Monthly Archives: July 2014

Cook: pasta puttanesca

My recipe for pasta puttanesca started with this one from Nigel Slater. Then I got too lazy to look it up and just winged it. Still tasted good. Clearly, as long as you have the correct ingredients, you can kind of wing it with the quantities — to taste — and it’ll be fine. You’ll […]

Chancing her hand

The Child picks up my tablet, comes to me and says in the cutest voice she can muster, “Ask Mummy superhero?” (Super Mr. Superhero from Yo Gabba Gabba is a recent obsession.) I answer, “I think you’ve watched enough TV for now, sweetheart.” So she walks two steps over to her father, ramps up the […]

You’re probably doing fine

Let’s cut to the chase. While we were on our holidays, I met parents of one through five children, the children were of varying ages (one even had a child of her own, with the biggest blue eyes you’ll ever see), they are / were privately-educated, go / went to state schools, or are / […]

Hypothesis: The Child is a budding plastic surgeon

I may have gone a bit overboard in providing choices for facial reconstruction Pre-experiment observations: None. I was tempted to buy The Child a Mr. Potato Head from our local charity shop but never got round to it (I was told later it was incomplete by someone in the know). But she does like poking […]

Jazzing up the arts and crafts

The Child’s first experience with arts and crafts was at a play group — she went crazy for painting, and nothing’s changed. If there are things to be glued or painted (or rolled), she’s all over it. I had never thought of doing arts and crafts at home prior to seeing her enjoy it so […]