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September Roundup

In September I’ve been a few times in the city centre, and most of those times the weather was amazing. I took pictures and shared a couple of Instagram, but I think I should share one of them on the blog too. I’m really lucky to be able to live here, it is a wonderful city. Don’t forget about the new event we have going on this weekend, the Giants.


Besides this, my month was busy, with celebrating Festus’ 9th birthday, and visiting lots of interesting places during Heritage Open Days. It is a really fab annual event.

Vegan sausages

I’ve discovered these new vegan sausages at Sainsbury’s and I love them. They are so tasty, the texture is great, I’m happy I picked them up from the shop.


GBBO is back and so far I’ve baked:
Week 1 – Biscuits Week
Week 2 – Cake Week – Le Gateaux Vert-Vert
Week 3 – Bread Week – Chelsea Buns
Week 4 – Desserts Week – Blueberry Blancmange
Week 5 – Spice Week – Maamoul, Stem Ginger Cake, Biscuit Chandelier

I’m loving baking along this time too. The show is not as good as it was before. I say that and, not surprisingly, a few people told me the same thing last week. But, for me, the whole point of baking along is to try new things. Everything in this list of things I baked was new, besides the biscuits. Although, I did put pepper in some of them, so they were not exactly “basic”. All the recipes for these are on CookStyle, if you fancy giving some a try.

Funny story. I was waiting for to speak to an account manager at my bank. As I had to wait for 10 minutes or so, I’ve started reading from my book. When she came to get me, she asked what book I was reading… it was a bit awkward when I replied: “How to be a Tudor”. She made a nice comment, something like “it is a more informative book than the ones I read”.


Books finished in September:
The Plantagenets by Dan Jones
Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir – audiobook (not pictured)
How To Be a Tudor by Ruth Goodman
Upstairs & Downstairs by Sarah Warwick
Fools Gold by Philippa Gregory
Enlightenment now by Steven Pinker
The colour of time by Dan Jones

I’ve read 6 books, as one was an audiobook. Upstairs and Downstairs was a poorly written book, that I would not recommend. I wasn’t very keen on the Alison’s Weir book either. But, the other 5 were amazing. Dan Jones has a lovely way of writing. Also, the last book on the list, The Colour of Time, is a new book, published this year, with gorgeous pictures, transformed from white and black to vibrant life-like colours by Marina Amaral. It is a book I would recommend.

Enlightenment now by Steven Pinker is another book that is worth a read. In a sentence: we are living in a pretty amazing time, we are healthier, live longer, have a higher living standard. I think we should appreciate what we have achieved as a species.
All the books are reviewed on my book blog, if anybody wants to read more: Coffee and Books.

4 Comment

  1. I haven’t watched GBBO this year. I usually watch it but I always get hungry and being gluten-free and dairy-free, I can’t eat any of it anyway.

  2. Wow look at your bakes – that’s so cool!! I was considering baking along but i just haven’t gotten into this series! Sounds like you’ve had a great September 🙂

  3. You’ve read some interesting sounding books this month. The “sausages” look tasty. I bet they’d be good in a bun like a brat or hotdog.

  4. Well done to baking along to GBBO, I am well behind on watching it never mind baking. Love the books you read

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