A Deviation from Perfection

“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley.”

It was one of Scotland’s greatest writers who said that. Not Tootlepedal this time, but Burns. As I said in a reply to a comment about the last post, things did not go to plan.

Recently I have started ordering pies from the supermarket because it allows me to do my normal roast veg and throw a pie in the oven at the same time. Adds a bit more variety to the menu and still keeps things quick and easy. Unfortunately, this week, I ordered frozen pies and Julia didn’t notice as she put them in the fridge. I had selected on price and not noticed the blue snowflake that denotes a frozen item. There is a lesson in this.

Instead of being 20 minutes or so, this meant that pie took nearly an hour to cook, despite being thawed. We ate late and we had a pie with floppy pastry. Not my finest hour and yet another lesson in links between price, convenience and not reading the details.

Tomorrow will be pasta bake (prepared this afternoon) then pie and veg again on Tuesday (will try to think of a way to cook the pie properly this time) then vegetable soup for Wednesday lunch using leftover roasted veg. Wednesday night we will have vegetable stew then on Thursday night I’m not sure. Number One Son will be home that night and I have run out of ideas at that point. Then we have a delivery on Wednesday night (I missed all the good Christmas delivery slots and we should be good for the holidays – just need a bit of bread and milk, and thanks to part baked baguettes, long life milk and the freezer we can probably stay indoors until 2022 if we are careful. A nice low maintenance Christmas.

15 thoughts on “A Deviation from Perfection

  1. jodierichelle

    Your into quote reminded me of my Scottish great grandmother, who would say
    “It’s a braw bricht moonlicht nicht the nicht”
    Which, I am just figuring out might be attributed to Burns? I looked it up for the first time and it was cool to see what it was all about. Thank you for that.

    Best wishes to all of you for a lovely holiday and a brilliant new year. xo

      1. jodierichelle

        I just saw this! Of course I had to look it up – I never heard this one. “Long may your chimney smoke” to wish me much prosperity. Love it! And I hope your lum reeks lang as well.

  2. Lavinia Ross

    A low maintenance, happy holiday season sounds like a good one. Wishing you and Julia a peaceful and pleasant time with family. “Every day is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.”


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