Monthly Archives: March 2016

Slow Cooker Pork Stacks

Slow Cooker Pork Stacks

One of the things which has surprised me the most about using a slow cooker is that it isn’t all stews, soups and casseroles. Of course, I have made stews, soups and casseroles, but I’ve also made meatballs, cake, melt-in-the-mouth meat and even a ‘fakeaway‘ (which, to you and I, is basically a replica of a doner kebab!). Today, I’m doing something which is even more of a departure from what you’d expect of slow cooked …

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They’re a Little Bit You – Mother’s Day with Joules

They’re a Little Bit You – Mother’s Day with Joules

If you’ve read my previous Mother’s Day post, you’ll know that I’m estranged from my Mother and Mothers’s Day was something which I wasn’t massively looking forward to. And then I saw Sausage’s face when she came out of the school Mother’s Day sale, holding her little paper shopping bag full of all of the things she bought me and I decided that I would try really hard to get into the spirit of things. …

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Date Night at Home – Healthy Snack Ideas

Now that we live in the middle of nowhere, a full-on night out with Husband has become something of a rarity. We’ve had to be a lot more inventive when it comes to spending quality time together  and one of our current favourite things to do is to stick some music on, cook together, prepare some healthy snacks and play some online casino games. There’s nothing like a few spins of a roulette wheel to …

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Slow Cooker Lamb Shank (Agnello Brasato)

Slow Cooker Lamb Shank (Agnello Brasato)

About three years ago, before BB was even a person, Husband, Sausage and I went to Strada for dinner after a shopping trip. Strada is a chain of restaurants which serves modern Italian cuisine and on this particular trip, I had something called Agnello Brasato, which was basically a lamb shank which had been slow cooked in a tomato and red wine sauce and served with creamy mash and broccoli. For ages, I’ve been craving …

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The Catchment Catch

With my Facebook awash with friends who’ve had emails today about Secondary placements for their older children, it’s got me thinking again about our own catchment issues. When Sausage was due to start school, we had a real dilemma; the house we lived in was close to the school we wanted her to go to, but wasn’t actually within the catchment. The school was also very oversubscribed and one of those real rarities; a really …

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