Barry mistakenly thought he was going to get a mini hog roast for the princely sum of £2.99 recently.  When the leg of a pig arrived (£2.99/kg), we were surprised.  Not as surprised as our fridge, which is usually just full of Diet Coke.

We thought this may be a tad too much eating for two, so Charlie and Jaime came over with Finley again (hint, hint, Charlie, it’s your turn to cook!), and we had the most amazing roast dinner!  I’m not usually one for pork, but this was gorgeous.  I can take no praise for this one – I was at the hairdresser all morning.

He roasted the pork in shallots, garlic, rosemary, thyme (those two from our garden), and put whole apples in to roast with it, which were so delicious (we ate them like apple sauce).

We also had pepper pot cake for pudding (not sure why it’s called that, it’s got apples in it).  I was so full you could have rolled me down a hill and I couldn’t have stopped myself.

We went to see Tenacious D in Manchester last night, they were absolutely fantastic!  Great show.

Also popped some stuff on eBay this week, including our red drawers.  Hopefully they’ll go to a good home (one that will give us lots of money for them, as they’re discontinued!).

To finish, Barry thinks the empty wine bottles in the kitchen look nice.  I think they look a bit like a recycling plant, but there you go.  Anyway, I tarted them up a bit with some sage from the garden.  How pretty!

A veritable feast

We had our best buds Charlie and Jaime round this weekend, along with their oh-so-cute baby Finley. As it was Sunday, we did roast chickens – yes, two of them! – with various trimmings. We started with dolcelatte mushrooms (I’ve mentioned these before, they’re the future!), but Fin turned his nose up at them. It was more than that actually, he threw them down his trousers.

We then had the roast dinner with half-homemade bread. Fin appeared to approve more of this dish, as he half mashed, half ate it.

It’s a bit of a cheat, but I used James Martin’s red onion and balsamic vinegar bread mix in the breadmaker, then made them into a tear ‘n’ share loaf and popped them in the oven to finish off. It was delicious, but a bit oily.

To finish, Barry made his current pudding du jour, strawberry pavlova. As we don’t have a mixer at the moment, he keeps beating the eggs by hand, which takes an age, but I’m sure it’s better than weight lifting at the gym.

A normal photograph was good, but Instagram makes you want it more. I don’t know why.