Fun weekend

Hey peeps!

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend, and all the US folks had a lovely Thanksgiving.

I came home on Friday to another veg box:

I think that is Kale? Any suggestions will be gratefully received! And some leeks too- I saw a nice recipe for goats cheese and leek tart, but as I don’t like pastry I will have to change it a bit! I love the curly peppers too.

Last night we went into London to see “Million Dollar Quartet” for Andy’s Christmas work do. It was brilliant! I had no idea what it was about, except it was something to do with Elvis. Well it was basically a live rock show- these people who acted as Elvis, Jonny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis (is that his name?) and someone else (Karl Perkins??) played live music the entire time- the guy on the piano was crazy and it was so lively- it made you want to be around in Memphis or whereever in the 50’s. We didn’t eat until after the show (went to a nice Italian where the veggie option was a butternut goats cheese salad- literally a pile of rocket, dressing, butternut cubes and goats cheese- plus a lovely lemon tart to share with Andy mmmm) and we got the last tube train by the skin of our teeth! We got home at 1.30am (so late for me!) and I surprised myself by sleeping until 11. I never lie in, most weekends I am awake by 8am, even if I had a super late night, so I was shocked when I saw the time. But it was a great evening and at least we could take it easy today.

I cooked some pancakes for a later breakfast while enjoying my new cookie monster PJ’s- how cool are they??????

Then we headed over to Hatfield House for the Christmas market- it was so packed there! It was lovely to wander around and see all the stalls- so many pretty decorations and gift ideas. I bought myself something:

Some tangerine marmalade and some vanilla curd. They also had banoffee curd which I was tempted by, but it was not with real bananas, and I don’t normally like banana flavour. They had Christmas preserve (lemon and ginger) which I was also tempted by. And a fab Christmas teapot (red and white stripes in various widths with reindeer and star shapes on it)- I was so tempted! I got my Dad his present too- might take a photo tomorrow in the light. Now I only have to get something for my brother (and do all the home-made gifts).

We wandered out of the market bit to look at the house.

It was a very wintery day.

Very busy too- so many cars parked up!

Trying to keep my hair out of my face- it was very windy out there! The grounds are lovely, I often forget how close by it is.

Once we got home I went for a quick run (4 miles) in the wind- managed it in 39 mins so I am keeping the fast pace up for a little further too. I have been challenged on Nike+ to run 60 miles before Christmas, but as I only have 3 weeks for this I am not sure I will make it. But it will give me a little extra incentive to get out there.

I was meant to be going on a Christmas cupcake decorating course tomorrow but it has been postponed until next weekend now, so I did a little baking this afternoon (will post tomorrow I think) and have been doing a spot of tidying and things too.

We are taking it super easy this evening with a film at home- no battling on busy tube trains for us tonight!

So- any nice leek or kale recipes? Is that kale? 🙂

Have you seen (or even heard) of Million Dollar Quartet? And which west end show do you love the most?

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7 thoughts on “Fun weekend”

  1. Yay! More baking – now that I know how great your recipes are I shall be getting excited for every baking post.

    I’m sure it’s cavolo nero kale you’ve got there – it’s pretty strong tasting, even moreso than regular kale I think.

    Running in the wind was a killer today – good for you for maintaining a fast pace despite the conditions.

    I’ve never seen a show in the West End but would love to see Phantom of the Opera, my favourite musical, live.


  2. I was cycling today and thinking how hard it would be for runners… going to try to get out myself too tomorrow in preparation for next Sunday’s (very short) race!
    I got a press invite to see that show but it was only on a Monday or something which I couldn’t get to after work, gutted 🙁 I think my favourite West End show is the Lion King, it’s stunning.

  3. Kale chips. There’s no better way to enjoy the stuff. Bit of olive oil, bit of salt, sprinkle of chilli powder, put in the oven for 15 minutes and voilà – honestly you will be addicted in no time!

  4. kale chips! remove ALL water from the freshly washed kale via salad spinner.
    the kale must be dry!
    toss in a bit of macadamia nut oil.
    cook on baking sheet in oven for 40 minutes at 375 degrees F.
    it will be crisp and fabulous! i love to dip mine in ketchup.
    but i love to dip everything in ketchup! 🙂 x

  5. Thanks guys- glad I got it right and it is kale! I have enough to try chips and pesto- what a fab idea 🙂

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