Monthly Archives: June 2012

Recipe Shed: Five Super Summer Smoothies from L’Atelier Des Chefs

As a housebound housedad, I don’t get out much, so when I receive an invitation to get involved with something I’m truly passionate about, I leap at it – and … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Extremely simple Kids’ Sausage and Mascarpone Pasta

Using just four ingredients, this is about as simple as a kids’ dinner dish gets (OK, five, if you include the oil. OK, OKAY..six if you include the salad).

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Middle-Child Syndrome: Is my son destined to turn into a psychotic maniac?

Just lately, I’ve been worried that my oldest son has been suffering from Middle-Child Syndrome. At seven years old, three years separate him from his sister to the north, and … Continue reading

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Getting PAID to shop? Is this too good to be true?

Aside from a visit to the local butchers or farmers’ market, I’m a lazy shopper. I prefer to do all my shopping online, get it delivered, get on with my … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Slow cooked Dhal Gosht – Lamb and Lentil Curry

I made two batches of this incredibly rich and unctuous curry and gave one to my foodie dad pal (that’s his photo, above – much better than mine, below). His … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Sous Vide Chicken with Chilli Butter Crunchy Potato Salad

It’s not been much of a Salad Days Summer so far this year, so when the sun does deign to show its face, it’s great to jump on the opportunity. … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Moshi Monsters Fruit ‘n Nut Rox Cakes

My kids have started to get into comics just lately. Before, they’d nag me to buy them for the plastic bit of tut on the cover, but now they actually … Continue reading

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How to beat stress: Chillax and talk to an expert LIVE

Stress is an odd thing. What twists one person’s melon is a honeydew of happiness for another. Take Saturday night for example. My wife and I had friends around for … Continue reading

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Who’s the imposter with the #BritMumsLive award?

Yes, it’s me. It should have been Ben Wakeling, of course – the brilliantly funny, nay OUTSTANDING, winner of the, er, Outstanding Blogger Award at the BritMumsLive shindig on Friday … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Chinese Sous Vide pork belly with red pepper fried rice

The sous vide method of cooking pork belly simply cannot be surpassed in my opinion, and since I discovered it I cook it using this method all the time, Serves … Continue reading

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5 uses for (unused) nappies when your kids grow out of them

A more competent parent than I times their child’s transition from nappies to pants with such precision that there won’t be a Pamper leftover in the house. But when my … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Sous Vide chicken breast and edible flowers with lemon-cream fusili

‘Edible flowers?’ I hear you yell. ‘EDIBLE. FLOWERS. WTF!’ Well, that was my reaction, anyway, when I saw them being sold for £1 at my local farmers’ market. But they’re … Continue reading

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Paddington Bear: One of the many reasons my mother-in-law is a brilliant grandma!

My mother-in-law! Let’s discuss my mother-in-law. Cue the gags and get it over with – because my mother-in-law is about as perfect a grandmother an child cold hope to have. … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Stove-top sirloin with pan-roasted potatoes and Tuscan kale

Apologies for the pretentious title of this dish, but there’s a reason for it. This was originally going to be plain old roast beef and roast potatoes – a manly, … Continue reading

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Happy Father’s Day!

…from my lovely kids! Despite telling them ‘NO PRESENTS!’ I’m glad they never take any notice of me. (There are two mugs because they’re so small!)  

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Recipe Shed: I may just have invented a new crisp flavour

I hate wasting food and my kids hate chicken skin. So what’s a dad to do with the leftovers from the kids’  roast chicken thigh dinner? Why, grab a couple … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Creamy Pasta Peperonata

  I teamed up with another dad and his kids (and mine!) last weekend and for lunch we went to a cafe in a local park. He raved about its … Continue reading

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Win a copy of The Hobbit – one of the greatest children’s books of all time

To coincidence with the re-release of one of children’s literature’s greatest books, I’ve got THREE copies of The Hobbit to give away. To win, leave a comment about your favourite … Continue reading

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Father’s Day link-up: 10 things I love about my dad (just don’t tell him!)

Thank you to Donna at MummyCentral for asking me to join in this Father’s Day meme on the theme of ‘Dear Dad…’ Be warned: it contains gushing sentimentality and excrutiatingly … Continue reading

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Save £310 a year by getting your loft insulated for FREE

Hands up anyone out there that would like to save a few bob? Mmm, yes, I see that’s quite a few of you. As always, your loving reluctant housedad is … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Goat’s cheese and oven-dried tomato pappardelle

Here’s my second recipe for @ethelthegoat’s challenge, a Ready Steady…Cook! mission to make something delicious from a box of ingredients sent to me by Capricorn Somerset Goat’s Cheese.    The key … Continue reading

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It’s Fathers’ Story Week: Top 10 Tips To Get Your Kids Excited About Reading

This week, in the run up to Father’s Day, it’s Fathers’ Story Week, which aims to promote and support dads’ reading with and to their children. For those of us … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Beef and chorizo chilli

The idea for this dish was inspired by the leftovers in the fridge: half a packet of lean steak mince, half a chorizo sausage, half a can of chopped tomatoes, … Continue reading

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The saga of the plastic bricks, modern art and wanton destruction!

Like every family with small children, our home is littered with small plastic stuff that you step on when you’re at your most vulnerable, and often while you’re carrying a … Continue reading

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Cookies Disclaimer

Some housekeeping and officialdom I’m required to do as my site carries advertising… In keeping with new UK legislation, all advertising (that uses cookies on your site) will hold an … Continue reading

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Restaurant Review: The Wells, Hampstead, London, NW3

My wife and I don’t get out as often as we’d like, but every once in a while, a Gift Horse comes along and it would be impolite, neigh (!) … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Slow-braised lamb neck with gremolata

A couple of weeks ago, me and my Dads’ Dining Club companions went to Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen in the City where I had one of the best dishes … Continue reading

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Win! Five perfect Father’s Day gift books, plus 20 per cent discount for every reader on a personalised book that dads and kids can read together

  I’m passionate about reading with and to my children and not for altruistic reasons! Once they’ve learned to read, the whole world opens up to them – such as … Continue reading

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Diamond Jubilee Silent Sunday

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Silent Sunday

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