Larfter, Kindnese, LOVE

For the past couple of weeks a small group of children aged 6 and up have met at our local hall, to play, have fun and build a little community.   My intention is to create a safe play space for the kids to turn up, lead,collaborate, co-create,  learn from each other and largely just ‘BE’. A weekly meet up for kids with little adult intervention, voice and rules, with a loose routine and structure. I’ve been teaching for 20 years, and seen our curriculum get more and more contrived, outdated, irrelevant and intense.  My favourite ever times for ‘teaching’ are now when … Continue reading Larfter, Kindnese, LOVE

How Do You Like Your Eggs in the Morning? She Likes Hers with Some Rye.

Thank you Linda for sharing this wonderful Low GI Hangover Cure recipe and blog – A couple of years ago I came across this recipe which has become one of my favourite breakfast dishes. I’ve been working hard to follow a relatively low GI diet for about a year now and this is a gem in that respect. It delivers great protein, good fats and its low rating on the glycaemic index means my body really likes it. It’s also fantastic for a hangover. In fact I came across the recipe in a men’s health magazine whilst sitting in a hotel … Continue reading How Do You Like Your Eggs in the Morning? She Likes Hers with Some Rye.

A Sorry Bunch

Recently,  I dug up a really sorry looking bunch of carrots. They were frozen, overcrowded, and had lots of black fly.  With a good peel and chop, they scrubbed up well and I was able to create a tasty lentil and carrot soup.     I used a really simple base ingredient, to which there are numerous herbs that could be added to liven it up, such as cumin, coriander and chilli or mixed italian herbs etc.   I’ve kept it plain so that all the family will enjoy it.   Chilli sprinkles and other optional herbs are on the table … Continue reading A Sorry Bunch

Pale, Pasty and Pathetic? This might just be the tonic you need.

If you are feeling a bit run down, this is a wonderful immune boosting, comforting and connecting chicken stock, a soup for the soul, I think there’s even a book written about it. I’ve made it since my children were babies. At the moment, they’ve got chesty coughs and colds and are looking and sounding a bit sorry for themselves.  My daughter,  Ellie asked me if I’d make this, given how fussy she can be about her food she can really surprise me with what she enjoys.  Clearly their bodies tell them what they need, apart from all the sweets. Using vegetables recently … Continue reading Pale, Pasty and Pathetic? This might just be the tonic you need.

From Dirty Ood to Spicy Food

Adventures on the Allotment – A Spicy Parsnip Soup The mutant parsnips I dug at the allotment ground yesterday transformed well into a tasty sweet parsnip soup and uplifted with chilli sprinkles. I’ll be planting parsnip seeds in late February, this time I might sieve the soil, although I rather like the Dr Who Ood features of this one.   Over on my Allotment Facebook page I created a short video about it. Recipe – chopped onion, chopped garlic, a large cube of chopped fresh ginger and a big spoon of garam masala all fried together in coconut oil for about 10 minutes. To this softened … Continue reading From Dirty Ood to Spicy Food