breastfeeding in the toilet

Loose Women And Breastfeeding In Public

If you’re wondering why I’m eating my breakfast on our toilet it’s because of the debate raised on ITV’s lunchtime show Loose Women on Thursday about women who publish photos of themselves breastfeeding on Facebook .It’s something I’ve written about before .Then the conversation became somewhat heated when the discussion turned to those mothers breastfeeding in public.

What the………

I haven’t watched Loose Women for many months and this won’t be getting me to watch it again.I think all the comments (except Carol’s) were way outline for a show that specifically targets women.
It’s a bit of a backwards world isn’t to advocate breastfeeding but you must feed your baby in toilet out of the eyes of public.


What do you think about women who publish their breastfeeding photos on Facebook?

Do you think women shouldn’t be seen breastfeeding in public?

Thanks for Molly of Mother’s Always Right for sharing the video.


Truth Or Dare

I found these guys (AmazingPhil and Danisnotonfire) whilst browsing YouTube in the New Year.I spent forever watching their videos and I was gutted that I missed them taking over Radio 1 on Christmas day.Yes, it may seem a little childish but I hadn’t laughed so hard for a long while.Watching Annie from Mamasaurus’s video on eating dry custard powder (why did you do that?) reminded me how funny it was to be a young twenty something (I’m guessing their age and I’m not about to Google them).So would you do a truth or dare via your blog or YouTube? Are you wanting to be the next internet idiot  phenonenom? What would you get someone to do for a laugh via social media?

And yes it’s fitting that this video has been added to Annie’s SunFun blog hop.Get over there and see the other funnies and take part yourself.

Sunday Funny
chocolate and banana jam

Chocolate And Banana Jam


I have to say since I started making preserves I have gone down the traditional route with chutney, jam and curd and I have added my own twist on the recipes as I’ve grown more confident over time.But as ever I do like the odd recipes.You know the ones where people will either say,”Oooooh that sounds amazing! Can I have the recipe” or “Eh, what the….”.Now anybody can use a search engine to find the recipes I use and when I found this one for chocolate and banana jam in my ever-expanding food magazine collection I Googled chocolate and banana jam to see how many times it’s mentioned on the web and any differences.I found a few and think the recipe will be changed a few times before I get to find my version.In the mean time I’ve only changed two ingredients.


800g very ripe bananas (about 8/9)

200ml water at room temperature

420g dark muscovado sugar

100g dark chocolate, chopped (I use Tesco 74% plain)

1 tsp orange extract

1. Pre-heat the oven to 130°c/Gas1.Place the jars in the oven to sterilise for 15 minutes.Have 4 wax discs ready.

2. Thinly slice bananas. Place them in a large saucepan with the water and sugar.Place over a medium heat and stir constantly.Bring the mixture to a rolling boil, where the bubbles don’t stop when you stir it).

3.Keep at a rolling boil, stirring constantly for another 2 minutes or until the mixture becomes clearer and brighter.Skim away and discard any scum.

4.Add the chocolate, mix well and bring it back to the boil.When the chocolate has melted, remove from the heat and stir in the orange extract.

5.Carefully ladle the hot chocolate jam in the sterilised jars, leave a gap of 1/2 cm from the top.Place the wax lid to seal and then once cooled add a cellophane disc or replace the lid.Allow to cool before storing in the fridge or in a cool, dark cupboard .The chocolate and banana jam will keep for 3 months.



Baked Apple And Plum Crumble

Baked apple and plum crumble

Kip has this ‘thing’ for baked apples and he’s on this quest to find the perfect recipe.But they are never filling enough so after spotting some plums in the fruit bowl that needed using up, I made this baked apple and plum crumble.I’ve tried a dozen crumble recipes but this one is a combination of a few I’ve tried over the years.You can add 50g of hazelnuts to the crumble if you like, as Kip has food allergies I didn’t do that.

Baked Apple And Plum Crumble

For the fruit base

500g plums
4  Bramley apples
75g margarine or butter
50g light muscovado sugar
50g dark muscovado sugar
100g sultanas
100g raisins
Grated zest of 1 orange
Grated zest f 1 lemon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of ground cloves
1 tbsp flour
100ml of local cider

For the crumble topping

75g self-raising flour
75g plain flour
95g margarine or butter
50g caster sugar
25g demerara sugar
50g Scottish rolled oats

1.Preheat the oven to 190°c/Gas 6.Grease a oven proof dish.Half, stone, and chop the plums and place into a large deep baking tray (I used a roasting dish which I use for potatoes).

2. Core the apples to 2-3 cm across and score each one around it’s middle.Melt the margarine and sugars together, stirring until they bubble.Leave this to cool.Meanwhile in a large bowl mix the dried fruit, zest and spices together.Mix in the toffee syrup and the sticky fruit and spices together.Place the apples onto the tray and spoon the mix into each of the apple’s cavities.Spoon over 1 tbsp of cider over each apple and drizzle the rest over the plums.

3.Cover the tray with silver foil and bake in the over for around 25 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, in a food processor pulse together all crumble ingredients except the oats and demerara sugar until they just come together.Place the mix in a bowl with the oats and mix together with your fingers.

baked apple and plum crumble

4. Once the apples and plums are cooked, remove the baked apples and place into a baking dish (I used a medium-sized lasagna dish).Mix 1 tbsp of plain flour into the baked plums and then spoon them over the baked apples.Pressed down s the fruit is below the top of the baking dish.Sprinkle the oaty mixture over the fruit, pressing down slightly.Sprinkle with the demerara sugar. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the crumble turns brown and the fruit is bubbling and hot.

Baked apple and plum crumble


baked apple and plum crumble

Serve the baked apple and plum crumble with hot custard, cream or ice cream.

in season challenge

Entered in the Make it, Bake it February Challenge

recycled gravy pot money boxes

Recycled Gravy Pot Money Boxes

I haven’t  posted anything crafty for a while so thought I’d share these recycled gravy pot money boxes.At the beginning of the year I started to give all the kids pocket money so they can learn how important it is to save, what money is worth and so they can spend their own money for birthdays etc.We have two money boxes but the stoppers are lost so after seeing a homemade version in a craft book I got Kipto have a go. You will need:

  • Empty gravy, cocoa powder or hot chocolate pot.
  • Coloured paper (we used left over wall paper border).
  • Tape measure, string or ribbon.
  • Pencil.
  • Scissors.
  • Craft knife.
  • Glue.

recycled gravy pot money boxes

We used empty cardboard gravy pots and left over wall paper border for our money boxes.Recycle what you can find around your home.

1. First we used ribbon (you can use string or a tape measure) to measure the circumference of the top.



2. Once you’ve measured the circumference, mark the ribbon and measure this against the paper you are using.

recycled gravy pot money boxes

3.Next he cut the excess from the top of the border and cut along the edge he just marked.

recycled gravy pot money boxes recycled gravy pot money boxes

4. Removing the backing he carefully lined up top of the paper and carefully smooth the paper around.

5. Using a pencil mark a 7mm x 4.5cm rectangle.Take a craft knife and carefully score along the lines (I did this bit).

recycled gravy pot money boxes

recycled gravy pot money boxes

Not bad for half an hour’s work and it cost us nothing.

pink roses

Bad Romance

pink roses

In less than two weeks it’s St.Valentine’s Day, a day for couples to show their love for that special who is in their life.Or wish to be.Thinking back the day hasn’t been much of a celebration in the past.The year we split was probably the most memorable and the one we actually did stuff together.We went out for lunch and a drink in a pub  whilst my SIL baby sat the kids.After lunch we went to the cinema to see The Pirates of the Caribbean:At world’s end followed by another drink in the pub.We then were the first to eat at all you can eat Chinese and it was during the meal th ex received a text from a mate asking if he wanted to come out.So after the meal I went home in the taxi and was home by 7:30 in time to put the kids to bed.I fell asleep on the sofa woken by the ex trying to put the key in the door.He stumbled in and handed over a bunch of pink roses.It wasn’t until the morning he realised he had purchased plastic ones embellished with glued on dew drops.

Who said romance was dead eh?

Do you have a valentine date that went wrong? Write your post a come back add the URL to the linky below.The linky will be live for two weeks so don’t forget to come back and visit the others taking part.


red onion and goats cheese tart

Red Onion And Goats Cheese Tart And Gluten Free Chocolate Loaf

Fish Free Friday

This week’s Fish Free Friday recipes are red onion and goats cheese tart and gluten and dairy free chocolate loaf which is a change to the slow cooker recipes of late.The reason for the change is because my freezer is chock full of slow cooker meals that I have doubled up over the last few weeks and there’s no room for no more.This means next week I can defrost a meal each day and start filling the freezer once it’s empty again and have a break from cooking every day and not think about menu planning too much.I’ll be able to concentrate on making other thing I’ve been wanting to try out.
Red onion and Goat’s cheese tart
This tart is adapted from Simon Rimmer’s book The Seasoned Vegetarian.
For the pastry:
225g plain flour
100g butter, diced
1 egg
1 tsp dried parsley
A little milk to bind, if needed
For the filling:
50g butter
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 red onions, sliced
1 garlic clove, crushed
2tsp caster sugar
1 tsp dried thyme
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
140ml double cream 100g goats’ cheese, crumbled
1. To make the pastry, simply pulse the flour and butter together in a food processor until they look like breadcrumbs. Add the parsley, then add the egg and a little milk, if needed, to help gather the mixture into a dough. Wrap the dough in cling film and chill for at least 30 mins. 2. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Roll out the pastry and use to line a greased 20cm (8-inch) tart tin. Chill for 20 mins. 3.Cover the pastry with greaseproof paper, press it down into the corners, then weigh the paper down with baking beans. Bake blind for 15 mins, then remove the paper and baking beans and return the pastry case to the oven for a further 5 mins until crisp and dry. Reduce the oven temperature to 180°C /gas mark 4. 4. Meanwhile, for the filling, heat the butter and oil together in a saucepan, then add the onions, garlic, sugar,thyme and seasoning and cook over a low heat for about 20 mins until golden. 5. Whisk together the eggs, egg yolks and cream in a large bowl, mix in the onions and then pour into the cooked tart case. Scatter the crumbled cheese over the top. 6. Bake for 20 mins until the filling is set firm and golden brown.
I served this with a jacket potato and a mixed green salad.
Gluten free and dairy free chocolate loaf
Gluten  free chocolate loaf
Every month I go to a local Pagan moot and I took this along to share.The host (my lift) has to eat gluten-free foods and is milk intolerant. So I adapted this coffee and chocolate loaf from The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days book.I didn’t use coffee though.
Serves 8-10
190g sunflower spread, plus extra for greasing
130g gluten-free plain flour, plus extra for dusting
190g soft light brown sugar
3 brown eggs
60g Whittard’s cinnamon hot chocolate powder
1 tsp baking powder
20ml coconut milk
For the frosting
300g icing sugar, sifted
100g sunflower spread
40g hot chocolate powder
40ml coconut milk
1. Preheat the oven tp 170°c/Gas 3.Grease a loaf tin with the spread and dust with flour.
2. Cream together the spread and sugar until pale and fluffy, using either a hand-held whisk or electrical mixer.I used a wooden spoon and arm power due to my mixer dying.Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.Scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure all the ingredients are incorporated.
3. Sift together the flour, hot chocolate powder and baking powder.Add the dry ingredients in two batches, alternating with the coconut milk.Mix well on a low speed after addition and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
4. Once all the ingredients have been incorporated, increase the speed to medium to get a smooth and even batter.Pour the mix into the prepared loaf tin.
5. Place the loaf tin in the oven and bake for about 1 or until a skewer comes out clean.Allow to cool in the tin then turn out onto a cooling rack.
Once cooled beat together the icing sugar, spread and hot chocolate powder (handheld whisk, electric mixer or arm power) on a medium speed.Once the mix comes together, turn down to a slow speed.Add the coconut milk, a little at a time.Once the milk has been added turn up to a high speed and mix for 5 minutes or more.the longer you mix the more pale and fluffy it becomes.


mocha chocca loaf

The Death Of A Hand Mixer

Mouse has been at preschool since last April and in that time I haven’t once baked anything for the bake sales.Feeling the wrath of guilt because I can bake and not bad at it, I decided to bake some goodies for the 3 day bake sale that started yesterday.

mini lemon loaves, rose cupcakes, red velvet cupcakes

I baked mini lemon loaves, rose cupcakes and red velvet cupcakes on Monday ready for yesterday’s bake sale.Around 40 cakes in all.Only two other mums brought in cakes, 12 little cakes and a fudge cake.

banana and cinnamon muffins, blueberry muffins, chocolate cupcakes

Yesterday I made banana and cinnamon muffins, blueberry muffins and chocolate cupcakes.It was whilst making the chocolate frosting for the latter that my Kenwood mixer starting making a horrendous noise and the beaters stopped moving round.


Today I decided on tea loaves.Starting off with a mocha chocca one, I weighed everything and put it in my mixing bowl.I switched on my hand mixer and the horrendous noise was back and the beaters weren’t turning.


I finished mixing by hand.And this was the result.

mocha chocca loaf

Decided I’d make flapjacks after dinner if I can be bothered.

This post is in memory of my Kenwood hand mixer which I bought just a few months ago and I don’t have the receipt for so I can’t exchange it.


R.I.P Kenwood hand mixer.You will be missed.A lot.