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.
- 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