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Back in 2011… this photograph is now out of date by 5 grandchildren (and there’s 4 more on the way)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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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie | Book Review

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I finally finished this book that I got way back in April for my birthday – The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. It is quite possibly the best title of a book I have ever read. Immediately drew me in and made me curious as to what it was all about.

The story is set in the 50s in a little village in England. The main character of the story, Flavia, a nearly 11 year old girl with a passion for chemistry and tormenting her older sisters. Sounds a bit odd right? I thought so too but this is brilliantly written. It is very well composed and very witty. You can see the Author has made a very head-strong ad audacious character and sometimes you forget that she is only meant to be 11. But then she says something funny, from the perspective of a child, that reminds you she is only a young girl. That may sound strange but it I really enjoyed reading it.

I like to read about the author in most books I read and Bradley was no exception. He wrote this book in his 60s having never been to England before (though his parents and grandparents were English and moved to South Africa before he was born). He said that he wrote this novel entirely on the things he remembered his grandfather telling him about England, which I think is lovely. I think it is pretty spot on too. Not that I was around in the 50s but the description of the places visited and little village they live in could easily still be around today – not much changes!

The book keeps a good pace, I didn’t get bored once. I hate it when books take a while to get going and this isn’t like that at all. The characters are described well and the events that unfold are clear and interesting. You really get a feel for this middle-class family and the upbringing they have had and why they do or do not do certain things. A sign that something is well written, in my opinion. I really like the 50s era and reading the story gave me a feeling of nostalgia almost, for the type of cars they had and clothing etc.

I would give the book 4/5 and would recommend this to anyone, particularly those that are after a light hearted and fun read. It isn’t a taxing read but it is very engaging and interesting.

The best part? It is the first in a series of stories featuring Flavia, so there is more to come! On to the next one…

Rebecca x

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