Recent reads and risotto

Nothing like a bit of alliteration in a title!

Thank you for all the lovely comments about my ‘bored with food’ moan yesterday.  Clearly a common problem and one which a bit of innovation and forced enthusiasm  might help to banish.

Last night I made a big pan of creamy chicken and mushroom risotto for dinner – leftover chicken and mushrooms that needed using up.  It was good and I enjoyed it but it was made more out of a determination not to waste the food that went in to it rather than because I felt any urge to make it!   Anyway, one step at a time:


A reading round-up:


The Michael Slater ‘Charles Dickens’ has been my bedtime reading for months as it is a beast of a book but very, very good.  I was a student under Michael Slater many years ago and his passion for and knowledge of Dickens was one of the reasons why nineteenth-century literature became the period I specialised in with my masters and PhD and later teaching.   His bio of Dickens is, unsurprisingly, thoroughly researched, very scholarly but very readable.

I had not read any Angela Thirkell before this book and I did enjoy it, very readable and a quick read but nicely telling on the manners and attitudes of its time.

The book on Bletchley Park was good with many insights in to how the place and the work the people did there evolved.  How it was a marriage of determination, skill, intelligence, luck and pure slog.    The moments of triumph and the long periods of frustration.

I hope you are all having a good day.

Until tomorrow…



4 thoughts on “Recent reads and risotto

  1. Mmm, I like rissotto, but it’s not a hit with anybody else at Number 38, which is why I quite often have it when I’m out. It’s a real treat. Thomas has asked me to buy him some Charles Dickens books, age appropriate ones of course, don’t think he’s quite up to your standard yet! xx


    1. Risotto would never be Flo’s first choice but she knows that when good, decent food is presented the only other available dish is hunger! You can buy abridged, child friendly version of most of the classic Dickens novels and whilst some people can be sniffy about such things I have no problem with it at all. Flo has the Oliver Twist version and enjoys it and talks about wanting to read the ‘real’ version when she is a bit older. She has read A Christmas Carol unabridged which is a good one too for younger readers.


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