I’m sitting here on Sunday afternoon, staring out at a damp (but not nearly as bad as yesterday) and grey world. The news is awful just now which ever way you turn, and conversation seems to only be about when we will get our vaccines and how we would love to travel to see loved ones. But then I stop and reconsider the world outside my window – everything is green, the bulbs are coming up, the clouds are clearing a bit (it did rain later), the kākā are calling raucously and there is a shepherd’s pie ready to go into the oven for dinner. Maybe things are not so bad after all. So let’s look at some other small pleasures of the week.
First up, I am still enjoying not working on Wednesdays, even if not a lot is accomplished other than reading and doing laundry – and having a nice lunch somewhere. I returned to Floriditas again this week, a real Wellington institution and a place it is so easy to sit in, enjoy a coffee and read a book. This week I chose a chicken roll with yuzu kosho mayonnaise, slaw and cucumber pickles which you can see below, bottom right. It was warm and tasty and just the thing for a chilly day.
Sticking with food, I made it to the Wednesday market this week where I picked up some grapefruit, orange and white carrots, onions and a cauliflower as you can see in the featured image at the top of the post. I was intending to make a curd with the grapefruit, but they are still sitting in the bowl, so I can see them being eaten for breakfast instead. I made a hearty minestrone style soup on Wednesday for dinner which you can see below, and on Thursday we ate at one of our local pubs, with me opting for fish and chips and Karl sausages and mash. On Saturday I made scones as with the dreadful weather, these were very necessary (see Saturday’s post). In the weekend shopping basket there was this gorgeous half cabbage, some of which will be eaten tonight, mushrooms, lemons, yams (oca) as it is the season, and sausages which went into a lentil and sausage dish from one of my favourite cook books, Diana Henry’s From the Oven to the Table. Real winter eats!
What with the bad weather, cosy days and nights are very much on the cards. I’ve been reading the latest Donna Leon, and we watched The Dig about the excavation of Sutton Hoo in England and the third series of Shtisel, both of which we really enjoyed on Netflix.
So those were my small pleasures this week – what were yours? As usual, I like to feature other bloggers who have made me smile, made me think or generally shared some interesting aspects of their lives.
- Over at Notes from the Hinterland Laurie looks forward to a holiday and visit from her daughter.
- Carol Ann of Fashioned for Joy shares a rainbow and the concept of collective effervescence.
- Ju Lyn at Touring my Backyard visits MacRitchie Reservoir Park.
- Deb shares Sunrise over Tumbarumba
- Natalie the Explorer goes paddling and hosts this week’s coffee share. Thank you Natalie!
- Anne at Something Over Tea shares some gorgeous bird pictures.
- Sanch Writes is still in lockdown in Sydney, but still manages to find gratitude. Wish her well.
- Jo at And Anyways has breakfast in bed and celebrates Bastille Day.
- And over at Trent’s World‘s The Weekly Smile enjoys a trip to see family in Ohio.