The mashed potato had chives in, as requested by Girl Lacer who has been trying herbs today and has discovered she now wants chives with everything.
From Nigella’s Kitchen again; crispy chicken cutlets is another one of her child friendly dishes. Basically flattened chicken marinated in my favourite cooking ingredient, buttermilk and then coated in a mix of breadcrumbs, cheese, thyme, celery salt and cayenne pepper, these were nice but a little too greasy for me (I’m not a big fan of fried food – unless it’s bacon). Girl Lacer liked it and Boy Lacer sort of liked it, which is something considering they both normally live off Birds Eye Chicken Dippers.
Bill Granger has an oven baked version of this in his new book, I think I am looking forward to trying that more.
The nursery’s lure has not yet left us (which is good, as I like the people in nursery, they’re lovely); the nursery teacher grabbed me the other day to give me Boy Lacer’s ‘passport’ to read over and comment on (basically a list of likes, dislikes and abilities, which will go to his next class teacher) and after she gave me that, she goes “After the lovely cushion you gave us last term, I don’t suppose you’d mind re-upholstering our birthday chair would you?”. Of course not. I got the chair the next day which turned out to be a milk crate spray painted gold with a thick cardboard back covered in gold paper and two cushions made out of foam and wadding respectively and it was looking a bit old and much used. So I resprayed the milk crate, recovered the cardboard backing with fake gold snake skin paper and some feathers and recovered the two cushions with some discounted Liberty fabric I had in my stash that to be honest I’d been wondering what to do with. It was lovely fabric and I can’t resist Liberty fabric on the very rare occasion I find it in the off-cuts bin in the fabric store but it was very red, but as it turned out, for this it was perfect and complemented the gold spray paint perfectly.
Of course I had to add some sort of embroidery to it, so I found a clip art of a cake which happened to have four candles on it (and being the nursery birthday chair, all birthday boys and girls would be celebrating their 4th birthdays) and used that to do a fabric applique and then did some basic free hand machine embroidery to add detail (and to make sure the applique didn’t fall off). I am quite pleased with it!