A Quick Light Lunch – Cheese and Tuna Medley


4oz of tuna fish

2 eggs and a drop of milk

A few chopped mushrooms

A packet of plain potato crisps (crushed)

A small tin of garden peas

6 ounces grated cheese

1 tomato (sliced)

1oz of finely chopped onions

Salt and pepper

Turn on the oven to 180c if a fan oven/gas mark 4/350F.

Butter an ovenproof dish.

Put the tuna, mushrooms, crisps, onions, peas, 4oz of cheese, salt and pepper and eggs into a mixing bowl.. Stir well. It should be very wet; if not, add some milk. Place the mixture into the buttered dish. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top and then the sliced tomato. Cook for about 30 minutes and serve hot.

A Visit to Andy’s Taverna in Camden Town, London

My second meal out since lockdown was a birthday celebration for my husband at Andy’s Taverna.

We were made to feel welcome and everyone wore a mask.  It was the end of the summer and the outside tables were all taken so we sat indoors.  There was plenty of santising going on and the toilets had plentiful supplies and were clean.  The food was amazing.  The portions were so big, I asked to box mine.  The service was excellent.  Will definitely return when it’s safe to do so (lockdown etc.)  We had to wait about 20 minutes for the dessert but it was well worth the wait and they told us it takes a while.  I don’t eat chips on a regular basis but these were the best I have had in a long time.  The only niggle was, the place is so popular the tables were a little too close together during these trying times with Covid.

Kleftico and a spread of starters, hot and cold

Beef stifado

mixed kebabs

A selection of starters with bread

More starters

The interior decoration.

Matchbox cars

In my mid twenties I worked for Lesney who manufactured the minature cars. I worked with my sister and we were picked up and taken to work on the Lesney bus! I had no experience of factory work, having worked in the City of London since the age of 16.

Clocking in and out was a new experience for me, as was having to ask to use the toilet.

I don’t remember too much about it except that once I got faster as putting the wheels on the police car, I was given a different job the next day, such as attaching the hosepipe to the fire engine. I think a bonus was paid if you reached a certain production level. Perhaps that’s why we were moved around, as soon as a task became easier.

One day I was given the job of packing building bricks for toddlers. A machine would spurt them out at great speed. The experienced lady, showing me the ropes, went for a tea break and came back to find me almost up to my neck in bricks!

It was fun and interesting for a short while, but after about 12 weeks I returned to my old job in the City. I was surprised to read that they were taken over by Mattel (of Barbie doll fame). I worked for Mattel as an accountant when they were situated at Hyde Park Corner.

Sadly, I didn’t think to buy any Matchbox cars at the time.

Haircuts in lockdown

I have preferred a shorter look in my sixties but haven’t had a professional haircut since June 2019. I didn’t want to risk a bus or tube ride to my hairdresser near Piccadilly so bought some hairdressing scissors from that well known online shop beginning in A. I took a deep breath and asked my OH to cut 5 inches off. We are quite happy with it, so no worries about the new lockdown starting today.

Birth Stones

January – garnet – purply-red – representing constancy

February – amethyst – purple – representing sincerity

March – bloodstone – green with red flecks – representing courage

April – diamond – glassy – representing innocence and lasting love

May – emerald – green – representing success and hope

June – pearl – pearly white – representing health and purity

July – ruby – red – representing love and contentment

August – agate – pale green – representing married happiness

September – sapphire – blue – representing wisdom

October – opal – white with coloured flecks – representing hope

November – topaz – yellowish-brown – representing fidelity

December – turquoise – greeny blue – representing harmony