Monthly Archives: May 2012

Maths for mums and dads: take the pain out of maths homework (involves magic and gambling)

I’m rubbish at maths so when sons’ school had a Maths Day recently I nodded off at the thought. But they pulled it off in a really clever and engaging … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Diamond Jubilee Cupcakes

  Cakes and fancies are not my strength, but with the Diamond Jubilee coming up, I figured it was time to RISE (!!) to the occasion by making these regally … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: In search of…Poulet de Bresse – the red-crowned king of chickens

My family eats a lot of chicken. Always free-range, often organic – pricier than battery birds, but a price worth paying for a clear conscience.   This stance was reiterated … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Jubilee goat’s cheese pizza with figs, pears, peppers and walnuts

  I love goat’s cheese. Its creamy texture, its earthy flavour, its versatility. Unfortunately, my kids aren’t so keen, so when I was contacted by @ethelthegoat and invited to take … Continue reading

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How many sharks are killed to make shark’s fin soup? What I learned on our Class Trip to London Aquarium

Let me ask you a question. How many sharks do you think there are in the world? No, I have no idea either.  But how many MORE sharks would there … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Crispy-skin chicken breast with tarragon cream sauce (or Gorgonzola dip)

Now that the sunshine has finally bestowed its elusive presence upon us, it’s time for some lighter, fresher meals and nothing fits the bill better for me than crispy-skinned chicken … Continue reading

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How to stay safe in the sun: Join in a live Q & A with one of Britain’s leading skin cancer experts

Have you noticed that big yellow thing in the sky this week? I looked it up on the internet and it’s something called The Sun. I know, I hadn’t heard … Continue reading

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Listography: Top 5 Things I Love About (My) Kids

All of KateTakes5’s observations in this month’s Listography are spot on: the fact that kids run everywhere, no matter how short the distance; their lovely mis-spelt, impromptu messages; their mispronunciations … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Spicy Indian beef koftas baked in a silky tomato sauce

There is something very satisfying and homely about meatball, be they Italian or Indian. This is my variation on the class koftas from Indian, combined with a silky, spicy tomato … Continue reading

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R.I.P – My local boozer. My escape, my sanctuary, my office. Where I could be a man…

Last Monday was a grim day in the Life of this Housedad. It was the day my local pub shut its doors for three weeks for a refurbishment.  Without question, … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Kids’ Toad-in-the-Holes

To be absolutely honest, I thought I’d made a mess of these when I first took them out of the oven. I imagined they would turn out like Yorkshire Pudding … Continue reading

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Dads’ Dining Club: Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen – Review

Every two months, me and two foodie dads escape the shackles of our families and venture out into the gastro-world. We each take it in turns to choose the restaurant … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Kids’ Jubilee chicken in crisp lettuce wraps

This is a Jub-ilicious (thanks  to @mustntgrumble for the painful pub!) recipe is a twist on Coronation chicken and my kids love it.  It takes about five minutes to make, … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Slow Cooker Pork Cheeks with Roasted Garlic Mash and Buttered Cabbage

Pig’s cheeks are a chef’s favourite, but which are much overlooked by the general public. In their untrimmed state, they are just slabs of fat which hide burgundy-coloured jewels of … Continue reading

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What’s better: Cyber Friends or Real World Friends? There’s only one way to find out…wriiiiiiiiiiiite!

Before I was made redundant and my wife and I swapped roles nearly two years ago, blogging and Twitter were just words I’d heard, not tools of communication. Even though … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Chorizo-roast chicken with Spanish peppers

Ola! Today’s Recipe Shed theme is a smoky, tangy twist on the traditional Sunday roast chicken. Viva Espana! Serves 2-4 For the chicken 1 chicken, weighing approx. 1.5kg 10 x … Continue reading

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My son’s neck-lumps: an update

First of all, thank you to all the commenters, emailers and Tweeters who contacted me after I wrote this post about my concerns about two pea-sized lumps that had mysteriously … Continue reading

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For your delectation…my very cheesy national anthems!

When a friend saw this competition written about in a newspaper, he thought of me. I’m a cheese fanatic, see; a Cheddar afficionado. Thus, this comp had my name all … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Slow Cooker Crispy-Skin Lamb Breast with Dauphinois Potatoes

This is about as cheap and cheerful as a midweek dinner gets. Unless you’re the lamb, that is. I bought this roasting joint at a farmers’ market for £3. Three. … Continue reading

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What are these lumps on my son’s neck (two GPs have no idea!)

They’re about the size of a marrowfat pea, a centimetre apart, and they’re on the back of my son’s neck, just below his hairline. I’m not worried about them, but … Continue reading

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When worlds collide…

There is an episode of Seinfeld in which George Costanza introduces his new girlfriend Susan to his good – female – friend, Elaine. It is the Worlds Collide episode – … Continue reading

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The Blog Where Nothing Interesting Ever Happens

 I have read many posts that have asked the question, ‘Why do I blog?’ and after more than a year writing these chronicles I have now reached that almost inevitable … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Ken Hom’s crispy shrimp paste chicken with spicy peanut butter noodles

I saw the legendary Ken Hom cook this on Saturday Kitchen a few weeks ago, which at last gave me a reason to use the shrimp paste that’s been hanging … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Ken Hom’s crispy shrimp paste chicken with spicy peanut butter noodles

For the marinade 2-3 chicken breasts, cut into chunks 2 tbsp shrimp paste 1 tbsp Shaoxing Chinese rice wine 1 tbsp ginger juice (squeezed from 2 cm grated ginger) 2 … Continue reading

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