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What Does Romance Mean to you?

… after years of Disney, fairy stories and Hollywood movies where the girls always get a ‘happy-ever-after’ I thought that romance meant there was a knight in shining armour, or Prince romanceCharming, with big romantic gestures ready to sweep a girl off her feet and ride off into the sunset of ‘happy-ever-afters’.

But you know what?

I don’t want sunbursts and marble halls – to quote Anne of Green Gables.

The most romantic thing for me is the most precious commodity anybody owns … time!

Just spending time with that special someone is worth more than any amount of a flash extravagance.

And when you are spending time with someone – even if it’s just a few hours, you can almost make time stop, so it feels like for ever.

It’s the simple things that mean the most.

– Thoughtfulness.

– Kindness.

– Long kisses.

– Talking about anything and everything.

– Walks at sunset.

– Cuddling.

– Spooning.

– Holding hands so that you don’t know where your hand ends and theirs starts.

– Listening to music in the candlelight.

Romance doesn’t have to cost the earth.

Sometimes the simplest things have a way of making you feel like everything is … magic 😉

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Cooking Pasta

It’s supposed to be the simplest thing in the world to cook, so why does my pasta always take longer than the cooking time indicated on the packet?

It’s not that I’m an atrocious cook – I take pride in being able to whip up a 3-course meal, but this just beats me every single time!

Pasta the other day said “cooks in 5 minutes.”

I followed the instructions to the letter, and lo 5 minutes later the pasta was still far too ‘al dente’, it was like eating chewy toffee but without the stickiness, just the chewiness. 15 minutes later and it was just passable.

What state is one supposed to eat pasta in?  Chewy toffee state, mush state, or some happy medium in between?

Someone said that I could be cooking the pasta too fast! With a 5 minute cooking time and instructions to bring water to boil, add pasta and keep boiling for 5 minutes, what part of that would be cooking it too fast?

Also, why whenever I cook pasta and replace the lid when cooking does the water always bubble up and spill over so I literally am sitting watching a pot boil (as opposed to a kettle)?

If anyone has any hidden gems about these matter they would be gratefully received.

Maybe it’s the pasta I buy, maybe it’s just me 😉

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