Friday, 27 November 2020

Cold then warm

 It was freezing when I took the dog out at 07.15 this morning - same as yesterday, but at least it was dry.  My face was so frozen I could barely speak, and my fingers were numb.  And that's just a couple of degrees below freezing, goodness only knows how people in really cold countries cope....we're a nation of softies here.  I don't wear gloves because I've only got woollen ones and don't feel I have a secure enough grip on the dog lead whilst wearing them, I need to get some leather ones I think.  Will have a look on the internet in a bit.

So it was nice to spend a couple of hours in the warm kitchen doing some baking this morning.  I made cheese scones to have with home cooked ham and salad for lunch, a meat pie for dinner this evening, and a fruit sponge topped pudding for husband.

I've been making scones for years, both fruit and savoury...I prefer savoury scones myself.  Sometimes I do plain cheese, sometimes with sun dried tomato and tomato puree added.  I generally use half white/half wholemeal flour.  This morning I added smoked paprika and chopped spring onions.  A few weeks ago I saw a recipe for 3-ingredient cheese scones - just self raising flour, mature cheddar and yogurt, I was a bit sceptical but the recipe was from a well known writer and the pictures looked good, so I tried it.  Well, they're brilliant...light, fluffy, flaky and well risen, I use the same recipe all the time now.  Here's the link: the writer is Marie of The English Kitchen, a Canadian lady who lived in the UK for many years, she's just returned home to Canada after a marriage break up.  I love her recipes.

For the meat pie I used bought puff pastry and a tub of cooked and frozen minced steak and veggies, it'll do 2 meals for us so we'll have it again tomorrow.

The fruit pudding is our home grown apples, pears and blueberries out of the freezer, topped with a sponge mix flavoured with cinnamon.  I'm not much of a pudding eater, but husband is.

Thank you for comments on my last post, I'm still working on my Plans list.


  1. When we had the really bad winter a few years ago we had temps of -17C here, and 2-3 feet of snow for weeks. We usually get about an inch of snow which lasts a day or two. Nice to look at from inside, but not nice if you had to go out. I remember, I had to hold on to garden walls to walk along, it was so slippery. I think I was built for a warmer climate! xx

  2. Prayers and good luck
    Good for you

  3. Those scones sound tasty Sooze. What temperature was your oven?

    1. Erm, 180 I think Cherie, it's a fan oven. They took about 20 mins.

  4. My husband wears thinsulate gloves when out running in the winter. He says they are very lightweight but warm. Don't know if they would be any good for you?

  5. We cope the cold by keeping warm! We wear long johns, thick coats, hats and gloves - sometimes mittens over gloves. Decent winter boots and a lot of knitted socks. But most important is that we have warm houses (they are insulated with a great care, so it really isn't that expensive to keep them warm). You can't cope the cold if you are cold and miserable all the time. Many northern people have sauna (banja in Russia, bastu in Sweden and sauna in Finland, Alaska etc).
    In really cold weather it is not about feeling cold - it is not about to get frost bites but not to loose your digits on limbs. But it's not a big deal, we've grown into it. Warmer wet winters are actually harder to cope!

  6. I was brought up in the very early 1940 but never remember being cold I can remember the freeze in 1947 also when we moved into our house in 1962/63 and we had the bad winter and we had the snow and my husband went to the loft and the bath was above the loft and he shovelled the snow into the bath that had come into the roof and both my 2 young children slept thro it all.

    I would love to know where Ulvmor lives she had it hard.
    Hazel c uk 🌈🌈🌈


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