No Friend Of Mine

Today sees the continuation of yours truly’s new daily trend of writing blogs prior to 6am. This novel practice a consequence of habitual insomnia; an affliction which ordinarily kicks in at around 4am every morning. The catalyst to this new reveille routine an irksome brew of one, two, or all, of the following;- Overheating due…

Wake Me Up When Dinner’s Ready

Day three of dog sitting Coco the lab/retriever. The sandy coloured enchanter who melts my heart and, through her penchant for fleecing me out of half my meal, is contributing towards the loss of the 9lb in weight I’ve gained during coronavirus lockdown…… I guess dog’s aren’t labelled as mans best friend for nothing. As…

Feast And Famine

First thing this morning, seeking to identify ingredients which’d contribute to this evenings culinary masterpiece, I undertook an impulsive audit of refrigerator items. Among these comestibles were half a bottle of coke, a half bottle of Pinot Grigio, three-quarters of a lemon, along two cheeses that’d seen better days….. Although, I suspect those better days…

Cracking Christmas

After a perishable food shop yesterday afternoon, along with this mornings procurement/despatch of final gifts, I’m just about ready for the big occasion…… Incidentally, that’s Christmas Day, not the Leeds Utd v Burnley football game on Boxing Day. The food shop undertaken after a 20 minute socially distanced queue to access the local Marks &…

A Perfect Dinner Party

I’ve just heard that, due to concerns about the prevailing rise in the UK’s coronavirus cases, from the 14th September social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England….. Well that’s my plan to invite the seven dwarfs over for a dinner party down the drain!. COVID robbing me of the opportunity…

A First Restaurant Trip On Planet COVID

I’m taking my daughter Rachel for lunch today – Accompanied by her grandma (my mum), we’re venturing to a local Italian restaurant. Getting my mater to eat something which isn’t English fare is always a challenge. However, after assuring her the eatery will’ve something containing potatoes amongst it’s Mediterranean menu, I’ve persuaded my forebear to…

My Mate Marmite

Whoever dishes out serendipity, be that god, karma, fate or astrologer Russell Grant, divine spirits have been good to me over recent days. Yesterday’s gravy, adding to the glee evoked by my footballing paramours winning the championship on Saturday, finding out that marmite deodorant/body spray is actually a thing! The opinion dividing Vegemite spread now…

Concessions

My redolent consort on this literary sojourn’s commencement is a tantalising bouquet of barbecued fare. At least one of the neighbourhood homes utilising the presence of solar rays to partake in alfresco grilling. Sunshine and barbecued fodder a marriage made in heaven; add a cold beer into the episode and there’s unequivocal proof that the adage…

Culinary Clover

Mustering enough brio to do anything today seems like an objective too far. Apart from writing, making my bed and collecting essential foodstuffs from a local store, the other chores I hoped to achieve this Sunday have been postponed until further notice. That being said, shortly I also intend to cook a roast beef dinner, so…