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Quote of the Day: Nigel Slater

June 1st, 2014

You can’t smell a hug. You can’t hear a cuddle. But if you could, I reckon it would smell and sound of warm bread-and-butter pudding.

Nigel Slater in Toast

bread pudding
I’m a big fan of bread pudding, the sweet form for the savory version you have at Thanksgiving or for breakfast. It truly is a comforting dish! It’s been a long time since I’ve made a batch, seems like it should be on the menu soon.

What’s your favorite comfort food?

Quote of the Day: Nigel Slater

April 1st, 2012

Mrs Pearman’s house was a home in every sense of the word. A place where a daughter or son would suddenly turn up without warning, expecting, and getting, supper or Sunday lunch. Where every piece of furniture seemed to have a history and where every daily event was faithfully recorded in photograph albums. It was warm and happy, untidy and cozy. There was always a jug of garden flowers on the kitchen table and milk in the fridge. And like all good homes Mrs Pearman’s also had an overriding smell of golden retriever.

Nigel Slater from Toast

Around here it’s hit or miss. You can come to my house one day and it’s clean as can be or come the next and it’s a bit crazy. It all depends on what’s going on, how many seeds I’m planting, if I ‘m canning, or if we’ve been traveling all day for a few days. My house is usually clean, but it’s often a tad cluttered (there is a difference).

I used to be quite a neatnik, sweeping and mopping several times a day, especially after we first got the chiots. Then I lightened up a bit as I acquired more and more hobbies. Now I’m actually a little more comfortable when the house is a bit cluttered. When you live in a small house and the dining room table is the craft table, sewing table, seed starting table, work table, and the canning table it can get a little messy at times. I used to try to clean everything up when people came over, but then I realized it didn’t matter. People know we live here, and sometimes, life is messy.

If you ever stop in for a visit our home will look like people live here. A whole lot of life happens at Chiot’s Run and at times it really shows, especially on our dining room table! You can always tell how busy we are by what our dining room table looks like.

What part of your house starts to show life first?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.