Sunday, 25 January 2009

TV, Bread & Soup...

In December I bought myself the complete box sets of both The West Wing and Sex And The City. I opted out of The West Wing when it first came on TV because it sounded a bit heavy and it was such a long series - but I got addicted later and have seen up to the end of Series 5. The theory behind buying the whole lot on DVD was that I could bring my husband up to speed and then we could watch the end together. But if we manage to watch one episode a week (a reasonable average, I'd have thought) then it will be three years before I get to find out what happens!!

Today, still being ill in bed, I opened the other box set and watched the whole first disc of SATC (six episodes). Aside from that I've been sleeping, and thinking about the bit of extra plot required to get from the current point in my novel to The End (of volume 1). Probably going back to the doctor tomorrow to see if she has any better ideas about what might be wrong with me, or at least see if she can up the dose on these pills.

I made soup for lunch, I needed something lazy and comforting. We tried out our bread maker (given to us by my mum - thanks mum!) for the first time last night so I already had some bread to go with it.

Approximate recipe (serves 1) in case anyone else needs similar comfort food:

1 medium potato
1 large carrot
1 large parsnip
a handful of yellow split peas
1 large garlic clove, sliced
1/2 stock cube
a good squeeze of tomato puree
1tbsp garam masala
splash of soy sauce
chilli flakes to taste
1/2 pint boiling water
  1. Dice potato, carrot & parsnip into 1cm cubes

  2. Put all ingredients into a small pan, stir well, and bring to the boil

  3. Simmer over a low heat for about an hour, adding extra water as required

  4. Once vegetables are soft, mash gently with a potato masher (much easier on the washing up than getting a blender out, and you still get nice lumpy bits)


Debbie said...

Sounds like you have everything a girl needs! And the recipe looks delicious.

Kazzy said...

I also never watched West Wing when it was having its run, but got completely addicted once it was on DVD. Did the same with 24, but the adrenaline rush about killed me!

Jeanne said...

Soup sounds good, but I'm sorry to hear you're still under the weather. Kix, by the way, are a corn cereal -- no added sugars or flavors, just these little corn balls.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Debbie - yep, DVDs & soup pretty much covers it for a day like today.

Kazzy - I haven't tried 24. Maybe when we run out of W/W (!)

Jeanne - sounds like those Kix would've really soaked up the sour milk flavour, then...... :)

bernthis said...

Thank God for SATC is all I have to say. It literally got me through my divorce. Hope you feel better soon

Anonymous said...

I can't believe you are still sick. It's been awhile. At least you have a bit of an appetite. The soup sounds good.
I don't have a DVD player, luckily, as I'd probably watch it all of the time. I love series. Right now I'm hooked on CSI--Manhattan.
Get well soon!

mo.stoneskin said...

West Wing is the greatest. I was disappointed I didn't watch it sooner.

Chris said...

I hope you're feeling better. Your soup and bread sound wonderful. I'll try the recipe.

Take care of yourself.

Domestic Executive said...

Hope you're feeling better each day. Perhaps the doctors should start expanding their prescriptions a little. Bed rest and liquid diet of wholesome soup. Just to keep your mind alive watch high quality TV.

I love the West Wing - I still haven't seen the last series as my husband said we should watch the whole lot from start before we did. We're up to season 4, it's so tantilising. I got the final season of SATC for Christmas as an incentive to increase my ironing productivity. How shallow can a husband be?

Take care and look after yourself. And, I know it's a crime but if the home made soup ins't hitting the spot splash out on a can of heinz cream of tomato and spice it up with some luscious parmesan. It never fails to work for me!

Chef E said...

Sorry to hear anyone has to suffer, but bed rest definitely gives me time to think of my writing and novel too. SATC, huh, humor and a good laugh at ourselves is a good healing method...

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