This morning saw us at the cinema to see Big Hero 6 – it was great! To be honest I hadn’t expected to enjoy it but I really did (I know I’m hardly the target audience but if you have to sit through it you want to enjoy it a bit – and small person loved it too). Disney know very well how to tug on the heart-strings and I can’t deny that a tear or two sneaked out – not what I expected to happen.
Found out today that my favourite local haberdashery is closing down. It is in the nearest town (about 4 miles away) and over the last couple of years their rent has gone up and up and they can no longer afford to stay there. A whole block of shops (of which they are at the end of) have all closed down over the last couple of years and they were a lone spot of colour and life in a row of empty shops, now they are going too, all the shops in that row are being knocked down and a big supermarket is going to be built there. A really sad end for a much-loved – and always very busy – local independent shop.
I have managed to get quite a lot of knitting done today which is good.
Dinner tonight was particularly good: homemade pasta and sauce. OH made the pasta: 350gms 00 flour (strong bread flour also works), two large eggs – beat the eggs, pour in to the flour and then gently knead until you have a dry dough, if it is crumbly add a tiny (no more than a teaspoon) of water. Some pictures:
The dough needs to be rolled out and then fed through the pasta maker several times on ever thinner settings (sorry, forgot to take photos of this stage) and then cooked in boiling water for 4 minutes.
I made a lovely sauce of bacon, garlic, chopped asparagus, gorgonzola cheese, cream and lots of black pepper:
It was delicious.
Before going to bed tonight small person gave the cats a good talking to warning them not to eat the Easter Bunny (they are natural-born killers – since they came to us as kittens we have always lived in a house that backs on to woodland which, despite all our efforts with bells on collars and keeping them in at dawn and dusk, has meant that their natural instincts to hunt have been very strong and they have had access to a rolling buffet of small woodland creatures).
I hope the Easter Bunny brings you all plenty of chocolate.