Hi Folks, I hope your weekend is going well! This “what’s not cooking” post is part of the post that should actually have gone up last Sunday. Yeah, sorry about that! I’m actually going to have to make a few temporary adjustments to the posting schedule in order to keep things together. More about that below.
Here’s some inspirational reads I wanted to share with you that I read recently.
Inspiration and Wellbeing
http://www.marcandangel.com/2015/03/25/10-things-you-do-not-need-to-be-happier-in-life/ – A reminder that happiness doesn’t exist in shallow goals and desires, in possessions, quick thrills, and impressing the wrong people.
http://tinybuddha.com/blog/5-principles-that-lead-to-a-happy-fulfilling-life/ – if you make happiness a future goal and pursuite you’re telling yourself that you’re not happy in the here and now.
Out and About in the Ochil Hills
A week past Friday one of my hill walking friends, Mike, and I managed to get together for the first time this year to walk some local hills near to Stirling, where he lives. It certainly wasn’t in any way as good as the weather Lynne and I experienced in Glencoe as you can see for yourself!
It was pretty much raining all the way up Colsnaur Hill, so we got pretty wet, however it had stopped by the time we got to the bottom, which of course was typical. 😮
What was really good about doing this particular walk, not just to catch up and do our usual putting everything in life right…..but as you can see in this photograph the forestry commission have begun to plant this area with trees, so over the next few years this baron landscape will be completely transformed into woodland for commercial purposes. Ah well, at least we’ve done a fair amount of walking here to see what it once was like. 30 years from now it’ll be unrecognisable.
Ha! Check me out. I’m standing in such a funny way there so as to try and stop the cold, from my soaking wet trousers, clinging to my legs for too long. Heaven knows why I hadn’t actually put on my waterproofs before starting this walk!
So anyway, we did actually summit as Mike proves here (sensibly wearing his waterproof trousers). I guess the photographs do actually prove that it’s not always stunning weather here in Scotland as in these photographs.
The new forestry plantation is pretty much in evidence here. You’ll still be able on a clear day to get a view from the top of Colsnaur hill, which obviously we didn’t, it’s just unfortunate that the landscape view looking north will soon be a green one instead of the season changing colours of the glens.
Lynne and I have some more hill walking planned soon with some other friends of ours so here’s hoping I’m soon able to show you that piece of Scotland that we’ll be visiting. 🙂
Lynne and I tried Thairiffic, a relatively new Thai restaurant in Glasgow last Sunday. It was a small celebration that we’d planned, on finding out, whilst we were away in Glencoe, that I had a new job to start on return. Lynne had been there once before and raved about the place. So as our usual favourite local Italian was closed for the Easter Sunday, we chose to go here. I have to say I was not disappointed.
I love authentic genuine restaurants where people actually care about the service and the food that’s being served to you. I had never had duck in a curry or in a stir fry before and couldn’t decide which one to have. The waiter assisted me in my choice by telling me that he’d just had the duck pad priggaeng for his dinner. He told me that the duck went better with this spicy stir fry dish than in a curry. I love honesty, so that made the decision for me!
I wasn’t disappointed! I had this dish with some steamed coconut rice. Something again I don’t usually bother with. Normally I’m pretty boring and just opt for plain old boiled rice, but the coconut rice was sweet and complimented and cooled the spicy chilli sauce that the duck came in. It was just so delicious.
Lynne opted for chicken pan-fried thai suki which tasted absolutely amazing as well.
I love pak choi. I really should make an effort to incorporate it more into the stir fries that I do for Lynne and I seeing as it’s pretty much readily available in all our supermarkets nowadays.
I have to confess that we did actually have the mixed starter platter. But being hungry and lost in awe in a magical food world with bulging eyes when the platter arrived, I forgot to take a picture of it! Doh! 😐 Still it was good, I’ll just tell you that it had everything nice on it like fish cakes, satay chicken, rock & roll, crab dumplings, vegetable tempura & BBQ pork ribs! Sorry I can’t show you just how good!
So, I mentioned above, I just need to make a few temporary adjustments to my current blogging schedule. Having just started a new job, and a backlog of house things needing attended to, as well as college coursework to catch up on, I’ll just be posting one new recipe over the next few weeks until I’ve caught up with everything. Bare with me here, it’s just temporary!
Moving forward, and taking into consideration keeping on top of everything I’ve mentioned, my new schedule will be posting a new recipe, Monday’s and Thursday’s and a monthly “what’s not cooking” update. That should be fine to fit in with everything else that I do!
So, as always, thanks for reading, commenting and following. Take care and see you for Thursday recipe! 🙂