As usual, there have been all sorts of things happening, but five minutes later they are forgotten or I have decided that they aren’t interesting enough to write about.
At the moment, Julia is out at a meeting (she’s still on the committee of a local group and has been for about ten years. She must have been Chair for at least five.) I keep telling her it’s time for a change. They need fresh leadership now. She’s not doing badly, it’s just that I think she’s done enough and could do with a rest from it. She was on the phone this morning when I ws still dressing and continued for another hour. This our day off!
I have two pots of soup on the go – Tomato and Lentil and Lentil and Bacon. Yes, I always have plenty of lentils in. And tinned tomatoes. And somebody gave us some leftover ham earlier in the week. It’s all from a pig so it’s bacon enough for me. We will have soup and sandwiches tonight, with a salad garnish to try to look healthy. Tomorrow I will have soup for lunch, and the same again on Friday. I’m having Saturday off so we may well have soup for lunch then too. It’s cheap, healthy and convenient, which are all good.
Over the last few months I have been making a collection of British Citizenship medallions – they have been giving them out since at least 2005. This afternoon I listed all the ones I know of. It’s the sort of thing that collectors do. I have a list of 15, including two different varieties for Birmingham. There is a vast array of prices, anything from £2 to £45. I buy them when I see them at up to £10, as that’s about what they are worth in my opinion. The amusing one is the Brent Council one from London. It’s a well produced medal and very rare. I know it’s very rare because on of the eBay sellers currently selling one tells me so. Two others are rare and the other five haven’t offered an opinion on rarity.
If there are eight on eBay they aren’t rare. When cataloguing things some people put a rarity rating in the catalogue. Eight on eBay means it’s common. Like a lot of other things, people see one described as rare and decide to use the description themselves. They are all about £35 – £45 and I have news for them on that score too. They hardly ever seem to sell. But eBay dealers are born optimists . . .
Talking of which, I put a medal case on eBay yesterday. It is custom made to hold a particulat pair of medals – the 1902 and the 1911 Coronation medals. The dates are gold-blocked on the lid and the 1902 medal has a very recognisable shape. We hummed and hah’d on price. Someone who wants one would probably pay a lot of money for it. But someone who wants one is probably a very rare customer. We went for the lower end of the price scale and set a new selling record – 11 minutes!
Soup is what we eat most weeks. How do you spice your lentil and tomato soup? I don’t think we give medals for citizenship here. At least I’ve never heard of it.
Cumin and chilli this week. Normally I use grlic too, but didn’t have ny this week.
Teh Australians and Canadins seem to have medals too, from what I see on eBay.
The Brent medal is so rare that there is no picture of it
When I find one cheap enough to buy I will photograph it. ::-)
I like that West Lothian medallion. It has an unfussy elegance in my view.
Years, it does all it needs to do, without any excess.
Oh, I love soup! It’s like the quilt of meals. Just throw all your scraps together nicely and you make a masterpiece. Someone was thrilled to get that medal case, I bet!
“The Quilt of Meals” is a great description. We will be re-using our soups as sauce in our vegetable curry at the weekend. 🙂
Well, now, there’s something I hadn’t thought of. I’ll be looking into vegetable curries now, as I also have some leftover soup.
My go-to curry is either potato ( which probably isn’t very good for me) or sweet potato and chickpea which is probably better. You can do parsnips too, but I always find them a bit sweet. At this point I have to admit that if it works I just keep using it – I have no concept of adventurous new recipes . . .:-)
We make a lot of sweet potato and chickpea dishes with turmeric, salt and white pepper, and add kale, nettles or Swiss chard for greens. Cheap, quick and nutritious!
Yes, good ingredients are a good start for healthy eating.