Thursday, October 22, 2009
An Autumn-ish kind of day
We've been a bit lonely this week as no walkies with our pals (little pal is sick with teethy stuff, poor lamb). It's also been a bit wild in the weather department. Still, today was slightly milder so I was determined we'd get out and about.
Before lunch I filled the house with the heavenly smell of garlic and tomato, making the standby pasta/pizza/whatever sauce that will be a cornerstone of the Holy Eye Cookbook if I ever get around to writing with it. Must be over 15 years since my first boyfriend's mother taught me to make it, and it just gets better.
Then off to Bowness on Windermere and a circular walk by Cockshott Point. Pretty views, with just enough sunshine to dapple the fells before low cloud moved in. A little too commercial and, well, civilised, for my taste (I like my nature a bit more natural), but P got some walking and boat/swan watching in and we bought a new folder of walks from the information point- we've nearly exhausted the South Lakes opportunities in the original book we got!
Back home and I made Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's gorgeous honey and almond cake (a prized clipping from The Guardian that's already gaining the sticky spatter marks which signify a good recipe) before tackling the weird, deeply ridged squash that came in last week's organic box. It was a complete bugger to peel and cube but roasted nicely with chilli seasoning and orange sweet peppers. We had it with goats cheese, bulghar wheat and that warm, nice-to-be-indoors feeling when an autumn night closes in and your family are all together.