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16 for 2016- March

A busy month.. Easter, Cloakroom decorating, still trying to choose a sofa we agree on, trying to choose a new kitchen we agree on, yes our Museum Kitchen circa 1980 is to be consigned to history, but this could take a long time….

So what about the 16 for 2016.

16 swims- 13 so far! And I have gone from 16 lengths at my first swim to 26!

15 minutes x 2x 5= 5 half walks a week. Still a work in progress but we have had some lovely walks recently and have just bought a Dalby Forest pass. We need to go 8 times and then we start saving money. We haven’t had one since our dog died 8 years ago and I really miss our forest walks.

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Walking in Dalby Forest at the Bridestones, Master H climbing one!

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13 outings- We had a lovely trip out to see the Flying Scotsman steam through Levisham Station on the 20 March

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So that makes three outings.

12 Cookery Posts- 2 so far, my hate affair with broccoli and blueberry curd

11 Flower Pictures. I love this rose ( One of a bunch) which I was given by Mr J and family when they came to stay.

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that makes three.

10 handmade cards.

The total now stands at 5 with these paper craft cards

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9 Garden Posts- 2 so far, February and March

8 Stash /kit busting projects. Last month I made Mr J a new picnic blanket from stash and banned the dog from nationalizing it. I felt mean so I made a dog blanket too. But as it’s really just an extension of the first blanket this one isn’t counting towards the 8. Total stays at 1, but here’s the dog blanket. Meantime I am still making hexies from my fabric stash, soon to start sewing them together.

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7 sewing/ embroidery projects, nothing to report this month, total stays at 1

6 Acts Of kindness. Had a big BIG think about what I meant by this, and it’s about the act, I don’t want it to be something that is about making me feel good. Does that make sense? Anyway I have two  this month, which illustrate what I mean.

1- picking up other peoples’  litter and putting it in a bin. I do that quite a bit!

2 sorting out messes of supermarket/shop trolleys in the trolley park. Just why do people think it acceptable to just push them in any old how?

What other little acts of civic kindness could I do ?

5 Reading five non fiction books. Yes One read, Edward Enfield. Greece on my Wheels. The title says it all! Still reading Voices from the Workhouse.

4 Improving my knitting/crochet skills- total is still one, but I am now on the first sleeve of the cable cardigan for Master T

3 things form my bucket list- 1 still

2 Railway journey- 0

1 Bus journey-0

0 magazines bought- still at 0 but oh so hard, all these blog posts about projects in magazines. I just have too many magazines already!

How are you doing on your goals for this year? Please feel free to leave a link to any post you have written about this.



For the love of Broccoli!

Or more accurately for the love of Mr E! Mr E likes broccoli, and particularly its reputation in cancer prevention. I note from Wikipedia that some people find it bitter. That would be me. I hate the stuff!

My 16 for 2016 is all about challenging myself in various ways. On the cookery front, to try to make things I have always said I would try, to increase my skills and to find new ways of preparing food. And then to write a blog post.

Cookery challenge number one is to find a way of eating broccoli,which if not delicious I can at least swallow! Plan one was to disguise the flavour with something strong which I do like. Stilton cheese.

First I made Broccoli and Stilton soup with stilton croutons, by Antony Worrall Thompson

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The Stilton did not do its job well enough, the bitterness was there.

Next plan two was The food network, broccoli and stilton quiche.The problem was that this quiche had great lumps of broccoli sticking out, and I just didn’t like it.

Plan three, go back to soup and forget the Stilton.

Broccoli and watercress soup

It was NICE.

Recipe from my Good Housekeeping recipe book. It’s not on their webpage so here it is.

225g broccoli

75g butter

2 leeks trimmed and sliced

1-2 garlic cloves peeled and halved

2 bunches of watercress- what a daft amount that is I just guessed

25g plain white flour

600ml chicken stock

salt and pepper

450ml milk

150ml single cream

shavings of Parmesan cheese

freshly grated nutmeg to taste


Divide the broccoli into florets, and slice the stalks in small bits.

Cook gently in melted butter with the leeks and garlic, for 5 mins,stirring from time to time.

Add the watercress and stir frequently for 3 minutes. Add the flour and gradually add the stock.

Season and simmer gently for 20 minutes.

Puree the soup and add the milk and cream and heat gently to warm.

Serve with the Parmesan and nutmeg to taste.

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Only one problem. Mr E didn’t like the watercress!! GROWL!

Now does anyone have any brilliant ideas for broccoli recipes, please?


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