‘Meal of the Month’ – Thai-style chana dal – October 2016

Over the last few months I have introduced a few monthly features to my site (‘Five Favourite Finds‘, ‘My Top 10 Online Reads‘ and ‘What Little H Did‘). But I’ve felt for some time that I needed one more. Whilst ‘inventing’ our lunch earlier today, as I often do on Sunday’s, I decided that perhaps sharing a monthly recipe might be the missing blog post. The intention is to go for recipes I’ve invented or enhanced myself. Hopefully it will

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It’s time to tackle ‘The Guilt Complex’

I am suffering from a quite severe and long-running affliction. “What is it?” I hear you wonder. Well I shall tell you…it’s guilt. Yes, guilt. And it’s just a little feeling of unease or regret that I suffer from; It’s the kind of guilt which eats away at me and makes me question my decisions throughout every day.

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Weaning is tough work but sleeping-through is in sight!

We’ve been weaning for about a month now and it’s going well I think. H is now on three meals a day plus a mid-morning yoghurt and fruit snack. She has dropped down her milk feeds so she is only really having a morning, mid-afternoon and bedtime milk feed. Despite this, the amount she eats is really quite phenomenal given her size. Today she ate: 7am: Milk feed 8am: Ready Brek with apple puree and two buttered toast sticks (no

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Vegetarian Lasagne with Butternut Squash

My in-laws were coming round last weekend and I needed to make something for lunch. I had also, in error, opened a tin of chopped tomatoes so the the aforementioned lunch needed to make use of those! So, I decided to make a variation of my normal veggie lasagne. It worked really well and was well received. So, in keeping with my recent bout of food-based-blog-posts, here’s how to recreate it yourselves! Ingredients Tomato Sauce: 1 diced red onion, 3

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Learning something new – not so easy?

I was reading a back issue of Stylist the other day and came across an interview with Gemma Arterton. It told of how she had moved to Paris 4 months ago to learn French, in advance of shooting a French movie. In the interview, they referenced a direct quote in which she said “Every year I like to have something that I learn and this is the challenge this year – learning French.” It got me thinking, is it really

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Nothing like a clean house!

So I have been making use of the Bank Holiday Monday. We started the day with a 13 mile bike ride. I then got on with muchos cleaning (including windows and frames!) and dusting. I also touched-up some paintwork and applied a second coat of stain to the most recent conservatory sanding. I updated my finance spreadsheet and did the ironing. I then make a Angela-style Melanzane Parmagiana (I added in slow roasted peppers and courgettes along with the aubergine)

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It’s all about the home made pizza

About a month ago, James May and his team made a pizza oven on James May’s Man Lab. It made me not only want pizza, but home made pizza. So, I have had a couple of goes since then and I think my creations are getting better. The first pizza was made using a strong white bread flour for the base. It was topped with a passata base, mixed grated cheese and a medley of vegetables. Unfortunately, my main criticism

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Cooking up a storm

I have done a fair bit of cooking over the last week. Whilst not being a huge believer in the new year being a ‘fresh start’, I naturally seem to want to be extra healthy as we come out of Christmas and move in to January. (That said, at least one of the things I have made (shown further down) is certainly not healthy, unless you take the fact it is made from just basic ingredients.) However, I think the

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Blog Post 09-01-2011

My laze around in bed was clearly the trick to a productive day!  I have cleaned our bedroom from top-to-toe and finished all remaining skirting board / door frame painting in there.  Hurrah!  It has been bugging me for a while.  I also made Sam some rock cakes, made a crumble (to have in a bit) and cooked Sam a steak dinner (salmon for me).  My finances are up-to-date and I re-potted my yukka which has been flopping around and

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Home sweet home

We got back home yesterday after our Christmas visits. We had really enjoyable visits this Christmas but I must say, it’s good to be home! Yesterday we went and did a big food shop. I then did my customary cupboard and fridge clean before having a lovely long soak in the evening, accompanied by my January edition of Astronomy Now! Today has been uber rainy so aside from going and propping up a plant in the garden and going to

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Hello, I'm Angela. I'm Mum to two small people (4 & 1). I'm a Gardener, am houseplant obsessed and addicted to tea. By day I work in tech and also look after my littles. I'm trying to get our family to live a more sustainable life. I also have far too many opinions...hence the blog. You can read more about me here. You can also follow me on Twitter so you never miss a post. Hope you enjoy reading!

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