Sunday 1 August 2021

Art and Scotch eggs

 Thank you for all the kind comments on my drawings.  To those who say they wish they could draw.....all I can say is - give it a go!!  We none of us know just what we can do until/unless we try it.  Until these past few months, I had never drawn anything in my life before...other than at school, and I had no skill or particular interest in art then, I just did it as it was on the curriculum.  Once art lessons were no longer compulsory (from the 4th year of secondary school onwards, I think) I didn't do it anymore, and hadn't done since.

Having only taken up cardmaking in the last 2 or 3 years and found I really like it, it was just a few months ago that I suddenly decided to have a go at drawing things for cards - and found a talent I didn't know I had.  I enjoy doing it, that's half the battle.  I would never have said I was the creative type - other than crochet, I've always been able to do that, ever since I was a child.  But as for anything crafty or artistic....nope, never given it a thought before, and never would have guessed I could do it.  My Mum and sister are the arty ones in the family, elder brother is the brains (and oh boy is he brainy! plus he has a photographic memory).  Younger brother is the witty one....when he's not in the throes of deep depression, bless him.  I didn't seem to be cut out for anything much, other than crochet and cooking/baking.  Oh, I do have good organisational skills, so there's that.

So my point is......we all of us, every single one of us, are good at something or other, even if we haven't yet found out what it is.  There is no limit to what we can do......if we put our mind to it, and want it enough.  So, if you'd like to draw or paint - try it!!  You might find you're good at it, you never know.  There are plenty of video tutorials on Youtube, you don't need expensive equipment - cheap pencils, paints and paper from somewhere like The Works or Wilkos are fine to start off with.....why buy expensive stuff if you don't know if you're going to like doing it?

Another first for me yesterday - I made Scotch eggs for the first time ever.  We do like Scotch eggs but by and large, ordinary shop bought ones are horrible.  I know John Gray of Going Gently blog is a connoisseur of Scotch eggs, I believe he rates Marks & Spencer ones - can't say I've tried one from there as yet.  Anyway, I didn't want to deep fry them but bake them instead, to make them healthier (I never deep fry anything).  I also had some pork mince which needed using up, as it had been in the freezer for months and months, so I had the idea of mixing that with a small packet of made-up sage and onion stuffing mix and using that instead of sausagemeat.  I boiled the eggs for 6 minutes, so not too hard boiled, then immediately lightly cracked the shells and plunged the eggs into very cold water, to make them easier to peel when completely cold.  For the breadcrumb layer, I made crumbs from some defrosted leftover brown sourdough bread, into which I mixed some herbs and a sprinkle of paprika.  So the eggs (6 of them) encased in the pork mix, then floured, rolled in beaten egg and then finally crumbed all over.....I laid them on a tray lined with baking paper and baked them in the oven for about 35 mins, until they looked nice and brown.  Haven't tried one yet, they're wrapped and in the fridge, we'll have one each for tea today with some salad.  I'll try and remember to take a photo, and will let you know what they're like!


  1. You're so right about just give it a go. I had piano lessons when I was a child, passed my Grade 1 exams, then gave up. For years, I'd thought I'd like to take it up again, but there was always some reason not to. Anyway, earlier this year I thought if not now, then when? I bought myself a small, stage piano, downloaded and printed off some easy music and got down to it. Once the charity shops opened up again, I was able to buy some cheap music books, too. I'm doing it for me. No pressure. I have headphones so no-one can hear my mistakes (there's a lot of those!), and I love it. Wish I'd done it years ago. As for painting, I keep watching Portrait Artist and Landscape Artist of the Year on Sky Arts, and thinking, I MUST get out the paints/paper/brushes that have been stashed in a cupboard for too long. If what I produce is rubbish, so what. I won't be entering any competitions! xx

    1. Oh, well done on taking up piano playing again, hope it gives you lots of pleasure and fun. I'm not remotely musical - having been forced into playing the recorder and violin at school, both of which I hated, it put me off for life I think! xx

  2. Your art work is gorgeous Sooze and you should be very proud of it. Scotch eggs are flipping yummy and I love the idea of using the sage and onion stuffing mix. I bet it would make a nice crumb coating in place of the breadcrumbs too.

  3. I think it's all about enjoying what you're doing. Who cares if whatever you do isn't up to much, just so long as you enjoy the process, and what is it they say, practice makes perfect, so the more you do it the better you'll become. Ooooh, Scotch eggs, it's ages since I've had a Scotch egg, yum.

  4. Yum, I hope baking works! Pictures...of course .
    Thanks for the pep talk on drawing...encouragement can't hurt.

  5. Stick people and palm trees is about all I can draw. Now both our sons are excellent artists.

    Brave lady in making your own Scotch eggs. I bet they were delicious.

    God bless.

  6. The Scotch eggs sound so delicious - must give them a go at some point, thanks.


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