Welcome to my blogging space. I am a Mummy blogger.

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People tell me I have a lot to say

This blog allows me to write things down so you don’t have to listen to me unless you really want to

I write on issues I am passionate about and for therapy too.

I hope you follow my blog and that you let me know what you think and feel about it.

I am available for writing assignments such as promotional literature, media relations or you tell me what you want and if I can do it, let’s talk!

For those who have asked, I am happy to do product reviews and/or run competitions on request particularly if aimed at the parents and children marketplace.

With love from the Striking Mum x

I was delighted when inspirational blogger Donna agreed to my interview request. I am sure you will be fascinated by what Donna has to say.

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Why did you start to blog?

I started to blog when my daughter was seven months old to document her weaning journey. We did baby led weaning and there wasn’t a huge amount of information about it at the time so I thought it could be useful to other people about to start weaning their babies.

How did you feel when you started blogging?

It was just like I was jumping into a new hobby. I didn’t tell anyone about the blog or really promote it so it was often just like I was talking to myself but I loved having something productive to do in the evenings.

What is your blog about?

Although it started being very focused on weaning as the blog, and my children, have grown the content has adapted too. It’s now a blog about family life, days out and all the little ordinary moments as well as recipes, reviews, competitions and travel – when we get the chance to go away.

What is your proudest achievement related to blogging?

I have been nominated for awards and have been shortlisted in some too but for me, my proudest moments come from helping other bloggers. Most of my time now revolves around critiquing other blogs, offering advice and just being a point of referral for other bloggers. It makes me happy and I do it purely to help, not to get anything back. I think, because of that, when another blogger nominated me for an Outstanding Contribution award last year and said I was ‘a pillar of the blogging community’ that was my proudest moment. To know I have helped people and for other bloggers to know I am there if they need me – it just makes everything worthwhile.

What do you enjoy most about blogging?

My favourite part of blogging is actually reading and commenting on other blogs. I run and take part in quite a few linkies each week and month and I love getting to know the people who join in as well as reading other blogs as something to do each evening. For me, other bloggers and the blogging community are a bigger part of blogging than my actual blog.

What do you find most challenging about blogging?

I think the most challenging part for me is trying to keep all the plates spinning. There are photos to take, posts to write, recipes to plan and when you’ve put it all together you then have to promote the posts and be as active as possible across social media. Then there’s an inbox to keep on top of, linkies and everything else. Blogging has evolved into so much more than just writing – and I love it, but it can be hard to keep on top of all the different aspects of blogging.

What surprised you most about blogging?

When I started blogging I had no idea that blogging was a thing. I didn’t know there were other people out there writing blogs and doing the exact same thing as me. It felt like there was just me, talking to myself online. So the blogging community, when I eventually found it, was the most surprising part for me. But one I am so thankful for.

How do you collaborate or work in partnership with other bloggers?

I have an interview series on my blog called Blogger Behind the Blog where I interview a different blogger each week. It’s proven really popular with both readers and bloggers wanting to take part and it’s a series I’m so glad I started.

I also host and co-host a few linkies – Living Arrows, Ordinary Moments and Siblings – and it’s so nice to find other bloggers through linkies and also work so closely with likeminded bloggers too.

What would lead to you giving up blogging?

That actually made me laugh out loud. I can’t imagine a time where blogging isn’t in my life. I’m a blogger, it’s a huge part of who I am – it’s my job and it brings me so much happiness. Without my blog I don’t really know what I would do – I wouldn’t have a job but more than that I wouldn’t have this outlet, this place to express myself, to write and to document the children growing. I don’t think I will ever give up blogging willingly.

Why should I read your blog?

My blog is such an eclectic mix that I think most people would find something they’d enjoy reading – from family updates and little adventures to family recipes and pretty photos. But, I write regular opinion pieces on anything that may have popped into my head – current affairs and things I see on Facebook mainly. They’re always good to read.

What are the aims of your blog?

Really my blog is there to record the children’s milestones and updates as they grow. It’s somewhere to record the little things that I would forget otherwise and somewhere to have photos of them – ones that I would never get around to printing. But, it’s also a source of information for people on so many aspects of family life as well as being my only true hobby and my job.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

When I started blogging I was just this person writing a blog. But, over the last five years I have become a blogger – and my blog, and the whole blogging world, is such a huge part of my life. Starting my blog is definitely the best decision I ever made.

You can find Donna’s blog at What the Redhead Said

If you would like me to feature your blogging journey please get in touch or leave me a comment.

It takes a lot for the women I feature to share their stories so openly so please do hit one or more of the sharing is caring buttons below.

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I slipped it in your pocket

I am not sure that you knew

For a while I saw it

But then away you flew

It went on great adventures

If what I hear is true

I tried to give it to others

But didn’t ask for it back

In a 20th century world

It was easy to lose track

And why be honest anyway

Behind the smart wisecrack

Is it still in your pocket?

Does it keep you awake?

And as you have it

Why is it me that feels it ache?

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Impress your loved ones with a Persian chicken stew recipe.

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Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 1 ½ hours

Serves: 4

 

Ingredients

220g walnut halves

25g Rachel’s unsalted butter

3 tbsp olive oil

1kg chicken breasts or thighs, trimmed of excess fat

2 large onions, sliced

5 tbsp pomegranate molasses

2 tbsp sugar

½ tsp ground turmeric

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground nutmeg

½ tsp ground black pepper

1 pint chicken stock

200g Rachel’s Greek Style Honey Yogurt

To Serve:

Fresh pomegranate seeds

Rice or couscous

 

Method

1.First warm the walnuts in a pan on medium heat, stirring frequently until toasted. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Once cool enough to handle, pulse them in a food processor or blender until finely ground

2.In a large frying pan or casserole pan heat the butter with the oil. When the butter has melted and the oil is hot add the chicken pieces. Work in batches so as not to crowd the pan. Cook until golden and remove them from the pan

3.Add the onions and soften until translucent. Do not allow them to stick to the pan

4.Return the chicken to the pan with the onions and mix in the pomegranate molasses, sugar and spices. Pour over the chicken stock

5.Bring to the boil and then simmer gently for 1 hour, stirring occasionally

6.Add the ground walnuts and continue to cook for 30 minutes. Ensure you stir them well as this will prevent the walnuts sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add the Rachel’s Greek Style Honey Yogurt and allow this to warm through

7.Remove from the heat and season to taste

8.Garnish with pomegranate seeds and serve with either rice or couscous

So what do you think? Will you try this warming  chicken stew recipe with a tasty twist?

 

 

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The arrival of Cypriot New Potatoes

I hope you will try this original recipe of Beef and pepper kebabs or souvlakia (you say souvlaki and I say kebab) made extra special with Cypriot New Potatoes.

New potato season has come early at Tesco, with the arrival of Cypriot New Potatoes.

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The benefits of Cypriot New Potatoes

Fresh from the sun-soaked island of Cyprus, these new potatoes are the ‘spunta’ variety and are extremely versatile. Available in 750g packs or loose, Tesco Cypriot New Potatoes are ideal for boiling or steaming, roasting and even baked. What’s more, they don’t need to be peeled, so preparation is minimal – just a quick wash in cold water.

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The distinctive rich, creamy yet earthy taste of their yellow flesh is thanks to the mineral-rich, red alluvial soil in which the potatoes are grown and harvested, using traditional methods on small family farms. Freshly dug every day, the d elicious fresh taste of Tesco Cypriot New Potatoes can be enjoyed even on dark and cold winter days.

Cypriot New Potatoes are available in Tesco stores from now until the end of March so I decided to put them to good use in a recipe that can be served indoors or outside once Spring shows up.

Cypriot and Yorkshire fusion

I think of potatoes and I think of roast dinner. I think of Cyprus and I think of kebabs. I wondered if I could combine the two in a fun dish that would make a nice centre piece and not be too daunting for little ones to try.

Cypriot New Potatoes, beef and pepper kebabs.

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Preparation time

30 mins to 1 hour

Cooking time

10 to 30 mins

Serves

Serves 4

Ingredients

400g/14oz beef – we used ready cubed beef from Tesco
Tesco Cypriot potatoes par-boiled
1 red pepper, cored and deseeded
1 green pepper, cored and deseeded
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 tbsp lime juice
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

1. We used metal skewers but if you are using wooden ones, wet with warm water.

2.Cut the peppers into 2.5cm/1in cubes. Wash the potatoes and cut into chunks. Keep the skin on  for its fibre content and great taste. Par-boil your potatoes and sear your beef.

3. You may wish to mix your favourite herbs or spices in vegetable oil and marinate the beef and pepper cubes in this mixture in the fridge for a hour.

4.Preheat the grill to a hot setting. Thread the beef, potatoes and peppers on to the skewers. Place the beef skewers on a foil lined tray and grill for 15 minutes, turning often and basting with the juices.

5.Place the kebabs in giant Tesco Yorkshire puddings and add Tesco’s finest gravy.

With Spring just around the corner, these kebabs can also be cooked on a charcoal barbecue. They are super-simple to make, look the part and certainly deliver on taste.

This is a versatile recipe where you can use your meat of choice and Quorn would make a great vegetarian  option and work just as well. Tuna could also work well.

In  fact, the best thing about this recipe is that every member of the family can thread their own kebab to their own design and I do like to ensure everyone gets into the kitchen.

This post is my entry into the Foodies100 / Tesco Cypriot New Potatoes recipe challenge. Full details can be found here. Tesco kindly sent a £10 voucher towards the cost of ingredients for this blogpost.