School's well and truly out for summer. It's been an interesting term and a bit, with highs certainly being the lovely welcome back I received from many of my students and some of the wonderful new colleagues our department gained while I was off on maternity leave. I even shed a tear or two at … Continue reading Time to Say Goodbye – And Hello New Opportunities!
My husband and I have a rule: once a week, for an hour, he takes the children off me for a bit of me-time. This is a trade-off for me doing the nights with the boy. It means that, once a week, I get to have a little bit of time for my hobbies. And … Continue reading The Little Creative Moments: Card Making
Where would the Germans bee without potato salad. A side for barbecues, a main for summer - by no means light, but very delicious. Ingredients (serves 4-6): 1.5-2kg white potatoes 4-6 rashers streaky smoked bacon 2 small onions 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/2 tsp pepper 1-2tbsp dried dill Boil the potatoes in water until … Continue reading Mayo-free Potato Salad
Eww... pasta and salad? Sweet, sour and yet savoury? There are some things the Germans do really well, and weird food combinations, which sound gross on paper, but actually work really well once combined, is one of them. That, and cars. Definitely cars. Ingredients (serves 4) 250g Fusilli or similar pasta shapes 5 Frankfurters 1 … Continue reading German Pasta Salad
As my little baby boy is nearing his first birthday, I am starting to reflect on the memories we have kept of his first year of life. There were many plans - as, I believe, is always the case when you're engulfed by pregnant fantasies of what life with a new baby would be like … Continue reading Baby Memory Keepsakes
So it's hot and you want to cool down. What is the perfect evening meal - light, yet filling? Your answer is tacos. Or my version of them, anyway. Ingredients (serves 5) 5 large wraps (wholemeal or plain) 500g beef mince 400g chopped tomatoes 2 garlic cloves, finely diced 1 large onion, diced 400g passata … Continue reading Taco Time
As I am sitting here in a fever-induced state of complete indifference on just about any issue currently facing me, I am also pondering on exactly what it is that keeps me from sitting back, relaxing and realising that - just sometimes - enough is actually good enough. I've always been an ambitious woman. Clever … Continue reading When enough is enough
Whether said in jest, in exasperation or out of the bottom of their hearts: I have heard the statement 'God, I wish half-term was over already so you lot can get back to school and give me some peace' a number of times over the last few years. A lot of the time, the sentence … Continue reading Is it ever okay to say you dislike spending time with your children?
I'm in the middle of writing a post on what has happened with our childcare recently, but wanted to add this post to the list of things, which make being back at work with a small baby reasonably easy. Every Sunday without fail is bulk-cooking Sunday for me. This is not weekday dinners, where I … Continue reading Bulk-cooking Sunday
You know when you're having one of those days when you really need to dish up something that's not another stir-fry, but you don't have time for a full bake? Well, Cheat's Lasagna might just be your life saver. It's essentially a layered stir-fry, but you'd never guess. (Serves 4-5) 250g minced beef 2tbsp olive … Continue reading Busy Mum’s Kitchen: Cheat Lasagna