Monthly Archives: July 2012

Recipe Shed: Rich & Sticky Beef Flat-Ribs

I’ve been dying to cook these for ages but for some reason they’re not widely available. Thankfully, I have a friendly butcher who sourced some for me – and it … Continue reading

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Review: The Lorax

Where are all the great summer movies aimed at under-10s this year? A couple of weeks ago, I took my kids to see the very disappointing Ice Age 4, and … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed Vlog: Parmesan and Mint-Crusted Lamb Cutlets with a Fiery Kick

  This recipe will set your tastebuds ablaze, I promise. It is a flavour overload of aromatic mint, pungent Parmesan and fiery cayenne – all complimenting these superb French-trimmed cutlets … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Chicken like chicken used to taste…Sutton Hoo Free-Range Chicken

For those of us of a certain age, we know what’s meant when a poultry farmer declares his birds ‘taste like chicken used to taste’.  So much of what we … Continue reading

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Way past bedtime…but how could we deprive our kids of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony?

Our children are usually in their bedrooms by 8.30pm, asleep by 9pm. But last night was a moment of history we were determined they would witness – whether they liked … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Olympic Dips (Cheese & Courgette; Zingy Tomato & Coriander; Avocado & Lime)

OK, OK, there’s nothing remotely Olympian about them but – hey – I figured if everyone else is jumping on the commercial bandwagon, then why can’t I? What’s that you … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Slow Cooker Mince, Marmite and Five-Spice Ragu with Fusili

Well, I guess you’re going to love or hate this dish, but I most definitely believe it will be the former. A teaspoon of Marmite added to the sauce gives … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Creamy Chicken Korma Salad with Rocket, Swiss Chard and Fresh Mint

My wife relaxes at the weekends by planting and nurturing vegetables on our 20 square foot roof terrace. This doesn’t produce a huge harvest – enough for a couple of … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Spicy Crumbed Chicken Breast with Mustard-Mayo Potato Salad

Now that the summer has finally arrived, there’s nothing more finger lickin’ good that this simple spicy chicken dish with hot, tangy new potato salad. I’d like to argue that … Continue reading

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You’ve heard of the Human Caterpillar…meet the Toddler Dragonfly!

I’m not scared of my youngest son. He’s only four and I could take him any day. I just go for his Achille’ heel (not literally) by tickling him. But … Continue reading

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How to handle anxiety: join in a live chat plus a chance to win THREE pampering packs, worth £80 each

At a friend’s 50th birthday party last year, I was asked to say a few words about the Man of the Moment. Just a few. Nothing special. In front of … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Classic Lamb Kleftiko – Greek-themed Sunday roast with lemon, oregano, feta cheese – and City Farmed organic lamb

Not far from where we live is a City Farm which my kids visit on school trips. It has cows, pigs, chickens and sheep. And sheep have lambs. Fact! Some … Continue reading

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Dads’ Dining Club reviews…Tramshed, Hoxton, London, EC4

I don’t go to restaurants to fill my stomach – I can find sustenance for that essential in the sandwich section of my local corner shop. I don’t go to … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Chinese Crispy Pork with Black Bean Sauce and Noodles

In An Ideal World 1: This recipe calls for pork fillet, but I had a nice chunk of leg begging to be used in my freezer, so I cut it … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Confit duck legs with spiced sweet potato wedges

Duck confit is a wonderfully crisp and juicy any-night treat, but the real star of this show is the sweet potato. Roasted for 30 mins, the flesh becomes as sweet … Continue reading

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Review: Ice Age 4: Continental Drift

My kids are huge fans of Ice Age. They have the first three movies on DVDs (which they’ve watched dozens of times) and each has a cuddly toy of one … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Breakfast Ham and Eggs from Nick Coffer’s ‘My Daddy Cooks’ book

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. FACT. Kids who don’t have breakfast find it more difficult to concentrate and have a mid-morning slump in energy levels. FACT.  … Continue reading

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Fifty Shades of Grey? Old hat! Bring on FIFTY SHADES OF PARENTHOOD

I love this idea from Mummy365 – an antidote to a certain over-hyped book that, it has just been reported, shifted more than 600,000 copies in one week. Karin wants … Continue reading

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#Gallery: Food – The DIY Dinner Party

  It’s been a while since I entered super-blogger Tara Cain’s marvellous weekly Gallery, but I couldn’t resist this week – for the theme is FOOD, and food is what … Continue reading

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Our day at the Royal Institute of Great Britain: Why elephants can’t dance, sky-diving hamsters and super-strong ants!

‘Why, Dad, why?’ is one of the most commonly used phrases in our home. Mainly, it is used to challenge the hour of bedtime or the need to consume a … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: King Prawn Thai Red Curry with Butternut Squash and Sugar Snap Peas

One of my closest friends, Mike, is leaving the country soon. His girls have grown up and left home. He and their mother split up a long time ago. So … Continue reading

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Food news: It’s a cross between a lime and a melon…it’s a LIMELON

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No…it’s a LIMELON. And it’s quite super, ma-an! This brand new fruit from Spain looks like a melon but has all the … Continue reading

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Reluctant Road Test: Philips Azur Steam Iron – and my life just got a whole lot easier!

Well, it was bound to happen one day, given the amount of pressing action it has partaken in these past five years: on Sunday, our iron conked out. Kaput. Unsaveable. … Continue reading

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How to organise a barbecue for a school fete (with a little help!)

On Saturday, the Housedad came of age when I was put in charge of organising my sons’ school summer barbecue.  ‘Yeah, sure,’ I said to the head of the PTA … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Sous Vide Parma ham-wrapped pork tenderloin stuffed with sage and Dolcelatte

Yes, yes, I know – I KNOW – there is far too much meat on these plates. That’s because I stupidly over-estimated the portion sizes. The amounts here would easily … Continue reading

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