Polymath Enthusiasms

Odds & (Week)ends #5

Cold Weather Comfort

It’s that time of year when I really want to make comfort food: ideally, one-pot meals that sit and simmer on the stove, and can be eaten by the bowlful. One such delight, which I tried for the first time this week, is Jack Monroe’s Tarka Daal recipe. Oh. My. Lord! It’s so creamy and delicious and filling. I’m usually good about freezing leftovers, but this time we ate it again the next day. If you want to try it, you’ll find the recipe over on the Cooking on a Bootstrap blog.

The Award for Exceptional Customer Service

Not an actual award – I just made it up – but had I the power to bestow such a thing, I would be sending it to Gorgeous Yarns. Last Saturday I ordered a skein of Eden Cottage Yarn from them. The very next day, Caroline was in touch to tell me that the remaining skein in my chosen colourway was not in a condition she was happy to post out, and to offer me a few yarn options in similar shades of red. We settled on a skein of the same yarn, but in Lichen green, which duly arrived (and is gorgeous) accompanied by some complimentary stitch markers, and wool wash. That in itself is great customer service. But then this Saturday I got another, unexpected, package from Gorgeous Yarns (I’ll admit it, I panicked for a moment that I’d taken to buying yarn in my sleep): Caroline had located a skein of yarn in the original Crabapple colourway I’d ordered, and sent it on to me. How lovely is that?

From the Mailbag

Since we’ve talked about the yarn already, I’ll just mention the copy of Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. I have a complicated relationship with Gaiman’s works, in that people recommend them constantly, and I instinctively distrust anything that has that level of fandom furore around it. On the other hand, I loved Coraline, and American Gods, so he probably does deserve the high praise. In this case I was persuaded by the subject matter. Who doesn’t love Loki?

Odds and Sods

  • I indulged in my first mince pies of the season. Only Tesco Finest, but I’m happy to work my way up to the good stuff.
  • I’m finished with Victoria: a Life; it’s good, but only read it if you want to spend hours on Wikipedia trying to untangle a mess of German Princes.
  • The Edinburgh Yarn Festival class list has been released, and I want to learn ALL THE THINGS, but I can’t due to constraints like childcare, and budget. ☹️


The Tiny Tyrant is ill yet again, so very little will get done at the start of the week. At the end of the week she breaks for half-term, and we have family visiting, which will take us out of routine. EYF class booking opens next Saturday, so I will be poised at the laptop for that. Blogwise, I’m still waiting on some yarn to arrive before I write the third post I’d promised this past week (that should finally see daylight by Tuesday?) and I may muse on being a student again too.

Take care, and don’t let Monday get you down.