Thursday, 2 February 2012

On guard

I saw a police van at one of our neighbours house this morning and wondered what had happened. About an hour later there was a knock at the door and a police woman was stood there. Apparently our neighbour had been burgled through the night whilst they and their children slept. They had also taken both their cars too! She asked if I had heard anything or seen anyone around lately that looked unusual. I heard nothing and hadn't seen anything unusual over the last few days. She did advise us to make sure we took our keys to bed with us each night. So as of today I am going to leave a container on our stairs into which we shall put phones, purses and keys and the last person upstairs shall bring the container.

I know we are told to never leave our keys downstairs but you never think it's going to happen to you. With this happening so close to home it makes it all so real and you realise it can happen to anyone. So please start this little habit if you don't already do so.

Today I made a large pot of mince and onion in the slow cooker. To bulk it out I added a handful of lentils and a large grated carrot with plenty of chicken stock that I had in the fridge. I made a pie with some of the mince mixture which we ate for tea tonight. I had enough scraps of pastry to make a mini quiche case to pop in the freezer too.

I have a large amount left to have with jacket potatoes another day. If any's left I'll freeze this to use in some other dish another time. Off to eat my tea now : )


  1. Why is it that there is ALWAYS a bit of pastry leftover?
    Sorry about your neighbours- that happened to our neighbours last year too

  2. Make sure though Karen that your box on the stairs (should the last person forget to bring it up) isn't visible through the letter box!

  3. It makes it all the worse knowing that they were in the house while your neighbours were asleep. Your pie looks yummy. I always have pastry left too - jam tarts are usually rustled up with mine!

  4. How awful for your neighbours! We're terrible at leaving things downstairs, so thanks for the tip.

  5. Sorry to hear about your neighbours, my mums neighbours were burgled 2 weeks ago they managed to break a window and enter the house without the 2 dogs barking!! Mum sets the alarm but I still worry about them.

    Your pie looks delicious, I always have a blob of pastry left too!

  6. How awful, it would really unnerve me knowing that someone had been in my house while I'd been upstairs asleep. You pie looks scrummy. I've made cottage pie for tea tonight and made extras to go in the freezer. I love mince with jacket potatoes.