Monthly Archives: April 2012

Beast Quest: The way to get a reluctant seven year-old boy to read

As most parents of little boys know, it is very difficult to get them into reading. Too much energy, too many distractions, too flitty-flighty in the concentration stakes. Now my … Continue reading

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If the weather’s bad…here’s how to get your kids to exercise!

Well, it’s better than using it as a clothes drier, which is all it’s been good for since we bought it!

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Recipe Shed: Dolcelatte-stuffed Chicken Kievs

Dolcelatte means ‘sweet milk’ in Italian and the cheese is as creamy and sweet as it says on the tin. It makes a wonderful oozing filling for kiev-style chicken breasts. … Continue reading

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Listography: Top 5 Wishes For My Children

KateTakes5’s Listography this week is one to make any parent gulp! My mum and dad never had any wishes for their kids, beyond the usual,  ‘As long as they’re happy … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday

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For one hour only…the day I became a ‘real’ man again (well, for the first time!)

Over the past year or so, I have chronicled my demise transformation from Alpha Breadwinning Male to Beta Breadmaking Housedad. Well, this week, I was given the Godsent opportunity to … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Spicy Mexican Chilli-Choc Burritos with Fresh Coriander and Soured Cream

The theme for this week’s Recipe Shed is WRAPS. The list of ingredients in this dish appear quite onerous, but they all come together in perfect harmony. It’s a trust … Continue reading

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A question from a guilty parent: Do computers damage young children’s brains?

My kids are a little too fond of computers for my liking. But let’s face it, they’re a very cost-effective babysitter when you’re trying to get on with more important … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Thai Green Prawn Curry

If you’ve got a food processor, this dish is astonishingly quick and easy to make. Just bung in your ingredients, press the button and away you go. The flavours are … Continue reading

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Team Camp: The best parents’ holiday lifesaver ever

There are only so many ways a middle-aged dad can entertain three overly energetic under-10s in the school holidays. Crafts and baking may be OK for others of a different … Continue reading

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Diary of my Inner Voice, aged 48 and 1/4

What are you thinking? Yes, you, right now, aside from: ‘Why is he picking on me, I ain’t dun nottin’ wrong?’ This is the challenge set by AgeingMatron and RandomPearlsofWisdom … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: This ugly nugget is worth £50 – white truffle, the food of the Gods.

It was a meeting in the school playground. A clandestine meeting. ‘I’ve got a treat for you,’ my fellow foodie dad Simon, whispered under his breath. He looked left and … Continue reading

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Is taking my sons to see their grandad doing more harm than good?

I’ve been away for a week. Part One was visiting my dad with my lads, his grandsons; for Part Two, we teamed up with my wife, my stepdaughter, sister-in-law and … Continue reading

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Leeks with scallops, white pudding and bacon butter – my entry for LoveTheGarden’s leek recipe contest

My brother-in-law is a leek farmer, so whenever he visits he brings us a massive bag of Wales’s finest and I set to work. This recipe combines leeks with some … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday: The Darling Buds of…April

This is not an April Fool!

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