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From the Vicarage Kitchen | Stuffed Chicken Supreme | Gluten and Dairy Free

We had Stuffed Chicken Supreme for Sunday lunch yesterday and it went down a treat. The Mhinisteir thought it was shop bought!!! I took it as a compliment.

Ingredients

2 Chicken Supremes (Fillets with the wing tip attached)

4 Rashes of bacon

6 Ready to eat pitted prunes

1 tablespoon Cashew nuts (you can use pine nuts if you don’t have cashew in your cupboard)

2 Garlic

1 shallot

1 dessertspoon olive oil plus some for brushing

1 tablespoon red wine (you can use port if you don’t have red wine)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200c
  2. Blitz the prunes, cashew nuts, shallot and garlic in a food processor. It should resemble a paste.
  3. Saute the paste in olive oil. Remove from heat and cool.
  4. Make pockets in both the Chicken supremes and divide the prune and cashew paste between the 2 Chicken supremes. Seal the stuffing by wrapping 2 rashes of bacon each.
  5. Brush the Chicken supremes and the baking tray with the remaining olive oil.
  6. Bake in the Oven for about 25 minutes or until cooked.
  7. Remove the Chicken Supreme from the oven and keep warm by wrapping them in foil
  8. Add the red wine onto the baking tray and heat it up in the hob until it becomes syrupy.
  9. Serve the Chicken supreme with the red wine jus, mash and seasonal vegetables.
  10. Enjoy!

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Lindt Surprise!

Look what arrived this morning?? I ordered some pick and mix chocolates from Lindt for Easter. I am so pleased with what I have received, so beautifully wrapped too.

I even got a complimentary Chocolate Bunny!

Pity that I will not be able to savour any of them. No matter! I pray the recipients will love them.

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Bouquets & Brickbats

This is my first blog post since the start of Spring 2021! I continue to feel a lot more tired than usual so my poor blog has been neglected for the last fortnight.

The Mhinisteir is crazy busy (like the character’s boyfriend in The Little Bakery). I still don’t think it is fair or right to ask clergy to shoulder so much of burden disguised as multi parish benefice. It is not one or two other parishes. You almost need a third pair of hands to count the number of parishes. Everyday someone or something is kicking off so a bit like whack a mole! The Mhinisteir Is obviously very happy with his work, though tired. However, I am feeling his pressure. EVERYTHING has to revolve around his tight schedule which can be quite difficult.

Bouquets

I had a very pleasant Tesco delivery on Tuesday. Unusually, the young delivery man was very attentive. He took the effort to inform me of substitutes and even helped me with the shopping. Later on, I realised that there was an extra bunch of daffodils in the bag!!!!! What a lovely surprise!

Brickbats

I have always ordered my repeat prescription online and this week when I tried to do the same, I was unsuccessful. I was able to access my records alright but there was no option for me to choose the correct prescription which was odd. I was very reluctant to ring the surgery but I had no choice.

I rang and explained my difficulty. The receptionist insisted on transferring me to the pharmacy. I could not understand why. She said that they in the surgery don’t know anything about the online system and that she will have to transfer me to the pharmacy. I finally had to ask if the pharmacy were in charge of the online system to which she answered no. So why on earth transfer me to the pharmacy???????? I just want my online account to work. Finally she said she could change my password but I had to come to the surgery. There was nothing wrong with my password!!!! Quite frankly changing the password wasn’t going to solve the problem. By this time, I was getting slightly irritated but I had to “smile” and be polite for they ALL know that I am the Vicar’s wife!

Anyway, I just thanked her and rung off!

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The last one week….

I have been off colour since last Thursday. The doctor prescribed me with some antibiotics and since then I am feeling all funny. I am more tired than I usually am and so have struggled to keep up with my usual activities.

We finally got our cleaner back on Thursday which is bliss. We also had to go back to the Optician to get both our spectacles adjusted. Mine was pinching me so I was walking around with cotton wool around my ear while the Mhinisteir had the opposite problem in that his wasn’t fitting very well.

I spent Friday moping around feeling sorry for myself.

On Saturday, I got some news that made me really really angry. I am not sure than I have calmed down yet. I am just so disappointed thats all.

Sunday was Mothering Sunday. They were giving out wee gifts to all mothers in Church. I got one too even though I am not a mother but I did feel a bit awkward receiving it as I felt like an imposter.

On Monday morning, the Mhinisteir shouted ” We have a problem in the kitchen”. “What kind of problem???” I asked. He replied that there was a little bird in the kitchen. A bird?????/ How on earth did it get there? Anyway, the Mhinisteir managed to sent it out.

The Mhinisteir continues to be very busy with funerals. He does a minimum of 3 funerals a weeks. I gather that the funeral directors are struggling with the rise in the number of death due to Covid19 and so there is a backlog.

The Vicarage egg supply comes directly from a farm as we consume large amounts of egg. I was expecting mine on Wednesday and when it arrived, I almost had a mini cardiac!!!!!!!! It is clearly stated on the box that they are eggs and so the box should always be kept upright. The courier driver in his wisdom decided that the box should be at the door on its side instead of being upright. I had to quickly dash to the door and make sure that non of the eggs were broken. Miraculously none were broken.

It is raining again today. The weather generally doesn’t bother me but I am fedup of the grey skies and rain.

Oh another thing….. We seem to have a few ladybirds around the house which has puzzled me. I have never seen them before. Hopefully it is not an infestation.

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Addendum

I have just realised that I haven’t been too much of a fool after all. I have just checked the leaflet that came with the Census 2021 letter. We ARE ALLOWED to complete the survey earlier than 21 March 2021 if we know who will be in our household on that day!

However, I was a fool to believe the letter that was published in the Telegraph yesterday. Lesson learnt.

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Am I the only fool to have done it????

I was mortified to learn yesterday that I have completed my Census 2021 survey way too early!!!!! There was a letter in the Telegraph rebuking numpties like me who have already completed the Census online. Strangely, the Census website allowed me to complete the survey. Anyway, it is too late now to undo my wrong. I just need some reassurance that I am not the only one (just to assuage my guilty conscience!!!!)

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Do these things only happen to us?

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The Mhinisteir has quite a few watches. All of them were given to him as gifts. On Sunday, as we were getting ready for Church, I noticed that he didn’t have his watch on his wrist. On probing, I discovered that the watch that he usually wears needs a new battery. I suggested that he use one of the other watches that he owns. That was when he sheepishly told me that ALL of them are needing a new battery and that he had only realised it the day before!!!!!!! What is the point of owning so many watches???? Of course with us in lockdown, none of the watch shops are open to get a new battery!!!!!!!

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From the Vicarage Kitchen | Sliced Baked Potatoes (Dairy & Gluten Free)

This potato dish goes very well with roast chicken. It is fairly easy to prepare and the best thing is that the oven does most of the work.

Recipe (Serves 2 to 3)

4 medium potatoes. peeled and thinly sliced (I use organic ones)

2 small shallots, thinly sliced

Dairy free butter, enough to grease the baking dish and to dot the potatoes (I use Stork)

Rice milk, enough to cover the potatoes. (I use Alpro)

Salt

Method

  1. Rub the baking dish liberally with the dairy free butter.
  2. Arrange one layer of the sliced potatoes.
  3. Dot it with dairy free butter.
  4. Scatter a few of the thinly sliced onions and season with salt.
  5. Repeat steps 2 to 4 until you run out of the sliced potatoes.
  6. Pour enough milk to cover the potatoes.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven at 170c for about 45 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked.
  8. Enjoy!

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Mouldy Vegetables & Censors 2021 among other things.

I decided to have a lazy day yesterday so spent most of my time in the spare bedroom fully dressed. I was tired and had a few things on my mind that were weighing me down. The weather too was grey.

Anyway, my to do list is very long so couldn’t afford a lazy day today. I had to be dressed and ready for the Tesco delivery. As usual, the delivery arrived 20 minutes earlier which was absolutely fine. Unfortunately, I ended up with 2 packs of mouldy vegetables! I do get a little harassed when I deal with supermarket deliveries. It is a pity that the delivery person just stands there and does nothing. They don’t even bother telling you about the substitutes etc. I don’t know how you can put the shopping away and check for substitutes all at the same time!

I only noticed the mouldy vegetables after the deliveryman had left so I had to email Tesco but had to provide images of the mouldy vegetables. It was only then did I realise that I didn’t know how to use the camera on my MacBook! It took me 5 minutes to figure out the camera and another 5 to take the necessary photos so in total in took me half an hour to email Tesco to get a refund. I suppose this is to be expected when shopping online. The good news is I got my refund within the hour!

After lunch, I worked on Census 2021. I was expecting to receive a paper version so was disappointed when I realised that we had to do it online. Since the pandemic, the Mhinisteir is super busy with work. I really don’t know how one man can be asked to be in charge of so many parishes and on top of his usual workload, he is doing a handful of funerals every single week!!!!! The Mhinisteir tells me that he loves his job but I am not happy with his workload. I digress…..It took me about 15 minutes to complete Censors 2021 electronically. It was fairly straightforward but time consuming.

After Census 2021, I phoned the Surgery, hoping to get a telephone appointment with the doctor at some point during the week. According to the voice message, the surgery is not available to the public on Tuesday afternoons. Seriously???

I slowly worked through the mountain of ironing that needed to be done. I must have been ironing like a maniac for there is now a large hole in my new iron board cover!

All in all, it has been a productive day.

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Old Mrs Bear’s Birthday

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Today would have been old Mrs Bear’s birthday. Sadly, Old Mrs Bear passed away last year.

I have just finished writing a letter to her husband, old Mr Bear. Old Mr Bear has been poorly and he is quite deaf so telephone conversations are difficult. However, I want him to know that he is not forgotten and that he will always be our favourite bear!

Now that I have finished writing the letter, I feel so sad as I will probably never get to see him in person ever again!!!