It was again a busy week for the challenge, although I can feel some of the initial enthusiasm wearing off with some of the more difficult items.
The last week started with Matt’s parent’s coming to visit for the weekend. Despite the fact that neither of them drink, this seems to coincide with a marked intake in my alcohol consumption! Either that, or I have a belief that I don’t really drink that much and I’m only realising since I’ve been tracking it on the 30 things for 30 spreadsheet. This week I’ve had: winter Pimms (blackberry and elderflower flavour with lemonade); some rosé wine (white zinfandel); prosecco with strawberry syrup (Zizzi’s version of a strawberry Bellini I think); Baileys (on ice); mulled wine (well, its rude not to at an outdoor light show at the Royal Botanic Gardens) and finally some summer Pimms (in an Indian restaurant and they didn’t have anything else I fancied.) Before you become worried that maybe I have a problem, may I just clarify that each of these was on a different day of the week, was only one (sometimes two….) glasses and is partly fuelled by my enthusiasm on this particular challenge item! This brings my total ‘different alcoholic drinks tried’ to 7 out of 30. The challenge will now get harder as I have already had my most commonly consumed alcoholic beverages, so will need to start getting more adventurous with a wider range!
As well as going out for a meal, I also put my culinary skills to good use for Matt’s parents, making a new soup (Nigella’s Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato) and also a new recipe: Nigella’s mushroom and potato gratin. I also baked my first cake of the challenge, Nigella’s Gluten Free Brownie. Its only when you make cakes from scratch that you realise just quite how fattening they are as the only ingredients of this brownie were chocolate, butter, sugar, eggs and nuts! I had already bought the ingredients for all of these before I fell out with her Rapid Ragu recipe last week. The soup was ok, nothing special, the mushroom and potato gratin would have benefited from including cheese in the recipe, but I did enjoy the brownies, warm from the oven with a hot chocolate sauce.
By way of update from last week, I received a letter back from my Gran saying how much she’d enjoyed receiving a non-birthday card and with 3 pages of updated from the happenings in Crickhowell.
Finally this week saw another new film: The Lady in the Van – basically an excuse to watch Maggie Smith being short with people now that Downtown Abbey has finished! And finally I said ‘yes’ to another opportunity when my Mum invited me to a Cribbage night at her local golf club. I learnt to play Cribbage with my Grandma when I was young but haven’t really played it since, and a cards evening with a bunch of retired strangers is not normally my idea of fun, but after a quick refresher lesson, I was speaking the lingo (“fifteen two, fifteen four and one for his knob”) and thoroughly enjoying myself!
That’s about it for this week. My tips from this week are:
- Keep track of how much alcohol you drink, it’s probably more than you think! (although keeping track of it, in this instance, is probably making me drink more!)
- Random acts of kindness come around. Don’t do them just for this reason but enjoy it as a nice consequence.
- Playing cards with a bunch of seniors is more exciting than you think.