It's a funny old business returning home from a holiday, don't you think?
The two things I look forward to most about coming home are being reunited with Bertie spaniel (he stays at my MIL's) and sleeping in my own bed.
Without fail, I always get an overwhelming desire to simplify things. I think it's after living out of a suitcase for almost two weeks. I want to declutter and get back to basics. Ideally, I should like us each to own only two outfits (one to wear while one is in the wash). I want no more than one knife, fork, spoon, plate etc., per person. I want a one in-one out way of life. I want scrubbed-clean white-washed walls and to shop for the day's food each morning.
Too much sun to the head I suspect.
I adore cooking but, oh my, it's so good to have a break - not just from the actual cooking but the meal-planning and shopping too. D always takes over the food reins completely when we go on holiday. Since being home though, I've thoroughly enjoyed getting back into the swing again and yes, you could say, my culinary batteries have been well and truly recharged.
This week, we've had the most heavenly spinach quiche. I followed the link from the wonderful Posie Gets Cozy's blog here for the recipe. (I substituted Monterey Jack cheese for a mature cheddar which, rightly or wrongly, worked brilliantly.)
Everybody's favourite chorizo and chickpea stew.
Pesto pasta (this time with watercress and basil) and a scattering of
toasted burnt pine nuts.
A warm salad of trout, new potatoes and watercress.
Ooh, I was tickled pink too to find that Waitrose sells my beloved samphire (albeit for about four times the French market price). I've been pinning recipe ideas like a mad thing and it would seem I'm not the only one who's fallen under it's salty spell!
The holiday blues struck one night earlier in the week. D was late home from work and both Blondies were at respective friends houses and I suddenly felt quite low. I missed them all terribly and wanted us to be back in France, together. It did pass.
It's been a week of very little else to report really. Just long, lazy days of bitting and bobbing.
D and I are meeting some friends for a steak and chip supper at the pub tonight. I'm off to paint my toenails and earmark a roomy top to wear!!!
PS. Thank you so much for all your kind comments. I don't tell you enough but I do delight in every single one. My blog always strikes me as a lot more scrappy than most so it thrills me that you're there, reading. I'm often asked crochet-related questions which I hope to tackle in a 'loose ends' type post very soon.