Domestic duties

Since we have been plagued with several weeks of incessant rain and far-from summery weather, I was in desperate need of my fav sport…shopping!!! So  this morning I decided to hit the shops and bought some toiletries, one shirt, a blue & brown large bag and several belts in different colours (not for the reasons you may be thinking!!!..they were on sale!) and also some dark pink cute PJs!

Then I came back home & braced myself to affront my domestic duties and set out to clean the house whilst my hubby was quietly working….and with a relatively clean upstairs (downstairs is not completely done), I decided to check my emails while hubby offered to cook….

And what did he cook? My fav dish on a day like this..nothing better than some hot Asian chicken noodle broth from Jamie Oliver`s Ministry of Food…and here is the result!!

Asian Chicken Noodle Broth

Asian Chicken Noodle Broth by Hubby!

On another matter…a few nights ago we saw THE AWAKENING (2011)….it`s  about a ghost hunter (it`s slightly scary but not bad and more of an adrenaline rush really) and one day she comes across an interesting case with a twist.

I think it`s good and worth seeing and has an original story too. We gave it 8.5/10….what`s your score?!

Confession time!

So today I have a little confession to make….my way of easy unwinding after a long day of work is to browse ebay. Now c`mon everyone has a little guilty secret and mine is this!!

I get a great buzz from bidding and seeing whether I make a real bargain and my special interest is of course designer bags! Yipee!!! So now, all my friends and family members know what to get me to keep me in a good mood!! Haha!

Its great to get an email saying ‘Congratulations you`ve won!’..so let me know what are your guilty secrets then?

The ebay Logo

The ebay Logo

And today since it`s been quite a miserable week of rain and all I feel like is a warm plate of pasta, so I`d like to share my own special bolognese pasta recipe with my eager readers!!

So if you want to prepare a lovely piccante bolognese sauce for your hubby or guests, try Camilla`s pasta bolognese piccante!

What you need for around 3-4 portions:

  • 1 medium onion, cut in tiny pieces
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic cut in tiny pieces
  • lean beef mince 500g
  • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 300-400g dry pasta (I recommend tagliatelle or farfalle)
  • cooking oil, salt, pepper and paprika
  • 1 fresh red chilli, de-seeded cut in small pieces
  • 1 medium carrot cut in small pieces
  • Stock with 1 -2 beef/vegetable cubes
Camilla`s pasta bolognese piccante!

Camilla`s pasta bolognese piccante!

First heat the oil in a pan and add  the chopped onion and garlic until  colour becomes golden. Add the meat and cook very well (check no red bits left!).

Then add the carrot and the tomatoes. Next add the chilli, salt, pepper and paprika. Add the beef stock. Stir well and leave to simmer for around 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile prepare the pasta according to manufacturer`s instructions. Then either mix the pasta and sauce together and have your pasta portion ready in the plate and add sauce after. Don`t forget to serve with some parmesan cheese and more pepper if you fancy! The overall cooking time and preparation should not take longer than 20-30 minutes! Enjoy!!!

Be Prepared!

Yesterday morning I was off work and went out to run some errands…it was sunny and the sun was really shining brightly (although it was quite nippy). I noticed that loads of people stripped to their T-shirts and had sunglasses on…many were standing chatting away in small groups in the city centre as I sped away to do my deeds…..few more minutes passed, a sudden peal of thunder and the rain fell by the buckets! I calmly took my umbrella out from my bag and went on my way, whilst I could see all these people huddling together under roof tops as they had forgotten their umbrellas, still with their sunglasses, shivering away!!

This is not uncommon perhaps…however the message in this is BE PREPARED..always PLAN and NEVER take things for granted and definitely if you live in the UK, you MUST always take your umbrella along!!

My outlook on life is to try and improve generally and I do enjoy obtaining ‘hidden’ messages from experiences to guide my future!!

I bought a nice bouquet of chrysanthemums for myself today and I am sharing it with you!!!

Beautiful Bouquet of Chrysanthemums

Beautiful Bouquet of Chrysanthemums

And as I told you last week, today I will name the 3 best films we saw recently:

THE WARD directed by John Carpenter (2010)

It is a thriller/horror film (quite scary, but not too much, so be warned) with a great twist..and we definitely gave it 9/10!! It is available as a dvd and is about mental disease and helps to raise awareness as well as portrays the problems experienced in people affected in some way by mental diseases…I do recommend it!

HEREAFTER

In this film/dvd (2010) there`s Matt Damon who plays a psychic and we meet a number of other interesting characters too…..it`s an action/thriller and we gave it 8/10.

THE HUNGER GAMES

We saw this in the cinema (March 2012) quite recently and we gave it 7.5/10. It is a good movie, however the concept is not very original and if you`ve seen Gladiator and Spartacus, there are some common threads (although may not be immediately obvious!) but definitely worth a look!

Have a great weekend!!

Easter Sunday!

Easter Eggs!

Hope all the followers of diaryofanewife have had a lovely and relaxing Easter Sunday!

Mr M and I exchanged Easter eggs and had a fine three course meal (nouvelle cuisine-style!) in a restaurant along the River Ouse!

We did try to go for a long walk after (had to coax hubby!) but in the end we headed back home as it started drizzling!! 😦

Now we`re off to watch a film and I will update you re what films to see and NOT TO see in the coming posts..so watch the space!!

Have a great evening folks and let me know how you spent your Easter holidays!! 🙂

Easter weekend!

Easterweekend…this year its quiet, quite cold and spent at home…doing domestic stuff and alas, catching up with work (as always!).

So, a little cute thought for all of you out there, who maybe in need of some cheering up…..I am confident that this will hopefully put a nice smile on your faces….

 

HAPPY EASTER from A Diary of a New wife!

Monkey thoughts in Easter!

Monkey thoughts in Easter!