All who know me (and a lot of people who I’ve only come into contact with a few times) know that I am obsessed with dots!! Yup, that’s right! OBSESSED WITH DOTS! I love them. They’re brilliant. They’re perfect. They’re complete. In fact, I love them so much I even did a talk about them once, complete with a Powerpoint presentation!! 🙂
Please, if you want to laugh, you have my full permission! You won’t be the first and no doubt not the last either! In fact, when I was giving my talk about dots, one of my fellow church-trainees was laughing so much that I had severe difficulty in controlling my voice!! Thanks Phil! 😀
So I’ve become somewhat notorious for having this unending fascination with all things dotty. I most definitely collect almost anything that has dots on them!! A couple of years ago for my birthday, one of my best friends gave me a teapot and matching cups that had on it – yup, that’s right … multi-coloured dots!
Now that so many people know about my not-so-little-obsession, it’s reaping benefits!! 😛 On Sunday a friend from church gave me this amazing fabric, which she hadn’t used, but know I would love …
Not only does it have dots on it, but its red – my favourite colour! So perfect 😀
Now to decided what to make with it … cushion covers? Mmm, don’t think the hubby would like that much! … curtains? Nah, too much effort 😛 … a bag? That’s quite an appealing idea … tea-towels? I’m not sure if it’s the right kind of fabric … a tablecloth? Wow, only just thought of that – could be really fun!! … ooooh, so many possibilities!! 🙂
What do you suggest I should make out of my wonderful fabric?!?
Tonight I made that Butternut Squash and Couscous dish that I blogged about a couple of months ago. Not even when I made it for the first time did I follow the recipe, but tonight I made some more additions in the form of chickpeas, apricots and whole blanches almonds. These extra ingredients, along with a double-the-size pack of beef mince that I got reduced price today, has made a wonderfully big pan of yumminess to freeze in portions – just what I like to achieve at the end of a satisfying meal! 🙂
The other addition I made to the dish this time around was a spice I discovered a few weeks ago, when I made a proper Moroccan tangine, that L had requested especially for Date Night. I actually followed this recipe properly, as I’d never made one of these before … well, almost … I think I substituted a different cut of meat or something … in my defense, most cuts of lamb are veeeerrrrryyyyy expensive, so beyond my food budget … that’s the excuse I’m sticking too anyway!! 😛
I had to go to a local small Middle Eastern food shop to get hold of this fascinating-sounding spice – Ras Al Hanout. The description I read of it made me particularly excited to obtain it: “… good mixes contain more than 20 different spices, including dried peppers, cardamom, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, fennel, rose buds and lavender, but ras-el-hanout can contain up to 100 spices …” How amazing does that sound?!! (Yes, you may laugh at me again!! 😀 )
It turns out – it’s pretty darn tasty!! So I used it again tonight …
What new ingredients have you been experimenting with recently?
I noticed an outragious price-difference today – I know there are more and more of these rapidly-increasing-prices right now, but this one in particular struck me as simply ridiculous!!
I use a lot of beans in my cooking – very yummy, very good for you, cheap and a good bulkier. Only the last time I went to buy chickpeas, from my used-to-be-always-shopped-there supermarket Sainsburys, I found out that all of a sudden, they were not all that cheap. They had risen from .52p per tin, (yes, I do buy them ready-cooked, simply because I would NEVER get around to boiling them for hours before I could actually use them in a dish … better to buy the tinned ones then never use them at all!! 😀 ) to £1 a tin!! £1?!?? So today I went into a different supermarket (Tesco) – one which Sainsburys is always claiming to beat, or at least match, price-wise – and I could get tinned chickpeas for .47p!! Go take a hike Sainsburys!!!
So my question is this, even though it goes totally against my usual nature to be thinking about this:
Should I make a complaint and point this out to Sainsburys? Should I provide them with the price difference between this item (and a few others!) and ask them – in the light of their promise that they are just cheap, if not cheaper – to lower their price on chickpeas?
Hmm, I’m getting shaky knees just at the idea of doing such a thing …