The Book of Spice
Dec08

The Book of Spice

Clearly Christmas is round the corner because I keep searching for and seeing new books being released!  I’m trawling through pages and pages of them to see if I can find an appropriate one for every member of the family as a little stocking filler.  Reading in the new school curriculum has been raised to new levels so I’m desperately looking for titles that will inspire my child and perhaps make Grandad & Nanny smile...

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The Perfect Pot of Tea
Mar11

The Perfect Pot of Tea

Having had friends over for a Sunday lunch and I  pushed the boat out and actually made a cake!  Delia Smiths low fat carrot cake was a success so whilst cutting it, the conversation naturally turned to tea and so off I went to make a cup of tea for my rather full guests. I do have a teapot – but I’m the only tea drinker in the house so it rarely gets used.  I’m also extremely fussy, liking my tea to look like...

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Margarine v Butter – the new FATs war!
Mar11

Margarine v Butter – the new FATs war!

As a child of the 70′s my parents ate butter and all matter of fatty things, regaling stories of how they put dripping on their bread as a snack…to my delicate ears it just sounded totally grim. So growing up in the 80′s obviously I knew butter (urgh!) and decided that I would move on to the newfangled margarines that didn’t have as much fat in them…concious of the need to maintain a good weight (I was a...

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Prince William Teams up with Angry Birds
Nov18

Prince William Teams up with Angry Birds

Not a phrase you would think you’d ever stumble across eh? No, William isn’t brushing up on his gaming skills for when Prince George gets older. He’s backing a ‘Save the Pangolin’ campaign that Angry Bird makers Rovio are hoping to raise awareness of by including in a 7 day special game. Hands up who doesn’t even know what a Pangolin is. Err .. you’re not alone. It’s a scaly anteater and is one of...

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Pumpkin Perfection
Oct29

Pumpkin Perfection

Last year there was a near miss with the carving knife in our household whilst getting the pumpkin ready for Halloween – not to mention hysterical giggles from my kids for my poor effort at cutting out a ‘scary face’. The pumpkin’s lopsided mouth looked like you do when you’ve been to the dentist to get a tooth out! There were pips (or are they seeds?) all over the floor, which at the time the cat seemed...

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Time to Swot Up
Oct16

Time to Swot Up

I read somewhere about a 16 year old boy who had taken something like 12 GSCE’s and had come top in the country for 10 of them! Wow, pretty impressive, he must be a right brainbox. But what I’ve discovered over the last few months is that parents also have to be pretty ‘up there’in the learning stakes too. Last weekend I spent the whole of Sunday doing homework with my kids. My 5 yr old daughter had to show what she did in the summer...

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Autumn is here!
Oct16

Autumn is here!

            Driving to work I really noticed that the burnt orange, russet red and warm yellow leaves are everywhere. It looked so lovely and I thought yep, Autumn is well and truly here. It’s also that time of year for the schools Harvest Festival celebrations. My daughters assembly was this morning and whilst grappling at the back of the cupboard for that tin of fruit I knew was there to donate – was...

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Know your Schichttorte from your Baklava

Wednesday’s will never be the same!                       I must admit, I shed a little tear when I watched the final episode of the brilliant ‘Great British Bake Off! What will I do with my Wednesday evenings now? It has been excellent viewing and I’ve learnt a lot. I now know my Schichttorte from my Baklava and my Povitica from my Kugelhopf! I’m going to...

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