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So here we are…..A


Well here we are A in my kids foodie education.

They decided they didn’t want apple fritters after all..so I made muffins.

They were delicious, although a little more messing about on a morning then I would like lol. Next time I shall pre make them and just reheat. I am not a morning person, and beginning the day looking for damn baking powder didn’t help my pre 2 cups of coffee mood :S

In line with the whole learning thing, I intend to buy one of each kind of apple available in the supermarket, and find its origin on a map. Hey we might even buy and plant another tree. We are also going to look behind the prices of them and why they might be priced differently. (This wont be today..hey it is the school holidays .. I am breaking them in gently).

If you don’t already know I am considering going back to home education…simply because I cant see what they are learning at school. I am not knocking schools..but beyond basic Maths and English, I can’t see a love of learning developing, and I certainly can’t see rounded life learning. It also surprises me that although I left school with my 8 GCSEs, I really know nothing..so I can learn too. I haven’t committed yet..but we shall see.

So now…well now I am going to go end enjoy my children and the sunshine….life is for living..Enjoy

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Recipe for apple muffins


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I shall practise what I preach :)


It is all well and good my ranting about how our kids are not being taught…..and not doing anything about it. So as today is the last day of school, I am going to make a real effort to get the kids really involved in our cooking.

We have decided to do the food ABC. We shall try something new (hopefully each day, but I am not promising lol) as we work our way through the alphabet.
I reckon I can incorporate maths, English, cooking, art, geography and fun….possibly all in an hour a day.
It may be brilliant, it may end in tears. All I really know is, I will have tried.

We will start off gently…As you may know, my daughter is pretty good at trying stuff. Her brother less so. I spend too much time trying to work out if this is because of his autism or if he is just bloody fussy.

We are all pretty open to the idea of apple fritters….I don’t think I have a hope in hell with avocado. anchovies I might sneak in. For years I have wanted to try making Pissaladiere (a kind of anchovy pizza). I guess now is my chance.

so here we have it…I am excited. I love to learn, and I am trying to make sure my bubs do too 🙂

I hope you may join us, or share your ideas. I will try and post as many recipes as I can…..my mouth is watering already 🙂


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Pie..on a friday?? #nationalpieweek


Pie..On a Friday?? Why not?

Apparently all blogs and tweets that are posted on a Friday dinner time sink without trace…so I might just be writing this for me, I am going against lots of Friday night rules.

Friday would usually be fish, or pizza..Or if I am really lucky Chinese takeaway. The main reasons for these choices is mainly because I’m lazy..and done in by Friday teatime. This week however I cooked a roast midweek, and we have leftovers. And I am told its National Pie Week.

So here it is….I have fried some onions, carrots and thyme…Chucked in some wine, added some cornflour and a splash or good old Lee & Perrins.

Now it’s cooled I have added the leftover roast pork, alongside its cider jelly..(Too good to waste) I am going to give it a puff pastry hat and whilst its cooking I shall chuck in some roast potatoes.

I have a naughty Friday rule..We don’t have to have veg…but we can have pudding.and DVDs before bed..oh and a glass of wine.

So Yay for Friday..My lazy day….dinner will be fab or rubbish. If I don’t sink without trace I shall let you know.

Happy Friday and #nationalpieweek

Lots of love

Sky @ http://www.thesideplate.com

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It is Bramley Apple Week


So it’s Bramley Apple Week,

I intend to exploit it to the full. I have to admit I tend to overlook the old Bramley, which is a shame because it is a wonderful variety, especially when feeding children, or trying to boost your 5 a day. Who can resist it comforting texture? Not me that’s for sure.

It works well in both sweet and savoury dishes, and is pretty easy to cook with.
Homemade apple sauce is divine, and so much better than the prepared gloop we buy from the shops. It freezes wonderfully too so there is no excuse to not make a big batch for the months to come…. not only is it fantastic with traditional roast pork.but is a lovely accompaniment to duck, chicken and offal.

I have said it before and I will say it again, I am more of a savoury girl than a sweetie, but with the good old Bramley I will make an exception…I do not believe anyone can eat a steaming bowl of apple crumble served with cream and not feel the culinary love…it has to be up there in my top 3 pudding favourites…. again quick to make and freezes well…I might even try something a little different this evening and make a batch of toffee sauce, to honour our under loved Bramley.

Feel the love

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Flapjack…..Why don’t I make it more often?

Flapjack…..Why don’t I make it more often?

Been a rough day today, what with winter colds and a broken car, so we stayed in and chilled. Managed to make a flapjack though. I really don’t know why I didn’t double the recipe…there are only two pieces left :S

200g oats

100g butter

70 g sugar

25g golden syrup

Put the butter, sugar and syrup in a pan and gently melt together.

Stir into the oats.

Put on a greased baking tray or dish and bake for 30 mins at 160 degrees.

When you take it out of the oven slice it before it cools…because otherwise it’s a swine to cut 😀

Half a chopped apple or a few chopped dried apricots would make it even better.

More ideas to follow in the book

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