Saturday, 26 September 2015

Here and there

 Mr digandweed and I have been away. We travelled west to the cities of Bristol and Bath, cities I know well from my childhood and teenage years.
Bristol is a bustling, cosmopolitan, energetic city; Bath, an elegant, stylish spa, famous for its Roman baths and beautiful architecture.

We spent last Saturday in Bath and were blessed with the most beautiful late summer weather for a walk along the Kennet and Avon canal and River Avon.

We even spotted some characters who looked like they had escaped from a Jane Austen novel.

Back home in the Fens and shopping for a few groceries in our little town, I found these beautiful, English grown aubergines in our local greengrocer's and had to buy some.

Deciding what to do with them, I came across a Jamie Oliver recipe for aubergine lasagne.  I adapted the recipe slightly, using 2x125g packets of mozzarella in place of the cheddar cheese.

It was a quick,easy and delicious recipe, especially with some toasted sourdough and salad on the side.

A week on from our long weekend away and the weather is beautifully sunny again today in our corner of the fens.
Hoping it is the same with you!

Happy weekend!

p.s. I have a new Fenland lottie Facebook page and have installed a clever linky button thing at the top of my blog sidebar. (It's amazing what can be achieved by following 'how to' videos on You Tube!)
It would be great if you could nip over there and give me a like x

Sunday, 13 September 2015

autumn randomness

Autumn: a period of transition.
 Over the past couple of weeks we have had cold weather when winter seemed very near and thicker tops and socks were pulled out from the back of the wardrobe, only to be followed by t shirts and sandals, when
 last week it seemed like summer had returned. On Thursday, Mr digandweed and I spent a wonderful day on the Norfolk coast with blue skies and warm sun.

But despite some warm sunshine, there is no denying that autumn is here.
Misty mornings and cooler evenings, mean comforting puds and soups are what is needed.
Nothing is more comforting than a crumble and one which has the addition of some chopped walnuts and pecans is especially delicious....

made using apples and some of the raspberries from the allotment.

And a warming soup, using more of our allotment courgettes with the addition of parmesan and ricotta.
(another recipe from an old Waitrose Kitchen magazine)

How are you celebrating the turning of the seasons?