Friday, 29 April 2011

Wedding and Weeding

It was a beautiful day to be married....

The nation rejoiced... erm, maybe half the nation plus the odd thousands of tourists... the marriage of Kate and Wills... After seeing her wedding gown and giving my long and detailed two-cents about it to my long-suffering MrD, we headed to our favourite garden centre for some retail therapy.

Between MrD and meself, we managed to achieve quite a bit of work in the garden...

The narcissus needed dead-heading to allow the bulbs to double-up for a more showy next spring blooms.

For our edible garden ....

replaced dead plants and weed with some trailing geraniums...

Impatiens on the bedding and assorted plants (lobelias, petunias, campanulas) in the trough

And finally, the pond gets its share of attention... perhaps, some fishes in the future.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Moroccan Chicken

Moroccan Chicken

Coat chicken thighs with paprika, ground cumin, ground ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and freshly ground pepper.
Leave to marinade preferably overnight.

Arrange chicken pieces in a casserole dish.
Drizzle with a little olive oil and salt.
Add in pitted green olives, raisins, lemon zest and finely chopped garlic.
Pour in about a cup of unsweetened apple juice.
Bake in moderate oven for 40 minutes.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Double Choc-Chips Cookies

More cookie-baking project for MrD to bring to the office.

125g softened butter, 100g light brown soft sugar, 125g caster sugar,
1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla,175g self-raising flour, 50g cocoa, salt
and 200g chocolate chips

Monday, 25 April 2011

Full Moon

It has been one month to the day since we made this house our home.
Just thirty days ago, this house was full of boxes, tradesmen running around like headless chickens trying to do some last minute work and on top of all this, we were pretty confused and clueless as to how to work anything; which switch to turn on which lights, which keys go with which door.... it was an absolute mayhem!
But by the end of the first week, everything managed to find their places and we started to enjoy the house and its surrounding area.
The house has now slowly but surely taken a bit of our character and we've managed to put our stamp on it to make it our home.....

The entrance vestibule and the cloak room.

Living room 2

Living room 1

Dining room

Family room


Saturday, 23 April 2011

Time Travellers

It's the start of the new season of Doctor Who with eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith (and his bow tie). For the first time, episodes were filmed in the United States.

Ever since BBC regenerated Dr Who in 2005 beginning with Christopher Eccleston, the family had never missed a single episode of the series.
Although losing the tenth Doctor, David Tennant was to me irreplaceable, Matt Smith is slowly gaining credibility on his take of the role of the Time Lord.

Looking forward to more episodes this season.......

Thursday, 21 April 2011


One of the good thing about living in the country is that I'm never truly alone....

Take this morning, for instance, I was accompanied by a pair of nervous ducks while doing my garden. Their initial anxiety ended when I cajoled them with some stale bread.
Gotta fattened 'em up .... methinks Peking Duck would be delish......

Other times, there will be some wild rabbits with their young'uns ... I've yet to capture them in photographs as they're extremely fast on their feet. Don't think rabbit will be in my menu... ever!

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Chocolate and Ginger Cookies

Chocolate and Ginger Cookies

adapted from Rachel Allen's recipe

5 oz flour
1 oz rice flour
4 1/2 oz butter, softened
2 oz light brown soft sugar
5 oz crystallised ginger, finely chopped
4 oz dark chocolate, chopped

Preheat oven to 180C.

Place the flours, butter, sugar, chocolate and ginger in a food processor and whiz to combine.

Roll the dough into balls the size of large cherry tomatoes and place on a baking tray.

Using your thumb, flatten each one slightly and cook in the preheated oven for 8-12 minutes or until golden and firm. Remove carefully and cool on wire rack.