Monday, 3 March 2014

Peely-wally and great service


I really did not sleep too well last night and feeling a bit under the weather this morning. My ex mother-in-law who lived in Northern Ireland used to refer to it as "feeling peely-wally". Wiktionary defines this as 'pasty, pale, ill looking' and it is a Scottish phrase that fits how I feel very well.

I decided to take it easy and do a bit of gentle cooking up of whatever was in the fridge. My SiL Tom grows vegetables on the family farm in Wiltshire and had given me a stack of beetroot, both red and golden varieties. After a quick google for recipes I decided to cook Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's version of beetroot soup with feta. Its all blitzed and in the fridge for lunch tomorrow.

That left a cauliflower and various oddments in the veggie drawer. I had picked up a leaflet in the supermarket when I was shopping last week for a Pea and cauliflower frittata so that was lunch for today decided.


I am not a natural vegetarian and I like my meat too much but every now and then I just want something simple and soothing but with good flavour. This was delicious! The recipe calls for eggs, cooked cauliflower and peas, spring onions or scallions (depending on where you live), feta and ground toasted cumin seeds. The warmth of the cumin was off set by the tang of the feta and I shall definitely be cooking this again. We ate half today hot and I think it would be equally good cold with a side salad or coleslaw. So thats tomorrow sorted.

When I laid out my blocks yesterday for the Medallion quilt I did a quick calculation to make sure I had enough material to finish. Instant panic set in as I did not have enough of the dark plum colour in the centre star. I looked through my scraps and could not even find a selvedge with the name. However I had jotted down a few of the fabrics when planning the quilt and found the name of the designer but not where I had purchased it in the UK. The fabric was Plum twigs by Renee Nanneman of Need'l Love for Andover fabrics and I found the fabric on her website. She is based in the US. I googled to see if there was a supplier in the UK and no-one had the fabric so yesterday I emailed Renee's company to see if they would ship a small amount over. Within a short time Renee herself emailed back with full details. That was a Sunday afternoon too! Hopefully I should get the fabric to finish the quilt. Panic over and thank you to Renee.

And the moral is……. calculate before you start!

I'm off for a nap,

Catherine


10 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear you are feeling a bit peely-wally, hope you are back in bloom soon.

    Love the sound of the beetroot soup!

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    1. Thank you. I feel a bit better this evening after a long afternoon nap.

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  2. Peely-wally is a great concept to me. I know the feeling exactly! Your veggie dishes sound interesting too. Also not a natural vegetarian here.

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  3. Your cooking sounds delicious! I hope you're feeling better now. I'm glad you found the right fabric for your quilt :)

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    1. Feeling fine, I was just tired. I need my sleep and have no problems normally!

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  4. I hope that the nap did the trick and that you are totally recovered. Thanks for sharing those recipes - they look fab and I've bookmarked them for future nosh:-)

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  5. Peely-wally is such a great expression, perfectly sums up being under the weather - hope you're feeling much better now.
    Both recipes sound lovely, I make frittata most weeks so will definitely try the cumin, feta combo x

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  6. What great service. Hope you feel better soon

    Love and hugs Gina xx

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  7. I really like the sound of that frittata, I have to say.I often make them in the summer and eat them cold or at room temperature with salad. But I quite fancy one now. Thanks for sharing the recipe. x

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