Thursday, July 23, 2009

Cabin Fever

We need to get out today, we've no real choice about it as cabin fever is setting in. Oddly enough, the kids seem to be handling it better than me because they've been running around the garden the last few days but, as I've been clearing, cleaning and dumping old stuff, I've hardly poked my wee heid out the door.

I've spent the last few days in old tartan pj bottoms and a scabby t-shirt with my hair in a knot on the top of my head. It really isn't a good look. I hardly made any improvements when sis and mum came to visit yesterday; I did put on some proper trousers and a top (hurrah, I heard my husband cry) but the knot remained right there, having not shifted, even during my shower and I was make-up-less. One of the good things about family visiting though is not really having to make too much effort with your appearance, right? I made the effort where it counts, with the grub.

The cleaning and clearing is not yet finished...there is still a lot to do but I need to get out for some exercise and fresh air. I've done yoga a few times this week but without the usual joy or energy behind it and I think that is because of the lack of wind on my face and rain on my bonce. I've not walked at all and I usually walk every day. So today, I'll no doubt completely overdo it in my usual lets-make-up-for-everything-in-one-day kinda way.

The wee 'un has gone to her friend's house so the laddie and Kelly will come with me. They don't look particularly enthusiastic, considering the weather but I think we'll go on an adventure anyway and take the train. I've no idea where we'll end up but I shall be sure to let you know...I may even remember to take some pictures.

Last night, we made spring rolls. Having never made these before, we definitely over used the filo pastry a little but we all agreed that they were still good. We all prefer the muffin filo idea though to wrapping the filling up into a roll. We made savoury ones for dinner followed by some bizarre and wonderful sweet creations...Nutella...of course...marshmallows, banana, sprinkled sugar etc. Brian and I had some homemade sweet chilli sauce with ours, the kids just a little sesame oil until we all realised they were a bit dry; then the kids asked for gravy...I ask you! I obliged though.

Savoury Spring Rolls
Cooked chicken, chopped...we used leftover but I'd say a small handful per roll
1 grated carrot
2 finely chopped spring onion
1 finely chopped red pepper (we didn't use as kids and Brian don't like it)
If making for myself, I'd have added some beansprouts
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce or sesame oil or both!
Butter and oil for brushing the pastry
Lightly toasted sesame seeds for sprinkling

Place chopped chicken in a bowl.

Melt some butter in a bowl and add a little oil then mix. Use this for brushing between each layer of pastry and for brushing over the finished roll.

Then place in a medium oven for around 15 minutes or until browned.


Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

Great idea! Get out and enjoy the wind on your face!! Dinner looks yum!

Debbie said...

Those look great. And how fun that you did them together.
My post today is about the benefits of being outside.

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