Monthly Archives: December 2011

Five New Year’s Resolutions for 2012

It’s my last post of 2011, and what a year it’s been etc etc. But rather than look back at the rollercoaster ride of being a Reluctant Housedad, I’m going … Continue reading

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Sometimes it helps if you remember how old your parents are…

Well, it’s the thought that counts, isn’t it? Well, isn’t it??? I had good intentions when I bought my dad a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label Whisky to mark … Continue reading

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How Christmas gave our kids their Mum back (a tribute to Mother Christmas!)

We are fast approaching the anniversary of  the day I officially became a Reluctant Housedad after my wife and I swapped roles when I was made redundant. In that time, … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: The Ultimate Christmas Goose with Jamie Oliver’s Get-Ahead Gravy

Christmas lunch yesterday was a triumph, mainly for the fact that I only had four of us to cook for – my wife and our two sons, as my stepdaughter … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Celebration Sous Vide Turkey Breast and Trimmings

We’re having two Christmas dinners this year on account of the fact that my stepdaughter will be with her dad on the Big Day. We have a complicated family, but … Continue reading

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The Christmas meat hamper has arrived…

  Goose, capon, gammon, forerib of beef, pigs in blankets, bacon and giblets for gravy. Pity there’ll only be four of us this year!!!  

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Last Christmas week, my brother got married, my mum died and my dad & stepdaughter had their birthdays. It’s been a bit quieter this year… …

I’m adding this post to Tara’s Sticky Fingers Gallery this week, on the theme of Christmas of Yesteryear. I know she will forgive me for the lack of photos. I’ve … Continue reading

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And the winner of the Green Giant organic hamper is…

I am delighted to announce a nice, timely Christmas present for the winner of my recent Green Giant competition to win a fantastic organic Abel & Cole veggie hamper.  I … Continue reading

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Mum died a year ago today; Dad turns 75 tomorrow. How can I mark these two events?

It is a year today that we lost our dear mum to the dreadful, evil Alzheimer’s. I’ve written about her many times, so I’m not going to do so again. … Continue reading

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Low-alcohol wine? I was REFRESHINGLY surprised!

If you, like me, are going to partake of a glass or several of the old vino collapso over the festive holiday, then Stowell’s Light is right up your street. … Continue reading

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#RecipeShed: Herby Goat’s Cheese-Stuffed Spatchcock Chicken

  This is a quick and simple way to have a lovely Sunday roast without all the stodge. The cheese melts into the flesh, keeping it incredibly succulent and moist … Continue reading

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A cheese and meat fest at London’s world famous Borough Market

The last time I went to London’s world famous  Borough Market was on a Saturday. Big mistake. The place was so heaving with tourists that it was impossible to browse at … Continue reading

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A tree-mendous effort!

Just when I thought my stepdaughter’s main talent was leaving wet towels on living room floor and turning her bedroom into a hovel only Stig could live in, she pulls … Continue reading

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My bird’s turned into a penguin!

You’ve heard of the Emperor Penguin. Meet the Queen Penguin aka my missus getting ready for her office Christmas party. She looks p-p-pretty good to me! And six hours later, … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Leftover Turkey Curry (and more ideas for Christmas leftovers)

  CHRISTMAS NUTS AND VEG CURRY Serves: 4 1 tbsp ghee or vegetable oil 1/4 of the onion, garlic and ginger base mixture 1 tsp turmeric 1 tsp paprika 1 … Continue reading

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Why has my son suddenly taken an interest in his appearance?

It’s his hair, more than anything. Like me, he’s got curly hair. If he grows it out, he looks like a sheep. It’s fluffy and lovely to me and his … Continue reading

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Here’s the proof: I’m not an Alfalfa Male! (Note: look away now if you’re squeamsh)

A mum at my sons’ Christmas fair said I wasn’t an Alpha Male on Saturday because I was making soup and mulled wine, whereas her husband wouldn’t be seen dead … Continue reading

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‘You’re a Beta Male,’ a mum told me. ‘You mean a Better Male?’ I replied.

I was helping out at my sons’ school Christmas fair on Saturday, laying out tables, selling the 56 Christmas puds I’d helped to make and wrap, then single-handedly manning the … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday

       

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Recipe Shed: One Pot Wonders…Cowboy Pork and Beans

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-ha, it’s dinner time, cowboys and girls. This week’s Recipe Shed theme is One Pot Wonders and ah’ve-a-got-me-a-dang-good-cotton-pickin’ recipe for you to try. Pork and beans is a hearty classic. … Continue reading

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