A Life of My Own by Claire Tomalin

“Life changes in the instant.  The ordinary instant” Joan Didion This book  “A Life of My Own” is a class act written by a very classy lady who has lead an extraordinary life built on the very ordinariness of life and I loved it. Slightly dull in the beginning with some early scene setting, the…

A Woman Submerged

A Woman Submerged So, for me, this very beautiful wall art (created by Sean Yoro and preserved somewhere in a bay East of Canada) sums up my real time experience of adoption. Not waving but drowning.  Not drowning but waving. Ahead then below. Below then ahead.  Submerged then free – ecstatically free – then back….

Chicken Harissa

And this recipe for chicken harissa is one of those things! Easy to prepare but here’s the thing – it has a high satiety content  – such that when the dish was finished all at the table felt full and continued to feel full from the time we finished eating (5pm) until we went to bed…

5 Books to Read in September

Book Stack time and yes, I did jump the gun a little by reading 99 Stories of God in August but I couldn’t wait and as I wrote last week, it proved to be the perfect holiday read  – it just tickles me,  see below. Ha!  And its all like that  – short , pithy,…

One for the Summer Sun

99 Stories of God This book is a collection of exquisite, tiny masterpieces and is perfect for holiday reading.  I loved it. Hard to define, the book is a collection of vignettes- every day life moments – at times darkly ironic at times deeply familiar – exploring our pre-occupation with and relationship to God but in the most…

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”