The Invitation

The invitation sits in my in box. I think its spam but when I open it she asks me to meet on Friday. The last time we met I asked her to stop keeping me a secret. A Dirty Little Secret.  O Kate, mum says to me gently, why do you use those words? Because…

Tandoori Chicken Skewers

Another vibrant healthy tea, quick to prepare and delicious with crisp green salad and a tart vinaigrette 😉 Ingredients (Serves 4 – prep time: 10 mins, cooking time: 25 mins) 2 packs of boneless skinless chicken thighs Juice of 1 large lemon 2 tsp paprika 1 inch chopped piece of fresh ginger 3 cloves of…

Adoption and the Fish Ladder

My sometime favourite piece of advice  in life reads something like: “This Life is a journey – you will take two steps forward and one step back – what ever you do , don’t give up or rather –  I have handled everything that has come my way so far and I will handle this…

Easy Teas: Chicken Pizza with Basil and Mozarella Cheese

Drove home late from work and set too with this dish , quick to prepare, easy to cook and ready in thirty mins! Ingredients For the Pizza Base 500g chicken breast (minced) 1 tbsp tomato puree I clove garlic (peeled/chopped) 1 tsp mixed herbs 1 tsp smoked paprika Sea Salt and cracked black pepper For…

Mexican Spiced Up Lamb Scotch Eggs

Mexican Spiced Up Lamb Scotch Eggs First clear the tigers (who have turned up for tea) and prepare the table Next, lay out the ingredients (see list below) Ingredients To Make 8 Scotch Eggs 10 eggs (8 +2 for the coating) 800g lamb mince 1 green pepper (diced)   8 jalapeno peppers (well drained and diced)  …

Reading Matters: The Fish Ladder and Ynys Las

June and a review of the Fish Ladder by Katharine Norbury (Bloomsbury Publishing) And I’m remembering a time with my first husband out on the Llyn Peninsula – this book (the Fish Ladder)  has made me think of that. We were young together – we met at school on the stage in a  school play,…

Saturday Notebook: Short film of Anne Lamott

So much wisdom and beautifulness in this short TED talk by Anne Lamott. There is an uneasiness in the country this weekend, that has all of us unsettled. Its a good day to view this talk on the “12 truths I learned on life and writing” and to remember this gem: “Grace always bats last”

Book Notes: Chit Happens

This holiday weekend I am loving this book from Narain Ishaya on the graceful art of surrender – what are you reading tonight?  

Wednesday Matters: Caribbean Fish Supper

Dashing home from work, turn on cooker and quick prep follows – this is an easy peasy tea!   The Recipe serves Two! Prep Time: 10 mins Cooking Time:  25 mins Ingredients 2 salmon fillets/zest and juice of 1 lemon/2 spring onions: chopped/2 cloves of garlic finely chopped/ a diced chunk of ginger to taste/crushed…

Reading Matters: May

Two contrasting books this month – “Bloom” by Bronnie Ware and “the Rules do Not Apply” by Ariel Levy “Bloom” by Bronnie Ware “Life is a choice.  It is YOUR life.  Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly.  Choose happiness” Those who follow this blog know of my intense interest in life, what makes a life,…

Reading Matters: April

  “I love you. I’m glad I exist.” I came to Amy’s party late and almost missed the boat. Amy died in March this year. Her recent prominence eminating from among other things, an exquisite love letter extolling the virtues of her husband, Jason and why he must be dated following her imminent death from…

Reading Matters: March

Two new books to review this month: Patricia Bosworth’s beautifully written memoir: The Men in my Life – a memoir of love and art in the 1950s Manhattan A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of the Columbine Tragedy by Sue Klebold, mother of shooter Dylan Klebold – a book described by the Guardian as…