03 November 2009

Blogging live from her living room -- it's Tuesday night live

I cannot express how Sweet It Is to be blogging, live from my living room, on the lovely Sea Shell. Helsinki has gone to a sleepover and Clover has a friend sleeping over so I've sort of netted out even on the girlie front although getting Clover & Co to actually sleep may be a minor issue. They have been angels so far however including eating all of the dinner I prepared. Chicken Parmesan, roast potatoes and peas, if you must know. I restrained myself from plating it up à la Masterchef. Then I experimented with roasting red onion, lardons, potatoes together with a lot of crème fraîche -- a sort of rustic dauphinoise. The result is divine, but do not serve to anyone at risk of heart attack. Roast the onion and the lardons with a bit of butter first, then add thinly sliced parboiled potatoes. Nigel Slater (in Appetite) does a version of this without parboiling the potatoes, but maybe he has got all day; I don't.

The Few Remaining Members of the writers workshop met last night. We should start calling ourselves The Remainders. We all missed being in our usual space, Madame Sour Puss or no Madame Sour Puss. More about her later. We are counter-offering her €10 instead of the €25 ransom she's demanded along with a reminder of how much we drink at each meeting. Yes we are lame. We are a prime example of why writers need agents, or mafia back-up, or something. On the other hand, I got very good feedback on four poems, none of which I quite know what to do with. And while that hasn't changed it does feel good having aired them out. It would be a shame if this workshop collapses.

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I have shepherded the angels into their pyjamas and through a round of tooth brushing. Lights out and now for the whispering and giggling. What's that quote at the end of "Stand By Me"? "You never have friends like you do when you are 12..." Or in Clover's case, 9 nearly 10.... Lichfield is out rooting for the big reds so it's just me and David Copperfield from here on out. That's all... See you next week on Tuesday Night Live.

1 comment:

  1. I've enjoyed TNL this week. Look forward to more in the future!

    You were so lucky to have scheduled sleepovers for both children on the same night. It never seems to work out for us like that.