Monday, 24 September 2007

The day has come...

The day has come when my youngest started school, his first full day...I really do not want to talk about it as at the moment, it all feels VERY strange, after a sleepless night which involved a long cuddle with him at 4.ooam and tears whilst I made up his lunch box, would he be able to open it?could he get the top of his pudding? etc...well, as you can imagine I am a bit of a mess. SO on to things more joyful, on Friday morning I awoke to sounds by my bedroom door...'Oh the children are up'...I opened the door to hear giggles and this left for me to discover...One of my many knitting books, with various bits of pink paper and the adorable writing by my older child. Asking me to look in the book on the pages marked with more pink paper, and a note to ask for me to knit something in particular...a woolly sheep!!!
So whats a Mommy supposed to do...drop all her currant projects and get knitting sheep that's what! I had the wool in my stash, it was intended for a cow, but a sheep is good! Now the thrill for me is my older one despite loving his Rummage Mouse and Smiling Croc I have knitted him, he is not a fan of my knitting. He groans when I go into a knitting shop, fabric he's pretty cool about...wool however, is not his cup of tea. So with the slightest bit of interest and I am going to make the most of it...
Well the weekend was not as productive as I had hoped it was going to be, the sheep did have something to do with this. We got up on Saturday and spent the morning in our PJ's. As usual some baking with the kids, more cookies and pancakes. Then I went into overdrive to prepare for the nights dinner. We had some friends coming over, the usual dilemma of what to cook...well with the latest cookery programmes on telly here in the UK I was some what influence by what I cooked.
Menu...
Poppadoms with various dips and relish including a mixed dressed tomato salad from Jamie Oliver's latest series using some of my own home grown tomatoes.
Chicken 'Fruity' Curry served with brown lime rice, roasted peppers and olives. (Forgot to put the extra limes on the table)
Pudding a selection of chocolate delights...Chocolate strawberries (well what was left of them after my oldest and I had made and sampled them) A RICH chocolate mousse from the Nigella Express series and a selection of chocolates with coffee. All quick and easy, I made the curry while we had our aperitifs at the start of the evening. I so adored the mousse...yum, Now in the Nigella Lawson series she claims to make the mousse along with a three course meal with in 30mins including time for her to get ready...I would really like to know how she does this. It was quick I grant you, but the pudding alone took me nearly twenty minutes and a good two hours for the mousse to set. SO be warned if you wish to make this, give yourself some time, its worth it, but maybe smaller portions because it really is sweet 'n' rich!!! I would post the recipe but do not know about copyright for this, I know I see lots of recipes in blogland, indeed I have cooked some of them, so I guess it must be OK.
Anyway the food seemed to go down well, but my hint as a host...always provide lots to drink that way everyone is too 'tiddled' to care what they are eating!!!

12 comments:

anne bebbington said...

Love the kids requests for sheep - don't you just go aaaaah at things like that? Can't wait to see the sheep in all their glory! As for Nigella - she achieves things like that because she's a smart-ass! Normal humans have to do a million and one other things at the same time

Ruth said...

I hope today wasn't too painful for you and that your little one enjoyed himself at school.

Many thanks for the comment on my new blog - you were my first commenter! I love your blog - we have lots of similar interests. I loved your post about Yorkshire.

Monkee Maker said...

Ooh, those strawberrys look divine, and the menu sounded lovely.

And hurrah for kids asking for knitted toys!!

Queen of the froggers said...

Yummy strawberries! I am the same and as soon as a child shows an interest in a knit I will drop everything to do it! This has happened twice in 10 years!!!

Lucy Locket said...

I hope it hasn't been too awful for you. I used to have that book but it seems to have disappeared now! Is that the one that has the knitted farm scene with different textured fields and so on? I knitted those little animals into a mobile for my first baby! Lucy x

Caroline said...

I'm sure that your little one had a great day - much better than yours no doubt!! Love the look of the sheep - how fab that they should be requested! Bet the meal was great - certainly sounds yummy.xx

de vliegende koe said...

How sweet of your kids to ask for knitted toys. They must have felt their mummy needs some distraction!
I hope to see the finished sheep!

Ragged Roses said...

Oh I hope the week gets easier for you. Love chocolate strawberries and I'm a firm believer in giving my guests lots to drink to prevent them from noticing just how late dinner is!
Kim x

A Fanciful Twist said...

Oh, what darling babies you have!!!Crying for first days of full school. But changing subject to your menu. Which sounds wonderful!!!! xoxox was it tasty??

Lesley said...

Hope the first day at school went well for both of you. It's scary having to send our babies out into the big wide world.
Those strawberries look wickedly good! I agree about making sure your guests are well oiled too - every little helps!!

Sarah said...

Hope that the first couple of days have gone well for the school goer.

I'd been wondering whether that mousse could possibly be quite as quick as Nige had suggested!

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