OK, everyone has been to more concerts than I have books!! I recognise some names, others I have no idea: Big Pig (Men in Aprons, or possibly women??): Neil Diamond, Prince, Kylie, Osibisa, Jimmy Barnes, Johnny Farnham, Screaming Jets and Icehouse. What a diverse list. I holding out for concerts with Frank, Bing, Peggy, Doris, Dean, Nat, Perry etc. Not knowing who these people are makes you Young. Very Young!!!! I expect I will need a Go Bag: a Go to the Concert bag. I don't know what they will let me take in. I will definitely need a cushion, a drink, headache tablets (just in case) rain repelling wear, nibbles.... oh and maybe a hat.
I have started two new knitting projects, so I won't be needing anyone to send me any of theirs, thank you very much!!! I started The Burt Ward socks on Saturday. Some variegated 4 ply Lana Grossa I think, on 2.75mm needles. I am just doing my favourite K2,P2 rib. The socks are for my sister and Burt Ward may help with the name guessing!! A few years ago a telegraph pole sized log rolled on her foot and crushed her ankle quite a lot, so I am making the socks stretchy and easy to get on and off. I think a lace pattern or cables could be constricting, and I am using larger needles too. I'm making my mum a beanie in pale blue Country Silk. She wants it to be reversible, don't ask why, I have no idea, so I'm knitting the One Row scarf pattern again. I have also succumbed to a sale and bought some A-Maizing in the Keepsake colour to make the Shaped Lace Tee from Knitting Lingerie Style. It was half price. What's a girl to do????
Semi-final: One of the two competitions of the next to the last round in an elimination tournament. I'm just saying because Idol has as many semi-finals as they like. Willy-nilly. Laissez-faire. I am collecting Idol for MrsDrWho's sister and so I am forced to pay a tiny bit of attention. As little as possible really, but I have noticed there is a week of semi-finals. It is just wrong, wrong on so many levels!!
Harki and Peri have been very happy. Harki has been eating yoghurt, just like Sam, but hers is vanilla bean yoghurt from King Island. My fault as I left it out of the fridge. Harki can usually lick off all the yoghurt from her muzzle or (look away now if you're squeamish) Peri helps!!! Peri has been making nests in the bed again. It isn't a terribly good photo, but then I'm no Ansel Adams. Look how cute she is, all startled and sleepy!!!I noticed that the wattle has started to flower. All of a sudden it is everywhere, and so are the Spring flowers: right outside the back gate. Tonight we are having a Total Eclipse of the Moon for an hour starting at 6-50pm. The Planetarium just down the road will be doing whatever a Planetarium does at a fever pitch pace. I hope The Labradors don't howl, like lunatics!!
This afternoon I watched The Thirty-Nine Steps, the original with Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll from 1935, directed by Hitchcock. I borrowed it from the Library yesterday. It is very good, though quite different from the book. There are 4 Hannay books in this series so I am borrowing them all. On Saturday I watched just the last 20 minutes of You Have (You've Got) Mail and Noel Streatfeild's Ballet Shoes is mentioned. After I had dried my happy tears at the film's end I wiki-ed Ballet Shoes, only to find it is being made into a series. Look who's in it!! Wow!! I loved my Ballet Shoes book to death, literally. It fell apart. Now I am reading all the 'Shoes' books!!!
Finally, a recipe. I was inspired by the 'real' custard feature in this month's Delicious magazine. I don't have the inclination to make a proper custard, or bake pastry at the moment, so here is my recipe for
Cherry Custard Tarts
- pastry cases, 8 medium vol au vents or one large case
- 250ml milk
- 300ml pouring cream
- 2 tablespoons of custard powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla , I used my new vanilla bean paste!!!
- 2 - 3 teaspoons of powdered gelatine
- 1 large jar of Morello cherries, drained, and the juice saved OR if you live where I do, 2 tins of pitted black cherries in syrup, drained and the syrup saved
- 2 tablespoons of cornflour
- extra sugar if you like
*Make up 500ml of custard as directed on your packet of custard powder, but substitute cream for the milk as per the recipe. When it is cooked, whisk in the extra vanilla and sprinkle over the gelatine, whisking thoroughly again. Pour through a fine sieve into a jug and then set aside. Nigella-like, tumble the cherries evenly into the pastry case(s) and then pour over the custard. Refrigerate for about 2 hours. To make the cherry sauce, bring the reserved juice or syrup to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes or so till it reduces a little. Mix the cornflour with a little water, remove the pan from the heat and slowly pour the cornflour mixture into the juice, stirring all the time. You may want to add extra sugar to taste. Bring back to the boil and then simmer for a minute or two, Cool and refrigerate. Then serve and eat. I think you could use pretty much any fruit, tinned or preserved, that you fancy!!! Thank you MrsDrWho for the photographs of the tarts.