Sunday, November 6, 2016

Sunday jobs

Today I did some catching up. It's my one day off and I am very particular about how I spend it.
First, I set a cake free. By now it is probably crumbs.
Not quite finished at point of photo but you get the idea.
 Shopping for yummy fresh food from several amazing shops was fun. I got it into my head that I wanted to make a chicken pie. That meant: free range chicken thighs, likewise bacon, the holy Trinity of carrot, onion and celery, parsley, and lemon. I had the stock, pastry and other herbs already.
This of course wasn't remotely as a result of watching Pie Week on The Great British Bake Off. Nonono. I am also not obsessing over Bombe Alaska either. Ahem.
My chicken pie. No Soggy Bottom as it is just has a lid. Mary Berry you won't catch me out!

Anyway I also ironed a lot of shirts, (for brownie points), did a lot of dishes, and sorted a lot of messy paperwork and sewing stuff, and washed my makeup brushes. Which I do after pretty much every time I use them, because EEW.
For the education of those not into hard core makeup, I do this thusly:
  1. Put a bar of Sards Wondersoap in a flat container with hot water.
  2. Dampen the bristles in the water then rub on the soap enough to clean it.
  3. Leave to sit all soapy for a few minutes while I do the other 20 or so brushes.
  4. Run about an inch of hot water into the half sink and shake the bristles in it until well rinsed.
  5. Smooth bristles into shape, and lie the brush on a hand towel where I leave it to dry for several days.
 The trick is to not immerse the whole brush in water, as it weakens the glue holding the bristles and metal bit, and they fall apart. Ask me how I know.
So there you go, you (possibly) heard it here first.
Happy Sunday!


  1. Thanks for the make-up brush tip. I don't do mine nearly as often as I should. I have used the same sort of recipe before but put some vinegar in it too. Your chicken pie recipe sounds brilliant and has inspired me to make one for dinner. :) Xx

    1. Oooh I might try that vinegar trick, thank you! Also oddly according to Facebook memories, I made chicken pie the same time in 2013. Mysterious!

  2. Thank you for the brush cleaning tip. [I need to do this]
    Your chicken pie looks so good.. Have a great day.

    1. The boy told me about using a bar of soap, but of course it has to be Sards because it really is a wonder isn't it. it gets the stains out of my sponges every time too. :)

  3. Are you and Mr.C in one piece? (Or rather, two?) I hope the shop isn't part of the general dilapidation I hear of in the CBD!
    It's been a sleepless night up here in the Hutt, but we're fortunate to get away with nothing worse than a fallen bookshelf (and an air raid siren practically in the back garden).

    1. Yes, please tell that you are well!

    2. Hi D, sorry I missed this post. Thank you we are fine. Shaken but fine xo A fallen bookshelf is pretty scary!