Blogtober 2021 : Day 8
And it’s Friday!
Hasn’t this week gone quickly? Thank you for being here with me, and thank you to everyone who has told me you’re enjoying the daily posts – not bored by the same old, same old just yet!
It’s been really good for me to write every day simply because it is the same old, same old – I’ve found myself looking more closely at what I can see around me so that I’ve got something new to talk to you about. Take today’s walk, for example. Another day, another woodland path …
But just as I had taken the photograph, something caught my eye.
A den! I wouldn’t have spotted it at all if I’d carried on walking at my usual pace but there is was, and of course I had to go and investigate. I do love a den! There was a log inside to sit on and if it hadn’t been wet and I hadn’t needed to get home, I might have risked a wet bottom to sit for a few minutes under that twiggy pile.
As it was, I needed to get home to get changed out of my shredded dog walking trousers (honestly, I look like I’ve walked through bushes not round them!) because I was off to meet Lindsay from Making Stitches podcast at Black Sheep Wools for a brew. You might remember that I was featured on Lindsay’s podcast a couple of weeks ago and we had such a lovely time chatting whilst we were making the episode that we thought it would be a fine idea to meet up for a brew. Lindsay is based in Manchester so it was quite an easy (though potentially expensive) decision to meet up at Black Sheep Wools where they not only have lots of yarn but also Very Good Cake in their cafe.
Yes, yes, I know all good bloggers are supposed to show you arty photos of cake and tea but I’m afraid I hoovered up that orange drizzle cake as if I hadn’t eaten for a week and it was only after I’d resisted licking the plate clean that I remembered about the photo. Sorry … not! 🙂
It was really lovely to sit and chat to Lindsay and apart from my Horrible Cough which derailed the conversation a few times (it really isn’t Covid, I promise!), we talked non-stop about all kinds of things from Lindsay’s life in Gibraltar (she lived there for 11 years and documents her time in this blog) to the type of equipment that’s best for recording sound to school and college choices … it was a really good way to spend the morning!
Lindsay’s latest podcast episode which is out today is all about Yarndale. It felt strange for me not being there this year but I know that I made the right decision to bow out when I did and if you went to Yarndale, I do hope you had a lovely time. Actually, one of the things that I missed was being really nosey and having a good look in people’s shopping bags when they came to find me in the Knit n Natter lounge so I guess that’s something you’ll have escaped this year! 🙂
Back home, I was still in cake mode and decided to have a go at making a shortbread recipe that I found on the Doves Farm flour website. It was for wholemeal rye and almond shortbread and if you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you may know that I am quite partial to a
packet finger of shortbread or two when I have my brew (so much so that I have had to stop buying it but home made would be perfectly acceptable!).
Although the recipe called for butter, I usually replace that with Flora these days as big daughter is lactose intolerant and although I knew it might affect the flavour a little, I thought it would be OK.
The shortbread is surprisingly easy to make. Perhaps all shortbread is surprisingly easy to make but I’ve never managed yet to produce anything that tastes like the one I buy so it’s not something that I do very often. I’ve not used rye flour before either, and I tried to ignore the fact that it looked like sand.
Forty-five minutes later, the shortbread came out of the oven … and I couldn’t tell if it was cooked. I had a poke at it and put it back in for a bit, but to be honest, even another twenty minutes later it didn’t look any different.
But of course you want to know how it tasted! Er … not my finest baking achievement, to be honest. Was it the Flora or the unfamiliar flour? I’m not sure, but both big daughter and not so small daughter helped themselves to a piece and then did that thing where you keep chewing and chewing but can’t quite swallow so I knew they weren’t that keen. I didn’t tell them I had done exactly the same thing a few minutes earlier!
Ah well, you have to try these things out, don’t you? I’ll always use the ground almonds up on something and I’ll have another look on the Doves Farm website to see if they’ve got any more rye flour recipes to use up the flour. They’ve got LOADS of free recipes, you can find them all here.
And now, as it’s Friday night, it’s fish and chip night here so I’m off crack open the tin of mushy peas and possibly a glass of wine too! See you tomorrow! xx