May 7, 2014

My Favourite Things ….. This Week!

I haven’t updated the website this week as I’ve had to have surgery to repair my knee. I slipped and fell a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, due to my Ehlers Danlos Syndrome what would be a small bruise or scuff on someone else was a total disaster for me. I basically ended up with a huge lump on the front of my knee that made me look like I had two knee caps. As fascinating as this was to look at as the bruising changed colour everyday, it had to be operated on and the knee tendons repaired. Basically I’ve had a lot of time on my hands as a knee stapled shut and crutches is not conducive to standing in the kitchen developing new recipes but this is what I’ve been enjoying instead this week:

Funky Crutches


As I have a lot of joint problems I love my fancy orthopaedic aids like plaster casts co-ordinated to what I’m wearing, futuristic looking braces and awesome crutches.

I’ve had knee problems as long as I can remember and I’ve been on and off crutches for years. I used to have a pair of basic crutches, you know the silver ones, but they had a weird rattle noise. My sister always said the creaky noise that got gradually louder as I approached was like something out of a horror film!

About five years ago I treated myself to the Ferrari of crutches and highly recommend them to people who are frequent crutch users. They come in a wide variety of colours, mine are black with a red ‘go-faster’ stripe! The crutches are made by Vilgo and I have the Ellipse model. They are super light weight but also feel solid, if that makes sense. The handles are padded with a comfort, non-slip grip and the back of the cuff has a rubbery bit that allows you to lean them against the wall. The stopper on the bottom has a special flex action that makes the crutches adjust to uneven ground, but what is super cool is that they come in a choice of 16 colours.

If crutches can be exciting then these definitely tick all the boxes, worth checking out. I do love them but I’m still counting the days until I can put them back in the cupboard!

Favourite Record: Graceland by Paul Simon


I’ve been told I have the music taste of an old man, I like to think I appreciate the classics. I have been known to swap records with my friend’s Dads and my Dad’s friends. It probably doesn’t help that I like to collect vinyl but anyway my album of the week is Graceland by Paul Simon.

It was released when I was a toddler and has been my favourite record for most of my life. I have a huge vinyl and CD collection but if I was forced to give them all away and keep one record, it would be Graceland. For me it is the most perfect recording from start to finish, I have other records I love but there is always a bit you could do without, but not on Graceland.

The musical tracks are amazing and the lyrics sublime, it also introduced the world to a whole host of other amazing musicians and made them household names. So this is my little shout out to Graceland.

Favourite Film: Rushmore by Wes Anderson


My favourite file this week is Rushmore, a Wes Anderson classic. It is the story of Max Fischer (played by Jason Schwartzman), his friendship with a rich businessman (played by Bill Murray) and their love for Miss Cross (played by Olivia Williams). If you like independent, quirky films you will love this. It is worth it alone just to seen the scene when Max tells you about the list of school clubs he is involved in:

We definitely need more clubs like this, Max definitely is a ‘sharp little guy’!

Favourite Book: The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu


I love a big book and The Tale of Genji is certainly that at 1,182 pages. It is thought to be the first ever book to be published and dates back to 1021.

The book recounts the life of Genji, the son of an ancient Japanese Emperor, who was removed from the line of succession but pursues a career as an imperial officer.

A fascinating read mainly due to the age of the original text.

Favourite Gadget: Tortilla Press

Tortilla Press

I love my gadgets, especially kitchen ones, and my favourite gadget this week is a tortilla press. I never actually knew these existed but was delighted to receive one as a get well present. My friend phoned the other week when I was making tortilla wraps. I had a proper moan at him about how it took me two minutes to actually make the tortillas and forever to roll them all out by hand. It also drove me mad they were never pretty circles, mine were always more of a jagged square. He did a bit of online googling and now I’m the proud owner of a tortilla press. You put a small piece of dough on the plate, close the press and perfect round tortillas every time, love it!

Favourite Random Thing: Weird Napkins


I love anything that is weird and quirky and these napkins certainly are both. I’ll be sorry when they are finished.

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