Monthly Archives: January 2014

Our everyday life: weeks 3 and 4

This is what “working from home” looks like with a toddler around. Yes, that’s a calculator ;)


Causing chaos with his Auntie C. A lot of fun rolling exercise balls down the stairs!


I hope he doesn’t regret putting all these stickers on. Oh, and Shake adjusted that slight overlap – it was driving us a little crazy ;)


A VERY rare toddler-free morning = coffee with my love. This quote is excellent, no?


Is it just me, or is lego getting a little weird these days?


Did you know nutmeg is actually a musical instrument, C taught us all about that!


Arrghh mackerel pasta salad faaaaaillll!


Shake’s going away next weekend for work :( C thinks his luggage is pretty awesome.


My cousin is awesome, as is this chocolate. Nearly all gone :(


Shake’s new work hold monthly Friday night themed dinners. I didn’t make it this month (retro computer games!), but he brought me back a freaking good macaron! Will definitely go next time!


I thought kebabs were just for drunk men, but our local is actually extremely good! Even if you’re sober!


Ooops. Think I need a travel mug, if only to spare C a wet head…


Wishing you a happy and healthy week!



Banana, chocolate and cardamom cakes


One of the (several) cookbooks I received for my birthday/Christmas was something I never would have chosen for myself – Fruit by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Despite my hesitations (not even sure why) we have made at least 3 recipes from the book already, with great results. Most are simple (we aren’t talking Ottolenghi here) but with out-of-the-ordinary flavour ideas.

We had more bananas turning very ripe in the fruit bowl, and we thought we’d try something new. As usual, I changed a few ingredients to suit what we had at home, and loved the results.

[Need some more recipes for ripe bananas? Try these naturally sweetened treats – loaf cake and baby friendly snack bars!]


The original recipe (can’t find online, but similar to this one) makes a large loaf, but we wanted some smaller cakes that could be taken to work or shared with C – as you can see, he was delighted :)


Banana, cardamom & chocolate muffins
makes approximately 18 small cakes


100ml coconut oil, melted to liquid (or sunflower oil)
3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
150g light brown sugar
2 medium eggs
3 medium bananas, mashed
75g plain yoghurt
200g wholemeal flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
100g dark chocolate, chopped

Preheat oven to 180degC

In a large bowl or mixer, beat the coconut oil and sugar, then add the eggs.

In a separate bowl, combine the mashed bananas, yoghurt and cardamom. Add this to the coconut/sugar/egg bowl and thoroughly combine.

Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into the bowl and gently stir to combine.
Stir through the chopped chocolate.

Fill muffin/cupcake cases 2/3 of the way and bake for approximately 20-25 minutes, until cakes are springy and an inserted skewer comes out clean.




Our everyday life: week 1 and 2

I’ve debated continuing with this, but having gone back to look at week 1 of 2013 it’s amazing how much I have forgotten and how many memories are in these photos. So, here we are, albeit a little late ;)

Shake and I took C to a new-ish gallery with a Robot/Alien exhibition. It kept them both entertained for a while :)


Not even scared…


Old skool


We spent New Year’s Eve with the sweetest friends (with such an awesome house) eating delicious food, drinking too much wine, playing Articulate and watching Jools. Perfect!!


Super paella!


The next morning C woke up at 7am!! Hooray!! He then played the drums, ouch.


Weekend café lunch after failing to buy a house. Boo hoo. Oh well, hummus sandwich and excellent coffee made up for it :)


Decapitated gingerbread man. Notice the awesome new slippers for C!


It doesn’t look pretty, but this was a darn good fish pie!


A really lovely gift all the way from Uganda.


I had to pop to the bank in town and unfortunately it’s opposite Anthropologie. I have a voucher, so veeerrrry quickly had to try a few things on. No luck with these guys, but I might just move in anyway!


This photo sums up the past 4 days. Horrible sick bug. He couldn’t even keep his body upright.


Only bonus of poorly boy = so many cuddles!


Not pictured – 1,000,000 hours watching Breaking Bad (just about to start series 5!), washing clothes x 100, making up work missed in the evenings, 600 hours of house hunting, time spent baking – almost NIL! *Some exaggerations apply.

Wishing you a happy and a healthy start to 2014!!



Our everyday life: week 52

I can’t believe it’s 2014. I can’t believe we’ve completed a whole year of “Our everyday life”.

Sorry it’s late, but here’s how the last week looked:

Icy car, no scraper, using Peter Rabbit book to help :)


Early morning (cold!) walk in beautiful sunshine. Much better than the storms and floods all around us.


But storms and floods mean lots of “muddles” (C’s word for muddy puddles) to reflect on and jump in ;)


Holiday snacks – maple spiced nuts. Made it up as we went along, but people raved about them!


We bought C just one gift for Christmas, a boy doll called Mike. They seem to be getting along so far!


Huge fan of his dinosaur backpack (aka walking reins!), he wore them ALL DAY!


Merry Christmas! Our sister-in-law cooked for all, but I made bread sauce, smoked salmon pate and Shake baked bread. A very good food day!


C danced all day with Father Christmas.


Nuts were gobbled and we lasted about 5 minutes playing a very old version of Trivial Pursuit. It was too hard for those of us under 40!


A lovely birthday treat – brunch with my love.

IMG_20131224_085627Happy New Year to you all, hope it’s a good one for you :)