i'm back already. I had great visions of staying away from my computer and sewing or painting. I thought I would have more space and time with Nic being home from work. But apparently being on holidays means sitting at the kitchen table with your computer and piles of paperwork and occasionally getting up to pull the kids apart. I started on some sewing this morning, but remembered that I had promised to make Mr A some soup for lunch. I don't mind making soup, but I don't see it as a means to being creative. Well, maybe a little. I used what I had and made quite a tasty chicken, tomato and lentil soup, and to my amazement everyone liked it!
Then this afternoon I found myself stuck in there again, baking cupcakes. If you have read my posts before about baking you will know that I would rather be cleaning my oven! (something I don't do very often at all). Infact I think I would prefer to get pregnant again so I could ask my mother to do it for me!! Yes I have done this.
So not only did I burn myself, but I argued with Mr A about not giving him a clean spoon to lick because he didn't like the one I had used. "But I don't like that spoon mummy" If I had any sense I would have chosen to lose this fight and given him a clean spoon, but my stubborn nature wasn't going to give in. I guess I just wasn't happy to be baking in the first place.....AND IT WAS A PACKET MIXTURE!!!
(mental note. make a potholder from my Lotta simple sewing book because mine has a hole in that part where you have the loose bit of skin between the thumb and pointer finger and the skin hurts like hell there when you burn it on the oven shelf).
Of course there is dinner to come. I made an effort this morning to be organised so I didn't get to the 5pm time slot and have nothing defrosted or ready and end up cooking some kind of disaster. I defrosted some pork loin, so I'm bound to returning to the kitchen shortly and prepare it for roasting. I had visions of a fig and orange glaze, green beans, fresh salad, roasted spuds and pumpkin. Due to all these dishes, it might just get shoved in as it is! I can't cook anything else until I have a clean slate.
However, it is the holiday season, so an early glass of wine is perfectly asseptable behaviour
edit: The sauce has worked a treat. I cut 2 oranges, a big handful of semi dried figs, grated a small piece of fresh ginger then added it to a saucepan. Cooked until the oranges became all gooey. Added in about 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground fennel seeds, added a slosh of port and a little bigger slosh of balsamic vinegar. Cooked it for about 10-15 min on a low heat. I then placed it through a sieve. I rubbed in some quince paste on top of the pork and then poured over the orange sauce. Then just cook the pork as you normally would..that's if you eat pork. If not open up some baked beans and eat on some freshly toasted bread..this is by far the easier option and requires less cleaning.