Heavy rain is pouring down the windows at the back of my bungalow - in other words it is very wet and the wind is blowing from the North. By the time I got up at a quarter past seven the central heating was going full blast. Tuesday means showering and dressing before breakfast (every other week) because my Tesco order comes at 9am. I usually order something 'special' that doesn;t take a lot of effort for the Tuesday lunches and really look forward to whatever it is. Last time it was sea bass which I fried quickly and ate with parsley and lemon butter and tender stem broccoli. It was divine. This time I decided on a Tesco prawn salad with potato salad which I intended to eat with a Jacket Potato and butter. That was my first disappointment - when my order came there was no prawn salad - in its place was a tuna salad. I like a tuna salad but have a lot of tuna - in a sandwich, in a salad, in a pasta bake. Now that I no longer eat out because of Covid restrictions I don;t eat prawns. So I resolve next fortnight to get prawns and scampi frozen for my freezer - that will give me something to look forward to.
So, tuna salad it is and I shall now go and tell my new soup maker that I would like it to make Spicy Red Lentil soup for starters - I'll let you know later in the day how it turns out. Meanwhile I shall post this with the rain pouring down the windows and the central heating keeping me snug and warm. 'See' you later.
Well, all I can say about the Spicy Red Lentil soup was that the taste did not merit the time it took to make. There were a lot of spices - turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, a lot of fiddling about and toing and froing across the kitchen - and the final result - in spite of a tin of coconut milk as part of the stock - was pretty tasteless. Quite a disappointment really.
And after lunch the rain really set in and it has been a thoroughly wet afternoon. As I write this at 4pm the rain is still pouring down the window and there is a sharp Northerly wind blowing. So Percy and I have abandoned any thought of walking today I am sad to say. I have just watched 'Escape to the Country' over my afternoon cup of tea and I was so pleased I did because the county involved was Shropshire and we went round Acton Scott Farm Museum - an area I know well from the seventeen years I spent living and teaching in Wolverhampton so it brought back many happy memories. And what can be better on a pouring wet day than happy memories.