Monthly Archives: August 2012

The benefits of unemployment

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For the last ten months I’ve been unemployed. Not by choice, but by law. But just because you aren’t allowed to earn money doesn’t mean you can’t be productive. So here’s the list of what me and my trusty sewing machine have achieved since November 2011.

For me:

2 pairs of trousers

1 pair of shorts

2 dresses

1 blouse

2 long sleeved t-shirts

4 skirts

3 sleeveless tops

2 t-shirts

1 caftan

1 tunic

3 pairs of underpants

A quilt

6 napkins

For other people:

2 dresses

1 pair of African print trousers

2 pincushions

2 embroideries

1 gardening apron

1 pair of shorts

2 blouses

6 bags

7 purses

1 baby feely-mat

1 Christmas decoration

A wallet on a strap (for under clothing) for our travels

And a garter for a bride-to-be

And I’ll be off-line and having a blogiday (blogging holiday?) for a month or so, so thanks for you support and comments over the last few months and I look forward to connecting with you from the Southern Hemisphere in September some time.

The mayonnaise and mustard soup cook-off

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One of the discoveries in the Dutch cuisine has been mustard soup. We’d never heard of it before (even with my husband Alex’s Dutch family) and we think it’s delicious.

I’d also been talking to neighbour Inge about home-made mayonnaise. We try and make as much as possible from scratch to avoid nasty additives, preservatives, colours – you know, all those unnecessary numbers on the labels. She wanted to give it a try too and so after discussing how to make mustard soup we decided to have a cook-off.

It was a lot of fun and need I say delicious, or as we say in Dutch heerlijk!