Sunday, October 31, 2010

Me and my shadow...

He's doing alright is my Glam.Ass. That busted hand is healing well - another appointment with the consultant tomorrow and the wired-up finger will get 'unwired' next week. We make haste slowly - festina lente - which for a busy man is a difficult thing.  The Shed and its myriad machines lie idle; wood is unsawn, screws unturned. Newspapers and small print are read in great detail, Google is scoured and the eBay and Amazon habits have gone into overdrive. Chester, the hunting dog and creature of habit especially when it comes to sleeping, is roused from his bed at more regular intervals to be taken down the dingle where there is much contemplative staring into the distance and mutterings of 'I'm bored' on the part of his master.

I have only to announce that I'm going for a paper and I suddenly have a companion on my outing so desperate is he for a change of scene. It seems that going somewhere - anywhere, even Welshpool - is quite an interesting proposition. (I suspect it will be a few weeks until the GA is driving again so I am the driver for the time being.) I've learned that we shop differently - I really don't like the day to day stuff. I'll buy in bulk for a week, a fortnight, a month, a year - anything to avoid the local Morrisons perhaps. I'm tempted to subscribe to the Times online too. The GA on the other hand prefers to buy daily, a bit here and a bit there. If he were on Mastermind his specialist subject could be Morrisons he's there so often. Me? I hate the bloody place.

But, needs must and we have to do some shopping on Saturday.  I'm shopping with tomorrow, next week, the week after, next month, Christmas, next year in mind - my mind both a price comparison website and stock-control sheet. The Glam Ass is dutifully at my side - my shadow. He occasionally darts off returning with something completely off-list, but never mind. It's a good opportunity to get some serious household shopping done and the trolley soon fills up.

'Why have you got white chocolate?' he asks. White chocolate is to his mind an invention of the Devil - he prefers something bitterly dark himself.

'BECAUSE! JUST BECAUSE FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE. WHY NOT? I WANT IT.' I reply in somewhat unnecessarily snappy tones - now fed up with the scrutiny every item in the trolley is getting. Stop asking stooopid questions. Just let me shop and get out of this supermarket hell. Grrrr.

White chocolate?

It's because I'm going to make vanilla and fresh berry mini cheesecakes. They are truly scrumptious and delectable - the tang of the fruit being the perfect foil to the rich sweetness of the chocolate-cream cheese mix. They must be tiny - in the recipe below they are baked in cupcake cases - I used little ramekins.
For 12 cheesecakes beat 500g of light cream cheese with 100g of caster sugar and gradually whisk in 3 large beaten eggs. The recipe above now adds vanilla seeds - I'm a cheapskate and use a drop of vanilla essence. In a small saucepan bring 175g double cream to the boil, bring off the heat and add 200g chopped white chocolate - let it melt thoroughly and give it a good stir. Mix the chocolate mixture and the cheese mixture together.

In the ramekins or paper cases scatter a few berries - I used raspberries and blueberries. Pour the cheesecake mix over the berries and bake in the oven for 25 - 30 minutes (130 degrees c.) They are cooked when set but soft in the middle - they should still be white. Cool and chill. Garnish with more berries and sprinkle with icing sugar to serve.

Try not to eat too many at a sitting. They are the sort of things which make shadows more substantial.....

13 comments:

Pondside said...

I just know that there will be many female a reader nodding her head in understanding. TGD had some difficulty when he first retired, but now has figured things out and fills his time on his own. I'm sure your shadow will disappear as soon as the hand is usable again.

veryberryhandmade said...

Delicious recipe... My OH can't be sent to the butchers without coming back with all kinds of things to 'try'...

elizabethm said...

I was wondering how things were going only today. Google and Ebay sound like Ian's obsessions. I confess that I am the Amazon addict.

Wipso said...

I'm really pleased to hear your shadow is making good steady progress even if rather slower than he would like. I'm sure it is like the time of year....while the sun is low in the sky your shadow will be long and very noticeable but when the spring comes and the sun climbs higher in the sky it won't be half as visable :-) Treasure your time together.
A x

rachel said...

Poor Glam Ass. Just wait till he gets back on the production line - you won't see him for dust! Then you can hover annoyingly round him checking on compliance with the Health & Safety Regs....

toady said...

So with you regards the shopping.
When will men learn that they are there solely to hump the heavy stuff, pack the bags and get them into the house. No input regarding the contents of the trolley is required!!

Chris Stovell said...

Yes, another one nodding here! Tom loves going to Tesco - I berludy hate it too! Ooh, that recepie looks good!

Nutty Gnome said...

Poor old GA - hope he gets his hand function back soon, but without pushing it too much and messing up the recovery process!

That recipe is too good not to try.....!

Shirley said...

Your post gave me a little smirk today. I despise grocery shopping but it is a necessary evil and even worse if hubby tags along. He has learned it is better accomplished on my own. I hope GA's hand heals soon so your shadow is of one personage not two. It must be so difficult for him to slow down so much. I wonder who is looking forward to the full use of his hand more, you or him.

Fennie said...

Very best wishes to GA. The answer I suppose is Waitrose. Now what was the question? Yes, buy in bulk, especially dark chocolate.

Nikki-ann said...

OK, now I'm hungry! :D I'm going to copy down that recipe right now, thanks. (I'm not supposed to eat wheat or lactose, but sometimes I've just got to!).

Pam said...

Those cheesecakes sound marvelous! I'm far too much of a kitchenphobe to try & make them though. Does the GA cook? Maybe he can make you both some dark chocolate lava cake!

Frances said...

Mountaineer, I am sending very best wishes along to you and to your recovering GA.

It's interesting to read this post of yours and the prior comments, and find that my comment must include mentioning how much I wish that my life had allowed me to connect with a husband who would understand me, and whom I might understand, for years and events better or worse.

xo