Snowed In.

It did cross my mind when signing our tenancy, that living on top of a steep hill, where the road is very narrow, might be an issue when it comes to snow. I dismissed it at the time in favour of a nice house, however now it actually has snowed, I am fearing the next couple of days.

You see, the only way is down where I live. Down the very steep hill where I would probably end up swerving the car out into the main road if I drove, or through a narrow private “road” (with pot holes all over the place, lovely home for the ice that is yet to come) where the car would probably skid into the wall or the fence opposite. And if we walked, no doubt I would fall, drag DS down with me and we would both roll down the hill, caked in snow, as if we were zorbing or something. I certainly do not want to relive our trip to Bodiam Castle, where I accidentally yanked DS down with me after taking a fall because of my inappropriate footwear. Poor boy.

For the moment though, leaving the hideous thoughts of it turning into some kind of giant ice rink, we enjoyed the snow and ventured to the local park.

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Icing on the Cake.

I was given The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook a while ago but have only used it as a picture book, not daring to actually make one of their magnificent cakes. A few days ago I decided I would try a simple recipe (you can follow the same recipe as the book on the websites I found) and make vanilla cupcakes, but instead of the vanilla frosting they suggest, I made chocolate.

Here are my ingredients. For a detailed list, please refer to the websites I have linked above.

After mixing the  flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter together, it looked something like this.

Once the egg, vanilla extract and milk have been incorporated, I spooned the mixture into paper cases.

Whilst they were baking in the oven, I prepared the chocolate frosting. When beating the icing sugar, butter and cocoa powder together and adding the milk, it may appear that the mixture is too dry. It is deceiving you and after a further few minutes beating the mixture together, the frosting will form perfectly.

After the cupcakes are cooked through and have cooled down, spread the chocolate frosting on top and sprinkle the hundreds and thousands.

Chicken Tonight.

I have been seeking an alternative sauce to include in my rice dishes for DS, without it being too flavoursome (he dislikes strong tastes) or too bland. My grandma has taught me how to make a very tasty dish, which is incredibly simple and only takes a few minutes to cook.

Ingredients:

A small portion of diced chicken – however much you think you/your baby can eat (I tend to use thighs as I find the breast very dry)

An array of vegetables (I tend to use whatever I have in the fridge. This time I used baby sweetcorn, cauliflower and baby spinach)

Thai Fragrant Jasmine Rice (measure as needed)

1 tsp of potato flour

2-3oz of water

dash of soy sauce

1 tbsp of oyster sauce

You can buy these ingredients from some Tesco stores or any Chinese/Asian shop. I only know of the Asian Market on Queen Street in Gravesend and Thais ‘R’ Us on Lower Bridge Street in Canterbury, other than the obvious China Town in London.

What next?

You need to start cooking your rice first as this will take longer. If you have a rice cooker, use a little more water and throw in your vegetables with the rice. If not, then you can boil them together in a saucepan.

All cooked.

Using a very sharp knife, dice and mince the chicken so that it forms into tiny clumps. It does not need to be neat, just turned into manageable pieces for your baby. Heat the pan with a dash of oil, then toss in the pieces of chicken with the oyster sauce. After a few minutes of browning the chicken, mix the potato flour with the water and add to the pan. Next add a splash of soy sauce, give it a stir and leave to cook on medium heat.

Continue to stir the chicken in the sauce until you think it is done. Make sure you do not overcook it as the sauce will thicken and become gloppy. Once the rice is cooked, it is ready to be served!

Lizzie.

On Friday DH went for a second interview in London and was amazingly offered the job on the spot. Upon hearing the news, I immediately went in search for a celebration getaway. I had heard of a designer shopping outlet called Bicester Village through my sister-in-law and aunt, and decided this would be the perfect destination for pre-work purchases.

As celebratory gifts, DH bought himself a new pair of Timberland loafers and a black leather belt. He has already bought a shiny pair of Kurt Geiger shoes for work in Ashford Outlet last week (we like outlets) and we are yet to return for some shirts. Of course, we also bought a celebratory gift in light of my new job…

Mulberry Lizzie Glossy Buffalo

Unfortunately for DS, Lizzie is not allowed out to play.