Our anniversary sultana/amaretto cheesecake for our family dinner. The garden raspberries were sublime and we scored legs eleven on the GSQ. Probably would have got twelve dig and delve if Bob hadn’t kept derailing our trains of thought (nought).
Admin2 is reading The Square of Sevens (49 = PC49 = copper; v appropriate) by Laura Shepherd-Robinson.
A G&T cake and love from us all.
We also had a cheese and onion quiche and salads for our family dinner and scored 12.333 on the GSQ, bringing our average to >10 at last.
It rained today and yesterday, bringing an end to our longest ever recorded dry spell
Admin2 is reading Westwind by Ian Rankin, which was jejune and implausible but rattled along at a great pace.
For our family dinner today we had Jack Monroe’s Cheapo Cheapo Coronation Quiche and loads of salads cos we got a big box of spinach, lettuce, peppers, carrots and salad from Lidl for £1.50, and finished off with a carrot cake (see pic)
We did the GSQ a day early and scored 10, mostly with lucky guesses because we were unsure of all but 3.
Good Friday everybody.
At last it is safe for people to come to our house and we have 3 weeks of quiz questions to work through to go with our 45th birthday trifle. We scored 10 on the first, a disgraceful 5 on the second and 10 on the third, so 25 out of 45.
Admin1 is rereading The Puppet Show by MW Craven. Admin2 is reading Company of Liars by Karen Maitland; a mismatched band of keepers of dark secrets go on the road to escape the Black Death, but other fates await. Mesmerising.
Pancakes with sultanas, blueberries, cherries, lemons and cream. It turns out that cherries go damn fine with pancakes.
Admin1 is reading At Death’s Window (so it will be a paneful death, he quips) and Admin2 is reading The Skeleton Man, both by Jim Kelly.
Took an awful lot of photos of this pudding because Bob was talking loudly about cheese which triggered the phone camera every time.
Admin1 is rereading Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson. Admin2 is reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. War breaks everything.
We scored 10.5 on the GSQ.
We had this rich and tasty pud after our perfect fishcakes.
Admin1 is reading The Lost Future of Pepperharrow and Admin2 is reading The Bedlam Stacks, both by the marvellous Natasha Pulley.
Happy anniversary eve, admins 1 & 2! We were gifted fizzy wine, ate solstice cake trifle and scored 11 on the GSQ.
Admin1 is reading The Locked Room by Elly Griffiths. Admin2 is reading Bad Actors by Mick Herron.
Admin1 celebrated his miscellaneous birthday today and was treated accordionly. What a surprise! He also got a load of books, a t-shirt, coffee for (and from) Africa and cups to drink it from. We ate emergency sandwiches (not expecting dinner guests) and yummy carrot cake.
Admin1 is now reading Bad Actors by Mick Herron. Enjoy! [Admin1: And I certainly did! Many thanks, also to GDA&B for the wonderful presents and a terrific birthday. I’ve just realised you could base a tune on their names…perhaps I could play it on an accordion 🙂 ]
Admin2 is reading Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel.
Happy longest day everybody.
Admin2 is reading The Mash House by Alan Gillespie, a crowdfunded debut which was beautifully written and horribly shocking.
Our concession to the Platinum Jubilee: a sort-of Union Flag in raspberries and blueberries on a fruity trifle based on Admin1’s marble cake (also visible on the right). A splendid meal was enjoyed by all and we scored 9 on the GSQ.
Admin1 is reading The Killing Song by Lesley McEvoy. Admin2 is rereading Spook Street by Mick Herron.
Here’s our attempt at the Platinum Jubilee Pudding which we consumed after a very filling and delicious meal of roast lamb,new potatoes, yorkshire puddings, gravy and veg. [The pudding itself was OK in its citrussy way, but not a patch on our usual fruity cakey trifles and we’ll probably never make one again but we had most of the ingredients already and didn’t have to use the recipe which would have taken hours, cost a fortune and left us with a bucketful of superfluous egg whites.] We were too full to think and scored only 7 on the GSQ. Shame!
Magpies have built a fine nest next to our house (apparently magpies nest next to humans to keep away their crow kin) and today Admin1 sent up the drone to look for blue eggs or fluffy chicks, but they had built a roof and the tree was in leaf so no luck.
Meanwhile Admin1 had his first stab at making a Battenburg cake which turned out extremely well. A lovely meal was had by all and we scored 11 on the GSQ.
Admin1 is reading The Stone Chamber by Kate Ellis and Admin2 is reading Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard, which was extremely implausible.
Another yummy post-cake trifle which we sadly had to share at a distance because unlucky Gez had sprained [update: broken] her ankle. We did the quiz on zoom and scored 9.5.
Admin1 is rereading Breathe by Dominic Donald. Admin2 is reading What You Pay For by Claire Askew.
It rained and snowed and hailed and sleeted today, with sunshine in between, and stayed freezing cold throughout. It might as well be spring.
Admin1 is reading A Matter of Time by Claire Askew. Admin2 is reading The Soul Breaker by Sebastian Fitzek, a weird book about an amnesiac encountering an outbreak of unconsciousness in a psychiatric clinic.
Happy New Job, Gez, and a late Happy New Year and quiz at which we scored 10.
Admin1 is rereading Doctor Sleep by Stephen King and Admin2 is reading Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson.
Boom boom shake the room! Here’s a close-up of the cake.
She’s The One! She’s Every One!
Admin2 is reading Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson.
We scored 10.5 on the GSQ; thanks to the self-isolating Dave on Zoom.
Admin1 is reading The Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred Vargas and Admin2 is reading The 22 Murders of Madison May by Max Barry.
We scored oh dear 8 on the GWQ.
Happy Birthday Chris!
Admin1 is reading The Trawlerman by William Shaw (thanks Admin2!). Admin2 is reading Agency by William Gibson.
Pizza, pigs in blankets, eggs, salad and a pink fruity cake. And the family to enjoy it with at a distance.
Admin1 is reading Oranges and Lemons by Christopher Fowler and Admin2 is finishing reading The Russian Interpreter by Michael Frayn.
We scored 10.5 on the GWQ.
Pizza followed by trifle!
Admin2 is rereading My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time by Liz Jensen.
We scored FOURTEEN on the GWQ.
A damn fine pie made with raspberries from our garden. Admin1 is rereading Fleshmarket Close by Ian Rankin and admin2 is reading Bryant and May on the Loose by Christopher Fowler; a damn fine book.
We scored 11.5 on the GWQ.
There were a fair number of cherries on the tree until yesterday when they were suddenly snatched away by wind/squirrels/birds. Here are the last two survivors on Admin1’s lovely cake incorporating multicoloured glace cherries from Gez.
Admin1 is reading The Falls by Ian Rankin. Admin2 is reading Ten-Second Staircase by Christopher Fowler.
A coffee cake with Tia Maria icing and lots of presents. Today is the hottest day of the year: 33.3 °C with plenty of sunshine: 12.5kWh. Admin1 is reading Seventy-Seven Clocks by Christopher Fowler.
And Eid Mubarak too!
How sad to be just one kilometre away and unable to taste the cake, especially as we made it.
Admin1 is reading The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths.