Monday, April 25, 2011

Sweet Easter

Happy Easter to you all, one set of Bank Holidays down, one more to go and just THIRTY EIGHT days until I finish uni. There is the small matter of finals first, but I'm choosing to bury the thought of those in the mountain of revision I've been doing this break.

I've been a little absent and I wish I could tell you I've been doing exciting things, but mainly, it's just been revision.

At least it's been warm enough to revise on the patio. Hello start of a suntan....
Wednesday I took the day off, because The Guy had his day off too. We did quite a lot, considering we had planned to do exactly nothing- we barbecued, ate more red meat than is good for anyone, but we also had a go at making some Alcoholic Ginger Beer. We got the idea having seen it on River Cottage when channel hopping, and found the details on here on the Channel 4 website. We made ours in 1.5 litre bottles as opposed to 2 litre bottles, but we forgot to scale down the sugar so it turned out a bit sweet. We also put in way more ginger and lemon (probably double the recommended) and found it was only just enough to give a good flavour. But we're definitely going to have another go, bearing these tweaks in mind. The beauty of this recipe is the simplicity and ease and that you only need to leave it for 48-72 hours.

Brewing nicely...
 Having sampled it yesterday, we found the best way to avoid the sugar overload was to put a decent slug of vodka into it. Tasty, HELL YES.

I worked through the rest of the week including Good Friday and Saturday, and The Guy came to join me on Saturday evening ready for a us to do our best impressions of sloths on Sunday.

 Despite not planning anything for Easter he came through the door with this...

For those of you who haven't seen it, this is Simon's Cat. My Simon's Cat. You can see Simon's Cat antics (including the latest film "Hop It") on YouTube and on his very own website. Admittedly, there were 3 bunnies, but I took this after having eaten one (I did share!) on Easter Sunday. The Guy is adamant that he's not sweet. I disagree. It's one thing to buy someone an unexpected parcel of Lindt Bunnies, it's quite another to spend time making something like this "just because I wanted to see you smile..."

I can't really keep the whole platform, but Simon's Cat is now watching over my desk, making sure I get plenty of work done....

We ended up spending our Easter Sunday in the Garden, enjoying the sun. I read a book of my choosing in the language of my choosing, The Guy drooled over property sections of The Times. My dad makes pizzas on Sundays (a household tradition). They are beyond amazing- he makes the bases thin so they crisp around the edges, homemade tomato sauce with enough garlic to stop an elephant and then assorted veg, sometimes a bit of seafood or sometimes chorizo, chunks of buffalo mozarella and sometimes a bit of feta or goats cheese. Plenty of oregano and black pepper over the top. DROOL. And so we ended our day with a wine and Pizza. Perfection. I hope you've all had a great weekend and enjoyed extra time off if it's something you've had.

Also, a quick heads up for you. Nica Handbags currently have a voucher on Groupon- £30 to spend on their website for just £10. What are you waiting for....?

Finally, thank you to everybody who has read and/or commented on I'm Not Afraid. To Take A Stand. It's something that means a lot to me, and a topic I feel is important.


daisychain said...

I am gonna have to have a go at that ginger beer. Nom.

Unknown said...

That ginger beer sounds amazing! Yum! :) Haha aww did your fella make simons cat?! Its too cute! not long now until you're done eh lady. Youre a wee trooper xx

The Cat Hag said...

Hey Lovely,

Your man is so fantastic, I mean seriously that huge cut-out + platform spells L-O-V-E like no other. ♥♥

It must have been a blessed Easter for you.

The Cat Hag

Maria Fallon said...

I love Lindt bunnies, I could eat them all day!

Maria xxx