Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Having an Only child

Having an only child doesn't mean he is a lonely child and I get narked sometimes when folk insist that I must populate the world some more , true he is a teen now and I am past the stage of "won't he get lonely if he doesn't have a sibling " True to say we did have the odd protest of loneliness over over time but he has grown into a happy well adjusted teen with a bright head on his shoulders. I still get:

"But you'll have bedrooms to fill when he goes to university " ( noting he still has year 11 to finish and then 2 years of south form.


"OOOh you won't get to see nativity plays any more"


" ooh you'll miss the company of the school run "


"Christmas is for children"


Argh just arghhhh.

Stop and listen to yourself , everyone is entitled to an opinion but I wouldn't shove my choice of music down your throat.


"oooh he won't know how to share, he will be selfish"

No and no he does share , though I made the mistake of letting him sit in the front of the car when he was younger and now he just won't budge and it's a family joke ( no really it is ) And anyway there is more room at the back and I can make my husband wear a chauffeurs hat if I so choose. I should not be stigmatised for having an only child I am still doing my bit for humanity and all that jazz.


"He will expect toys and new things all the time"



No it has never been like that , he has always been very mindful and respectful of money and works for what he wants not as a job  but chores around the house, though has slightly slacked off from cleaning his rugby boots of late. However we are approaching GCSE times and it is best to to chide him over such things when he is knee knee in study books.


We have for the past 3 weeks been on an ice cream stand off , he is a tad fickle over puddings and won't eat quite a number of things , he has a great liking for Ben and Jerry's , who doesn't ?
Ben and jerry is not a cheap ice cream so I stopped buying  it for a bit well exactly three weeks ago and I had some nice Cornish ice cream in but ooh no that wan't the same , but now he is eating hurrah .

The cats liked Whiskers SO I brough a box of 48 .... so now they don't like  it .



Monday, 26 January 2015

Seared Scallops And Wilted Greens And Chorizo






Ingredients 
Scallops for how ever many guests.
A bag of curly kale which will serve 4 nicely.
For 3 people I used 7 slices of chorizo diced.
Oil
Knob of unsalted butter.






Method 

Slice the kale into thin pieces and the leaves into larger strips. Heat a large, deep pan to medium-high.  Add the chorizo a cook 3-4 minutes.

Then add the onions( shallots would also work) and cook until soft for 3 more minutes.

Then the garlic or shallots  is added cook until softened for 3 minutes.


Cook another 4-5 minutes before adding the leaves. Toss until wilted over the heat. Add the soy sauce (if you want) then season , you might find it will be salty enough already , keep warm.

A fishmonger had already removed the foots off the scallop ( or is that feet!)

Next add the oil to the pan and swirl it around. When it starts to smoke, quickly add the scallops.  Cook on high for about 1-2 minutes.

Flip the scallops and add the butter.  Spoon the butter over the scallops as they cook another 1-2 minutes. Serve over warm greens.



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Friday, 23 January 2015

Trees I love Trees The Gallery







Trees seeing the wood for the trees.

Where ever I go, my eyes are immediately drawn to trees , they have so much character in fact I love them from their long neck giraffe elegance to their knarly appearance.


Trees you see frame the beauty of nature , you just stop and there before you you have a jaw dropping work of art. I'm lucky I am surrounded by trees from the woods and rolling field at the bottom of the road to the tree lined lane my school is situated on. There are some tresses that are candidates for the coffee book of eerie trees and wouldn't look out of place in a Grimm fairytale.


Trees are the worlds life blood , they purify the air , protect us from flooding , give us food , medicine also they give us fuel and provide our wonderful wildlife a safe and natural harbour. 

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Rustic Cheese and Garlic Savoury Scones

Everyone loves a scone be it savoury or sweet , today I decided to tackle the savoury scone perfect to enjoy straight from the oven with what ever filling you choose . Ideal with cheese and pickle the possibilities are endless and anyone can do this recipe .


Ingredients 

500g of self raising flour

6 teaspoons baking powder 


3 free range eggs 

5 table spoons of milk, add more to suit.

50 g of grated cheese

I used garlic jam which I blitzed but you  could use garlic paste or powder.





Method 
Preheat the oven to 200 c


I didn't have to weigh the flour out as I used the whole 500 g bag , sift the flour into a big mixing bowl . I added 6 teaspoons of baking powder.

In a seperate bowl beat the 3 eggs and add the milk.

You can either use a mixer when adding the 159g of butter or spread. I like to mix to a fine tilth by hand.

Add the 50 g of grated cheese. 

Next add the garlic.


Then add the beaten egg and mix ( you make have to get your hands in there ( don't wish to get them mucky dust your hands with a little flour .


You'll have a lot of dough so it is best to work in manageable batches.

Roll the dough out to 2.5 cm and then use a suitable round cutter or an up turned glass to cut out your shapes.

Placed on a greased baking tray and bake in the oven for 15 minutes making any allowances if the oven is fan assisted.

Remove from oven leave to cool or eat them warm.






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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Learn To Speak Cat

Learn to speak cat is something I should do really it should be on my life bucket list, that way I may understand my cat 'evil' as it is .






These are the cartoons that appeared in by Metro they are draw by the  very talented Anthony Smith and are based on the view of a cat and cleaver puns and word play are the order of the day. This is an ideal gift of course for a cat lover but also if you like humour as well as your funny bone won't fail to get tickled. Anthony creates really funny scenarios which I find myself nodding and crying with laughter at.

I have come to the conclusion that I don't own my cat but it owns me as you can see in the pictures from constant smugness , this is what I live with day in day out! There are two cat books available "Learn to speak cat" and "Learn to speak cat 2" the latest book is priced at £6.99 over at Amazon quick go get your paws on a copy.


My cat is immensely grateful at being sent a review copy and is plotting my doom as I type this, infact  these could be my last words.

Scream :stage left

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