Wednesday, 30 April 2014

New toys!

Whilst I admit that the kitchen is still rather dusty, and most of the contents of the cupboards are still in the hallway, I am loving the new cooking facilities.  If you are getting a tad bored of my wittering on about the cooker, I apologise, but we feel like we have a new toy, and it has been many weeks since we had a working big oven in the Fens here!

Today I cooked a big turkey leg from Morrison's, and it was lovely - the oven cooked it to perfection and we enjoyed it for our supper.  I am eyeing up some cake recipes too, so that I can get the cake tins out and give the oven a go with my favourite Victoria sponge recipe - that will be the real test.  If it can bake a good sponge, I will be over the moon.  The FH is hoping for a fruit cake, and since I bought some rum-soaked dried fruit from AF, he does have reason to hope.  Perhaps at the weekend, I will make a couple of fruit cakes and bake some potatoes for our supper at the same time - I love very slow baked potatoes the best.

Not a penny spent again today, and another £2 earned from egg selling, so keeping the purse quite tightly closed.  This month has been a tricky one in all sorts of ways, but we are heading into May with positive thoughts.  I know that we have spent a decent chunk of money this month, but the bulk of the credit cards are already paid back on the kitchen spend, and I just have to wait for the invoice from the gas fitter now to clarify the whole picture of how much the revamp has actually cost.

May will bring the YFG's practice Duke of Edinburgh weekend, when the rucksack will have its first outing, RQ, and she will be hoping not to get too many blisters on her feet.  I am having a day out to myself when I attend a district Day called The Big Pray near Bury St Edmunds - so for those of you who remind me to take some time for me, that covers that - thank you for the encouragement, and I am really looking forward to it. In the unlikely event that there are any other East Anglian Methodists reading this, if you are coming to the Big Pray, then let me know and we can say Hello when we get there!  I am also looking forward to spending more time in the garden and getting even more seeds sown.  The ones I planted some time ago are all through and need potting up....a gardener's work is never done!

Thanks for sharing another month with us in the Fens - it has been good to read your comments, and many of you comment often now, so it feels like we are old friends!


Chris said...

Hi Morgan, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Lyssa Medana said...

I love hearing about your kitchen! I hear you about a dear month! Take care WS xxx

simplesuffolksmallholder said...

Have a lovely time in Bury St Eds, I wonder where you are meeting,if you have time pop into the abbey gardens and the cathedral with it's tower now finished after hundreds of years.
My first proper job was in BSE library - in the town centre then. Lots of memories.

Morgan said...

@SSS - unfortunately the important word is "near" as I will actually be in Red Lodge, which I have yet to find on the map! I went to BSE on a school trip when I was at secondary school and we had a picnic in the Abbey grounds, and I loved it! I should make the effort to go back to the town again...thanks for popping in xxx

SusanM said...

What a great excuse for baking a cake - trying out your new oven!! Enjoy your new cookerx

Allegra said...

I totally get being overjoyed to have a new oven !