Whilst our family don't follow Halloween (the whole thing just seems odd to me in the middle of our Spring LOL), I hope all those who do celebrate it have a lovely day!
Doing: ... Battening down the hatches for a stinking hot day. The forecast is for 36'C (97'F) and late thunderstorms. A brief shower this morning has ensured we have already started the day with unpleasant humidity - yuck. As much as I really enjoy the reasonably regular regular rainfall we get here on the coast, I grew up in the country where dry heat was the norm and 36'C wasn't such a big deal if you could get out of the sun and under a ceiling fan. I don't think I'll ever get used to this humidity, it's quite stupefying! Hence my air-conditioner is likely to get a workout this afternoon when I just can't stand it any more - and there goes our electricity use aims for the month...
...Slowly, slowly getting back into a routine again. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the washing piles up when I don't do a bit of it each day! Being ill for a while means I am still playing catch-up.
... On the upside of today however, DH has worked out a deal with a girl at his work who owns chickens, to supply us with cheap homegrown eggs :-)
Baking: ... "Proper" quiche, attempt #2. I make lots of quiches, but always the no-pastry, crustless versions, because I have it in my head - irrationally - that pastry is too time consuming to make. Shortcrust pastry sounds so quick and easy though, so I had a go last week - and what a disaster! Everything went wrong; the pastry was too crumbly when I tried to roll it out so I added about half a teaspoon more water and then it was too wet and stuck to the rolling pin (and everything else). Adding more flour made it crumbly but I blind-baked it anyway - and when I took the baking paper off half way through the pastry stuck to it, leaving big holes in the base. Then it was overcooked when I finished blind baking, so by the time the filling was cooked and set, the edges were all burnt (and crumbly). Argh! At least the filling was delicious, we just scraped the pastry off LOL. Much pastry-making research later, I feel comfortable having another go...
Update: Well, I tried to roll out the dough and it was still too crumbly so after adding more iced water and then a second rest period in the fridge, it appears that the crust is OK this time? It didn't burn and the baking paper didn't stick anyway, so I am getting better. Here's hoping it tastes OK :-)
In The Garden: ... Yesterday I planted out into the vegie garden the sole two rockmelon seeds I manged to get to germinate. This morning there was nothing left but stumps. Sigh. Everything else looks good though luckily - we'll see how it gets through the 36'C day today though I suppose, I might have go and cover the seedlings with a sheet or something in a little while.
Update: After lunch it became windy too, so the covers were blowing off the seedlings :-( What a day! I can't imagine how stressful it must have been for pioneers totally dependent on their gardens for food (and with no running water) to cope with days like today?
Dinner: Quiche (featuring homegrown leeks and Tuscan kale) and garden salad.
Contemplating: ...Where to plant the two new aloe vera plants I bought at last weekend's school fair. Aloe vera is such a useful medicinal plant - and I use aloe vera gel in my homemade moisturiser - so I have bought new plants each year for the last four years or so and every summer they have died of fungal disease after the inevitable prolonged humid spells we always have, despite planting them in different spots and conditions each year. I have always had them in pots to encourage free draining roots, have used normal potting mix, cactus mix and even gravel and have moved them under cover during rainy spells, but with no success.
I think now might be the time to try reverse psychology and just shove them in the garden in any old place and completely ignore them! After all, my agave plants - which presumably like similar conditions - grow like weeds on complete neglect LOL.