It’s been a grey, chilly day here in the Highlands.  There is nothing pleasant about the dirty slush that covers the ground and nothing fun about walking on the ice that lies underneath.  When I tell you that the above photo was taken at mid-day, I think you’ll understand just how sunless this Sunday has been.  Definitely a day for staying inside.

And stay inside is what we have done.  While D lazed on the sofa reading and dreaming about his next snowboarding destination, I was beavering away in the kitchen.  So far as relaxation and cooking goes, it’s been a very successful afternoon!  Here’s what I made:

 Red Bean and Lager Chilli.  Discovered a wonderful blog this weekend – Veggie Meal Plans – and this was one of the many recipes that caught my eye.  The ingredients list was so very odd I just had to try it!  Very glad I did, it’s really tasty.  Now have a huge batch of it in my fridge ready for this week’s lunches.

 Bran Muffins.  My week’s breaktime snack.

 Winter Salad.  Yotam Ottolenghi is is my new favourite cook.  A chef at the renowned Ottolenghi, his recipes feature weekly in The Guardian and I love them.  This salad (the dressing in particular) is a winner.  So pretty too.  🙂

Roast Dinner – chicken, gravy, spinach, minted peas and rosemary roasted sweet potatoes (will post recipe later in week).  Yum, yum, yum. 

It’s now 8pm and D and I have swapped places.  He’s in the kitchen carefully monitoring a batch of tablet and I’m lounging on the sofa watching Men In Black 2.  It has a talking pug in it.  Does life get any better than this?

15 thoughts on “Sunday

  1. Gosh – you have been busy, Wendy! That salad looks beautiful. And I love the look of the bran muffins – I ate some similar ones every morning for breakfast whilst on holiday in South Africa last year. So delicious. I’ll have to try your reicpe, close my eyes and pretend I’m back there!

  2. don’t you feel satisfied when you do a good afternoon’s cooking that will make the week easier and healthier! I have just recently discovered veggie meal plans too and will post on the slice I made from there soon. Lots of good stuff on the site! Hope to try this chilli non carne some time!

  3. Thanks for the intro to Yotam Ottolenghi’s work in the Guardian. Am utterly addicted now, too.

    Cassie’s got some fantastic recipes – that chilli is among my favourite meals of hers. We make it often – how good does the larger make it?!?!

    That pug, singing I Will Survive, one paw resting on the car window, is one of my favourite film moments. Of all time…

  4. Antonia – Being busy in the kitchen never really seems like work though. 🙂

    Cynthia – That’s certainly the plan!

    Peter – The chicken was really good, I must say. 🙂

    Rosie – Thank you! The salad made me feel better just looking at it. 🙂

    Johanna – It’s the perfect Sunday afternoon, I think.

    Lucy – Soooo glad someone else finds that bit hillarious. D looked at me like I was mad when I started raving about it!

    Pille – It was a very tasty bird – especially the skin. Yum.

  5. Go Wendy! I must say you are correct in saying you had a successful day in the kitchen! I was inspired by your muffins the other day, so I made a batch from a recipe from Deborah Madison. I will be posting soon. I have been on a salad kick the past week and yours looks interesting. Never heard of that cook but I will check out your links. And Chili – my oh so favorite cold weather lunch food.
    I bet your house smelled good yesterday with all those yummies foods a cookin’!

  6. Hi wendy! got here through susan’s blog:) wish you a fabulous 2008 girl!

    I’m hosting a Game Night Party event on my blog and would like to invite you to send in a delicious entry if you can! (details on my blog) Hope to see you there!

  7. Deb – It did smell pretty good. 🙂 Chilli’s the best for cold days, I agree.

    Mansi – I’ll do my best to join in!

    Annemarie – He has a book coming out soon. Promised I wouldn’t buy anymore… Oh well. :S

  8. Hi Wendy, I’ve been eyeing some of your recipes ever since I found you in December and have just added that winter salad to my ever growing list of recipes to try. Looks wonderful!! Thanks for the link! Glad you liked the chili. 🙂

  9. Cassie – Hello! LOVE the chilli. Just as well – it makes an enormous pot!

    Holler – Jigsaws, you say. Wish I had the patience! They always look so fun but I get frustrated so easily. 🙂

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