There are two ways I could report on this weekend.
I could talk about how horribly ill I felt, with my swollen glands causing squeamish and painful movement, my dull lead body and delirious panicking thoughts. About dissappointing days spent inside, plans of art galleries and tea shops becoming optimistic ideas from the week before. Wistful thoughts of being out with the world as it pulled away from its snowy stillness into a misty and (slightly) more hospitable stupor. About arriving back home after hours of waiting for my laundry, and being unable to open my door; so swollen from the damp and cold, it had given up on me when I really needed warmth, tea and food more than anything else. Waiting in the pub, getting drunk on a tired, recuperating body and empty stomach because that seemed like the only way to do it.
Or, I could put the other slant on it.
Failing to celebrate hand-in on Thursday night, we decided to celebrate it on Friday morning. Breakfast is one of my favourite things in the whole wide world, and so a slap-up start to the day is my favourite way to mark an occasion...
With homemade spelt buns, which worked a treat! (see below for recipe!)
And, partly because I was so poorly, and partly because I'm just a really lucky lady, I was treated to an extra special weekend after all, just not the one I was expecting.
I got to eat mini muffins in my dressing gown - NOM!
I got to snuggle on the couch with a hot water bottle and warm barley juice, while watching Orson Welles in a highly dramatic version on Jane Eyre
I got hand and foot massages, and even got my own poetry reading as I lay like a lead woman!
I can't really complain, I don't think.
Makes 14 - 16
400g spelt flour
250g plain flour
600ml cold* water
Mix the salt, yeast and honey into the water, then add the flour and stir with a spoon until mixed well. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight (or at least 6 hours).
In the morning, spoon onto a greased baking tray and bake at 220C for 20 minutes.
Gobble up! With peanut butter and jam, if that's your fancy!
*I was so sure this wouldn't work due to the yeast not being activated, but it did. I don't know how!