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Thursday 25th March 2021

Good – I thought it was only the 23rd.

Stirring speeches are made by the Royal Family about the wonderful coming-together of our communities in this time of strife. Me – my breakthrough has been realising that those little packets of herbs you get from the mart are a good source of rubber bands. I had a great brainwave one day that I could close opened packets of dry goods such as Organic Brown Spelt with a rubber band if I but had any rubber bands. As it turns out, there are many more rubber bands of different sizes to be harvested from items bought in the mart than you might think. It just goes to show what you can achieve if you apply your mind to something.

Otherwise I have been preoccupied with a tube of tomato paste. Laura Malcolm is a great recipist – I just copy her. So Marcus Wareing’s lamb shanks with saffron called for tomato paste. In my life I must have never finished hundreds of tubes of tomato paste. I carried this one back from the Gay Mother’s and ordered more lamb shanks, this time a different recipe though but still requiring tomato paste, to be followed by a Bolognese, made to Angus Willis’s late mother’s recipe, which is plain but great and with tomato paste. Well, I was over-bolog-ed and am now in a lasagne extension period. That must be finished up by tomorrow when the Nizam’s entourage arrives with Robert Nevil and we go Hindu – their building work is still not finished. It would be quicker to build the Taj Mahal.

The trouble is I was so clogged and bowed down with red meat, I had to buy some cod. The leftover piece I made into fishcakes. They must be finished up too. Fishcakes followed by lasagne isn’t a menu, though – so what to do?

Maybe passers-by would accept the fishcakes, while I work on the lasagne.

Another drama was I was repairing some torn button holes on a duvet cover in situ on the bedroom floor. ¬†On regaining the drawing room to replace the needle and thread in the sewing box, guess what! The needle is missing. Somewhere on the stairs lurks that needle. I’ve just thought – what if the Nizam is pierced by it? One day, despite all the vac-ing in the world, it will turn up in someone’s foot or eye.

 

My Tomato Paste: Still Not Finished

My Tomato Paste: Still Not Finished

My Rubber-bank Valhalla

My Rubber-bank Valhalla

Surprise Fishcakes

Surprise Fishcakes

Enforced Lamb Shanks

Enforced Lamb Shanks

Bolognese made with Angus Willis's Late Mother's Recipe

Bolognese made with Angus Willis’s Late Mother’s Recipe

 

 

 

Posted Thursday, March 25, 2021 under Adrian Edge day by day.

One comment so far

  1. So useful. I found a whole bowl full of rubber bands at the Gay Mother’s – must be 60 years’ worth at least

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