In the time of the virus: mark 2 day 12

Just to be clear, I wrote this yesterday (Tuesday). Today is Wednesday (day 13).

Well hello! Clearly I went missing over the weekend (and yesterday). Not literally – I was here all along, just a mix of busy and lazy. Like many of us, I have full lists of things I need/want to do. And then I find myself torn between the need/wish to get them done, and the pull of just sitting with my knitting and a good podcast.

I’ve been prioritising going for a walk very day, for good reason and to good effect. But that takes a big chunk of each day. When I get home, the lure of the knitting is difficult to resist. That cosy corner, with a big mug of tea and a podcast to listen to, and the project growing every day. I try (and often fail) to ration myself.

Anyway, these past few days I have been:

  • Walking: a lot. At the weekend it was the river walk backwards on Saturday, taking in the Farmers’ Market for some bits of vegetable shopping for the week; and a walk to and around the big park in town on Sunday. Today a walk from the dairy farm as I needed to buy more milk.
  • Cooking:
    • I enjoyed focussing on cooking Jewish food. I enjoyed reading my two massive cookbooks – both are masterpieces (mistresspieces) of scholarly history, well researched and very well written, as well as being authoritative recipe books. I thought a lot about what constitutes Jewish food for me, and realised that mostly it means the food of my childhood – my mums food, my aunties’ food, my uncle’s food – they were all good cooks from a family where food mattered and money was short. My maternal grandfather (and I think his father too) were bakers, my uncle began as a pastry cook. My mum and her two sisters all learnt to cook from their mother, and were all excellent cooks.
    • I baked beigels (bagels) – tasted delicious and the texture both of the crust and the inside was just right – but where were the holes? they just completely disappeared.
    • I cooked chopped liver to eat with the beigels. It was delicious.
    • I cooked cholent (a long, slow butter bean, root veg and beef dish) – I don’t know why, but we both thought it wasn’t as good as usual. Never mind, it was good and perfect for the autumnal weather
  • Knitting – after completely undoing the colourful project I started re-knitting it. I did a lot. I’m liking how it’s turning out. Just how I envisaged it. I seem to have spent a lot of time just sitting knitting and listening to podcasts. A rather perfect way to use (some of) my time
Dead tree sculpture, Victoria Park Bath
But where are the holes?

About deborah @ the magic jug

Now I've passed 60 I'm still doing all sorts of things I haven't done before, as well as carrying on with the things I already love. I live a happy life with my long term love Malcolm. In my blog I explore local and low tech ideas, food, growing, making, reading, thinking, walking, and lots of other words ending in 'ing'.
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2 Responses to In the time of the virus: mark 2 day 12

  1. That looks a very cosy spot in which to spend some time with the knitting needles (love the yarn colours, btw). I’m no expert in bagel making by any means, but I find forming an extra large hole when shaping the dough, maybe 2 or so inches in diameter, usually works. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    • Thanks so much Liz, yes it is a very cosy spot – especially on a day like today when the view outside looks so grey and gloomy (and wet). I’ll give your beigel (bagel) suggestion a go – makes sense to make the hole bigger to start with. Whatever, they taste just right, the texture is great. Hope you’re getting by ok, can’t be easy. All good wishes xx

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