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Monday 2 February 2009

Snow Day!!

So I'm all moved in and am now trying to figure out where to put the multitude of crap that I brought over with me from the flat. I hate moving so much but what I hate most is unpacking!!

Anyway, last night I went to see My Bloody Valentine 3D - 3D Jensen - oh yeah!! Anyway it was awesome but driving home it had started to snow and I nearly crashed just trying to turn into my road. Then got up this morning and this is what awaited me when I looked out the window.

In true UK style, the roads came to a standstill and that only means one thing - SNOW DAY! HURRAAAAHHH. Day off to watch Firefly and make a snowman (plus a little light unpacking!!). Here is mine, mum's & dad's effort - meet Wilfred, with me in my sexy wellies!

And I just had to make a snow angel. My parents officially think I'm nuts now oh and those are my dad's bright blue rubber gloves, hahaha!

To warm us up I made cookies (I probably don't need to tell you what recipe I used). Sorry for the shite food pix, my camera is still in the depths of one of my boxes and I only have my camera phone until I find it.

For lunch I made us some split pea soup, which I've been fancying for days, ever since I found the packet of split peas when I was clearing out the cupboards in the flat, it was ace. It's not much of a recipe, because it was pretty much a case of just chucking stuff in the pot and hoping it came out as good as the soup my Nan used to make.

Easy Split Pea Soup
1 cup (dry) yellow split peas
1 large white onion, diced
1 tsp olive oil
1-2 cloves garlic, minced or finely chopped
2 medium carrots, finely diced
4 cups (1 ltr) veggie stock (I just used water + 2 stock cubes)
2 dried bay leaves
1/2 tsp dried thyme
Salt & pepper

Pour boiling water over the split peas and cover them with a plate and set aside (they double in size so make sure you have a big enough bowl).

Saute the onion in the olive oil (and a pinch of salt) for about 5 minutes, add the carrot and cook a couple more minutes. Add the garlic and cook another minute. Drain the peas and throw them in the pot with the stock, herbs and a pinch of pepper. I used stock with salt in so I didn't add extra, if yours are low sodium, add salt to taste now.

Bring to the boil and then turn down to a low simmer, cover and cook for 45 minutes and then it's done. We ate it reheated about an hour later and it was rad.

Fingers crossed it snows again tomorrow so I can have another day off!! :)

Cooking to: Take That - The Circus


  1. That snowman is awesome.
    Take That has a new album, really? I guess they want you back for good. :-)

  2. good to see that you're so bizzay! we had an unusual amount of snow come to southern indiana last week. people were freaking out and the university shut down for the first time in 30 years.

    all those nommables look awesome!

  3. I love the snow! Yay! I'm not sure it's necessary to shut down the entire country though!

    Aw, my snowman's head fell off! *FAIL*
    I like the tiny wooden spoon arms on yours! LOL! (I've suddenly got the Button Moon theme tune in my head, good old Mr.Spoon!).

    I was going to go and see My Bloody Valentine today too, but I bought the new Batman on DVD instead, and watched it in my PJs >:o)

    I hope it doesn't melt by tomorrow, I wanna go play in the snow some more!

  4. It snowed here today, too! The airports were shut down & there was much havoc on the roads...but I didn't get to make a fun angel in the snow!
    I wuv split pea soup - it's so good!

  5. The snow is so beautiful! It's actually sunny (but cold) here in Portland, OR...

  6. Not fair - We Scots have a god-given right to the snow, and what happens when we finally get some? You southerners get more! *rolls eyes*
    No Snow Day for us, but we did go sledging after school in the local park! Love love love Firefly, btw! Once spent an entire christmas watching nothing but... Had The Ballad of Jane on the brain by the end of it...

  7. hehhe you are too cool!!! best snowman ever!

    nice soup too. mmmmm mmmm good.

  8. Wilfred = awesome! hooray for a snow day, Sal! the pics are lovely & fun! i love your snow angel, too! glad you're all moved in. and oh yeah - cookies + split pea soup = a tasty way to stay warm! superw00t!

    p.s. - we loooove Firefly! :)

  9. You and Wifred are too cute!

  10. WOAH!!!
    I can't believe how much it snowed!! It's sooo deep.
    Haha snow angel - I would have done exactly the same thing. I'll do a sand angel instead.Wilfred is a fine specimen of a snowman - you'll be so sad when he melts (well...I know I would be but I have issues!!)

  11. Glad you had a fun snow day! On the news the snow looks awful there! But that's coming from someone who sees snow all of the time and is sick of it...

  12. Wow, that's one impressive snow man! We just got a whole lot of snow too, so now I regret not enjoying it during the day.

  13. YAY for snow days and angel and snowmen and cookies and soup and you...just lovely...

  14. unpacking isn't fun. good thing you have snow to distract you.

  15. Love the snowman!!

    Thank you for the soup recipe, I love split pea soup so much.

  16. Wilfred is a very handsome snowman! I like his wooden spoon arms! Aww, you look so proud of him!

    Your split pea soup looks fabulous! Mine always end up being so disgustingly filling and leave me feeling sick and overstuffed!

  17. Looks like you're having fun with the unusual snow! I've had a bag of yellow split peas on my shelf for a few weeks, and the soup looks like a nummy reason to put them to use - thanks!


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