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Reflections on the puddle of life

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So today I've been making things, and I thought that as I was in the mood for creating, or constructing, or whatever, I'd make myself a blog, having deleted the old one.


it's all still there. So instead of just making I'm reinstating, which is kind of nice. Don't know how much I'll blog here, blogging is kind of like having a diary everyone can read, but it's nice to know that all the earlier work is not entirely lost, no matter how hard I tried to make it so. I guess it's still true that what is done cannot be undone. Sometimes that's a good thing, sometimes not.

Anyway, I wanted to blog about my making things day. It's a wet dribbly, grey day. The wind is slapping the rain around, slamming it into window, doors, faces, all the exposed places; and it's cold: damp, unpleasant cold. A perfect day for staying indoors. So this morning I have shopped and posted a book I'm swapping via an online swap site ( And now I'm home and today is going to be a day of cooking.

At the moment I'm between jobs; I'm waiting for some chicken thighs to defrost, and some butter to soften, and in between I'm writing this. We're trying really hard at the moment to cut back, or perhaps not so much cut back but more waste less. So most of what I'm making today is store cupboard stuff. The soup is chicken, bacon and potato in a creamy stock and I've been able to use some chicken thighs we had in the freezer (chicken thighs are messy but tastier than breast. Perfect for soup), streaky bacon also from the freezer, and potatoes we always have in stock anyway. So for that we only had to buy cream which at 84p makes it a bargain meal.

Accompanying the soup is some home made brown bread (ok, the bread machine is making it today ) for which I had all the ingredients in already. Kind of worried about the bread as I've had to put it on rapid bake and rapid bake is notoriously temperamental, but if it goes wrong there will still be time to make some handmade ciabatta, so all is not lost.

Afterwards we're having dense chocolate loaf cake. Had to buy sugar, butter and chocolate for this but, again, everything else was in stock. Currently the butter is softening and once the chicken has defrosted and the soup is on I'll make a start on that. Real easy cake to make and always goes down well (except with the waistline!).

So, I'm feeling quite proud of myself today. Just thought I'd share that with you


It all turned out okay! Bread is fine though a little lopsided (like me )

(you might notice a shiny bit of paper in the background. This is a certificate my daughter received at school for being 'star of the week', specifically as a result of her skills in throwing and catching. She is 4. She received the certificate in assembly in front of the whole school. She is very happy about it, see )


and Chocolate cake (cooling in the tin)

My daughter helped me with the chocolate cake and did an excellent job. I'm sure she will do an equally excellent job helping me eat it

Updated 10-25-2008 at 10:35 AM by TheFifthElement



  1. Virgil's Avatar
    Feel free to share anything Fifth. I found it interesting. Not all blogs are diaries. I don't consider mine a diary. I just put what I think are interesting things for myself and to share. As you can see my entries are fairly spaced apart. And you reminded me, I haven't used my bread maker in ages. I should get that out and make some bread.
    Updated 10-25-2008 at 10:26 AM by Virgil
  2. TheFifthElement's Avatar
    Thanks Virge I edited (always tinkering). Yes you should definitely get the bread-maker out - does yours do pizza dough? I mainly use mine for pizza dough; you can't beat a home made pizza. Mmmm.
  3. pussnboots's Avatar
    So, what time is dessert being served ?
    You're daughter is a cutie pie!!! Congrats to her for her award.
    I am making BBQ Pulled Pork for dinner tonight. It's currently cooking in my crockpot.
    I agree nothing tastes better than homemade pizza. Yum, Yum
  4. Virgil's Avatar
    I mainly use mine for pizza dough; you can't beat a home made pizza. Mmmm.
    Actually me too!! I use it for pizza dough mostly, and you're right home made pizza is the best.

    Oh and I just noticed your daughter's picture. What a cutey!
  5. TheFifthElement's Avatar
    Thanks pussnboots & Virgil
    The cake was lovely, goes well with a drizzle of cream and a handful of strawberries. Yum. I want pizza!
  6. kiz_paws's Avatar
    Your daughter is indeed a cutey-pie! It must be fun to have her join you in the kitchen.
    I don't know what the heck my blog is. Just a bit of this and that, pieces of me, je suppose.