• 25May

    Today we went to a very local event to us Cheese Rolling – this is done on Coopers Hill each year and though we have lived just donw the road from it for the last three years this was the first time we had a proper oppurtunity to go.

    It was bedlam – from my husbands family tellings of yestur-year I was expecting about twenty people chasing cheeses down the piece of hill we dubbed ‘the shaved bit’ when we first moved here. But there was thousands of people – no really there were – they were everywhere and we could not see a thing – we couldn’t even park near the event (though later found out that there was an official car park for the princely sum of £5). We walked through the woods and sat at the top behind the crowd looking at all the contestants queuing to chase a Double Gloucester Cheese down a very steep hill – people regually break limbs at this event and the St Johns Ambulence dudes were there in force.

    The event seemed to be dominated by Kiwi sports peeps i.e. New Zealand rugby players and the like. The only female runner I saw I think was from New Zealand or Australia and was wearing a furry red Mrs Santa Bikini! She was splattered with mud and thrilled to have survived in tact!

    We ate our picnic of double glouchester cheese sandwitches with home made Banana chutney and/or brambly apple sauce and looked around at the people we saw hats that looked like wedges of cheese, bananas, giant flowers, a man with a chicken on his head, gladiators, a man with nothing but a strip of florescent yellow :/ a giant mole, patients and Drs, a cow, people riding emus, super heroes, and a variety of night attire!

    There were also a number of people swinging in the trees with flagons of cider.

    Lots of the male runners where walking around with no t-shirts on too!

    Once we had finished our apple and ginger juice we walked down the hill to see if we could see anything from the bottom of the hill. We could but unfrortunatly just before the womens race there was an issue over an ambulance being needed and we had to wait for another before anymore races could happen.

    An uphill race took place which we all highly cheered especially a little one being helped by someone in a flourescent jacket :)

    In the long wait periods spectators would get onto the hill from the side lines and end up rolling down to much appluse and cheering.

    There was a van selling cheeses and another doing hot dogs and somewhere there was a rumour of ice creams being sold though the crowd density prevented us from exploring the direction of the ice creams! The weather was strangly fuggy and when we first arrived it was drizzling.

    A group of brightly coloured people came down the hill and we thought it was another race but it wasn’t – it was a stretcher crew :( From what we heard it was one of the young guys up the tree – he’d fallen out – no idea how he is but hoping he’s ok.

    I sort of lost heart at this point and squeezed out of the crowds and therefore missed the cheese rolling everyone else in our group saw.

    The event ran about 1 1/2 hrs over schedule but considering the ambulance stuff thats not bad.

    We walked down the hill whilst my hubby went to get the car which was up and then down the other side of the hill. We sat and had another smaller picnic in the car park watching the crowds disperse. There was two young men with a cheese who lay down with it infront of the sign for Nut Hill for an unmissable photo oppurtunity!

    I unfortunatly forgot the camera so had to steal my husbands phone – as soon as I get them off of there I will add them to the post – he also used his camera goggles to take a video of his journey to retrieve us which I hope to add too :)

    But why the title I hear you ask?

    Well my three year old thought we were going to see a cheese roll and if we were going to see one and so were all these people then it had to be a giant cheese roll. Her grandfather confused things more by saying they should roll lettuces down the hill too so that there would be cheese and lettuce rolls – sigh!

  • 18May

    The 18th-24th of May marks a time to enjoy and ponder all things Vegetarian!

    I live with a veggi so most of the time we eat veggie, and some of the best food I’ve ever tasted is veggie – some of its even vegan and with recent trends more and more specifically vegetarian resturants are opening up. When we have the time and the money we try and sample their food but that doesn’t happen much at the moment :(

    The event is organised by the Vegetarian Society which is apparently the oldest vegetarian society globally and physically based in Chesire. Unfortunatly the page about Veggie Week appears to have been sabatarged probably by some millitent carnivores! This is a shame as today is the first day of Veggie Week and I wanted to see if anything local was going on that I could take my little girl to see but never mind there is always next year and instead I will just be making this week veggie for the entire household which will upset the older generation but hey its healthier for them than what they normally eat!

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  • 11May

    finished

    My little girl was having an easter egg hunt and so I thought it would be good if she had some imput into the food. We got a pack of pre-cooked ginger egg shaped biscuits complete with indented crack in them from the bakery in Morrisons. They came with some flower sprinkels and a writing icing plus some chocolate sprinkels. I also dug out the icing pen things we’ve got left from other such kits resulting in orange gloop, black, green, yellow, red and pink icing, Barbi sprinkles, purple sprinkles and icing hearts and flowers and sliver balls, hundreds and thousands and rice crispies. Not too mention some Disney princess rice paper edible sticker things – the little mermaid, sleeping buety etc…

    Easter Buscuits

    I then basically let her and my dad loose on the buscuits – there were five of them but only four of them made it to completion – have no idea what happened to the fifth biscuit!

    decorated

    Dad did some interesting stuff by squeezing the icing into the intentation of the egg shell crack and then sprinkling hundreds and thousands onto it, he then shook it off – resulting in a rainbow crack in the egg!

  • 04May

    FISH.–carp, chub, crabs, crayfish, dory, herrings, lobsters, mackerel, red and gray mullet, prawns, salmon, shad, smelts, soles, trout, turbot.

    It turns out that chub is a name that can refer to mulitple varieties of blue ray fished as linked above but normal refers to the European Chub but can refer to alot of other fish not sure what Mrs Beeton was refering to!

    MEAT.–Beef, lamb, mutton, veal.

    POULTRY.–Chickens, ducklings, fowls, green geese, leverets, pullets, rabbits.

    Never heared of ducklings being cooked before but if anyone knows any recipies or has tried it then please let me know! Also green geese needs a bit more information.

    VEGETABLES.–Asparagus, beans, early cabbages, carrots, cauliflowers, creases, cucumbers, lettuces, pease, early potatoes, salads, sea-kale,–various herbs.

    I have no idea what creases are either so if anyone knows please do tell!

    Pease is just an old word for pea!

    FRUIT.–Apples, green apricots, cherries, currants for tarts, gooseberries, melons, pears, rhubarb, strawberries.

    Any information about green apricots would also be appreciated as the only reference I can find is not to pick green apricots as they will not rippen :/