Monthly Archives: August 2011

Gallery: Animals

So there we were, sitting in my Parents-In-Laws’ lovely back garden last week, enjoying a cup of tea, when we heard a little scuttling and a-shuffling behind us. What could … Continue reading

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Pants: An ironing masterclass

I have just been on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour talking about life as a Stay-At-Home-Dad, during which I happened to mention that I iron pants. Yes, pants. Underpants, knickers, boxer … Continue reading

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Gallery: World Photography Day – The Flying Boy

I’m a bit late to Tara Cain’s Sticky Fingers’ Gallery this week, but better late than never, as the actress said to the bishop. The theme is World Photography Day. … Continue reading

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Listography: 5 Seasonal Survival Tactics

Sound-as-a-pound Penny over at The Alexander Residence has been put in charge of KateTakes5’s Listography this week while the latter lady suns herself in deepest Wales. Well, someone has to. … Continue reading

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My Missus Monday: The TRUTH about being a perfect parent

Some of the dads in the Daddy Blogging world put me to shame in the fatherhood stakes. Hell, let’s face it, MOST dads put me to shame. They are fantastic … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday

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Listography: 5 Pictures From Last Week

That’s the theme of KateTakes5’s Listography this week, and the week in question is the week we were visiting my parents-in-law in Darlington, and my dad in Manchester. We went … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Manchester Rag Pudding (best eaten after beer)

Not so much a recipe, more a work of artisanal art. But still keeping in with the theme of this week’s Recipe Shed: MINCE. This is the great north Manchester … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Rustic Three-Cheese Lasagne

I have @DawnLindsell to thank for the first part of this recipe, and my obsession with cheese for the second part. I know most lasagnes are made with a Bechamel … Continue reading

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

The very nice¬† @melkshamMum , the musical-loving dad @blendingtime , and the lovely @SAHMlovingit kindly tagged me with this list which allows the recipient to indulge in some over-sharing. In … Continue reading

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A rite of passage for father and son…my boy learns to ride a bike (at last!)

It’s been a long old ride, but he got there in the end. Our middle son has always been a Proceed With Caution kind of child. On his first day … Continue reading

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My Missus Monday: Holiday at home? Holiday in hell, more like

Last year, we had the Most Amazing Holiday Of A Lifetime Ever-Cum-Honeymoon to Corsica. This year, we’ve been – and are going – nowhere. Lack of cash and the demands … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday

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An intimate, romantic, touching, powerful and poignant message on my iPhone from my Working Wife…

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Two little boys and the greatest song about childhood friendship ever written!

My now four-year-old has never really had a mate. He’s never needed one. He and his older brother have always been as thick as thieves. Three years separate them but … Continue reading

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Review: The Smurfs Movie

I would rather have nailed my eyelids to a desk than see this film with my six-and-four-year-old sons, and so contrived plans to head up to a stateley home park … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Chicken Katsu Curry (aka Chip-Shop Curry Sauce!)

The first time I had this was in Wagamama’s restaurant chain. The chicken was crunchy on the outside, but soft and moist on the inside. And the katsu sauce was … Continue reading

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The Gallery: Black & White

Every week, @tara_cain’s Sticky Fingers’ Gallery inspires me to think about my life: what was, what is, where it’s going. And her Black & White theme this week has been … Continue reading

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The 12 Best Movie Characters For Kids. Who are your favourites?

We can all recall our favourite villains and heroes from children’s movies – but what about the cutest and scariest, nicest and craziest? I asked guest-blogger Jo Berry,¬† a film … Continue reading

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Listography: 5 Guilty Pleasures

The craic-lover that is KateTakes5 has come up with the theme of Guilty Pleasures for this week’s Listography, based on something she shouldn’t feel remotely guilty about: devouring super noodles. … Continue reading

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MyMissusMonday: Do you have a Tween With Attitude?

Now don’t get me wrong, my nine-year-old stepdaughter is a fantastic child. She’s kind, polite, loving and caring. But every now and then the Teen That She Will One Day … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday

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Our first wedding anniversary: A pictorial tribute

If I knew then what I know now, I might have waited a bit longer to marry my wife. ONLY JOKING, LOVE. NOT THE SPARE ROOM AGAIN, PER-LEASE! It’s a … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: The Ultimate Super Burger with Fried Onion Bhaji Rings

A burger’s a burger, eh? Come on, people, get with the programme. A burger is what you make it. A burger is an expression of your self, your very being. … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Guide to Sous Vide Cooking

  Water boils – and thus turns to steam – at 100 degrees Celsius. Fact. Muscle tissue is approx. 75% water. Fact. If you cook meat at more than 100C … Continue reading

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Our youngest is 4 today…and look what we got him

Yes, yes, we know our youngest son is too young for it, but, well, you know, he likes it. Loves it, actually. That’s Ben 10 I’m talking about. The Tweenage … Continue reading

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Listography: 5 Things I’d Change About Myself

I love KateTakes5’s Listography this week because it has taken me precisely zero effort to do it. The theme is: 5 Things I’d Change About Myself And here they are… … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Easiest Ever…Sunday Roast Duck

This really couldn’t be simpler. Buy a duck, prick the skin, rub a little salt in. Bung it in the oven. Wait. Done. Love a duck! Serves 4 1 free-range … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday

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Recipe Shed: Roast Chicken Caesar Salad

I’m not a huge salad fan, but I love creamy, cheesy Caesar salad for the precise reasons that it’s creamy and cheesy. However, I’ve always found chicken Caesars rather dry … Continue reading

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