Back to normal service today, busy busy yesterday so no chat. The scaffolding has gone at the back which is great. I was tempted to use it as a bonus washing line last week when it was so sunny. The sun decided not to come out today, look how grey the sky is.
The space for the bed at the back is free of insulation now and we have measured it again. Looks like it’s plenty wide enough – hooray – panic over. The hole you can see will be a bookshelf inset into the wall which will be handy and give that wee bit extra feeling of space next to the bed. Nearly all the perimeter has been insulated now and the stairs should be here quite soon. The windows are ordered and a wee bonus that I’ll show you another time. The extra Velux is here too and works on the new bathroom have resumed. I love a bath but I am missing having a shower, especially on work days. Tiles and flooring are being researched at the moment and I even glanced at wallpaper and paint the other day.
I’ve been meaning to tell you about what I made of Friday for days now. Aubergine Parmigiana is one of those dishes that is so much more than the sum of its parts (or ingredients). I used Sarah’s recipe as a starting point, http://www.viewfromthetable.co.uk/2012/07/pimp-that-veg.html . I used mozzarella as a layer and the parmesan type cheese on top. Absolutely delicious. We had ours with crusty bread and green salad.
I notice the view from the table uses only a corner shot for the photo, very clever. Don’t be put off by how it looks, make it, you’ll be glad you did. x
p.s. If you like woolly tights, Tesco has loads of colours and spotty ones half price at the moment. Random, I know, apologies.
Four weeks done and boy can you see a difference. Here are the highlights today:-
The back dormer has been prepped and the back section where the alarm was holding everything up is all sorted.
Loads of slates have been taken off at the back ready for the dormer to go in.
Still more invisible electrical work and plumbing done. Some not so invisible like the 6 holes with wire tentacles coming out of them in the new bathroom.
We have bath taps, the children are looking forward to having a bath in a bedroom, as they see it.
The space where the stair used to be is nowhere to be seen any more.
There was another huge load of insulation on the drive today along with other bits and bobs. The upstairs seems to be shrinking at the moment.
Have a look for yourself.
The Dogs – being photogenic
I’m very excited about going out for tea with a pal of mine for dosa masala, a fantastic Southern Indian dish which has a gram flour pancake filled with spicy potatoes and is served with 2 or 3 different sauces (for want of another word). I acquired a serious taste for dosa when I lived in Malaysia. Well worth braving the cold for.
Just a short post to show you the cake I’ve made in honour of my mum who would be celebrating her birthday today. I’ve made it in her loaf tin. Mum was not so bothered about presents but I knew exactly how she felt when I once forgot a card, she was not impressed to say the least. I think I was about 19, I never missed another birthday again, no matter where in the world I was.
My sister and her daughter will be up later to share the cake, it’s raspberry, banana and white chocolate. I have adapted it from the banana bread on The View from the Table blog. I hope this link works. This is a brilliant recipe, the first time I tasted it it was the curlywurly version. Amazing.