Good morning everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. A wet week has passed and it is time to reflect back on what I’ve been reading, watching and doing over that time:
My reading this week has been good. I finished reading my new cookbook, Quick Cooking by Mary Berry, which is a great collection of quick and easy-to-cook recipes of hearty and comforting dishes. There are lots of lovely recipes in this that I am excited to try. I have also continued to read the science-fiction thriller, Cold Fire by Dean Koontz, a dark and gripping tale, so much so I am only reading it in the daylight .
While on the screen, I have finished watching the dark, bloody miniseries, Dracula, a cool adaptation of this gothic classic, with a modern, edgy twist from the creators of Sherlock, on the BBC iPlayer. I have also been enjoying two cooking shows on the BBC: the new series of Best Home Cook and series six of Eat Well For Less.
Reading my new cookbook and watching these food shows inspired me to get back in the kitchen to try some new recipes this week. I found that Si King & Dave Myer’s Scrambled Egg with Bacon and Mushrooms, from The Hairy Dieters: Eat For Life cookbook, made the perfect, tasty brunch post-birthday, yesterday. Then, on the evening, having some left-over roast pork, I whipped up Jamie Oliver’s Slow-Roasted Pork Ragù, from the Save With Jamie cookbook. It was delicious simply served on spaghetti and it made a large batch, which I portioned into tubs to freeze for future meals.
This week I also celebrated my birthday which brought with it lots of treats. First, on Tuesday, my dad took me to our newly, refurbished Odeon Luxe cinema, to see the epic, war film, 1917 (2020): a moving drama, with strong performances and stunning cinematography, which cleverly appears to be in one continuous shot. I highly recommend you go see this! Then, on Wednesday, we went out for a meal, at a local pub after work, to celebrate mine and two other colleagues birthdays, which was really nice.
Next, on Thursday, I went with friends to the Birmingham Hippodrome to see the Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs pantomime, starring Lesley Joseph as The Wicked Queen; Hippodrome panto favourite Matt Slack as Muddles; The X Factor winner Joe McElderry, as The Spirit of The Mirror; Coronation Street’s Faye Brookes, as Snow White; and Britain’s Got Talent finalists Flawless. A great night of fun for all ages! Finally, on Friday: my actual day of birth, I enjoyed a quiet night in with my best friend, with an Indian takeaway and a bottle of beer.
Well that’s it for now, as you can see it has been a lovely, busy week for me. Now I am going to get myself ready to go to our Renewal Service at my church and then I am off out for a family meal at a local pub, as my last birthday treat of the week. I look forward to catching up with you all next Sunday. Bye for now!
Now over to you: Tell me what have you been reading, watching and getting up to this past week?