Hello pals, and my apologies for the lateness of this post. Perhaps foolishly I am determined to continue on my cookbook challenge journey, and that is helped in no small part by all you lovely folks who are joining in!
In early March we heard that my wonderful Nana, my Mum’s Mum, had been taken into hospital (she lives in a top notch elderly care facility with independent flats up in the north east). My Nana will be 87 years old tomorrow, and the death of my Mum in September last year hit her pretty hard. She was critically ill when she was first admitted to the hospital, with sepsis and late stage renal failure, as well as other issues. So March has been a bit of a tricky month, with a few weekend trips up to Middlesbrough and Saltburn, which are a little knackering for one so feeble as me. I also have two MA assignments due in this month (you can read a little about what I’m working on here) so, in all, not a lot of imaginative cooking has gone on.
My Nana is stable right now but still in the hospital. We all hope that she rallies and will be able to go home as she misses her pals, but this is a bittersweet time as we know she is still quite poorly. She is comforted greatly by the thought of seeing my Mum again and I’m certainly not one to protest what makes my lovely Nana feel more at peace.
So, with all that preamble, let’s explore the absolutely minuscule pressure-cooker effort of this past month, and reveal April’s book.
Folks, I know it was a busy month, but I think there was another reason we didn’t dip into this book too much in March. I must confess I found the recipes a little bland and uninspiring. I can’t help but feel this isn’t the fault of the pressure cooker as I have managed to throw together some very tasty meals in it before now. It has been invaluable for figuring out cooking times for grains (brown rice = magic) and I’ll definitely keep it handy for that, but I daresay we won’t use it too much for the recipes within.
And so, on to April’s choice. We are definitely in need of some FLAVOUR following the pressure-cooker month and so I decided to pick a book I have (shamefully) rarely used since it was bought for me as a gift…
As you can see I’ve already had a thorough look-through and assigned sticky notes to the appropriate pages. Last night I enjoyed a wonderfully tasty tofu dish so I am hoping for more flavourful dinners over the next few weeks.
And friends, I am so happy about those who are joining in! I am so sorry that I am behind on my blog reading and keeping up but I am trying to make time for all of that amongst everything else. Thank you if you are taking this journey with me!