• 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-…

  • Tips

    Transitions – How they can affect your child

    “The process of adjusting to a new situation is known as a ‘Transition’” (Kamen, 2011:283) All through a child’s life, and then reaching adulthood, there will inevitably be changes. The transitions we can automatically think off include the process that children go through when they move through the education system, which generally begins when the child starts at nursery school. This incorporates the intellectual aspect of transitions, but still includes the vast array of emotions that can affect a young person. I have a personal experience in this subject as my child found it difficult moving up to secondary school and I feel it to be important that parents are…

  • 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

    My Current Favourite Apps

    I’d like to share with you the apps I’ve downloaded recently. Some of them I think are really good. 1…Swiftkey Keyboard This is a great keyboard app that you can use on your phone. It recognises quite quickly the way you type and gives you suggestions for words after you’ve typed the first or second letter. It’s great because there’s no faffing around with constant random suggestions that you don’t need and therefore taking away the embarrassment of constant typo errors. You can also choose languages that you want to use and it will suggest ‘Bonjour’ when you really want to only type ‘Bonjour’, not Boudoir, Bon Jovi tour or Bonjela,…

  • 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…