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Archive for February, 2007

Some More Singing

“Mama, do you know the Dada song?”

To the tune of Twinkle Twinkle.

“Dada, Dada, Mama, Dad,
Dada, Mama, Dada, Mum.
Dada, Mama, Dada, Dad,
Mama, Dada, Dada, Mum.”

(or thereabouts… no two repetitions are exactly the same.)

Apple Cupcakes

I really like the look of these. I think they’d make a great snack—and they should be easy enough for Puggle to prepare. I might add them to the recipe list for him for this year.

A Giggle

I thought this might amuse a number of you:-)

Holding a Pencil

Lissa has written a couple of posts on one of her daughter’s issues and progress with holding a pencil. So far Puggle seems to be managing, but I know there was some comment from _someone_ about pencil holding difficulties so I thought this would be worth noting (and we may yet need it ourselves…)

Tasty Bread

This looks to be worth trying. I really need to get back to making bread!

Science and Games

From the Headmistress comes a collection of games sites that look worth noting. There’s also some science activities (things to do while you wait for food!) we’ll have to try out…

Cracking Eggs

Now I need to go and bake, so I can try out this tip!

Bread Sculptures

The Headmistress has been entertaining hordes. One of the activities was making bread and this was the result… Way too cute! Elsewhere, she posted the recipe they used.


Week 1, Block 2
Hmm… No cooking, sickness fell when it was due. Puggle did cut stuff—not entirely happy with all of it! Did the nursery rhymes this week.

We did plenty of reading, just not what I’d planned.

This Week

Our plans for
Week 2, Block 2
‘Rain on the Green Grass’, ‘Warm Hands, Warm’ from My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie
Summer Sun’ from A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert L. Stevenson
The Story of Pretty Goldilocks’ from The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter

Folksong: The Tarpaulin Jacket
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Classical/Roccoco)
Work: Quintet for Clarinet in A major
Artist: Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Work: Landscape with the Fall of Icarus
Art Activity: Making apple stars
Cooking: Icy Poles (although, I’m not sure quite what we’ll do, the icypole containers I’ve ordered won’t arrive until the weekend)

Baked Scotch Eggs

As part of my quest to find easy (for the morning) protein-filled breakfasts, when I came across Baked (rather than fried) Scotch Eggs, I determined to try them.

They were pretty good. I chose to make a quarter of the recipe, being 3, but I doubt I’d bother with any less than half again. I don’t know that the bacon is particularly essential, but it was an awfully nice addition:-)

Without further ado, the recipe.

Baked Scotch Eggs based on the recipe from Jill Dupleix’s Very Simple Food
(for six)
Scotch Eggs
6 large eggs
2 1/2 slices bread, crusts removed
100 mls milk
500 grams good sausage meat (ask at your butcher)
1/2 egg, beaten (beat, then measure out half. Save the remainder to brush over pies or the like)
1 tablspoon parsley, chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
freshly ground salt and pepper
3 rashers rindless bacon, cut in half

Heat the oven to 190˚C. Lightly oil a large muffin tray (if you aren’t using the bacon, this is probably necessary, with bacon, not so much).
Hardboil the 6 eggs (erring on the side of just done.) Drain, run under cold water to stop the cooking, and peel.
Soak the bread in the milk for 1 minute. Drain and squeeze dry. Combine the bread and sausage meat in a bowl, using your hands. Add the parsley, nutmeg, salt and pepper and beaten egg, and mix well.
Place a half rasher of bacon in the base of each muffin hole. Put a little of the sausage mix on it, and flatten it out. Stand an egg in each hole, pointy end up. Cover each egg with the remainder of the sausage mix. Pack it around so that the egg is completely hidden. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven and leave to stand for 10 minutes. Drain well (I’d probably put them on paper towel next time). and remove from the tray.
Serve hot, cold or warm, cut in half with freshly ground black pepper. We ended up eating them for lunch, but I anticipate making them mostly for breakfasts.


Even less successful today:-( I only managed 2 repeats. But we have been cold-y and lurgified around here, so maybe that have something to do with my inability to go further.


Don’t fall off your chair, but I went for a run today!

I have kept coming across references to the Couch to 5K site. Finally, this last time, I printed out the basic outline and the stretches.

Then that sat on the printer for a couple of days.

Today, I decided I just needed to start. So I finished putting the boy to bed, fed the girl, and headed out to one of the nearby parks (the one that doesn’t involve too many hills:-) ).

I started with a brisk 5 minute walk to get there (approximately 600 metres). I stopped and did what few stretches I could remember (I will need to work on those).

Then I started.
90 secs walk (200m)
60 sec jog (150m)
90 secs walk (200m)
60 sec jog (150m)
90 secs walk (250m)
60 sec jog (200m)
90 secs walk (200m)
60 sec jog (150m)

at that point, I decided that if I were going to have any hope of actually making it home, I should stop there (halfway through the eight repetitions)…

Then I had to get home (400m). All up, about 2 and a half kilometres! My pace for the walking and jogging was about right, it’s just that I have no stamina at all:-(

The plan calls for three ‘runs’ a week, for nine weeks (although, it’s absolutely within the plan to stick to the same week for a couple of weeks—at least, I think it is:-) ). After today, I’m thinking I’ll do three runs like this, then a week of six repetitions, then one of eight repetitions… then I’ll move onto Week 2:-)

Now, I feel really quite dead, my legs are still tingly and I can feel it in my chest still. But I think I will get to like it.


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So, we ended up with 12 and a half batches (9 SR flour, 2 plain flour, 1 dairy free, 1/2 vegan). That was for 14 adults and 8 children (I can’t remember how many came last year).

I was happier with the construction—I didn’t get flour all over the kitchen (paper curved into a funnel), add the egg and milk mixed together, then shake. But most of the batches had some lumps. They were better after extra shaking, so next year when people arrive and ask what they can do, I’ll set them to shaking:-) I’m also thinking we should do some pancake races:-)

Next year, I think I want to do something for Collop Monday. Probably just with the family, but something.

(I’m not planning on doing anything about it, but scroll down to the 27th of February and check out Red Feather Day… so sweet🙁 )

I never did post the recipe, so here it is.

113 grams flour (plain or self raising, depending on whether you want crépes or flapjack style)
1 egg
300 mls milk (or water, or soy milk)

Beat the lot together, then pour out dollops into a frypan (either non-stick, or wipe over with a little butter). When the top bubbles, and the edges begin to look cooked, flip. Cook for another couple of minutes, then serve with the toppings of your choice. Try sugar and lemon juice (although, we used orange juice tonight which was fabulous), maple syrup and butter (or anything!), jam, honey, or something savoury (we had avocado, but other years we’ve had some curries).

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