Sunday, 21 February 2016

Out to lunch - again!

Regular readers of my posts will know that I seem to be out for lunch more often than I stay home; some weeks that is indeed true.
Today we were intending to stay home.   Having been to M and S on Thursday with friend W - and having bought some rather tempting foods - I thought we would stay home and have chicken kiev for lunch.   That is until I got it out of the freezer only to find that I had mis-read the label and it was indeed vegetarian kiev.   I love vegetarian food but the farmer is not too keen.  So when I suggested that I should treat him out to lunch, he perked up considerably.

Fifteen miles up the dale in absolutely awful weather - strong winds and rain - to our friend's cafe, The Pantry'.   The farmer had roast pork, apple sauce, mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, broccoli, carrots and red cabbage.   I had a half portion of roast lamb, mint sauce and the same vegetables only in smaller quantities.   We have driven home at the side of ever-rising water in the River Ure.   One lady who came in to the cafe said that they had had to turn back and find another way in as the road was flooded (always a risk up there in wet weather).   We got home safely without seeing too much water.

It was far too windy and wet to get out and take photographs and we were in a line of traffic the whole way, so the three photographs I took give you only a taste of a rising river.   The one where there is obvious speed, shown by the blurred image of the bridge, is in fact one of the feeder becks and one of the reasons why the River Ure rises and floods so quickly.

Home again now.   Tess was pleased to see us and now sits on the bottom step in the Hall, next to me on the computer.   Am now going to sit by the woodburner, suitably full after that delicious lunch.



23 comments:

mrsnesbitt said...
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donna baker said...

Pat, that header picture is just stunning. Gorgeous.

Frances said...

I agree with Donna about your beautiful new header picture. I wish that I could just step into the screen and explore that church yard and the interior of the church, too.

The Farmer and you were brave to take that drive to the Pantry. Thank you for the photographs taken on the journey that truly do give an idea of a lot of rain. Wow! Of course, your lunch selections really sound very delicious. It's good that other folks also braved that weather to dine at the Pantry.

Over here, this weekend we are being treated to strangely warm (about 15 C) weather. Rain must be on the way. I'm beginning to wonder if we have now seen our only 2016 blizzard.

Best wishes.

Mac n' Janet said...

I really like your new header too! Your meal sounds delicious, love lamb, in fact we're having some today. Hope you don't have too much flooding.

Pondside said...

Rising water can change a landscape - and a Sunday drive so very quickly.
I cannot fault you for an over-abundance of lunch posts. It's my favourite meal to eat out!

Tom Stephenson said...

I recently heard that the Chicken Kiev was the very first dish to be turned into a ready-made, take home meal by a supermarket, Weave.

Rachel said...

By the way, it's got garlic in it.

Heather said...

Hope your river behaves itself and that the weather starts to improve. It's wet and windy here today too. Your lunch sounds excellent - that plus a woodburning stove would make me want a nap!

Countryside Tales said...

Like your new header pic and lunch out sounds just the job on a murky day :o)

Joanne Noragon said...

Yesterday was glorious; warm (but windy). Today, not so warm. Wish I were going to lunch.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Sitting next to a wood-burning stove after a good lunch, with your dog at your side - sounds like a suitable retreat from the awful weather.

angryparsnip said...

Let's see, cold windy day=lunch out
Lunch out=lovely food
Drive home= river photos
Now home= loveing Gud Dug

cheers, parsnip

Morning's Minion said...


Always a bad few moments when I've planned the main meal around something which is not really in the freezer or pantry. Then there is the scramble for an alternative. It seems to me that a woman eating alone will make do with some cheese and crackers, soup from a tin, but men must be properly fed.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

This is a surprise. I thought that Wensleydale dwellers only ate Wensleydale cheese - like Wallace.

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Dry today, but yesterday it was hammering down, the park will be underwater again

Librarian said...

Must ring my mother-in-law in Ripon and make sure she's safe; her house is near the river Ure and she is in her 80s.
Your lunch sounds delicious - I am sure I would have fallen asleep on the way home already :-)
The photo of your village church is beautiful! Are you going to show us the inside?

Coppa's girl said...

Roast lamb and all the trimmings - the perfect Sunday lunch !

Maria said...

You have a beautiful church! Greetings Maria x

thelma said...

Wicked Yorkshire weather, delicious lunch, and then sitting by the fire with your dog - bliss.x

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thank you for the comments about our church. The farmer was telling me last night that when he was a school boy there were a lot of mature trees in the churchyard and they appeared to be damaging the foundations of the church, so they were all cut down. This was before the days of chain saws so they were all cut down by a specialist company using cross-cut saws.

Elizabeth said...

I always love to hear your dining adventures - my mouth waters at the very English menus!

Esther Montgomery said...

We camped in West Yorkshire last autumn. Places we visited almost drowned at Christmas. Weather is alarming! (Meals out with family are fun.)

Esther Montgomery
http://weaverofgrass.blogspot.co.uk/

Terry and Linda said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR HEADER! The church is stunningly beautiful!


Linda