Tuesday, 21 February 2017

German Confectionary Review No.2 Bahlsen ABC Russisch Brot.

For our Germanic delectation today Nigel selected the packet of ABC Russisch Brot, which our German Freunde Ze Monkeys kindly explained meant Russian Bread …… we were intrigued …….
ABC Russian Bread….. and even more so when Ze Monkeys added, in their note, that they were neither Russian or bread, so intrigue, piled up on confectionary intrigue!
ABC Russian Bread. aThe contents of the bag were more than generous, and as pre-warned, didn’t look Russian or like bread. They looked more like a very light and glossy biscuit, and we anticipated that they would have a gingery taste about them.
ABC Russian Bread 1The texture was indeed very light and crispy and the flavour ….. was not at all gingery but more of  a rich, dark comforting treacle, and they certainly did not disappoint. They were very, very moreish, and quickly disappeared in a flurry of very happy nomming.
German Russian Bread…… but not before we tried to spell out “nom” with them ….. sadly the only proper word we could make was “nice” with a kiss, which was rather feeble considering our very positive reaction to them, but then Nigel pointed out that as they are German they were probably only made to spell German words, and we don’t know any!
And our score? As I said, we were very, very  impressed, and so for ABC Russisch Brot we would like to score them a robust 125 furlongs out of 130, on our now, almost world famous, Richter Scale of Noms.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Nigel, Still With His Bargain Hunt Ambitions ……

Nigel has spotted some antique tools at the local Antique Centre, one of his favourite haunts at the moment …….
antique toolsThey are, he said, a bargain!  You might be able to buy new tools in Poundland for the same price …….. but, from our experience, they don’t last that long ……. and more importantly, mused Nigel, new tools are devoid of any gravitas or mystic …… or that certain tool shed smell.
Giant wooden malletThese tools says Nigel are most probably centuries old and so have a lovely patina about them.  What wonderful romantic rustic tales could they could tell of craftsmen and their trusty apprentices fashioning things of wood?  He said if he was on Bargain Hunt, he would try and put a bundle together to sell at auction but I know he has an eye on the mallet for himself for driving in the pegs for the tent he had for Christmas. I think I need to suggest he looks for something a little smaller, even if it is from Poundland ……. said mallet could do some serious damage in the wrong hands.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Always Something Going On

There is always something interesting to read about on the notice boards scattered round Evesham.NoticeboardIn the Garden of England and surrounding fertile areas cross fertilisation, sprouting, forking, rooting up and pollinating are very much a way of life. If we had a garden of our own, a daily mulching and drilling would be de rigeuer, and seed swapping  a definite date on our horticultural calendar ………Seed swap……. but alas, this is not a pleasure we can take part in, being without a garden, unless ……. I apply for an allotment????
ClementiBut, there are always plenty of intellectual talks we could go to  …… an evening learning about Clementi, “Born in Rome and Died in Evesham”. Sadly, I am found ignorant and wanting, but I am sure Mr D can enlighten us.  Perhaps this might be a little too heady and heavy for us at the moment, however, I will keep looking, because there is bound to be something that will eventually fire our imaginations and broaden our horizons, beyond the odd confectionary or cake review.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

My Tea-Spot of the Week – Word of Mouth Café , Evesham

Yesterday afternoon I thought I would pop  into Word of Mouth Café, somewhere I have passed by many, many times, but never ventured in ……
Evesham Word of MOuthEvesham Abbey
…… it’s right by the Abbey and so is in a very picturesque part of town.
Word Of Mouth Cafe EveshamMain Street Evesham
It did not disappoint…….
Cakes Today Word of MouthWord of MOuth Cake Selection.
…….. with a very full and robust choice of cake.
Word of Mouth Cake selectionI have to admit, I did linger for quite a while at the said cake counter, because when it comes to choosing cake I can’t be hurried. I like to take my time with important decisions.
Word of Mouth EveshamIn the end I opted for the date,oat and raspberry slice. It was almost too wonderful for words. I would describe it as a slice of pure comfort, moist and rich, I ate it very, very slowly so as to savour all its loveliness in its entirety.
Word of Mouth Evesham. This is definitely a place to bring Hugh when he pays a State Visit, as it specializes in food for allergy sufferers, vegans, vegetarians as well us meat eaters, and as far as I could see, there wasn’t a quiche in sight, which would please Hugh immensley …. as he would say “Not all vegitareans eat quiche, darling!”Vegan food of the dayAnd I know that Darrell and Nigel, would always be up for a “Guest Sausage Roll”
MenuThere were books all around the café and after a little mooching I discovered that they have an Honesty Book Shop where you can borrow a book and bring it back, swap one of your books for one of theirs or just buy one, with all the money received being sent to Uganda to help pay for a young boys school fees. There were a couple of titles I quite fancied, so that’s a no brainer.
Word of Mouth Word of Mouth Book Club
The café is very homely and cosy, but sadly it’s not really big enough for us to wheel in a double buggy when we are on Baby Patrol, however in the warmer weather it would be a most excellent spot for sitting outside ……… and perhaps …… do a little people watching!
morris dancers

Friday, 17 February 2017

Nigel’s Bargain Hunt Aspirations

When we are home just chilling, we all very much enjoy watching Bargain Hunt with our mid morning coffee and chocolate covered Hob Nob. I also think that Nigel quite fancies that he could be rather good on it, if, they could find a red or blue jacket that would fit him ……
Evesham Anitque centre…….. as he has taken to having a mooch round a couple of Evesham’s antiques centres after Music, Rhythm and Rhyme at the library on a Friday afternoon.
vesham Antique CentreHe reckons that if he could get this very desirable majolica plate of crusteans for £35 (currently marked up at £45), he could almost double his money if he went to auction, no problem!
crustancean antique  Majolica plate
However, he also thinks that it could add a certain something to the ambience of  our lounge. I am not so sure, I think it could turn into the stuff of nightmares! I can imagine, one evening, with lights dimmed, and a little too much cheese for supper,  Nigel and Darrell scaring themselves witless thinking that they seen a tentacle or feeler move!!!
lobster on a plateIt is definitely an acquired taste and perhaps more suited to the walls of an en-trend  fish restaurant rather than our bijoux riverside apartment!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

What’s He Like?

Darrell says he can really tell he’s starting to lose weight ……..
skeleton t-shirt……. as he can now see his ribs!!!!  What is he like?

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Konditoreiüberprüfung - Köstlicher Brotleg aus Feinster Vollmilch Scokolade

Nigel has been unbelievably excited about being put in charge of making the selection of German confectionary, sent to us by our friends Ze Monkeys, to review.
Eszet SchnittenThis morning he selected the chocolate that you eat with bread for our delectation and considered deliberation,  to be honest, when we first opened our parcel and delved amongst its many delights, it was the one item that evoked most of our curiosity.
German ChocolateAnticipating our review, we had nipped up to Aldi where we had deliberated for some time as to what bread we should serve said chocolate, our bread of choice is usually “the much seeded one”, but perhaps placed between two slices of a white “Toastie” might be better ….. but in the end, taking into consideration the nature of the unusual filling, we opted for a bag of mini brioche rolls as the most appealing option.
german chocolate sandwichWe then decided against spreading butter on our rolls, going instead for a plainer, dry option, so flavours and textures would not get confused……
Nuss Nuss Nuss …… though Nigel couldn’t resist having just a tiny “naked” nibble without the bread.
German Chocolate Sandwich.Let’s just say we were very impressed and can’t believe that we have never thought of experimenting with the idea of a chocolate sarnie before now.
nom nom nomIt has to be said that from now on our packed lunches are certainly going to become much more adventurous, we just need to experiment with which pickle goes with chocolate the best, and decide whether a slice of tomato or cucumber would be over egging the butty?
Our understanding of German language is also a very wonderful extra bonus,  we may very soon become bilingual as we now know that “nuts” in German are “nuss”!
Chocolate sandwichconfectionary review
And our considered evaluation? Well, we all liked that the chocolate came in 8 slender pieces, which reminded us of thin Easter egg chocolate.  We wouldn’t say it was as creamy and rich as Cadbury or Galaxy chocolate, however it was still very pleasing, especially with the delicate pieces of hazelnut (vollmil?) mixed in.
So, we feel we have sampled well, and can thus award Eszet Vollmilch-Nuss Schnitten an unequivocal and well deserved 85.998 out of 101% of Teutonic noms ……. nom, nom, nom!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentines Day

Happy 14th February 2017 …….
IMG_0873To be honest, Cupid’s Arrow hasn’t had time to strike in Evesham …… yet, but you never know.
Kiss Kitten_thumb[7]Valentines Day 2017.
This morning we shared a few memories of Valentines Days past and wondered what our old work colleague Tallulah was doing now, and whether she herself had found the love she so craved.  Despite our lack of romance of a starry eyed type nature, we are still planning special evening meal to celebrate the day, splashing out on a Marks and Spencer Valentine Meal Deal but split between three ….. a mange pour trois, as they would say dans Paris, the patron city of love!

Monday, 13 February 2017

Dishcloth Dilemma

I try not to be too precious about matters of a domestic type nature, but some things really get to me ……. like, what happens to dishcloths in the wash?
IMG_0679I like to buy a reasonable quality dishcloth, having experimented with the cheaper variety  and occasionally splashing out on a higher end product, but always with the same result……..
IMG_0681…… they always start out flat and perfectly shaped and I am proud to use them …….
Ragged dishcloths…… yet within a couple of washes they seem to bear no resemblance to their former selves, becoming misshapen, twisted and almost impossible to lie flat ……. to wit, they become an embarrassment to my tea towel drawer, and I refuse to iron them. I am now considering just getting a set for “best” when we have guests and then using one of Darrell’s or my ripped up old t-shirts for the rest of the time! Aghhhhhhh!!!

Sunday, 12 February 2017

German Confectionary Review - Lach Gummi

Nigel was up at 7.30 this morning, anxious to make his selection for our first German Confectionary Review.
German Treat BoxLach gummi 1
He deliberated for quite some time, but in the end decided on the Lach Gummi or as kindly translated by Ze Monkeys, Laughter Gums.
Lach Gummi 2 ..Let’s just say, they did not disappoint in the laughter department.
Lach Gummi 2Lach Gummi 4
Now, we don’t really advocate the playing with food, however we thought that with Lach Gummi it would be acceptable, in fact it was probably expected …… and de rigeuer in Germany.
Lach gummi 5Lach gummi 6
And as a result afforded much robust laughter at The Towers …..
lach gummi 7…… in fact we had to close the windows, just in case we could be heard on the other side of the river, and a boat sent over to see what was happening!
Lach Gummi 8And our score?  Well, it has to be an unprecedented 1001% on our Richter scale of Teutonic Noms, they delivered vigorously in all categories, TV snack appeal, aroma, nutritional value,  flavour, chewability and living up to their name!  We absolutely loved them, which bodes well for the other Germanic confectionary items our box.
stemmed Jar with gingham lidBut, we didn’t eat them all, we had to think about Darrell’s diet, so what was left has been put in our sweetie jar, to be partaken of as and when, but in moderation.
lach gummi 9However, I am, not sure how long Nigel will last!