his face immediately...
    As for the spelling mistakes: I was constantly shocked when training to be a teacher. Some of my fellow trainees had appalling grammar skills. Hardly fills parents with confidence, does it? Maybe mark the letter with red pen and send it back.

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  2. Relieved that I haven't got the only teenage daughter who watches Zoella!

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  3. Snap with your first two. I am just finding out there are people who really don't like Autumn and are suddenly very vocal in saying so. Apparently it is full of death and decay. Well I love it anyway, with its wonderful smells and colours - as evidenced by your own pictures.

    I made some lovely yellow split pea soup yesterday and will have it again tonight. Will probably taste even better and it was delicious. They are not as cheap as they used to be though - they used to be less than lentils but now are the same kind of price and they are no longer as cheap as they were. Mine were quite a lot over a pound from Tesco's for 500 g also. I do look for recipes for them but I tend to always make soup as that is generally what the recipes I find are for too. My latest has carrots and tomato in. An internet recipe and it is very good.

    I've been moaning about a lack of blogs to read as well . I've just realised how many have gone - I saw a blog list on another blog and many seem to have stopped posting now. Instagram etc. simply does not replace them, when you have no smart phone and besides you enjoy the reading part just as much as pictures. Seeing as I don't write one myself, my demands are a bit much. But they are that the writing is intelligent, interesting, funny, any combination will do, has some lovely things for me to look at that they have preferably made themselves, and that it doesn't attract weird people the way some do. Also that they appear to live in the real world with the odd reference to it maybe and not some surreal pink fluffy land with lots of twee speak. Some I used to enjoy have all but packed up.

    I hesitate to mention Knitters knitters as there seems to be a bit of a break there but I expect she will be back. If you have a good look there though, there is some very good writing going on in some posts, she knits like a dream (although has recently picked up tapestry instead), does the unthinkable and writes occasional posts from her dogs and gets away with it and has the quickest loading blog I know. I wish I knew some others.

    With reference to the article by Emma Silverpebble, I don't like crafts to become a 'thing'. I just like it to be a natural thing that I lean to without the hype. Becoming a 'thing', means that pretention enters and prices for raw materials from fabrics and yarns to baking items gets inflated. That means it becomes more difficult for me to actually do the crafts I already do, or learn new ones. Incidentally a blogger mentioned there Tiny happy is lovely but it is really pared down now in comparison to how it used to be. I do love the things she makes though and she dares to talk about issues from time to time (she is now a journalist). Having opinions is something people often seem to shy from.

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    1. I don't know Knitters Knitters so thanks for that. I know exactly what you mean by things becoming a 'thing' Faye. At least if cooking is your thing you can still enjoy it without succumbing to the pretension although heaven knows there's a lot if it surrounding food, but we all have to eat and I find it easy enough to ignore the hype.

      By the way my split peas were from Waitrose and were 55p for a 500g bag, 53p at Tesco as long as you get the own brand.

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    2. Polish shops also very cheap for split peas. Polish shops are the new corner shop!

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    3. Well I must investigate! Thank you. Time for a new bag as I just used them up. I also have Polish shops near me too. I put smoked paprika in in too, according to recipe and you can really taste it.

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    4. I just nipped out for loaf of bread and noticed that split peas are 39p a bag, didn't see weight but looked about 500g.

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    5. Just replying to the crafts becoming 'a thing' comment. Totally agree. It's putting me right off a whole bunch of things I used to enjoy doing.

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  4. Hooray to new Persephone books. And off to check out Standard Issue... xx

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  5. Well, heck. So much for the big bunting feature I was planning for my blog.

    One of my favorite split pea soup recipes is one I found at that 101 Cookbooks blog (it's on my Pinterest, bien sûr). It's all about the smoked paprika.

    Also, I relish autumn. Live for it. And that little snail on the rose hips is a wondrous thing.

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    1. Bunting post....chortle. Gosh smoked paprika does sound like a good idea with split peas.

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  6. Sue, I've enjoyed this post while also enjoying some potato soup I'd just made from one potato, a bit of onion, some butter, parsley, dill seed, a tiny crumble of OXO. When the potatoes were soft, I mashed them up, added a bit of milk and a grinding of pepper. Delish!

    I've got a bag of lentils, some ham, carrots, and more onions, and some chicken broth just waiting to be converted into soup tomorrow. Most of it I will freeze.

    The Country Life Cookery Book is definitely on my list, partially due to the illustrations.

    I might have some blogs to suggest. Be on the lookout for an email with the links.

    xo

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    1. Thank you Frances, you are kind. Can't get over the fact that there is Oxo in New York.

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  7. May or may not be up your street but I'm enjoying Lost in Cheeseland and the moment (www.lostincheeseland.com). It's very well written and the photographs of Paris and all things Parisian are beautiful. :)

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    1. Ohh, c'est trés élégant, merci.

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    2. Excellent use of acute accents. Do you know The Age of Uncertainty and Shelf Appeal? They don't write very often but they take me a little off the beaten track. Also Stuck in a Book.

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    3. Oh I know Stuck In a Book and will check out the others. What I really want are more blogs like yours Lucille.

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  8. Anonymous7:57 pm BST

    Beautiful photos and thanks for reminding me about split peas. Will pass on to veggie daughter at uni, that will keep her going for a few days..

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  9. Charlotte7:59 pm BST

    Hi Sue, have a look at this one: www.thescentofwater.typepad.com
    Thought provoking, humorous and creative...

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    1. Indeed it is, I know it well, but thank you.

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  10. so far this week I have found spelling mistakes in a letter from school and one from the hospital...... as well as some astonishingly bad grammar.

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  11. I did have a bit of a moan about the sogginess of autumn yesterday, but I do like all of the seasons really. Do let me know if you find some good blogs to read. I think you probably already follow the ones that I like the most. We have spelling and grammar mistakes from school, including from the odd teacher. Cocoa with no "a"! My eldest had to correct her. Sigh.

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  12. I used to re-mark my children's English work, and send it back. The teacher used to say that they left a certain amount of mistakes for 'self-expression'. Like hell they did!

    It's pink lentils here in the soup... love them.

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  13. I'm with you, I love Autumn. It's my favourite season; Spring is not too bad either. I still can't get over the colour of that snail's shell, it's mesmerising.

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  14. Split Pea & Ham soup is one of my favourites....I think www.mogantosh.com and www.myrtleandeunice.com are enjoyable reads that may fit within your specifications :-) The latter posts rarely these days but there's plenty in the archives....

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  15. Hi Sue. I've been following for blog for a couple of years. Inspired by you, Sight of Morning, Philosophy of Lists, Fan my Flame & Useful or Beautiful, I began blogging. To coincide with my studies & my love of museums, I write about visiting them & other heritage places. Not reviews but observations. I would love you to check it out, see what you think. http://artefactsobjects.blogspot.co.uk/ Katharine x. PS Made your paprika chicken a few months back, family loved it.

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  16. Oh yes, re The Country Life Cookery Book, me too. And now I'm off to read those articles.

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  17. Hey Sue,
    I really enjoy the blog Rachel Eats, I don't know whether you follow her? Brilliant archive. Lovely stories to accompany her recipies.
    Leanne xx

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  18. You have inspired me to sample split peas, they sound quite wonderful when you describe them. Autumn is my favourite season too, followed by spring. I am not keen on very hot weather either, preferring frost and snow and I love the soft kind of rain but not the cats and dogs kind or when grey skies seemingly last forever without allowing glimpses of longed for blue.
    Zoella also has my daughter enthralled, at least she is one of the sweeter examples.
    I am glad for your blog which of course has much humour, intelligence and originality and thank goodness, no bunting :)

    wishing you happy literary pursuits and much mellow fruitfulness this weekend x

    Cicely

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  19. Just now I am...
    pondering whether to ditch MagicBeans entirely as I have no inclination to blog at all,
    loving autumn this year,
    eating rather too much apple cake
    and wishing that the inflatable boat in my sitting room could be deflated or fixed asap as it is really beginning to get on my tits.
    Ax

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    1. I can imagine, I've had similar feelings about bits of motorbike. If you do decide to ditch MagicBeans please don't disappear entirely will you? By the way have read Thin Air yet?

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  20. Beautiful set of photos..
    Amanda

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  21. Hi Sue, just found you via a comment you left on Jane Brocket's blog, and can't understand why it has taken me so long to find you, as I see lots of familiar names and blogs in your comments. I also note that you do the Year in Books project too. I have greatly enjoyed having a look round your blog. If you don't mind I will follow up some of the recommendations that others have posted, always good to find new blogs to read. X

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    1. Thank you Penny and welcome.

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  22. I love making split pea soup, minus the ham because we're vegetarian. I regularly make lentil soup with split red lentils, an onion, some garlic, oil and water. It couldn't be much easier, quicker or cheaper, and it's good for you, as well as being delicious of course, almost forgot that! Thanks for the Standard Issue recommendation - I'll take a look x

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  23. Anonymous8:23 pm BST

    I begin my week with the Monday morning blog of Pentreath and Hall-Inspirations. It's content is varied with beautiful photography. I then check yours to see if there have been any weekend additions and thence to Above the River, and Dove Grey Reader. After that, I feel I can face whatever the days will bring. I refer constantly to your recipes. Thank you for those. Lisa

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  24. Anonymous8:27 am BST

    just found mrs fords diary a blog that always cheers me up.love your recipes and no bunting!

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    1. Oh I like that -very Diary of a Provincial Lady. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  25. A lot of my favourite bloggers are posting infrequently

    I'm finding this, too. Is Facebook to blame? I'm not on it, or Twitter. Who'd have thought that blogging could become out of date?

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    1. I'm not sure. The bloggers I have particularly in mind are not users of either of those (I don't think). I think it may be simply that the urge to blog leaves and then of course it becomes increasingly difficult to get back into the habit.

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  26. Sue, I recently discovered your blog and am thoroughly enjoying it. Coincidentally ( I spell checked that), I made pea soup on Thursday. I use garlic in mine. The comments here are interesting and helpful too, so I will try the smoked paprika in my pea soup next time.

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  27. While I appreciate the merits of autumn, Sue, I also realize that it is a precursor to winter, with dark gloomy days, the landscape often devoid of colour and sea frets rolling in where we live. And because of this I appreciate more than any other season, the season of spring. Autumn has colour, and all the golds and russets are glorious, but I dislike the darkness and the short days once the clocks 'go back', and can't wait for spring to arrive. For me, waking to the sound of the dawn chorus is 100% nicer than the neighbourhood children ringing the doorbell and demanding "Trick or Treat!" We have yet to put up with that travesty which Hallow'een has now become. OK, I'm a miseryguts!

    Reading: Rachel Hore's latest, A Week in Paris and also the second of James Runcie's Grantchester stories.

    Making: loads of things for the freezer (small though the freezer is!) as the gas supply might be disrupted at any time within the next eleven week, new gas pipes being laid in the main road onto which our Close gives.
    PS I love making soup, so might try split pea soup. I tend to make minted pea soup using frozen peas, so split pea would make a change.

    Planning: to search for some conkers, just to look pretty in a bowl ... when I've time.

    Fretting: deadline imminent for an article yet to be written ...

    Margaret P

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  28. I adore Autumn. It's always been my favorite. I find, though, now that I'm a teacher... I just don't have as much time and energy left at the end of the school day to enjoy fall-type activities. I do miss the carefree days of not being in education during Fall. This year's kickoff, particularly, has been hard. A 33% increase in population for each of my 5 classes, means that much more prep. I realize I've been coming home and staring at photos of adorable cats, and then falling asleep. Perhaps some split pea soup would help. (As a teacher, I was a little nervous about my spelling as grammar while commenting today. I will admit to being an art teacher, not an English teacher, and hope that no one will return my comment with red marks.)
    I also like this time of year, as the newcomers to our City of Roses (Portland, Oregon, US) discover the meaning of Pacific NW weather. Oh, the moaning and complaining that ensues. I giggle, and remind them that at some point we'll have 45 days in a row of rain. I wait to see who panics and moves back to California or NY by the time February comes along. Fairweather friends, indeed.

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  29. Anonymous8:25 pm BST

    A million thanks for Standard Issue, which I hadn't heard of. I've just read the one about weird hair. I noticed one on my chin to-day, but now I'll leave it there in case it comes in handy for something. I've subscribed already
    Ann

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  30. Fantastic photographs! Peny L

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  31. Gosh, can't even spell my own name after a couple of glasses of wine! Penny L

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  32. Like Penny am on second (or is it third) glass of wine so will come back to read comments but have signed up for SI, thank you! Not sure wot your on about wiv grammar complaints :(

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  33. P.S.

    This is a food blog I enjoy and recommend - http://kitchenlioness.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Oh what gorgeous pictures that blog has, thanks for the recommendation.

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  34. As I (almost) always do, I agree with you on the subjects of autumn, pea soup, bad spelling, crafts and the dearth of readable blogs. In addition to yours my favourite reads include The Philosophy of Lists, The Scent of Water, A Quiet Corner and Charlotte's Plot, all of which I'm sure you're already aware of. Thanks for asking though, as I've made a note of a number of new ones to follow up on.

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    1. All already favourites, what good taste we both have!

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  35. Ditto to all that you're doing just now, especially loving autumn and thank goodness someone else isn't keen on bunting. With longer evenings I'm keen to find some new blogs to read; some of my favourites have disappeared and I must confess that some have lost their attraction though I'm not sure why. Do you read http://mrsthomasinatittlemouse.blogspot.co.uk ?

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  36. I love autumn too. Also hate to see spelling and/or grammar errors - there's no excuse when we have wordprocessors to check it all. I agree with Anne above - http://mrsthomasinatittlemouse.blogspot.co.uk is a nice blog. Or there's mine!!

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  37. Anonymous5:59 pm BST

    Sue, have you seen the Telegraph's quince recipes - quinces stuffed with mince and quince posset? (may have to be ones for next year if you've used all your quinces). On blogs, I like welsh hills again, my colourful life, lefthanded housewife, all the blue days. No bunting in any of them! I used to like your list and thought you were clever at finding good ones (mitenska was completely new to me)

    Cathy

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    1. No I hadn't seen those recipes Cathy so thank you for that and thanks for your blog recommendations, some I already know. I promise to get a new list up soon.

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  38. Anonymous1:59 am BST

    Love your photos, esp drip and snail.

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