Heart Carrots, Lentil Pie & a Side of Tree Chopping

I have a Pinterest obsession… One that could leave me trawling through beautiful pictures for many hours every day (I only allow myself a small time frame per day, otherwise I could quickly slip down the Pinterest rabbit-hole…) I am becoming super fast as flicking through and spotting all the things I like…

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how cute and how simple! My sister and her husband came for a visit on Friday and I sprinkled a few on top of the salad

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(only a few, because, did you know the heart shaped carrots taste completely more delicious than plain carrots?? Necessitating the eating of a plate of Carrot hearts by a small girl…)

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I’m feeling decidedly stodgy since Christmas and have been craving vegetables, lentils and  salads. Fergal gave me the Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall Veg Everyday book: it is outstandingly good, the best veg book I have seen. And then I spotted this recipe on (cough cough) Pinterest for Black Lentil and Vegetable Pie (originally from Yummy Mummy Kitchen. Check out the link, her photos are simply gorgeous). I made it on Friday and it was a **hit** (Fergal, my reluctant-vegetable-eating-carnivore, loved it) I’m hoping to make Moroccan Squash and Bean Stew today from the HFW book, oh yum!

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We spent the weekend chopping down Leylandii trees that were blocking all the light and sucking up the nutrients from the front garden. I should really say that it was actually Pat (the Bat-man) who did the chopping; on Saturday, I drank tea, made dolls and gossiped with Pat’s wife Tara; on Sunday, Pat came and did more chopping up and tidying, and Fergal and I spent the day in the garden: pruning, tidying, cutting back. It was a clear mild day, just lovely.

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Our little Man-who-is-turning into-a-not-so-little-man, spent the day outside too, moving sticks and generally being just cute, while wearing the same boots that all our five children have worn :)

(I’m sentimental in my own way!!)

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