Berry picking ….

what is one to do when one of her chicks is upset and wants to do something to forget?….Berry picking, of course ūüėČ

A long walk, a gentle breeze, follow the path and pick them if you can…

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and apparently , you need to wash them before you eat them…who knew?…

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A great unplanned chillaxing afternoon and quite cheap too…London is the place to be…

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

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Gardeners’ Question Time…

Boy writing in decent English is tiring…a double make that triple drumroll please and let the eye feasting commence…

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This is where it got even more interesting..don’t take me wrong I simple adore the pretty flowers and the pond and the cats and and…but as you know , right now, is all about the ‘grow your own vegetables a la urban la la la…’ and boy did the woman answer all my questions ….and did I get enough inside knowledge to improve my own garden….and soooooooooooo much inspiration……

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I could go on forever showing you pics of all her veg and fruits but you get the idea ….and anyways I want to show you the lovely meal she served us…all home grown of course…

coleslaw with sprouts, beans salad, tomatoes, potatoes....bbq chicken...my kind of simple yet delish meal al fresco...
coleslaw with sprouts, beans salad, tomatoes, potatoes….bbq chicken…my kind of simple yet delish meal al fresco…

But of course the perfect day had to come to an end…like all good things…but not before loading all the goodies I was gifted with….wanna see? of course you do….

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How generous, how lucky I am…I’m in love with my new pepper plant, the basil , the mint, homemade jam, home made herbs and spices mills with custom made labels….I’m still on cloud nine….I swear if my friend Noorah does not hurry up and come ¬†up with an excuse to visit her sister I’ll move up north and camp outside their house….

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrghhhhhhh this stupid wordpress has swallowed half my post….oh bummer….I’m not starting again…In the first half that is missing I was telling you guys that yesterday early in the morning my friend Noorah and I drove in a big truck all the way to Sheffield to deliver her son’s and daughter in laws furniture for their new home ….then there was a picture of the truck …on the way back after eating some delish homemade pastries we drove to Nicky’s , Noorah’s sister, in Redford….and then you’ve seen the rest…bummer bummer bummer…let me click publish now just in case….

Simply beans…

the combination of plenty of sunshine and the hour or so of rain we are getting these days is really making a difference¬†to ¬†my garden ….to my veg…the beans are being picked as I write by dd12…oh and the tomatoes are being watched very closely and we reckon they’ll start turning red by the end of the week…we should have some in our salad sometime next week…insh’Allah…

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Also after 5 years of waiting…a cherry or two have been spotted…what a delight…we should have homemade cherry pie in another 4 years…oh the possibilities…

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Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

Iftar a la Espaniola…

just the two of us…my dear friend from Cantabria and me…her little baby in the background to begin with ….asleep ….us chatting peacefully….at the table with us when time to break fast came…how do they know?…have you ever eaten king prawns with one hand while holding a baby with the other?…

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I know there’s a stereotype out there about Spanish people eating lots of fish …there could be some truth in it…

the quality of the pics is rubbish...I was holding baby...but the quality of the food was first class...
the quality of the pics is rubbish…I was holding baby…but the quality of the food was first class…

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For afters¬†we had Spanish cherries and British strawberries…Only the best…It was a nice change from the noisy iftars I’m used to…simple yet excellent…thank you my dear friend for inviting me …may Allah reward you for feeding me and going all out on my account…

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

68.6 kg and other matters…

2 kilos down and without much of an effort…well …it looks like fasting works for me on the losing weight front…and hopefully on many other holier and more meaningful fronts…

waste not want not…I think that’s the English saying…you know I’m not a native…English is my 3rd language ;)….anyways let me explain….Last Friday night I had a few friends for iftar and on the menu there was chicken curry and plain rice….of course there was far too much food and I was left with …leftovers!! can you see where this is going? so I want bore you …here are the pics to explain…

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believe it or not is yummy Chinese fried rice....
believe it or not is yummy Chinese fried rice….

So yeah…don’t waste…be inventive…after all who wants shorba¬†and mince meat buraks every day?!¬† Not me….

And now …for all baking lovers out there and more importantly for those who like to take their goods to the park, picnicks¬†with friends, coffee morning…Tesco’s (I know , I hate them too but am a sucker for a good bargain) are selling 3 in 1 cake storer/carriers…just like the one bellow…for ¬£4 pounds…1/3 off I think…anyways cheap …I thought I’d share with you my dear loyal readers….

for muffins, cupcakes and large cakes...
for muffins, cupcakes and large cakes…

 

Other matters…potty training is hard…dd2 has decided that she is not ready…sweets don’t do it anymore…her mum fasting doesn’t help either….my period is due on Wednesday (according to my period tracker) and I might give it a more meaningful go…Have I told you about my ‘period tracker’ app…I simply love it…it calculates your fertile days, your next period, your ovulating days….love love love it…disclaimer…I did not say it was a contraceptive method ūüėČ

Other matters…no …I ‘m not going to write about the weather…so…let’s see…I’ve been invited to two iftars¬†this week…can’t wait…no kids…just adults…bless my dh…

I also use a weight tracker app…brilliant…tells you your ideal weight…when you are most likely to achieve it by…average weekly loss….brilliant…disclaimer…it is not a losing weight gadget ūüėȬ† you did not read that here….you want to be fit like me go and sweat it…you know what they say…no pain no gain….

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

 

P.S ….my garden is doing fine…if only it had rained more this morning….