Sunday, July 25, 2010

Two Faces of Pat(in a nice way)

What with Blogging and Face book I'm feeling a bit schizoid; what to put where? And where's the time to visit blogging pals which I have always been meticulous about. We've had another family weekend which is great but I took over the cooking at lunch time - not totally successfully. I put my mouse finger through the holey oven cloth straight onto the oven tray and spilt cilcannon all down the Aga onto the mat.

The sausages looked burnt but in fact were caramelised (my DIL said) and honestly it all tasted delicious and not a scrap left over and people had seconds. We are told we really should get a micro wave oven and it is beginning to make sense. Just another thing to get the hang of.

It's going to be a very busy week and I would be grateful for good thoughts on Thursday - nothing I can talk about but I do believe in good vibes from the blogosphere and have seen it in action many times over the last four years.

38 comments:

sablonneuse said...

Goodness, I'm finding less and less time for blogging so wouldn't be able to cope with Facebook as well but friends who are on it keep urging me to give it a go.
Hope you didn't burn your mouse finger.

Pat said...

Sandy: ooooh I did! I'm fighting back the tears.
I wouldn't have chosen to go on Facebook but discovered I had signed up years ago and forgotten about it so when my Australian DIL signed up to show family photos I thought I'd give it another go but it is a bit perplexing.

Kevin Musgrove said...

Have Thursday's good vibes early. (-:

Pat said...

Thanks Kev:)

Eryl Shields said...

Good vibes coming over from now until you tell us all is well.

Ouch for your finger. And I love a caramelised sausage. I relented and got a microwave oven a few years ago but have thought recently that I'd rather have the space as I only really use it for heating milk for my morning coffee, or defrosting the odd pot of pasta sauce. I could easily use the hob for both.

Pat said...

Eryl: thanks - that's a comfort. We won't be doing anything in a hurry and it seems a waste when the Aga is there all the time but I assume one doesn't burn oneself on a microwave. If it's possible I will.

Sharon Longworth said...

I used to have a microwave, which sat in a corner of the kitchen occasionally gathering spatters from heating up baked beans. When Philip came to live with us he announced that microwaves were the work of the devil. We've done without one ever since - but he has taken on all the cooking.....

Pat said...

Sharon; that's what we need: a Philip to come and live with us.

Blazing said...

Drop Facebook, Pat. I don't know what those things are people expect me to accept or join, but I certainly don't have time for them. Open an account with somebody like Flickr or Photobucket for family pics and share the log-in details with the family.

Pat said...

Blazing: I'm not sure I can persuade the family once they have made the effort to join FB. They did it of their own volition.

Kim Ayres said...

I love caramalised sausages - especially pork & apple... mmmMMMmmm...

Sorry to hear about the mouse finger - a blogger's worst nightmare :(

Microwaves are great - especially for baked potatoes - 10 minutes, and then throw them in the oven for 20 with whatever else you were cooking in there and the skins will crisp up but the centre will already be nice and soft.

Do be aware you can still burn yourself with microwave ovens, because whatever you've cooked in them is now hot

Pat said...

Kim: how did you guess they were pork and apple?
I just have to be more careful but a little stress and I'm a klutz.

angryparsnip said...

Pat, sorry to hear about the burnt finger.
I use the microwave but it is not good for all cooking. Warming up leftovers, defrosting, frozen dinners and as Kim said potatoes but you will still need a stove and oven.

I am sending you all good thoughts and hugs your way ! (((((( Pat))))))))

cheers, parsnip

mapstew said...

Hey Pat, it's great to see you on FB!

As for the sausages, are they Tesco Finest apple & pork? They are SOOOOO (effing) Good!
Along with a bit of cheddar mashed spuds & onion gravy? The perfect meal. A nice Australian Merlot or Shiraz wouldn't go astray either!

:¬)

xxx

The Unbearable Banishment said...

I'm late to the party. It's Sunday night and I'm sending all good wishes from across the ocean. Certainly the finger has healed by now, no?

lom said...

Hope the fingers feeling better.
Sending love your way from today until friday, just to make sure.

Pat said...

Parsnip: no way would we get rid of the AGA but we may try a micro.
Thank you for the thoughts.

Mapstew: got it in one! First time we have tried them but my # 2 son said he fancied sausages and mash and gooseberry fool. He had to make do with raspberries, sponge cake and cream.

UB: it is the tiniest burn - I slavered it in burn cream and found an old cotton scarlet glove which I wore for the rest of the day.
Transatlantic wishes most welcome. Thank you.

LOM: I shall wrap then round me like a magic cloak:)

R. Sherman said...

Good thoughts your way on Thursday . . . Oh, hell, why not today, too?

Cheers, dear.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Ouch, ouch, healing vibes for your po' finger.

I've missed something, I have tons to catch up on here...what's happening on Thursday?

This evening, I'll be back, to catch up.

Sending lots of positive vibes though, as always.

Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

Microwaves are great for baked potatoes in a hurry.

Pat said...

Randall; always welcome but Thursday is now next month. Too embarrassing.

GG: nothing I can talk about and now postponed till next month but I'm grabbing any good vibes that come my way and many thanks.

Daphne: we do love baked pots but although they take longer they aren't a problem at present.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

My thoughts will be with you on Thursday, my dear....I, too, believe in "good vibes" from the Blogesphere---in fact, it is really pretty amazing.....

When I saw that you said you were on Facebook, too...I must admit my heart sank a bit---This is what is happening now with so very many bloggers and it has changed the way people visit or not and/or comment or not....Then, many of those people say they don't really like Facebook but....they stay on it anyway. Interesting.

I'm glad you sre having such a wonderful time with your family, my dear.

I am on someone elses computer so cannot post anything till I get mine back....But I'm grateful I can visit and comment and also read emails.

As to a Microwave.....I think it will change your life! Heating things up takes no time at all!

mapstew said...

Forgot to send the Irish Good Luck Vibes, so sending them now. (I can guarantee delivery first thing on Thursday!) :¬)

xxx

Pat said...

Naomi: thank you for the good vibrations. It is chaos here with cancellations, re-schedules and utter muddle so Thursday is now moved to next month. I'm sure things will get calmer soon.

I'm not sure Facebook and Blogging are compatible - if it came to a choice it would be blogging every time. If I want to write about something I would blog it. Facebook is good for people who don't want to blog but like to communicate in short bursts IMO. Time will tell.

I am glad you are not completely cut off. There aren't many of us left:)

Pat said...

Mapstew: thank you and I'll stick them in the fridge till next month if that's OK?

Guyana-Gyal said...

Silly me, I missed that part where you've said you can't talk about it. Pardon my rudeness, I was rushing off to prepare lunch.

I didn't know others also believe in this "vibes" thing.

I think I might start asking for some too.

Kim Ayres said...

I didn't know they were pork and apple - they just happen to be my favourite. However, those kind do tend to caramelise much more easily - must be the sugar in the apple

Queenie said...

Lavender essential oil is best for burns, slap it on neat, makes you smell like an old lady but stops the pain and blistering remarkably fast. We always keep some in the house. I shall send the most positive of positive vibes your way on Thursday.

Pat said...

GG: that's OK:) And good vibes have always been an important part of my blogging experience - there's plenty to go round;)

Queenie: I must get some and thank you for the PVs which I shall keep over till next month.

AndrewM said...

Good vibes coming your way from now till whenever.

Pat said...

AndrewM: thanks ducks;)

rosneath said...

argh, can't find you on FaceBook!! will keep looking! your poor finger - i wondered what you meant by mouse finger but after a few hours (I mean it!) I have now got it - the computer mouse! I was puzzled as to why a finger was a mouse!!

Nea said...

Sending you blessings and good wishes from the frozen north, to be kept in the freezer and defrosted whenever you require them, although they'll defrost much more quickly in a microwave :)

I shocked my parents while they were visiting by popping some ice cream in the microwave for 10 seconds, it's just enough to soften it up nicely before scooping it out of the tub.

Pat said...

Rosneath: well done for getting there in the end:)

Nea: thanks - it's good to have a stock and the kitchen is so warm they'll defrost in a trice.
Like your parents - I would have been quite shocked too.

rashbre said...

sending good vibes for which ever date and deciding that caramelised is a good word to use in my cooking descriptions henceforth,

Pat said...

Rashbre: yes I shall be using caramelised from now on and thanks for the GBs.

kenju said...

I hope you always get good vibes from me!

And yes, you need a microwave!!

Pat said...

Judy: yes you are one of my cyber rocks:)