• Eatables

    Pip’s Paella

      Paella Ingredients: A hand full of white rice for each person. I use Basmati.  1 tbs oil Diced chicken 1 red pepper Frozen prawns thawed Handful of garden peas 100g Chorizo Pinch of Saffron 1 tsp Turmeric powder 1 Chicken stock cube 1 tsp Paprika Pinch of salt and pepper Method: Fill a cup with boiling water and add the chicken stock cube, saffron and turmeric powder. Leave to dissolve. Meanwhile, boil the rice for the recommended time, drain and leave to stand. Good tip here-When I pour the rice into the colander, pour over boiling hot water from the kettle as this will get rid of the starch-…

  • Words

    A Snippet of Shakespeare

    A while back, I took an English course, which helped immensely in the search for jobs, over the last few years, and still today. At the beginning of the 30-weeks, the tutor gave us handouts which explained what was in store in the curriculum. One of the literature books we studied was ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ by Shakespeare. We clapped and cheered with glee and there we sat, our faces beaming, ears hungry for the entire joyful lesson, wanting more! Well, actually, that’s not completely true. As each of us, our plaintive faces fixed upon the tutor, as he dragged us all, painfully, through the hour and a half. Even…

  • Ouch!

    20 Seconds Only Please/The Irritation of the Queue

    I don’t do queues. This doesn’t mean that I’m not a patient person; I have a good measure of patience when it comes to tolerating my children’s occasional misdemeanours, bickering episodes and mother related carryings on. I have not one smidgen of patience however when it comes to queues. I will stand in a queue if I have to, but it’s just something I find very difficult to tolerate, and if the line is too long, I can’t be bothered to wait and will usually walk away. And what is it with people standing at ATM machines?  I’ve purposely done a bit of personal study on this, because I’ve too…

  • Stuff I Like

    A Great Shazaming December

    Shazam is an app I’ve been using for a few years now, and it’s mainly because I have a bit of a journey to work and back and I’m not the sort of person that can put on a radio station, and enjoy the offerings. I’m a fiddler with the knobs. I have a handy little switch on my steering wheel, which many cars have, and I’m forever changing the stations. The reason for this is because after listening to a track, the next one will undoubtedly be a song I cannot possibly sit through for the next 3 minutes. I’m a bit picky. Nevertheless, I will come across tracks…

  • Books,  General

    New Years Wish list

    I hope you have had a lovely Christmas and I wish you a happy new year too. My Christmas day has been pretty good.  I spent the day with my two boys and my mum and opened some really nice presents; had alcohol of course and an excellent Christmas dinner, apart from the pigs in blankets episode but that’s another story. I sat perched on the end of the sofa 10 minutes after eating my Christmas dinner, and felt uncomfortable, which is normal I know after such a big dinner, but I became aware of how fat my cheeks felt (facial ones) as I chowed down the remnants of half…

  • Stuff I Like

    Whitby

    It has been 10 whole weeks since I wrote my last blog post, so I do apologise for being off the radar for such a long time. I have had ill-health and various issues, but I am now right as rain, positive and raring to go. This post is kind of following on from the one before in which I reviewed a few gothic stories. One in particular, ‘Dracula’ which was recommended by a good friend. I subsequently read this with relish before we embarked on the 3 day trip to Whitby in Yorkshire. The town is very quirky and has lots of history. It is split down the middle…