Life in the slow lane with a Mai Tai cocktail

Greetings everyone. Last night I made Mai Tai cocktails. The recipe I used is here. It doesn’t give exact amounts as just mentions 1 part or 2 parts of each ingredient. I used 40 ml for each part. If I made this again I think I would reduce this a bit as it was VERY alcoholic. I felt a bit lightheaded at the end of the glass, but it was also VERY good. With freshly squeezed orange and lime juice, David described it as “the best orange squash ever”!

Before I start waffling on about anything else I must just say “Happy Father’s Day” to my father. I don’t think he reads my blog, but just in case. I sent him some beers from Windsor and Eton brewery. They arrived amazingly quickly. I am so proud to support our great local brewery. Also for today it’s a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! to my two friends called Sarah. One of them I’ve known since school and the other since University, and they both happen to have their birthdays on the same day, this longest day of the year. School Sarah is a year older than Uni Sarah. Hope you both had a great day xx

As we in the UK start coming out of lockdown a bit, I feel a bit worried that I may lose the slower pace of life I am becoming accustomed to. When I woke up this morning, the first thing I did, as always, was to look out of the bedroom window. David usually says “what’s going on out there?” and I give him a little update on the weather or whatever catches my eye. This morning there was a lovely white butterfly flitting across the hedge-tops of our garden and then on to our neighbours. At coffee time, sitting outside and listening to the garden sounds, a pretty little blue butterfly darted in and around the hedge. Although I have sometimes been a bit bored, I do appreciate this more mindful life, where I have time to sit and watch butterflies and listen to the birds sing. As I embrace life in the slow lane, I am getting into slow food by growing my own and cooking from scratch. I am reusing my rubbish items where I can. I am also attempting to move towards slow fashion by not buying so much and making use of what I’ve already got. Like when I was a child, I find boredom leads to creativity. We had to think up games to amuse ourselves. Today I found a dress in my underbed drawer I had been meaning to turn into a top for at least a year. I’m now halfway through the project. I think it’s going to be good. I am never more content than when I’m making something.

My boss announced “back to normal” from 6 July. This means no more working from home part time. Not so many coffee breaks in the garden. Back to my hectic old life. I probably looked quite crestfallen. I still have a job and lots to do, so I’ll just have to be grateful for that and get on with it! How do you feel about going back as much as you can to “normal” life? Will you miss your lockdown life at all? I’m not sure how I feel about going to a pub or restaurant or on a holiday if there are going to be so many new rules to obey. I think I’d rather just stay in the garden. Maybe I am becoming a recluse. A woman of the earth! I guess I’ll get used to going out again.

The chicken and potatoes are roasting in the oven, the green beans going on now. Often my favourite meal of the week is the Sunday roast. For pudding tonight I will probably have some more of the rhubarb and custard tart.

This is OK, but didn’t turn out quite as well as I’d hoped. The rhubarb was supposed to be in a layer on the bottom but it didn’t work out like that, it all got mixed in with the custard bit when I poured that in. The whole thing seemed a lot of effort for the end result. I think I’d rather have a rhubarb crumble or baked rhubarb or the rhubarb cake…. the rhubarb cake was easy to make and really good. The recipe for that is here.

As usual I’ve been snapping my way around Windsor with my phone. Enjoy! 😊

Published by thewindsorwaffle

I love food and cooking (and eating). I live in Windsor, Berkshire with my husband David.

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