Sunday, September 28, 2008

Free your blog, the rest will follow

The lovely L and C sent me a link to these marzipan knitting cupcakes. Yes, you read that right. How much do I love these!? Just looking at them made my day!

It's the weekend again, and excellently in exactly five days from now we are heading home for Nancy and Matt's wedding! On top of getting together with friends and family to celebrate these two wonderful people, I also just can't wait to see everyone and be in lovely Saskatchewan for Thanksgiving (turkey dinner at the wedding reception!) Btw, if you're interested, here's the gorgeous pottery they have had commissioned for wedding gifts - great idea!

It's been a very lazy Sunday morning for us - I've been pottering in the kitchen, drinking tea, making soup and a curry for dinner tonight while listening to the very hilarious Jon Richardson on BBC Six Music. Hmmm - once a colleague told me that I was pre-maturely middle aged (I was probably talking about cookbooks or something.) Maybe she's right.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

Home Truths


I am watching the evening news and have basically concluded that the world is falling apart, what with all the collapsing banks etc. This, combined with the fact that we basically had no daylight today (and no, last time I checked this is not the Land of the Midnight Sun), has made for something of a morose Monday!

When in doubt . . . knit! For all you craft-skeptics out there, check out this story just to find out how hip and happenin' all we knitters really are. If, on the other hand, you are not averse to enjoying a bit of cake with your stocking stitch (who doesn't really?) you might also enjoy this article (as spotted by the Curly Singer) which applies a bit of high brow typically Guardian-style analysis to the recent trend toward domesticity. Don't panic though - I'm a good ways off from starting my own WI!

Friday, September 12, 2008

“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”

What fun do you have planned this weekend? I think Friday evening is quite possibly my favourite time of the week.

I made this Aubergine, Potato and Chickpea Balti for dinner tonight (and there you were saying I don't know how to have a good time . . . ) It was really lovely (despite the couple of omissions in the recipe, like when to add the chickpeas!) And yes, I know what you're thinking - everything I blog about cooking is 'lovely' and 'turns out wonderfully' but rest assured, that's only because I can't be bothered to highlight the so-so's or the bombs! ;) I am, by the way, loving the UKTV Food website - free recipes galore!

Oh yeah, and check out Stu's post to see why Belfast and I will never be a match made in heaven. (We manage to live in an uneasy harmony most of the time.)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Lights, camera . . .

We saw Man on Wire tonight - so wonderful - go if you have the chance! Visit Stu's blog for his review which I endorse wholeheartedly.

Every morning after checking Stalkerbook, me and my cup of coffee peruse CBC Sask and the Globe and Mail to get all caught up on the news at home. Lightweight that I am when it comes to hard hitting news first thing in the morning, (next to all the Palin stories of course) I have been enjoying all the TIFF coverage. (Yes, it would seem that I'm back on my favourite topic of movies!) I have compiled a little list of flicks to catch whenever they finally get around to showing here. I didn't, however, enjoy this story which just oozes with romanticized misconceptions. (For the record, Stu, a real live Irish person, shared my indignation!)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Karate Chop Chop


I am just recently home from my BodyCombat class and am still laughing. I had a new instructor tonight who, for some reason that to me still remains a mystery, felt compelled to shout little pearls of pop psychology wisdom into the microphone against a background of very loud dance music. Jab, cross, hook . . . 'You must love yourself!' . . . Roundhouse, sidekick . . . 'You must believe in yourself!' . . . Scissor kick . . . 'Let's count our blessings ladies!' Seriously. Now, don't get me wrong, I love this workout. And well, as funny as a room full of 30 sweaty women kicking, punching and hiya-ing (okay, well, I don't really hiya) might look, it's certainly therapeutic after yet another frustrating day chained to the desk. It certainly makes you sweat and yes, it clears away the cobwebs. But the earnest Dr Phil exhortations were, perhaps, a kick too far.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

What's in a name?

People so do not get my double name. I say this because I got a letter today at work addressed to Julieanne Broten-Oble. (Didn't mind, truth be told, as it evoked a fond memory of of our friends' son Sam who used to call Stu and I collectively 'the Oble's'.) The other day as I signed for a recorded delivery the postman (who, incidentally, is a dead ringer for Sean Connery - not a word of a lie) remarked that he wouldn't like to write my name out out after a few pints. I often get Julie-Anne Broten-Noble which I think looks like I've been blessed by the hyphen fairy. And that, ladies and germs, concludes my mini rant for the day.

I had a driving lesson tonight after work and, well, it wasn't a disaster, so that's promising . . .

Friday, September 5, 2008

A few of my favourite things . . .

Stu and I love going to the movies. After a hard day's work I can think of few finer combinations than Boojum and the QFT. Last night after scrummy fajita burritos we saw the film Paris which, despite what this uppity movie reviewer says, was really well done. I really like movies that weave together a bunch of individual stories. Juliette Binoche is beautiful and magnetic as usual in her leading role and the soundtrack added a lot too. As you might guess from the title, the city itself is one of the film's best characters. I left the cinema daydreaming about how we could fenangle a Parisian weekend getaway!

So yes it's true, if you did a credit crunch analysis of our cash flow, you might find that we spend a fair wee chunk on things like movies . . . and coffee! To our delight (or peril?) some great new cafes have opened recently in and around the hood . . . In picking my hot spots, my two key factors to consider (apart from the coffee quality) are atmosphere and, it has to be said, the selection and goodness of the tray bakes! And so, without further adieu I must blow the trumpet for the splendid (and dangerously close to our house!) 'Eat etc' on the Belmont Road. We are also really liking 'Ground' which has opened up on the top floor of Waterstones in city centre - it is perfect for a Sunday afternoon newspaper reading session, although (at the risk of sounding like a grumpy DINK) during our visit last week the nice vibe was marred ever so slightly by two small children who screamed and yelled about the place the whole time we were there.

'I'm ginger and I'm proud'

Check out these links - despite scare mongering, I'm pleased to see that ginger power is going strong in Wolverhampton . . .

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Stranger than Fiction

As you might have noticed, we are West Wing addicts. But somehow I don't think even Aaron Sorkin could've come up with the recent storyline of the Republican VP candidate! (Speaking of which, did everyone catch this story about Sorkin's upcoming movie about Facebook? Here's hoping Josh is in it - swoon!) I actually happen to agree that politician's children should be off limits so please don't think me irresponsible for posting the graphic compliments of this guy - I just thought it rather clever . . .

Very little else is new in the hood. Here in Belfast it's officially fall and right on queue the temps seem to have dropped significantly. Now instead of it being rainy all the time it's rainy and cold all the time. Charming. On the plus side, the arrival of autumn might give me an excuse to do some 'back to school' shopping and order these beauties.

Oh, and I must mention this upcoming gig announced this morning - Stu and I were seriously bummed when we realised that we can't go due to an unfortunate calendar clash which calls into question my fabled status as a dedicated JR groupie.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Mardi soir

Me and an enthusiastic customer at the ever colourful Knitwear Deli stall on the weekend

Oh, pity the neglected blog! This will be quick, but I promise, more to come soonish . . . If, in the meantime you need a laugh (as I often do these days) check out Dooce - she's delightful (mad props to net savvy edunny for the tip!)

I am on my way to bed, reflecting on the profound realisation of just how many people from West Wing have gone on to be big hitters in other shows . . . Tonight the Chief from Grey's turned up! Who knew?