I know very little about the origins of Jambalaya to be completely honest. I know it’s a Spanish-French-African rice dish originating from Louisiana (thanks google!), and I know that this recipe is utterly sumptuous and easy to make: Slimming World SYN FREE Sweet Potato Jambalaya Recipe.
To my knowledge Jambalaya (derived from the work ‘jumbled’ I believe from the comments on a Jamie Oliver website recipe) is usually made with chicken, chorizo and / or prawns. But just recently I find myself leaning more towards vegetarian dishes so sweet potato really speaks to me: It’s easy to prepare, satisfying and really tasty – not to mention you can eat them until they come out of your ears on the Slimming World Plan.
I took my mum for her first visit to the Manchester Christmas Markets at the beginning of November – just in time for the very first weekend. For those in the same boat wondering where on earth to stay last minute, I give you: The Best Hotels For Manchester Christmas Markets …
Shock celebrity deaths, Brexit and President Trump to name but a few events… but one of the most significant to me? My family moving into a lovely and very happily welcomed new home. But this happy event was over shadowed by a close family member under going treatment for cancer.
The good news is that he is well on the mend. The bad news is that I feel like it may take a little while longer for the emotional scars to heal in our immediate family. But this is something we can work on together – safe in the knowledge that we are all together.
2016 also marked the year that my Mum turned 60.
We celebrated the day with cherry scones and pink lemonade at Bents, but this was about as far as the celebrations went. Not just the logistics of working around a sick family member, a toddler and a house move… but it just seemed as though none of us were in the party spirit. Read more
It’s always nice to have a special link to the important moments in life. Like the lyrics to a song reminding you of a date, or the way the weather turns cold and reminds you a lingering feeling…
Well… if you follow me on social media you may have noticed that my Mr and I recently celebrated our TENTH wedding anniversary. You could also have spotted that we were *rather* dressed up for the occasion.
Because, my love, sometimes it isn’t about
How fast or tall
How loud or sweet the shout
Happy moments can too be made of bare faces
And no spare spaces
A messy draining board, as full as my heart
A crooked photo
Just ordinary us
Faced with life without you? I’m not sure where I’d start
Words, when stringed together don’t always make sense. But when I look at this photo that my husband took of me and our daughter when we were just having an ordinary afternoon of baking (or ‘making’ as she calls it) the words above make perfect sense. We didn’t know the button was being pressed or that the moment was being captured.
We were being us. As we are. Happy and together.
As a guilt ridden working mum, I spend way too much money compensating for the time I missed with magazines and babychinos.
I need to remember that it doesn’t cost anything for me to show my Little Miss how much love I have for her in my heart. A few handfuls of flour and teaching her how to cut shapes out of simple dough is all it took. We kept cutting and cutting until the table was full of biscuits ready to be baked.
“Are they cooked now Mama?”
She doesn’t care that I have a bare face. I don’t care that everything she says is at ten decibels. It isn’t until it is time to go back to work that I realise how much I appreciate these ordinary moments. How much I appreciate the miracle that is my child, and how much I appreciate the man behind the camera capturing the moment.