Monday, 19 February 2018

Chickpea & Chorizo Stew

Its not secret that I'm not a big fan of cooking. Partly, I think, because of the lack of space we have in our kitchen. With everything so cramped, its difficult to keep everything to hand so when I do cook, the easier it is to do, the better.  Recently I made a Chickpea and Chorizo Stew and, as easy cooking goes, this is up there!  

Google Chickpea and Chorizo Stew and you'll find hundreds of recipes. Some are literally just those main items and others add a number of other things to them.  I used a basic recipe that I found on Pinterest and added ingredients to it that suit our tastebuds, D particularly likes his hot and spicy food so we added some smoked paprika to the stew, which against the chorizo really added some warmth to it.


200g chorizo
1 tin chickpeas
1 tin butterbeans
500ml chicken stock
1 tin chopped tomatoes
salt and pepper to season
1 clove garlic
2 teaspoons of smoked paprika

Slice the chorizo into thin pieces before popping in the pan with a little olive oil and a clove of garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes before adding all of the other ingredients.  Bring to the boil before reducing down to a low heat and leaving to cook for an hour and a half. The longer this is left to cook, the better as it allows the chorizo to soften and the flavours to soak through.  

D had his served with rice and I had mine with a side of potato and kale.  We cooked plenty so that I could have some for lunch at work and I can confirm it was even nicer the following day!  

Despite the simple recipe, this is a really tasty stew that is well worth a try. A work colleague made it, with enough for leftovers and raved about it. Do let me know if you try it and what you think of it.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

At eight years old

This tweet is possibly the saddest I've read in a long time. It just hit me and almost left me breathless.  

At eight years old, a child shouldn't be worrying about whether their shoes will make them a target for someone with a gun.  They should be proudly jumping about, making those shoes flash and showing them to anyone and everyone that shows interest.  

They should be worrying about whether they will be allowed a pudding after dinner.
Whether they can stay up late that weekend. 
Whether they can play on their tablets. 
If they will still have the same best friend next week. 

They should be worrying about those small things that us adults would pay no attention to. An eight year old should be discovering the world around them in a safe and protected environment, sheltered from the bad and ending the day with cuddles and love from their parents.  

They should not be having to think about how they can keep themselves safe if someone is shooting.  They shouldn't have to be taking part in drills, telling them how to keep safe if there is an active shooter. 

I completely understand the need for drills and for drumming it in to children how to keep safe but it makes me sad that it has to be like this. At this age. And with many Americans wanting the right to bear arms and, indeed, the amount of guns there are in America, I don't know what positive changes could possibly be made to the rules around gun ownership that could be enforced.  

At eight years old, I was worrying about whether I would be allowed to read my book in bed that night. Whether I would be allowed to play on my bike or go to the park. And many other things that seem mundane to us adults but mightily important to someone at eight. It wouldn't have been whether I could stay safe. And alive. At school.  Something needs to change.

Silent Sunday

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Twinkly Tuesday | Featuring The Rolling Baby

Hello! Happy Tuesday to you all!  

Thanks to all of you for linking up again, its been great reading your posts.  This week's #TuesdayTwinker is The Rolling Baby with 'Valentine's Day Cards You'll Love'. Neither me or D are particularly romantic and rarely buy each other cards but if we do, you can guarantee it will be a particularly sarcastic card so these were right up my street!  Pop over and take a peek. 

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Saturday, 10 February 2018

Monthly round up: January 2018

Oh January. You've been cold, wet and dull and I'll be glad to say goodbye.  The month feels like it has dragged on and on.  I feel like I've really struggled, there has been lots of snuggling under the blanket on the sofa, not to mention lots of falling asleep on the sofa.  

I presume it to be a 5 year old 'thing' but crikey, E's attitude has been awful. There's been so much stamping of feet and complaints of how unfair I am, how she doesn't care (when I ask her to do something) and she's so bossy towards T.  And its like a switch! One minute she'll be absolutely fine and then it just fires up out of nowhere. Honestly, if this is any indication of the teenage years I'm absolutely dreading it!  

T has been a bit of a nightmare over the last few weeks with tantrums at the drop of a hat over anything and everything. When we go to drop off at nursery it is like the flip of a switch and it isn't the most relaxing start to the day! That said, week mornings are now a little easier as I drop T off at nursery before taking E to school, meaning I've not got to worry about where she is in the playground and there's no more rushing to get to nursery after dropping E off. I just wish I'd switched the times sooner!

January saw E start football club! One of her friend's has wanted to play football for a while and her Mum mentioned it to me so I thought we would give it a try and I'm so glad I did as its a good hour of her running around. The first session was a bit of a worry when they first walked in, to be honest, as there was only 4 girls in a group of 20ish boys and with the age group being 5-11, they were also the youngest there. In the end though, we needn't have worried as the boys were brilliant with them and they all had a blast. And for me, it was an hour sitting with the parents and feeling quite relaxed with a cup of tea in my hand!  

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Healthwise, its not been the best of starts. I've had another ear infection. The infection has disappeared but the pain is still there and the Dr thinks my TMD is to blame. I'm also waiting for a scan at the hospital as the Dr suspects I have gallstones. We'll see what happens as this was the scenario back in 2015 when I had the same scan and nothing was found.  I'm hoping something shows up as the pain has been pretty severe over the last few weeks. 

As you might remember, I set myself some mini goals for 2018 and I'm making good progress!  I'll share that shortly. 

Here 's to February with the lighter nights starting to make an appearance. If the sun could show itself a little more too, that would be perfect. 

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