I made my first bagels yesterday – and they turned out to be a success. We’ve had a bread maker for 2 years now, and have progressed from pre-mixed bread-mixes, through the recipes that came with the machine, to those in a recently bought book. Yesterday I attempted my first “internet” bread recipe – for bagels. I had to adjust the recipe slightly as I didn’t have any Barley malt syrup or Molasses – so I just put them in plain boiling water. They also floated the moment I put them in, but this recipe suggests “cooking for about 30 seconds on each side” which is similar to how long I boiled them.

Don’t send me flowers when I’m dead. If you like me, send them while I’m alive.

Brian Clough died today. Cloughy was my Grandmother’s favourite football manager, and always one she respected, and used in a “Cloughy wouldn’t have done that” kind of way. This was of great amusement to my Father as he used this to wind her up on all possible occasions. I still don’t know why my Gran was a Nottingham Forest fan as she lived in Hull and surrounding areas for all of her life, but she was. One of those things I guess.

There are some great Cloughy quotes at IOL: Soccer – I guess these are the kind of quotes my Dad liked to remind Gran about.

We visited Steff Simes

Daisy and Panda

We visited Steff, Simes, Daisy and Noah over the weekend which was smashing. I’d just like to thank Steff for introducing me to the concept of serving Ben & Jerry’s in slices: it makes perfect sense.

Oh, the photo? It just goes to show that it’s hard to make a Red Panda balance on your head for very long.