Orange, Not Pink, and Halloween!

Quickie post just to say hello and wish you a very happy Halloween. I love Halloween, even though I basically do nothing on the day itself. But with pumpkin preparation, and building up to this time of year with all the fallen leaves of reds, brown and yellow . . *sigh*. . . how could you not love Halloween? I know that October is meant to be painted with pink – and for sure it is in some places, but for me it’s about the falling leaves and how they crunch underneath the foot. And honestly, I’ve been so wrapped up in how pretty it is this time of year, I hardly even noticed it was breast cancer awareness month. Really, it’s October –which means, it’s the month for HALLOWEEN.

Anyhow. Zsolt’s been working like a nutter these past several weeks, so this weekend it was all about bonding. We had my brothers over for brunch, we went to the market, looked at costumes for Z’s workplace, roasted a chicken, portioned chicken soup for later, watched a movie and carved this pumpkin. Sometimes I think you need these lazy and yet emotionally productive days.

I just want to say, I love October. And if you decide to focus on the things that warm your heart, I reckon the other stuff just fades into the background.

Happy Halloween, from Bumpybooooooooooos!

Mr Spooky the pumpkin

Yesterday, Zsolt and I carved up a little bit of pumpkin! Though I can’t help thinking we somehow missed Halloween because looking at our street last night there wasn’t a single pumpkin on a single porch.

No matter! It was fun. This was Zsolt’s first pumpkin design and he did a great job. Mind you, he also refused to touch the stringy inside goop and I ended up scraping that out, but otherwise he took to the carving well. Though it may have been a little too exciting because today I’m totally wiped. Oh well, one active day followed by one rest day – that seems to be the trend.

Carving the pumpkin was a lot of fun, and lighting it was even better. Mr Spooky did us proud for Halloween night. I hope you enjoy the picture.

I just love food

Yesterday morning a large package arrived to my door. “Sign here.” And in comes a very cold box.  This wasn’t a total surprise (I’d been told two days before to expect the delivery), but it was a total pleasure. My cousin Luc and his wife Marie Claude decided to gift Zsolt and I with a substantial delivery of frozen food.

A couple weeks ago, Zsolt and I started to buy premade meals to help reduce the stress of cooking (after I had my little breakdown). Waitrose provides a decent line of frozen food, but you really need to pick and choose – some stuff is okay, other things are dreadful. Honestly, I’m a bit, hmm  . . . . selective in terms of food because I grew up in a household that only cooked from fresh ingredients and didn’t often turn to ready meals.

But yesterday’s delivery was from Cook. Have you heard of them? They’re a company that promotes ‘home cooked’ style meals that are easy to warm up and serve. All these ingredients are fresh and they seem to take care in creating their menu. Zsolt and I had wandered into their shop a long time back and were impressed then, so when the box arrived full of meals I was totally excited.

Opening the package there were curries and pies and lasagnes and desserts and all sorts of goodness.  And, amazingly, they all fit into our tiny freezer!

Today we baked the pork stroganoff, which was creamy and full of flavour (an area where many, many frozen meals fail). Zsolt ate a man’s share, and I ate a lady’s (See picture, it might not look too pretty after being mixed in with the pasta, but it still tasted nice!)

Merci Luc et Marie-Claude pour la bonne nourriture!

Plus, as icing to this happy cake – Denise just stopped by with some freshly baked pumpkin bread, candy, and cream cheese. The bread has a lovely smell and as soon as I’m done this blog I’ll be cutting a slice. I’m on a photo kick, so I’ll take another picture right now. (Pumpkin carved by Zsolt and I!)

I love food – but even better, I love good food.  It seems that without a costume or actually leaving my flat, I’m still managing to rack in the treats. This is one excellent Halloween.

🙂  Thank you so much.