I’ve been thinking about why I don’t really use this thing as much as I used to. I’ve tried a number of times and lots of what comes out feels like I’m trying too hard or that I’m writing for some imaginary audience. Having done that a lot, what I write comes off as pointless and a waste of everyone’s time. I’m trying to look at it in a new way, and writing for myself (or at least writing to get it out of my own head). Maybe that’ll get things going again…
Since last time…
Like a lot of folks, I’ve been mostly indoors for the last 40+ days. Most of that time has been by myself. The surgery I mentioned in my last update had meant I was still seeing a doctor twice a week for dressing changes. That stopped about a week ago so I’ve been left with myself for company. For the most part, it’s been okay. Been cooking and baking a fair bit, and I’d like to think I’m getting better at it.
A few of the recipes I’d been looking at had included the standard array of herbs (Rosemary, Thyme, Basil etc) and I’d seen displays at M&S and Waitrose offering to sell you either the cut versions in a packet and a plant to take home and grow yourself. It seemed like a good idea at the time, and now I have an array of them in my living room.
I’d bought Thyme, Coriander and Basil as plants from Waitrose, and just re-planted them inside a larger container. They didn’t do particularly well. Mostly, it seems a significant number of each had been packed into the containers, and were starving each other. Having had success in reviving the Thyme (by removing most of its immediate neighbours), I did the same with the basil and coriander. They’re now doing pretty well. I’ve also now started growing mint, and re-growing a leek and spring onions from off-cuts (although at the moment I’m not thinking the leek will be a permanent fixture – it’s a pretty big thing to be growing).
A mad impulse took me, and I’ve also put some chilli seeds into some soil and a bag to see about growing a chilli plant. No idea what’ll become of it, but it’s kinda fun to see how it all works and rather satisfying to see something alive and growing.
Now all I have to do is figure out how to make use of it all whilst cooking.