Autumn Family Time

We recently got a joint National Trust membership which is perfect with two little ones to go out and visit lots of different places – under 5’s are free, wahoo! So, this past weekend, using our membership, we took a little trip to Wakehurst Place in Sussex for a little bit of autumnal family time.

I haven’t made an Autumn bucket list but if I had, it would have included visitng a pumpkin patch. We totally happened upon it by accident too so it was totally perfect and Max loved seeing all of the different colours and varities of ‘pun-kin’.  I’ve only ever been to a pumpkin patch before in the US, so it was fun to find one.

As well as feeding chasing the ducks, running through the crunchy leaves and taking a really long walk (that was kind of by accident too), we had a lovely morning.

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All we needed was to come home to some hot chocolate and marshmallows.

Perfect.

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Rebecca x

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Those Three Little Words

Back in 2011… this photograph is now out of date by 5 grandchildren (and there’s 4 more on the way)

I love you.

Sometimes those three words can be hard to say. Because we forget or presume or just find it difficult to express how we actually feel. 22% of people in the UK haven’t said, or can’t remember saying, those words in over a year, which at nearly a quarter, that is pretty sad. So, I thought I’d let someone special to me know how much I love them; my mum.

Mum,

It’s hard to know where to start when I think about all that I could say about you.

You’re my mother, my friend, my confidant and my biggest fan. You’re honest, generous, kind, funny, sometimes a bit wacky lol but the hardest working and best example to me of how a mother should be.

I think you always appreciate and love your parents more when you become a parent yourself, as you see just what actually went into raising me and my 4 siblings. The sleepless nights, the dirty nappies and the selfless acts of love you and Dad performed for all of us. The amazing holidays and trips we had and just the random things that only our family ‘get’. You liked to treat us all equally, leading to you having to spend more money in most cases!

You gave up a lot of your Friday nights and New Years Eves to drive us to dances and hang around in the car until they were over. You worked nights and awkward shifts so that you could always be there to take us to school and be there when we got back. I seriously admire you and all of your hard work. When thinking about all that you fit in, with 5 kids, I’m in awe. Thank you for showing me what I should be doing with my children and thank you for being such a fun and happy grandmother to them.

You’re the best mum ever and I feel very lucky to be your daughter. I’m thankful for all that you do and I’m saying it loud and clear – I love you!

Rebecca x

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Spiced Masala Rack of Lamb | Recipe

Nothing beats a traditional Sunday roast (one of my favourite things), but award winning cooker school chef Bini Ludlow has created a great alternative and has give the Sunday roast a bit of an Indian makeover that I get to share with you all.

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Spiced Masala Rack of Lamb

  • Time: over an hour
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients:

  • Rack of Lamb
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 2 star anise
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 2 garlic cloves

Indian Yorkshire Puddings:

  • 75g plain flour
  • 1 egg
  • 75ml milk
  • 55ml water
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220c.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and add the start anise, fennel, bay, rosemary and the garlic. Fry until golden brown and then finally add the cumin seeds.
  3. Using tongs, add the rack of lamb to the pan and turn until all sides are browned. Transfer to a roasting tray with all the cooking juices and cook for about 20 minutes until cooked through but pink.
  4. For the Yorkshire puddings, combine the egg, flour, milk, water, salt and whisk. Add half a tsp of cumin to a frying pan and roast gently until they turn light brown. Grind the seeds in a pestle and mortar and then transfer to the batter mix.
  5. Next, whisk up the batter and transfer to an oiled (and hot) baking tray and transfer the batter. Cook for 25-30 minutes until the batter rises.
  6. Serve the lamb and Yorkshire puddings with seasonal vegetables and potatoes cooked with mustard seeds.

 

Bini Ludlow is an award winning cookery school chef. A Taste of the West Gold winner and Loyd Grossman’s ‘Food Glorious Food’ runner up. Visit www.sweetcumin.co.uk for more information, recipes and details of guest appearances.
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Rebecca x

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