wordless wednesday


November 11, 2015 at 4:07 pm 1 comment

making quinoa tabouleh

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with bread. I love the taste and the texture of a nice fluffy sandwich but I hate the feeling of bloating and lethargy that follows it.
How ironic then that when I’m pregnant it’s just about all I can manage to eat along with bananas and wheetabix! Now that the worst of my sickness is settling down and I’ve discovered that raw tomatoes and onion have an alkalising effect in the body despite their acidity perhaps it’s time to make this again – quinoa tabouleh. Not only is it a less glycaemic form of carbohydrate but it’s rich in protein. What’s not to like!
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How to make Quinoa Tabouleh (serves 4)

250g dry quinoa, rinsed and drained
500ml water
1/2 veg bouillon cube
1 tsp turmeric
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
pinch of freshly grated lemon zest
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
pinch each of turmeric, ground coriander, ginger, cumin and paprika
1/2 tsp cinnamon
250g finely cubed tomatoes
2 spring onions, finely chopped
2 heaped tbsp coarsely chopped mint
50g coarsely chopped parsley
salt and freshly ground pepper
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♥  Bring the rinsed quinoa to the boil in a pan with the water, stock cube and turmeric.
♥  Cover and simmer on a low heat until the quinoa is al dente.
♥  Remove from the heat, tip into a wide bowl and leave to cool for 20 minutes
♥  In a large bowl combine oil, lemon juice and zest, crushed garlic and spices.
♥  Tip the cooled quinoa into the bowl and add the chopped tomatoes, onions and herbs and toss gently.
♥  Season to taste with lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Chill until serving.

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This recipe is from Connor Middelman-Whitney’s fabulous ‘Zest for life: the mediteranean anti-cancer diet’ cookbook. Check out the Zest for Life website for more details or Connor’s youtube channel for walk-you-through videos of some of her favourite recipes.

October 27, 2015 at 6:00 am 2 comments

wordless wednesday


October 21, 2015 at 11:43 am 1 comment

four little words

Four little words.  Caught in my throat.  Barely a whisper.  As tears filled my eyes.
G smiled.  Silently.  Before bear hugging the breath out of me.

Four little words. ”We made a baby”



a highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment
that brings very welcome consequences.

October 5, 2015 at 8:36 pm 7 comments

rainy day play

1 Marbles 4B2 Number grid 4B3 E 4B4 gird close up 4B5 colour sorting 4B

Rolling, counting, sorting.

October 5, 2015 at 8:12 pm Leave a comment

life with a fabulous 3 year old

What a champ this kid is! About to get in the car for his first day at a new playgroup, not a care in the world. The only new kid starting that day, he ran straight in, tracked down the lego and started playing as if he’d been there just the day before. Our fabulous, funny, self-assured boy.E first day at Little Hares
E is 3.5 years old now (3.5! I know I can’t believe it either) and attends 4 sessions a week at playgroup.  We decided to split his time between his much loved current playgroup in the City and a more rural setting 15 minutes drive from home.  We don’t have a garden of our own so we felt it was important for E to have opportunities for outdoor adventures in the rain, making mud pies and taking turns on a rope swing.  It’s proving to be wonderful way for him to spend his week.
14-9-15 - WOW voucher
Life at his old playgroup is sweet too. E and his friends are now the oldest and have been welcoming younger children into the setting.  We were so proud to find this WOW voucher in his book bag last week.  E on the other hand was rather non-chalant – all in a days work when you’re a kind, friendly and helpful pre-schooler.

September 24, 2015 at 11:32 am Leave a comment

Rugby World Cup 2015 comes to Gloucester

rwc_hostcitysmallWhether you’re a rugby fan or not it would be hard not to notice that the Rugby World Cup 2015 has come to England and starts today (England v Fiji at Twickenham). It’s all very exciting here in Gloucester because our rugby ground in Kingsholm is hosting 4 matches, starting with Tonga v Georgia tomorrow.

It’s a real boost for our small city and it’s not just sports enthusiasts who will benefit when the World Cup kicks off. An official economic study into the impact of the tournament says it’s going to bring £48 million of economic activity into the city.

As for us we’re just enjoying all the Rugby related hype and activities that have been taking place around the City over the last few weeks, most notably following the Scrumpty trail. Inspired by the legend of Humpty Dumpty artists from around the country created twenty 5 feet tall Scrumpty mascots.
The trail can easily be completed in a couple of hours but it’s worth allowing a whole day to take in the historic sights you’ll discover along the way such as the Cathedral and the Docks. For little 3 year old legs I recommend plenty of pitstops with favourite snacks, a Daddy on hand for shoulder carries and a small toy for playing hide and seek in the cloisters garden at the Cathedral! (one of E’s favourite pastimes on any given day)

September 18, 2015 at 9:33 am Leave a comment

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