So, first thing I love:
- My new rain jacket! It is perfect! It's the Merrell Aberdeen Ladies' Jacket. It is deep purple and has a great belt to keep me from looking like a giant stuffed marshmallow. It has a hood that will keep me dry when umbrellas are useless--which, by the way, is all the time here. It's way too windy for an umbrella to function. It has really nice, warm, fleece pockets and a soft lining. I just got it yesterday and already had a chance to try it out. Love it!
When the weather is kind of gross out, it helps to have a nice, warm, home-cooked meal. That's why the second thing I love is:
- Having a kitchen! Even though the appliances are all tiny and the fridge is basically a college dorm mini-fridge, it is really nice to be able to cook again. Our new house has a much more modern, American style kitchen (hooray!), but our temporary housing is definitely British. For the next month I am definitely going to have to get used to making much smaller portions. I'm used to making a lot of food and then freezing it for lunches. Three problems with that. Firstly, we don't have a freezer here! Can you believe it? What kind of kitchen doesn't have a freezer?! Secondly, even if we put leftovers in the fridge instead of the freezer, there just wouldn't be enough room. Thirdly, the pots and pans are so small that I can't really make larger portions because they don't fit! I made a shephard's pie yesterday (see favorite item number 3) and had to do it in two batches because the filling couldn't all fit in the pot! This will all be fixed when I get my pots and pans from home though. I'm just so happy to be able to make my own food that I can definitely deal with the Barbie-sized kitchen.
- Veggie Shephard's Pie. Other than salads and pre-made pasta, this is the first real meal I've cooked since we've been in England. I thought I'd go traditional for the first meal so I found a recipe for shepherd's pie. This has a slight twist because it uses sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes. It is really hearty and comforting. Definitely something you want to eat on a rainy day. The lentils fill you up, the sweet potatoes add creaminess and sweetness, and, do I even need to say the benefits of hot, melty cheese? I think this recipe might become a regular in our house.
|Photo courtesy of BBC Good Food|