Monthly Archives: March 2012

And the winner of the school Easter Egg Decorating Comp is…

…not my mob. But they enjoyed taking part and that’s what matters, isn’t it? WELL, ISN’T IT?? I’m sure all our Olympians feel the same way!  

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Postcard from China: An ex-pat’s eye view from an old friend

Many years ago, I used to belong to a little gang of mates. We’d go on pub crawls together, get into fights together (well, one), and put the world to … Continue reading

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Gallery: Extreme Close-Up

Tara’s challenge for this week’s Sticky Fingers’ Gallery is Extreme Close-up. Here’s mine. As Rolf used to say, can you guess what it is yet?

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Recipe Shed: Heston Blumenthal’s 18-hour Sous Vide Blackened Pork Belly

This is the simplest and most effective recipe I’e ever done – though you have to have a Sous Vide, so not for everyone, I guess. You could always invest … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: My wife’s Superduper Megaloaded Surbocharged Pizza

There are several culinary things my wife does better than me, and here in reverse order are those things: 5. Poach an egg (I can’t stand them) 4. Cook fish … Continue reading

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Listography: 5 Beauty Products I Couldn’t Live Without

There was an apology from KateTakes5 on this week’s Listography. A sexist apology, I might add. Why can’t men join in with the 5 Beauty Products them of this week’s … Continue reading

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He clung to them like Samson eyeing Delilah’s scissors, but now my boy’s woolly locks have gone

There were tears and a silent tantrum – plus a £5 bribe – but finally, they have gone: the locks my seven year-old son had been clinging onto tighter than … Continue reading

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#366 Silent Sunday: Up, up and away…

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Recipe Shed: Jamie Oliver’s Italian Sausage Pasta with Swiss chard

This is a stunning Saturday night or midweek treat, inspired by Jamie Oliver. The key is the quality of the sausagemeat. 2 tsp fennel seeds 2 dried red chillies, crumbled … Continue reading

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Are my two little brothers in arms growing apart?

My lads have been inseparable since the moment the youngest was born. The oldest, Tom, would help change his little brother Sam’s nappy. When he moved from breast to bottle, … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Balinese grilled duck breasts in a coconut and spinach sauce

I have no idea why this is a Balinese dish as my well-travelled wife swears blind there are no ducks in Bali (based on the fact she didn’t see any … Continue reading

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Coward’s way: I pulled out of a job before I was even offered it

Regular readers will know that last week I went for an interview after being approached by a headhunter.  My dilemma was: Should I go for it or stick to housedadding? … Continue reading

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As the budget looms…how to make your kids financially savvy

When it comes to money, nothing focuses the mind like being made redundant – especially when you’re a parent, with all the financial anxieties that brings. The monthly paydrop of … Continue reading

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Listography: 5 Reasons I Know I’m…

…writing this.  1. I’m sitting on a chair looking at the screen of the computer. 2. My fingers are hitting keys on a keyboard in a systematic order to form … Continue reading

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Money can’t buy you love on Mother’s Day. Here’s the proof!

No flowers, no expensive cards. Just three sheets of coloured card and the felt-tip scrawlings of three children. That was all it took to make my wife’s Mother’s Day perfect. … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Heston Blumenthal sous vide rack of lamb with Gordon Ramsay herb crust

Mums only deserve the best, so I’ve combined these recipes from two of the best chefs in the land for this superlative Mother’s Day treat: herb-crusted rack of lamb with … Continue reading

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Review: We Bought A Zoo, plus win a detox at a luxury spa

Last week, I accompanied my seven year-old son and his classmates on a trip to London Zoo. At one point, he looked at me and said: ‘Dad, I wish we … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Jamaican jerk pork chops with rice and peas

I’m not a big fan of pork chops. Too dry, too fatty, too bland. But rubbing them with this super-spicy Jamaican jerk mix really zings them up. A great midweek … Continue reading

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My son’s speech therapy is paying off…what a star!

Ever since I wrote this post about my worries over my four year-old son’s ‘delayed speech’ I sought advice from a professional and wrote a follow-up article for Tesco Kids’ … Continue reading

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It was my late Mum’s birthday yesterday. And I forgot.

Sometimes my head gets stuck so far up my own arse that I forget what’s important. Like yesterday. I went for an interview for a job and so consumed with … Continue reading

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I’ve been approached by a headhunter. Should I go for it or stick to housedadding?

I was approached to apply for a job recently. A good job, with a decent salary. Lots of responsibility, long hours, high expectations. ‘Nothing to lose by throwing my hat … Continue reading

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Listography: 5 favourite cookbooks

I love this challenge from Katetakes5’s Listography this week. Let me re-phrase that: I LOVE THIS CHALLENGE. As a former cookery magazine Editor and virtual owner of the Recipe Shed, … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Silent STEAKday!

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Our mum is…getting this present for Mother’s Day!

My dilemma: what do I get my wife for Mother’s Day while at the same time delegate my duty of encouraging our youngest son to read? By jove, I believe … Continue reading

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The reality of being a ‘stepdad’

I wrote this post for the bobtastic Bob, founder and boss of the brilliant OnlyDads advice and support site for single dads. Please go and take a look at what … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Japanese seared steak salad with ginger and fresh coriander

Whenever my wife gets together with her colleagues, they head for Wagamama’s where she has a seared steak salad with ginger. It sounds delicious so I’ve tried my own variation … Continue reading

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Listography: A day in a housedad’s life

KateTakes5’s Listography challenge this week is to capture a week in our lives in 5 photos. Ah, sod it. I’ve done one day in 15 photos. Call me Maverick. She … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: How to cook pork medium-rare using Iberico pork ‘presa’ – the wagyu of the porcine world

I always avoid the more expensive cuts of pork – especially tenderloin, loin and loin chops  – because their lack of fat leaves them as dry as a sandpaper doormat. … Continue reading

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A plague on our family! How to avoid, spot and get rid of nits

A plague has come to our house this week. A plague of nits. Who knows what or where the came from, but the finger of blame points firmly at our … Continue reading

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Get your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty housedad

It was like a scene from the Planet of the Apes. In the local playground last night, a gang of 11/12 year-old boys were in a frenzy of baiting a … Continue reading

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