Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Tuesday ...

Hello Everyone,

I've spent much of the weekend, on and off, reading the new Harry Potter. I was getting extremely frustrated with not being able to read a big chunk of it, and get it finished, so I decided today was the day.

I had a nice, lazy, type day planned. This morning I caught up with some TV that I missed last night whilst Chicky was at dancing ... thank goodnes for DVD Recorders !! Then I sat down and continued to try and catch up on all your blogs. About lunch time, I decided it was now or never ... I parked myself on the couch, with a can of Diet Pepsi, and read ... I only had about 150 pages left, and really wanted to finish it. And I did !!

What a great book, full of action and tremendous detail. Yes, there were some deaths (don't worry, I'm not going to spoil it and tell you who, in case you are still reading it), and violence, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story. A fitting ending to a good series (although the last few pages could have gone on for a bit longer, I think ... if you've read it, you'll know what I mean !!). It is such a let-down, though, when I finish a book ... I always wish it could go on forever. Oh well !!

So, after finishing Harry Potter, I returned to my trusty computer, and continued visiting blogs. I think I have got through everyone ... please let me know if I have accidentally missed you. My Google Reader may not have updated to let me know if you have put down a new post.

Now, I need to decide what to cook for dinner. Last night I made a Pasta Bake ... which is basically some spiral pasta, a can of sweet corn kernels, a few spring onions chopped (or some leek), a packet of bacon chopped, a jar of cheesey sauce added, all stirred together, topped with grated cheese, and shoved in the oven. One of those meals where you put it together, cook it, and can reheat it whenever. Mondays are one of those days where we are out from 5 until 7.30pm, so I need to have something like this, otherwise we are eating dinner at 9pm ... yuck !!

I also have another standby, if I discover someone is coming for dinner, and I haven't got anything ready ... good old faithful Spaghetti Bolognaise. Yep, some mince meat, onions, and a good old jar of Dolmio spaghetti sauce (tomato and spinach is the nicest), and of course the pasta. Yummy with some herb bread on the side, or some salad. Mmmmm.

What do you have, in your recipe collection, that you use as a standby, or a quick meal ?? I would love to hear about it.

Hope your week is going well.

Take care,


Puss-in-Boots said...

My standby is quiche. As long as I have eggs, I can throw whatever I have in the fridge into it. The last one had left smoked chicken, and all the veges I could find and chop up finely. It was rather nice, too.

Belizegial said...

Mine is vegetable fried rice and/or chicken fried rice. Very easy and quick to do. I have to check out the new Harry Potter book as well. My daughter is a huge fan and just recently saw The Order of the Phoenix in an IMAX theater in Los Angeles :)

Val said...

I make spaghetti matriciana (from an old Women's Weekly Italian cookbook): tomatoes, onions, bacon, oregano, salt and sugar. We'd always have those ingredients on hand.

But last night we too had a late dinner. Normally we eat at 7.30, but I did my shopping late afternoon, got lamb shanks for dinner, but forgot they take 2.5 hours. So it was 8.30 last night. Still, they were worth the wait.

Meow (aka Connie) said...

Puss-in-boots ... yummy, quiche ... yep, that's a great standby. Do you use frozen pastry, or make your own ?

Belizegial ... yay, fried rice, I love it.

Val ... spaghetti matriciana sounds nice.

Thanks, everyone.

Take care, Meow

Gina E. said...

Would you believe baked beans on toast?

Jean-Luc Picard said...

That's what happens when you finish a good book...you don't want it to end.

LZ Blogger said...

Connie ~ I am not much of a cook... but I do grill a lot during the summer. My favorite is to just throw a couple of frozen 1/3 lb. burgers on the grill for 6 minutes (each side) with a couple ears of corn on the cob with them (sealed in aluminium foil and covered with virgin olive oil and fresh basil leaves) and then ask my wife to chop up some fresh fruit in a bowl and we're done! ~ Nice summer dinner when no one wants to cook! ~ jb///

smilnsigh said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the final HP. I haven't read them myself, but family has and is.


Lynn said...

I've finished book 7. (I wonder why the cover of the book is different in Australia than in the U.S.A.) I absolutely loved the book. As far as quick meals for unexpected company, I make spaghetti with sauce and a salad...and call it a day...or evening.

Gwen said...

gpntpxbnHi Meow.
Thanks for the comments,yes I was happy with the end result.
My quickie[meal]is grilled turkey
chops and salad.

Meow (aka Connie) said...

Gina ... that's cool. Unfortunately, I'm no fan of baked beans, but my family like them !!

Jean-luc ... true ... I read and read and read, to finish the story, but then get to the end and wish I'd read it slower !!

LZ Blogger ... yummy, that sounds great.

Mari-Nanci ... it was a wonderful book ... now I want to start back at book 1 and read them all again !!

Lynn ... it's funny how the covers differ ... our book one even had a different name ... The Philosophers Stone !!

Gwen ... you read it too ? Great book. Your quickie meal sounds nice.

Take care, Meow