2021 – A year of foraging?

I spoke to my lovely friend Scary last night. Scary was telling me about how they go foraging at the moment for various things, including mushrooms.

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I’m intrigued. How does one forage for mushrooms?

A quick Google throws up the following:

  1. Start with mushrooms that not only are not poisonous, but don’t have poisonous mushrooms that look identical!
  2. Cook all your mushrooms to start with. There is some talk of breaded mushrooms which sound absolutely delicious.
  3. I have entirely missed mushroom season.

Drat! Turns out Autumn is the time for mushrooming. There might be some morels in March, but basically nothing is available right now.

Is there anything to forage in February? Best bet seems to be nettles (late Feb), and maybe wild garlic if I can find some. I’m going to head to the woods next weekend and see what I can find.

How to make porridge

Two ingredients: best breakfast ever

I can’t cook and refuse to learn.

But I know three recipes: porridge, spag bol, and anything with 2 types of booze in it.

Porridge is my favourite. It’s simple, quick and has two ingredients. Neither are booze, but you can’t have everything.

Ingredients (serves 1)

1/2 cup porridge oats (Flahavan’s are the best.)

1 cup semi-skimmed milk

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Pour the oats into a saucepan. Add the milk. Heat gently whilst stirring.

After 5-10 mins the porridge will start to thicken and turn into gorgeous, soupy, porridgey loveliness.

Then all you have to do is wait for the children to turn up and complain that you haven’t made pancakes.

 

Breakfast of champions: the egg muffin

Egg muffin

Ingredients

1 breakfast muffin
butter
1 egg
3-4 cocktail sausages
ketchup

Equipment

Small frying pan
Egg ring
Plastic slice
Bread knife

How to make

Split the egg muffin in half lengthways and pop in the toaster.

Meanwhile, stick a bit of heat under the frying pan. Put the egg ring in the frying pan ( you don’t need any butter or oil) and crack the egg into it. The egg will flow into a beautiful disc shape. Kick off your preferred coffee making routine. If you live in London, this will mean ordering a Starbucks via Uber Eats to be droned in through the kitchen window. Or stick the kettle on for a cup of instant.

Split the cocktail sausages and place, cut side down, next to the egg ring to heat through.
By now, the muffin should be toasting nicely. Hoik it out and butter it.
Arrange the cocktail sausages on the muffin and top with the egg once cooked through (2-3 minutes.)
Place the top half of the muffin and voila, a breakfast that will get you through an entire day of any number of children firing questions at you relentlessly.

Summer holidays

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Pleased to report I’ve survived day one of the summer holidays.

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It’s lovely around here. We moved in November but I don’t feel like I’ve had time to breathe for the last six months. Ferrying the kids backwards and forward to school, unpacking a million boxes and registering with local doctors and so on seems to have taken up all the time.

It’s nice to get to the point of having moved the kids to a school around the corner, albeit not until September.

Today we discovered a ‘secret passage’ which runs along the back of several houses next to ours. Excited to find a blackberry bush ready to be picked, the weather has been so good lately that they’ve all fruited early.

img_2563I’ve been walking every day, looking at people’s window boxes and hanging baskets and beautiful doors and so on.

This area of London is super urban yet right behind the high street is a beautiful village complete with church, playing fields and loads of gorgeous old houses.

The children seem to be enjoying a chance to relax after weeks on end of me screaming “COME ON!” at them at 8am, trying to usher them into the car in time to get to school before the bell rings.

My alarm clock will be set to 7 rather than 6am on Monday, and let me tell you, that feels like a holiday.

How are you getting on? Are your kids off school yet? What plans do you have for the holidays? If not, what else is new?

New digs

Wow, it’s been a long time. My last post here was December 2012. Since then we’ve moved a few stops down the tube line to Morden, had another baby and quit my job at the BBC to become a full time Mum. Lots of change.

I feel like I’ve been moving house for a year, but today marks the end of that process. The kids will go to their ‘old’ school for the last time this morning. They’ll be round the corner from September. Once I pick them up today and bring them home I’ll feel like we’ve finally landed.

I’m hoping that over the summer break I’ll pick up the blog again. I find writing relaxing as well as a good way to process things. So many times in the process of writing I’ve found out what I really think. Thanks for being my therapists!

Big cities are simultaneously overwhelming and isolating, so it’s good to have a outlet to connect with people. If you’re overseas, please say hi. If you have a blog, let me know where I can read it. I’ve been out of the loop for a few years so need to build up my reading list again.

Thanks for sticking with me through the mega-outage! What’s new with you?