Monthly Archives: January 2012

I didn’t expect any presents…but look what I got for my birthday!

You don’t expect presents when you get to my age. Let me re-phrase that: you tell your loved ones: ‘I don’t expect presents when I get to my age.’ Hint. … Continue reading

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48 Things I’ve learned in the past 48 hours on the occasion of my 48th birthday

I’m 48 today. Forty. Eight. What has been the point of these 48 years? What have I learned? What wisdom have I accumulated that I can pass on to my … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Saturday Night Southern Fried Chicken (sort of!)

I have a dream recipe for Southern Fried Chicken, which involves 20 ingredients and is as close to the KFC coating as I’ve ever tasted.  But that will have to … Continue reading

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No wonder our kids are called the Cotton Wool Generation when elf ‘n safety jobsworths brandish their clipboards

It was a crisp, sunny winter’s afternoon and I’d collected my three children from school and taken them down to our local park. ‘What would you like to do?’ I … Continue reading

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Masterchef Exclusive: A cooking masterclass with 2011 champion Tim Anderson

Sometimes this blogging malarkey ain’t all bad – and last night was one such time. Myself and a handful of other Handpicked bloggers (RedTedArt, CrumbsFeedYourFamily and Nixdminx to name but … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed Vlog: Heston Blumenthal’s Lamb Steak Tapenade

I’m gradually working my way through the Heston Blumenthal cookbook for Christmas, and this recipe is a great way to combine my present from the Christmas before last: my trusty … Continue reading

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WTF! My son said FFS the other day! So what can I do about it?

The other evening, my seven year-old son was playing on his Wii when something didn’t go as he’d hoped. ‘Fer f**k’s sake,’ I heard him mutter under his breath. ‘WHAT. … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Burns’ Night Haggis-Stuffed Chicken Breast and Whisky Sauce

I bought quite a big haggis at the weekend, so I’ve cut it in half and used one half for this delicious midweek feast and will have the rest, baked, … Continue reading

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Now THAT’S what I call a breakfast

Fibre meets protein = TASTE – and, after this, no lunch required! I’ve chosen a mature Red Leicester cheese for this one, because of its astounding melting qualities. 1 slice … Continue reading

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‘Don’t make me go to school, Dad!’

Yesterday, nine kids were off sick out of my son’s Reception class of 25. Last night, he got home, clambered onto the sofa, then went fast asleep, snotting and wheezing … Continue reading

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The night I suddenly become afraid of teenagers

I’ve never been scared of teenagers. I was one once myself and I was about as frightening as a feather knife. But on Saturday night, I found myself more than … Continue reading

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Listography: Top 5 Biscuits

KateTakes5’s Listography theme this week really takes the biscuit because – yes – it’s about BISCUITS. 1. HOBNOBS As Peter Kay so rightly says in this fantastic sketch: ‘Hobnobs – … Continue reading

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#SatCap: Where Christmas fairies hang out for the rest of the year

Well, can you do better? Leave me a comment below. And click on the cute badge to join in on Mammasaurus’s blog.

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Is this level of anxiety NORMAL? Time to make a list…

I read a post today by Kate of  WitWitWoo fame, about how anxious she’s been feeling of late.  She’s eight days into a new job, so it’s hardly surprising, but … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed Vlog: How to make fully-loaded homemade pizza (plus how to roast and peel perfect peppers)

You wanna a pizza me? I said, YOU WANNA PIZZA ME? Ahem! Apologies for the appalling grammar. Anyway, today’s Recipe Shed theme is PIZZA: The Vlog. Starring…my lovely Successful Other … Continue reading

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#Gallery: Look into my eyes, not around the eyes…

Interesting theme for Tara Cain’s Gallery this week: Eyes. I was just going to post a picture of my kids in their school uniforms and call it PUPILS but after … Continue reading

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Playdates: Are girls easier than boys (or is it just my imagination)?

I have resisted playdates for the past couple of months. Obviously they’re great when you’re off-loading your kids to another parent with the words: ‘See you later. Good luck!’ ringing … Continue reading

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Delicious…and only 25,000 calories per slice!

I never eat lunch, so I feel I can justify this mammoth calorie-loaded breakfast once in a while: SAUSAGE, MUSHROOM AND CHEESE MELT ON SOUT DOUGH TOAST All you need: … Continue reading

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Listography: Top 5 Tips for Bloggers

I’m hoping that  KateTakes5 will turn her idea this week into a Super Post, or even a book. The tips I’ve seen from both her and other bloggers so far … Continue reading

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How to save £430 on energy bills*

This week is Big Energy Week, running from today until January 21, and as a man who refused to turn the heating on until the middle of November, I’m very much … Continue reading

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A grotesque example of the child obesity epidemic…

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Recipe Shed Vlog: How to make toast

Toast is complicated. We know that. Very difficult to get wrong. The bread, the method, the butter to bread ratio. This video shows you how to make the Perfect Piece … Continue reading

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#SatCap: ‘Da-ad, I’ve got something to tell you…’

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Recipe Shed: Heston’s Chilli Con Carne

From now on I’m linking the Recipe Shed up to @Maris_World  Linky #FoodieFriday. Why not pop over for some other ideas.  Heston Blumenthal’s recipe for Chilli Con Carne is one … Continue reading

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T.F.I. Friday (the ‘I’ stands for ‘Iron’)

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Circle of Life

I’m joining in with @kateab’s Life Circle on her FiveFs blog this week to see if it can kick-start some inspiration that I feel I’m lacking in some areas of … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Chicken & ham pie with Heston Blumenthal’s sprout leaves and glazed carrots (and a nice cup of tea!)

This week’s Recipe Shed is dedicated to Ben from MutteringsofaFool. He got a Pieminster book for Christmas and is keen to show off his skills. Meanwhile, I got Heston Blumenthal … Continue reading

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For the first time ever, my son was named Star of the Day. So imagine my disappointment…

Not too long ago, I was worried about my four year-old son’s development. As an August baby, he is one of the youngest in his Reception class. He seemed to … Continue reading

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#Gallery: Captured on my mobile phone…the moment a rocket blasted off!

Tara Cain’s Sticky Fingers’ Gallery this week focuses on the gadget that I have learned I cannot live without: my mobile phone. More specifically, my iPhone4, and even more specifically, … Continue reading

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My son don’t wanna dance no more

Last term, my son was up for it, big time. Dancing. When his school announced they would be putting on pre-class dance lessons he was all over it like a … Continue reading

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