It is what is known as a ‘Bank Holiday’ in the UK. When I first came here from Australia I was confused by the term…. we call publicly defined days off the rather more obvious ‘Long Weekend’. A Bank Holiday is a public holiday and they were first enshrined in law with the Bank Holidays Act of 1871. Apparently each year there is a Royal Proclamation that states when the coming year’s holidays are, but the days off pretty much follow a regular pattern: New Year’s Day; Good Friday and Easter Monday; 2 weekends in May; the end of August; Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Whatever the reason, a Bank Holidays means that we have a day off and so clearly are A Very Good Thing.
For dinner once again I fancied something quick and easy, and wanted also to foster Baby-G’s embryonic interest in cooking so I made him ham and cheese pinwheels.
Cut strips of puff pastry and lay on a baking sheet. I spread with cream cheese and ham
Added grated cheese and rolled up.
I glazed these with beaten egg and popped in the oven (175 degrees celsius) for about 18 minutes
Baby-G ate it all (he had two). He never eats ‘all’ of anything so Mummy for the win.
Husband-G and I had a current favourite. We have spent a very great deal of the summer eating this lentil salad.
I use the little microwavable packs of green lentils that can be found in supermarkets. I am very fond of these packs… they are easy, you don’t spend hours boiling anything and there are a range of varieties so sometimes I have quinoa and lentils or bulgar wheat etc. Today’s pack contained green lentils and red kidney beans. They cook in the microwave for 1 minute on high. To this I add sliced cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced onions, a sticks of diced celery, a huge handful each of parsley, mint and coriander (fresh), hazelnuts and crumbled feta. I pour a tablespoon of olive oil over it, and the juice of one large and very juicy lemon. Delicious.
After this Baby-G and I went into the village as the Cowes Illuminated Carnival was on. It was hard to get pics of course, but it was fun.
Blurry illuminated bagpipers