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Thoughts on……Month 21: Sometimes it is all about the money.

It hasn’t been the easiest month because of a few financial hiccups along the way……but I’m coming out the other end smiling. I wish money didn’t have to matter but, of course, it does so we just have to make the best of the situation and do what we can with what we’ve got. January is nearly behind us now…..and spring is just around the corner.

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In the Kitchen: Kale, rice & nuts pie (or Wellington).

A gorgeous, hearty pie for a chilly winter’s day. You will need (all measures approximate – jiggle them to your liking): rice – 2 cups, mushrooms – 2 cups, nuts – 2 cups, stock – 1 litre, onions x 2, peppers x 2, garlic cloves x 2, kale – a big handful (about 200 grams)…….seasonings of choice – I used juice of half a lemon, dill, nutmeg and thyme. Enough pastry for your pie dish. Makes enough for two pies… for now and one for the freezer.

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden 145: Clearing the last bed, more sweet peas & shed problems next door.

Even on a chilly day it feels so good to get out there and get a few more jobs done. Clearing the last bed from last year was my priority but being there was also the perfect opportunity to see if I could help one of my lovely neighbours with her shed problem….we couldn’t do much about it there and then but we have a plan…..and I may just be making a call to our lovely friend Graham for a helping hand….