The last few months Husband Dave and I have been going to a church ‘home group’ where we meet every other Thursday in one of our homes and explore our faith with others. The last few weeks have been about getting into good routines and habits… which have meant cutting out the bad ones…!
One of my worst routines is definitely scrolling mindlessly through Facebook. I have it on my phone and when I sit down – for lunch, a cup of tea or on the loo- I would automatically click on the app and lose myself for a few moments. This is one habit I felt needed to stop!
So after a few hours of being super strong and not scrolling – I found myself sitting down in the evening watching a ‘vlog’ (?!) on fb getting all annoyed because there was another noise playing out the laptop over the top of it. For the life of me I couldn’t find where this noise was coming from- I tried shutting down all the windows but still some music was blaring out over my vlog. How rude I thought. I stopped the vlog and realised the music in the background was some church music with the lyrics ‘God how I need you’. Oh great.
So, needless to say I have deleted fb from my phone (massive) and Husband Dave has reverted to using a bog standard nokia where he currently only has one phone number in it (mine!). We are slowly cutting out the noise from our world and making space again. The last few nights Husband Dave has been tinkling the piano, strumming the guitar, reading his book, taking Rosie for a walk… when before he would have been on some sort of device. We have felt freedom. Sometimes a little lost without the ‘go to’ habit of scrolling through the phone… But much more free. Definitely have a lot further to go, but am enjoying making space for
creativity, relaxing and family time more than ever.
The meal that I made this week was Jamie Oliver’s spring chicken pie- I am a bit obsessed with filo pastry at the moment, so this recipe hit the spot! I loved the lemon and garlic element to this dish. Very zesty, although my kitchen did smell of garlic for a few days after, especially as I made garlic bread as well- (I think I used two whole garlic bulbs in total for this meal! ) and served with a salad. For pudding I made a lemon and ginger pie which is a friend’s recipe passed down from her Grandma and was a simple, but extremely tasty pudding- one I will definitely make again, and would even add another couple of lemons as I like the zestyness a lot!
I made it for friends who we are still just getting to know, so making new recipes that I have
never made before felt a little risky. I was amidst craziness when they arrived ( I am not known for being a tidy cook)… the floors were still wet from me deciding to do a last minute mop (?!), every surface was covered with food, there was a pile of washing up…. but with a glass of wine in my hand, candles lit, this made for chilled out evening, and although I like having the meal in the oven, the table laid and the surfaces clear when guests arrive I quite like the reality that comes with the chaotic mess of cooking. The food went down well and washed down well with a glass of white wine. I would definitely make both dishes again.
We ended up in the sitting room in front of a roaring fire feeling at ease and had a lovely time. I will definitely remember that chaos in the kitchen is sometimes a good way for real life to shine through.