Monthly Archives: July 2011

Recipe Shed: How to make…Heston Blumenthal’s Thrice-Cooked Chips

Nothing beats a perfectly cooked chip. Crunchy and golden on the outside, fluffy, white and melt-in-the-mouth on the inside. And the way to create the perfect chip is to cook … Continue reading

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I was fed up taking the kids to the park every day. So I had a brilliant idea…

One of the most short-sighted decisions we ever made was buying a flat without a garden. We have a roof terrace, yes, but it’s not ideal for young children whose … Continue reading

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To anyone else, it’s a broken cup. But to me…

I’ve never been sentimental about possessions. There are only a handful of things I would rescue if the house was on fire (after the wife and kids, of course). One … Continue reading

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Listography: 5 Lessons I Learned From My Parents

Great Listography theme this week from the great KateTakes5. Poignant, informative, enlightening, with the potential for a dash of humour. Perfect!  So, here are my 5 Lessons I Learned from … Continue reading

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MyMissusMonday: When Dad Becomes Mum

Calling all SAHMs: would you swap roles with your other half? Do you think you could cope with going out to work? Do you think HE could cope with looking … Continue reading

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Adults only! For one very special night only: the sublime pleasure of leaving the kids with a babysitter

Me and the missus. We don’t get out much. Three kids. Hundreds of miles away from our families. The price of babysitters. Exhaustion at the end of a hellish working … Continue reading

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Buying the teachers an end-of-year present hadn’t occurred to me…until I read a very poignant story

Today was the last day of the school year for my sons.The build up to it has felt like a countdown to six weeks of frustration, bickering and boredom – … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Marvellously Moreish Cheesey Bacon Muffins

One of the first people I followed when I joined the Twittersphere seven months ago was Rebecca @EnglishMum. She’s a cook – and a very fine one at that – … Continue reading

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If housewives ruled the world…

  Anyone who looks down their nose at stay-at-home mums should get along to a school class tea. These women are an extraordinary lesson in organisation, team work, graft and … Continue reading

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My son’s glowing school report says he’s mature and responsible. Do they know something I don’t?

Here is the summary of my six-year-old son’s end-of-year school report: ‘Tom is an intelligent, mature and caring boy who has been an absolute pleasure to teach this year. He … Continue reading

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The Gallery: Vintage

It’s been a while, old friend I’ve neglected you for far too long You made me what I am But I moved on Hid you away On top of a … Continue reading

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Listography: Most Memorable Gigs

The rather splendid Kate of KateTakes5 fame has come up with another Listography in which I am unable to take a full and active part. Last week it was Favourite … Continue reading

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I am not a fighter, but sometimes you have to take a stand

Take a look at this photograph and spot the odd one out. Got it yet? Yes, it’s me, furthest on the left. And the reason why? Four of these men … Continue reading

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MyMissusMonday: Are you a victim of Other Mum Envy?

The lucky, er, devils who won £161 million on the Euromillions last week stoked a whole load of feelings of envy right across Britain, not least in our house where … Continue reading

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Read All About It: My New Housedads article for Good Housekeeping magazine

RISE OF THE NEW HOUSEDADS More and more couples are swapping their traditional roles because of job losses and lifestyle choices. But what impact does this have on families and … Continue reading

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TheGallery: Baby Tom’s Travels

The theme of this week’s Gallery, created, chaired and governed by the inimitable Tara on her Sticky Fingers blog is Travel. I could post a whole gallery of photos from … Continue reading

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My son had his first ever school report yesterday. It revealed how much he’s progressed in the last 7 months…and how much I’d receded!

I have experienced many moments of pride since I became a housedad seven months ago, but I wasn’t quite prepared for the feelings that overwhelmed me yesterday. It was my … Continue reading

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MyMissusMonday: ‘I have a confession: playing with my children often bores me stiff. Does that make me a terrible mother?’

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 Britain’s biggest selling women’s weekly … Continue reading

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Little Legacy: The item that keeps my late mum in my heart and on my head!

  Penny over at The Alexander Residence has started a new Linky about little legacies handed down to us that move us and affect our lives.  She says: ‘Little legacy … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Simplest Slow-Cooked Gammon Ever

This slow cooked gammon recipe is, without a shadow of a doubt, the easiest and most effective thing I have ever cooked, producing soft, succulent, flaking hunks of ham, with … Continue reading

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It’s a year since I lost my job and at 47, I wonder if I’ll ever get another. But there is hope…

It is exactly a year since I lost my job (read my first ever post here) and seven months since my wife and I swapped roles and I become a … Continue reading

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MyMissusMonday: ‘Hands up if you’re a bad mother! We all are, if you believe the research.’

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 Britain’s biggest selling women’s weekly … Continue reading

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Listography: KeithTakes5 again…5 Things I Want To Do This Summer

Listography queen KateTakes5 is, er, taking five this week to focus on setting up the new Netmums blogger network. If you haven’t already joined, you should check it out. It’s … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday

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Recipe Shed: Chicken Spaghetti Carbonara

This dish was one of the first I learned to cook. There are many different recipes for carbonara and there are heated debates about whether you should add cream or … Continue reading

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