My priority was to keep my brain active and the first thing I found was a Guardian web site that offered a variety of crosswords and puzzles that can be filled in online. My biggest challenge is the cryptic crosswords which I still struggle with, rarely finishing it. However, they always give solutions so you can cheat or use them to increase your skill.
Link Age Southwark (www.linkagesouthwark.org) offer a variety of activities; seated dance which I find good fun led an excellent teacher who explains why we are doing each movement, a telephone befriending service and Musical memories, a weekly online singing group.
After running out of bread I found various recipes that didn’t need yeast and explored the joys of homemade bread (recipes below) then graduated to ordering a ready prepared bread mix and have now, being more adventurous, bought some dried yeast. The smell when cooking and taste of that first crust covered with butter is heavenly.
450g(1LB) plain white flour
2 level tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 level tsp cream of tartar
1 level tsp salt
25-50g ( 1-2oz) margarine
about half a pint of milk
Sift together dry ingredients
Rub in fat
Mix into a soft dough with the milk,adding a little at a time
Shape into a round shape, about 18cm( 7in) mark into triangles
Place onto a baking sheet
Cook at 220C (425F) for about 30 mins.
HERBED CHEESE BREAD
225G (8oz) self raising flour
11/2 level tsp of salt
1 level tsp mustard powder
1 level tsp chopped or dry chives
1 tsp fresh or dried parsley
3oz strong grated cheese
1 beaten egg
1 oz melted margarine
Mix flour, salt and mustard in a bowl, stir in the herbs and cheese
Add the egg, add 150ml (1/4 pt) water and melted butter
Stir until well blended
Spoon into 1lb loaf tin, bake for 45 minutes at 190C (375F) for 45 minutes
How did you do?
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