Sunday, 14 October 2012

This Weekend ...

This weekend ...

  • I attended Reading Group where we discussed Aldous Huxley's Crome Yellow.  Listening to other readers' observations is always enlightening but I remain of the opinion that this is a very boring book.  Apologies to all Huxley admirers.
  • I worked my way through an enormous pile of ironing.  I had planned to to do more in the way of preparation for the arrival of my sister on a visit next week but, as usual, I found other activities to 'distract' me from the housekeeping.
  • I made Spicy Moroccan Chick Pea Soup from a recipe in the Waitrose newspaper.  In truth it was red kidney beans rather than chick peas as I had none of the latter but a stockpile of the former.  I love it when I come across a recipe that I can make straight away.
  • I tried out one of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Three Good Things.  It was a salad of roasted beetroot, boiled eggs and anchovies, all from stock, and it was delicious.
  • A and I followed part of the West Bristol Art Trail.  The venues are considerably more dispersed than its Southbank equivalent but the views from the houses and gardens are superb.  I met Susan Taylor who designed the Glasgow print I bought for my elder daughter, and a singing friend who turns out to be an accomplished card maker.
  • I had dinner with a couple of friends in a local pub to celebrate two of their birthdays.  


  1. I have that chickpea soup on my list to try this week. I suspect I'll be the only one who will eat it though so maybe best for lunch!

    And you reminded me that I have forgotten to read the book for book group. Whoops.

  2. Hi dottycookie. Would your family eat any other bean? I contemplated butter beans before opting for kidney beans. I reckon any kind would do fine.

    What book are you reading? Our next one's Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami who's a new one on me. Sounds more promising than the last one!