First a reply to a question.
Christine in Canada asks how I cook Pork belly slices. We usually have them in a Chinesey type recipe cooked in Hoisin sauce and eaten with stir fry vegetables. The recipe is HERE
They can also be slow cooked in a stew.
Thank you to Dawn, Simple Living and John W for comments yesterday. It really was a horrible day yesterday but after a freezing start this morning, we have blue sky and sunshine today. Because of the rain/sleet/snow yesterday all sorts of things were frozen this morning - the chicken shed pop-hole - I had to hit it to loosen so I could lift it up. Then the plastic bins that we keep the wheat in had to be prised open and of course the water in their outside drinkers was solid.
I don't know if anyone else measures rainfall, but Col has been making a note of what rain we've had since he got his new rain gauge for Christmas and our total here for January was 65mm.
Here we go with more of the book shelf pictures from the alcove under the stairs
The new books in the middle were bought from The Book People to sell, but they were too good to let go of, so I sold some of my older books instead.
Several old farming books on the bottom shelf. The moons our nearest neighbour by Ghillie Basan is the story of several years spent on a remote Scottish farm where she began her career as a cookery writer. ( she now has umpteen books published about middle eastern cookery). I must read it again.
That's 84 more books plus 307 previously makes 391......so far!
I might have a bit of a break from book shelf pictures, I'm beginning to get embarrassed by just how many books we possess in this so called frugal household! Although they have been collected over 40+ years and very few have been bought new.
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