Waterbirds, Comfort Food and A Present

17 Jan

1    After choir, I was catching a quiet moment by the side of the river when I saw a fat, gingery looking bird with enormous webbed feet perched on a rusty buoy.  Though it had something of the Cormorant about it, I didn’t really recognise it and only discovered that it was a very young Cormorant when I checked it online.

Bird life on the Penryn River

Bird life on the Penryn River

Very fat young cormorant

Very fat young cormorant

2    There are times when only comfort food will do! My CF of choice this lunchtime was Semolina with Jam, proper nursery food and made in a moment and with Strawberry Freezer Jam at the ready in the freezer.  I was enchanted by the ice-crystals on the jam so had to wait to have my pudding until I had taken this photo!

Ice crystals on my strawberry freezer jam

Ice crystals on my strawberry freezer jam

Semolina with a dollop of Strawberry Freezer jam

Semolina with a dollop of Strawberry Freezer Jam

3    Our Christmas present arrived form America this afternoon having had some contretemps with the Customs Office for some unfathomable reason. It is a beautiful bread basket with a clay insert which you heat in the oven and then it keeps the bread warm as long as necessary. It is both beautiful and useful thus satisfying the words of  William Morris –

 “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”.

Beautiful bread basket with clay warmer

Beautiful bread basket with clay warmer


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19 responses to “Waterbirds, Comfort Food and A Present

  1. Abraham

    February 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

    The basket is great!

  2. gwynnem

    January 18, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Love the bread basket with clay warmer!

  3. Bernice

    January 18, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Great pics. I like the bread warmer! It will present the bread nicely and if you add a small towel to wrap it, I would imgaine it would stay nice and warm! I adore warm bread.

  4. valeriedavies

    January 18, 2013 at 2:04 am

    Great minds think alike, Sally. I’ve just written a post using those words of William Morris’s !!!

  5. on thehomefrontandbeyond

    January 17, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    love the wee angel wings

  6. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    January 17, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I will have to check out “Semolina” pudding…never heard of it…Looked at first like “cream of wheat”…
    Strawberry jam…always good…

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 17, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      It is a grain, could well be cream of wheat. I’ll check what grain it comes from. :)

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 17, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      Checked it. It is made from wheat. :)

      Freezer jam is the best. The strawberries are not cooked so taste really fresh even when 2 years old as this is! :)

  7. tartanpants

    January 17, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Oh I can almost taste that pudding! And the ice on the jam looks like wee angel wings, really lovely x

  8. hjbryant

    January 17, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Love the bread warmer – what a lovely thing. And you have reminded me how much I love semolina……

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 17, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      Isn’t it? The semolina pudding is so easy to make, only takes 10mins and there you are! :)

  9. ladysighs

    January 17, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    I really like the bread warmer. I go to all the trouble of heating the bread then by the time it is passed it is cold. But somehow bread gets eaten whether it is cold or hot. I love bread. :)

  10. WomanBitesDog

    January 17, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Semolina looks good. Takes me back to childhood puddings…


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