Anthropology 1 : SAHM

I am a member of a tribe, a group, a pack, a flock.  We move together, twice a day Split shifts, there and back.  And in between we cook and clean And keep our houses neat And then to kill the time to three We might go sweep the street.  Not meet, For coffee, Oh…

Bonbon maman

I am not always the world’s best mother as you know. I was not born to be a homemaker neither was I the type of person who dreamt of being married  with a white picket fence and four children. No, I was going to run the World Bank in my dreams. But, these days, I…

Dropped

I am a bad mother at times. Well, we all are aren’t we? Aren’t we? Anyway, I stayed out far too late on Friday  night and so to make up for being less than lively next morning I made Drop Scones from the wonderful Be-Ro book, my childhood baking bible introduced to me by my grandma….

In a jam

We have a fig tree in our garden and each year I forget to pick the figs I know, it’s terrible isn’t it. This year I’ve remembered. And so I had a pile of figs and nothing to do with them last night. I found this recipe this morning and have just made two jars…

I’m a celebrity, waft me out of here!

I always wondered at whether anybody actually ever got up to make breakfast muffins. I mean, let’s face it, 7 AM is not the best time to be playing with live matches, gas or indeed a fan oven. And those dreamy eyed shots of celebrity chefs whipping up something beautiful in the kitchen in a…

Gadget birthday

I remember when birthday cakes were teddy bears and pandas. Now it’s electronics and computers. Here is Elder’s eighth birthday cake – an homage to the gadget show. Oh, the humanity.

Requiem for a kitchen floor

Now, you guys know that I am not much of a cook. My thing is baking. Show me a cake tin and I’m yours but, a proper savoury dish is another matter entirely. But, recently, I have attempted a couple of dishes. And, in honour of my recently demolished kitchen floor (don’t ask) I wanted…

Appley ever after

Wow, here I am again! You can tell I’ve been at home with the boys can’t you? They’ve both had horrible colds- I’ve been running around feeding them bits and bobs and trying to keep them from killing each other at the same time. It’s amazing how much energy small children have even when they…

Jumping jack flap

I found some of my old goals and resolutions written down the other day. And there, in black ink, was my overwhelming desire to make healthy breakfast bars. I know, most people want world peace. I just wish for something healthy to stop me eating chocolate at 10 AM. So, I actually tried it yesterday….

Of berries and brothers

Today had the real feeling of the last day of summer. We spent it outside eating a long lazy lunch with lots of children running around screaming being neither Long or lazy. I baked all morning and made, amongst other things, a pie with homegrown apples and blackberries. I used self raising flour to make…