Sunday, January 29, 2023

Nigella's Gingerbread

 We had a deliciously nontraditional Christmas dinner this year  - we bbq'ed steaks and made fries and gravy and yorkies on the side (and veggies too, I promise).  

I was so looking forward to the steak and yorkies that I nearly forgot to plan a dessert.  I pulled out my lovely Nigella Christmas book and immediately decided on gingerbread for the big dessert.

Other than buying the wrong sort of molasses, it was an easy cake to make.  
The house smelled heavenly, and if you just slightly under-bake it as Nigella suggests, its lovely and soft and keeps for days.

Recipe: Sticky Gingerbread

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

grocery shop january 17


Chips x 2, milk, chili crisp, pasta, waffles, taco kit, pineapple, hash brown patties, guacamole, spring rolls, salami x 2, romaine, ground pork, chicken breast, bread, green onions, tomatoes, garlic, cookies, carrots, margarine, avocados


Sunday, January 15, 2023

2022 book club review


 i read 42 books in 2022.

Memoirs by female authors - 4
Memoirs by male authors -1

Non-fiction by female authors - 0
Non-fiction by male authors - 1

Fiction by female authors - 27
Fiction by male authors - 4
Audio books -5
fiction audiobooks by female authors - 5
fiction audiobooks by male authors - 0

Here's how 2021 book club compares to the past few years - 
55 books in 2021 - 7 audiobooks

51 books in 2019 - 9 audiobooks

48 books in 2018

41 books in 2017

26 books in 2016

2022 was a bad year for me in a lot of ways including reading.  I wish I had read more and stared at my phone or the floor less, but it is what it is.  Part of that can be attributed to the fact that I have quite a few books that I am not particularly excited about reading - secondhand books because new books are pricey, and there isn't always great selection at the secondhand stores.

I have also switched my book rule from - you have to finish it if you start it to - if you don't like it, get rid of it and move on.  And I am much happier for that change.  I'd like to say that you might see a fair few self help books on the 2023 list as in perhaps I'll finally get around to reading some of the books I bought during my post-partum days, but realistically, the chances are low.