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Marks & Spencer Valentines Meal

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Tonight's meal was from the Marks & Spencer's 'eat-in' range. For Valentine's weekend they did a version which cost £20 but included starter, main, side dish, dessert, sparkling wine and chocolates.

Crab Salad
Our starter was the mini dressed crab which we served with a mixed-leaf salad.

Sea Bass
The main course was Sea Bass with chilli and coriander butter. The fish was simply baked then the skin and backbone needed to be removed before serving. It was a little bit fiddly but the fish was very good. We chose the mixed vegetable layer for side-dish, which contains peas, shredded courgette, cabbage and broad beans.

Strawberry and Champagne Souffle
The Strawberry and Champagne souffle was a posh trifle. The jelly contained large pieces of strawberry, topped with a thick layer of fluffy champagne flavoured cream.

The Rosado Cava we picked turned out to be a particularly good example of a cava. It was dry but with a discernible fruity flavour.

The deal also included chocolates but at the time of writing we haven't eaten those yet.

Hamster Treats

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We attended the Burgess Small Animal Show last month but have only just got around to transferring the photos from the camera. We were given some 'goody bags' containing animal treats - here are some photos of our beasties enjoying them when we got home.


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Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Last week we watched the episode of Glee which featured the cast performing songs from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. It made me want to watch the film again, which we did last night. I have mentioned in the past that I'm not a fan of musicals but the Rocky Horror Picture Show is one exception. The less said about the sequel, Shock Treatment,the better.

I got our old VHS video recorder set up so we could watch the old tape of Shock Treatment, just to remind myself how bad it is compared to RHPS. The songs are very lacklustre (apart from Bitchin' in the Kitchen), and the story (mainly a parody on TV taking over society) isn't as interesting. The film is trying too hard to be quirky and could really do with a strong character such as Frank-N-Furter.

My 'first impression' of the film was that it felt like someone trying to make a bad musical but that might be a little harsh. The film completely lacks the 'fun' element which made Rocky Horror great.

Butternut Squash Soup

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The soup was made using some spare roast butternut squash from the freezer. The rest of the ingredients were:

  • 2 small onions, 1 leek, 2 cloves of garlic. Chopped and fried until softened.
  • 1 tub of chicken stock.
  • 1 tbs chopped parsley
  • 1 medium sized cooked potato
  • A pinch of salt.
  • 1 diced carrot.

Everything was simmered for about an hour then left to cool before being liquidized. There was enough for 2 days. Day 1 was a mug of the soup with diced chicken added. For day 2 I cooked some 'soup mix' which contained pasta, pulses and grains. This made the soup very thick, almost like drinking a stew.