In a rush, I forgot the title…

As usual, Sunday has seen the death of many good intentions. I was going to make vegetable soup for lunch, but we got up late and Julia made brunch, so we didn’t need lunch. We had crumpets instead of lunch, plus a slice of stollen. It was very nice, though in nutritional terms it may not quite have been what the doctor ordered.

She is out for a Christmas dinner with friends from a previous job while I cook myself a lonely meal and cook the soup ready for tomorrow night, when we will eat it with a sandwich and croutons. Oh yes, we are going to be sophisticated. Even more so when I reveal the croutons will be made from a very stale piece of sourdough. I really sound like a foodie rather than a man who can’t manage his pantry properly, don’t I? In an ideal world I wouldn’t have a load of wrinkly root veg and a quarter loaf of inedible bread.

The soup is very like the vegetable stew we had last week, though the ingredients are slightly more wrinkled and I’ve used one stock cube instead of two. We had dumplings with the stew, using freshly ground garlic seasoning. It was tasty, filling and virtuous, though I did get a lecture on my immaturity when I sniggered whilst complimenting her dumplings. It seems it is time I grew up.

That’s one of the nice things about being married to Julia. Despite all the evidence, she still thinks I’m capable of improvement. It’s heart-warming, but improbable. I’m 61, I’m set in my ways and this, I’m afraid, is as good as it’s going to get.

My alarm just went. My lonely meal is ready. It’s potato wedges, cheese and onion pasty and mushy peas – comfort food. I’m going to watch the Strictly Come Dancing results, shout at the judges then make tomorrow’s sandwiches.

This is not the life I envisaged when I was a young man. There were more yachts, steaks and butlers in my vision of my future. Fortunately I’m very fond of mushy peas.


20 thoughts on “In a rush, I forgot the title…

  1. Clare Pooley

    I’m afraid I don’t care for mushy peas and for that I am a disappointment to my husband; though he doesn’t have to share them which must be good.
    I do enjoy reading your posts as there are frequent little gems that sparkle and give me a giggle.
    Today’s highlights were your inability to manage your pantry and that you got a reprimand for admiring Julia’s dumplings šŸ˜€

  2. tootlepedal

    You are slipping up if you let sourdough bread get stale. Still, croutons are a good way to go. I hope that you enjoyed the brief glimpse of a really classy dancer on the results show.

      1. tootlepedal

        Carlos Acosta who made a brief appearance in the opening group dance of the Strictly results show and made it clear what elegance in dance is really like.

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