Happy birthday & muddy puddle marmalade sandwiches

It’s official, today Mister Baby becomes Mister Toddler. A whole year of adorable tyranny since he was ripped from my womb in an emergency c-section because he refused to come out the conventional exit. Start as you mean to go on, eh? Still no teeth, still never slept through (ha, not even close) and yet… Continue reading Happy birthday & muddy puddle marmalade sandwiches

Halloumi & plum salad

This week heralded a trip to the zoo, lots of splashing about in the bath, and Mister Baby managing to gouge the inside of my nose so hard I bled everywhere. Such is motherhood. I am big on the plums at the moment, if you haven’t noticed. I’ve always been quite conservative about fruit (excuse… Continue reading Halloumi & plum salad

Plum & Almond Cake: a seasonal tweak

Well, it was inevitable. Mister Baby has learned to demand chocolate. If he catches a whiff of cocoa-beaned joy approaching your mouth, he will lunge gleefully to appropriate what is rightfully his.  In a gesture of self-sacrifice, I made a cake instead. This sponge is the autumn sister of Gita’s English Plum Cake. The English… Continue reading Plum & Almond Cake: a seasonal tweak

Sweet potato & pesto bake

Mister Baby is overjoyed by the autumn weather. So much wind to look confused and offended by. So many leaves to kick through and then scrumple into dust. No one appreciates nature like a ten month old. Wordsworth can do one. This is how nature is revered – with a shriek and a pudgy fist.… Continue reading Sweet potato & pesto bake

Invalid’s Risotto

Shrieking with joy and kicking autumn leaves seems to be Mister Baby’s raison d’etre at the moment. Between that and subscribing to a diet of mostly chocolate, I haven’t had much time to write blog posts. This week’s contribution is courtesy of the Patriarch’s digestive system. After falling ill with something pretty nasty, I thought… Continue reading Invalid’s Risotto