Now the frost is thawing.

28 Jan

To date, this is the longest I have neglected my blog for! I have really hated being absent for so long, but I’ve been feeling pretty uninspired.

It’s been a gloomy start to the year, and not just for me. A huge amount of people seem to have been down in the dumps lately, and that doesn’t help the mood of somebody who is very susceptible to other people’s dispositions. The snow! The ice! The rain! The floods! The assignments! The things that go on behind closed doors! All of these things and more have had an impact on my usually (these days) contented and comfortable self.

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So as a sorry result of all this, I have been less ‘gung-ho!’ in the kitchen, opting for basic meals and not taking the time to experiment with extras. Actually, the main meals I’ve been banging out have been pretty damn good if I do say so! I’ve made turkey burgers, black bean chilli, cart driver’s spaghetti, stuffed giant pasta shells and chicken stroganoff… all delicious and I will post the recipes for them at some point, but that’s pretty much all I’ve posted for what seems like forever, and I’m boring myself let alone you guys! I really wanted my next post to be a glorious sweet, but as yet, sorry – let down! So instead I thought I’d offer a bit of explanation, and a few highlights from the last week or so.

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Yes, there have been highlights (thank God), and they have been fantastic! Let’s start with my new e-mail friend (whose fun and creative blog can be found at:ย http://waitarethosecookies.wordpress.com/). This lovely lady has become many things, including my American food supplier! ๐Ÿ˜› The main reason I choose to mention her here is because she has brought a delicious recipe to my attention which is far too good not to share. It can be found here:ย Peanut Noodles with Veggies, and without being bossy, I want you all to try your version of it as soon as you can. I made mine with almond butter, ‘normal’ soy sauce, peppers, courgette, spring onions and loads of mushrooms. It takes about 2 seconds to whip up and is about as satisfying as it gets. Kudos to you Hayley (Y)! My picture below does not do the perfection justice.

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And I am extremely happy to announce that I am feeling better now ๐Ÿ™‚ so I’m hoping that this will set the benchmark to my return to blogging (I know I’m making it sound like I’ve been away for months, haha). This is a big deal though – I feel so much better that I have taken a few massive steps forward! Wait for it… I have been clothes shopping :O and… *drum roll please* made arrangements with friends! Oh yeah, socialising AND making an effort with my appearance – two things that definitely aren’t run of the mill in my usual daily schedule! I’m so proud of my purchases that I’d like to share a few of my favourites with you ๐Ÿ™‚

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The last thing I’d like to share is about Tamatanga, an Indian restaurant the love and I went to in Nottingham. It’s been quite a while since we did anything like this, and we’d actually planned to go to Carluccio’s. But like the wazzocks we are, we didn’t think to book a table in advance, and typically it was fully booked all night. Then came the nightmare of searching for a restaurant that had spare seats available! For such a huge city, I found it really strange how few restaurants there were! It’s no wonder they were all crammed. Anyway, it worked out nicely as we found this place (one table for 2 left!) and the food was delicious. Not only that, but I got to try 2 dishes that have been on my ‘to try’ list for a very long time – butter chicken and gulab jamun. The curry was nice, but the dessert was incredible ๐Ÿ™‚ The love had the same dessert but had Goan fish curry for his main – a favourite of mine! We also had a cocktail each, and they were perfect. Actually… we ordered two, but as the second lot came round with the desserts, our waitress decided to make some snide comment that put me off mine. I truly hate when people give their opinions in completely inappropriate circumstances. So the love drank 3 in the end… Shame, as like I said, they were perfect and it did put a slight downer on a fantastic day out. Oh! I haven’t yet mentioned the peshwari naans we had on the side. If heaven is a bread product… I could cry thinking about them :’) Great value and relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. I wouldย recommendย it for sure ๐Ÿ™‚ but maybe vet the waiting staff first? Just an idea…

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No picture of the gulab jamun or the cocktails I’m afraid – they were eaten/drunk excitably before the camera even had a chance ๐Ÿ˜ฆ and I know the mains look exactly the same, couldn’t even tell you which was which, haha. Ah well…

I hope that those of you reading have had a much brighter start to your year, and if you have, I’m catching up with you now! Woop ๐Ÿ˜›

The sun is out and they’re even selling daffodils in Asda…

Oh, Oh! I’m sorry Sam! I promised to tell you all about the lovely banana bread he made ๐Ÿ™‚ he used this recipe: healthy banana bread, and I have to say, I may even prefer it to the one I made (recipe is on here somewhere)… That’s not to say mine isn’t the bomb of course ๐Ÿ˜‰ but it is more of a treaty bread, whereas the love made this virtuous yet delectable loaf! Fantastic sliced and spread with butter. Mmm… He is also responsible for the gorgeous winteryย picturesย at the start of this post. I’ve had lots of compliments about them but I can’t take the credit! Clearly, he’s been on fire this month!

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Watch this space!

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8 Responses to “Now the frost is thawing.”

  1. diane mavity January 29, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    your back with style Anna must have taken you ages and thank god the ice and snow have gone x

    • shikoomkoom January 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      Well it wasn’t the quickest post to do… but worth it I think ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ and I know! I can walk without facing perilous perils!!!

  2. Emily Cooks Vegan January 29, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Your icicle photos look magic ๐Ÿ™‚ glad you’re back! X

    • shikoomkoom January 29, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

      Yay thank you! Definitely time to get stuck in again ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. waitarethosecookies January 29, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    Love it!! Thanks for the shout out and link love ๐Ÿ™‚ And um… that shirt is fabulous, I want it!

    • shikoomkoom January 29, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

      Woop ๐Ÿ˜€ thank yooou! Of course the shout out was entirely necessary ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. annesturetucker January 29, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    Back being fully inspired ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the snow and frost photos!!

    • shikoomkoom January 29, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

      Aww thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ I have to say that I can’t take credit for the snow photos though – they are the work of the love, and he will be flattered to know you like them so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

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