Monthly Archives: May 2011

Culinary wisdom, insights and how to get your kids to eat greens! Kitchen chat with My Daddy Cooks

Last week, I recreated a stunning grilled lemongrass and coconut chicken dish from My Daddy Cooks star Nick Coffer’s new cookbook. Today, we’re going to find out more about what … Continue reading

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MyMissusMonday: Relationship Maths: ‘Computer says we’re doomed!’

Before my wife and I swapped roles and my wife went back to work, she wrote a weekly column about family life for one of Britian’s biggest selling women’s weekly … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday: The pictorial highlight of my week: An awesome night at a blues bar

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The Listography: KeithTakes5…for one week only!

Well, it’s finally happened. I’ve finally been trusted with something that has a plug and isn’t called an iron or a kettle. This week – and for one week only, … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Grilled Lemongrass and Coconut Chicken

Nick Coffer was one of the first bloggers I said Hi to when I started my Chronicles at the beginning of this year. Like me, he became a housedad due … Continue reading

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71. I’ve become Mr Mom in sew many ways…except one!

I’ve stepped up to the mark on many domestic duties since I became a Reluctant Housedad six months ago. Cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing, school runs, playdates, homework and bathtimes are … Continue reading

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What will my kids be when they grow up? I don’t care…just as long as they grow up. Other children in the world aren’t so fortunate.

Maggy at Red Ted Art and Josie at Sleep Is For The Week are running a crafty meme to spread the word ahead of the Vaccine and Immunisation Conference in … Continue reading

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The Gallery: A burst of colour in the drab surrounds of my backyard

The theme of this week’s hugely popular Gallery on Tara Cain’s Sticky Fingers blog is MY BACKYARD. We don’t really have a backyard, as such. We live in a flat. … Continue reading

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70. We turned our backs for a few minutes…and then lost our children in the woods

I’m not going to over-elaborate this story for sensational dramatic effect. What happened was nothing in the great scheme of things. Twenty minutes of creeping panic that erupted into angry … Continue reading

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My 5 Lukewarm Albums That Aren’t Naff (except the last one!)

‘What are your coolest albums?’ That was the challenge for this week’s Listography from KateTakes5. For someone like me, that’s not a challenge. That’s the equilavent of saying put a … Continue reading

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MyMissusMonday: ‘Why are we mums blamed for everything from obesity to global warming?’

Before my wife and I swapped roles and my wife went back to work, she wrote a weekly column about family life for one of Britian’s biggest selling women’s weekly … Continue reading

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My word it’s windy out there!

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Silent Sunday

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69. When Mum can’t be around, two dads are better than one!

It was my Stepdaughter’s Brownie inauguration ceremony this week (or maybe it’s called something else: I wasn’t paying attention). She told me about it at school pick-up on Monday. ‘Will … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Rachel Allen’s (modified) Chicken & Ham Pie (*doesn’t include ham!)

For this week’s Cookalong Friday, fellow foodie and blogger  John Clayton and I set ourselves the challenge of testing a chef of our choice. I asked my Successful Other Half … Continue reading

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68. An outbreak of measles at my son’s school, but the GP’s receptionist said my boy didn’t exist. A product of the ‘Computer Says No’ generation

At school pick-up the other day, I was handed a note by my three year-old son’s teacher. ‘This letter is to let you know of a case of measles in … Continue reading

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67. When our young, childless neighbours moved in, we thought: ‘Uh-oh! Neighbours from Hell!’

  Living in London, it can take a while to get to know your neighbours, if at all. Personally, I like to keep people at arm’s length, because once you … Continue reading

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66. ‘Dad, can we have a tortoise?’ The question brought back some gruesome memories

The other day, the six-year-old went round to his pal’s for a playdate. ‘He’s got a tortoise,’ he declared. ‘Can I take some lettuce for him?’ When we arrived, the … Continue reading

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The Gallery: The simple joy of a creamy moustache!

The theme of this week’s hugely popular Gallery on Tara Cain’s Sticky Fingers blog is MOUSTACHES. Now I’ve never been able to grow a decent one, so that rules me … Continue reading

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65. Five Products I Couldn’t Live Without (warning: this post contains knives and cloying sentimentality!)

This week’s Listography from KateTakes5 is about products you couldn’t live without. For my Successful Other Half it’s stuff like Shoulder Pads for her Power Suit; Hobnailed Kitten Heels for … Continue reading

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64. What hairdressers charge women for a haircut is extortion, surely?

I have no doubt whatsoever that my Successful Other Half is ‘worth it’, as the advert says, but £70 for a haircut and highlights. Come off it – this is … Continue reading

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63. Paternity leave: I wish I’d lost my job sooner…then I’d really have been able to enjoy my children

I wish I’d lost my job a year before I did. ‘Say what?’ I hear you cry. No, really. I don’t think I’d be half as reluctant as I am … Continue reading

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MyMissusMonday: ‘No-one pushes my buttons like my daughter.’

Before my wife and I swapped roles and my wife went back to work, she wrote a weekly column about family life for one of Britian’s biggest selling women’s weekly … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday: No words required!

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62. When did my son become so competitive? Perhaps a lesson in humility from his father will teach him a thing or two

I’ve always been a competitive person. Not in the sporting sense. I was pretty hopeless at that. When I played for the school football team, I was always the highest … Continue reading

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As we enjoyed a glass of wine on our roof terrace, we suddenly saw this in the distance: a golden sunset reflected in a skyscraper of The City

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61. Do Working Wives really respect their househusbands? Or are our relationships doomed because an ironing man is an unsexy man?

I was rooting around online yesterday, as you do, curious to know how many other Stay-At-Home-Dads there are on this sceptred isle of ours (192,000 at the last count, since … Continue reading

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My Stepdaughter was worried about going on her school activity holiday today…until I reminded her about what she did last summer!

  There were a few tears at school drop-off this morning when the Successful Other Half said goodbye to her nine-year-old daughter. Ths time, though, the tears weren’t coming from … Continue reading

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The Gallery: Chilled out…is a toddler sleeping on top of you!

We’re halfway through the week so we can all just relax and enjoy a linky thingy thanks to Tara Cain’s hugely popular Gallery on her Sticky Fingers blog. My favourite … Continue reading

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59. 7 crap jokes I’ve learned from reading with my 6 year-old

‘…and then the monkey said: ‘You can’t put a banana THERE!” Who says reading with kids is boring? I’ve just read with my six year-old son and had a right … Continue reading

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