I used to do this regularly on my old blog and have every intention of keeping up the good vibes on this one too.
1. I love my new blog look and that I am starting a new chapter in blogging and on other fronts too.
2. My son set off happily with his bag to join his friend’s family for a holiday in Northumbria today. It is fabulous that he is popular and that he has the self-confidence to go. I was 22 before I had that sort of get up and go. By am amazing coincidence, he is staying in the place I did twice with Mum and Dad when I was little. I remember listening to Paul Young’s “Wherever I lay my hat” as number one on the crackly radio so it dates the holiday period and me! Tomorrow is 2 years since Mum died and it is lovely to remember happy memories at this time.
3. We have a scanner and I am looking forward to learning how to use it and to saving photos and art for posterity. It might also be good to share some of those old photographs on here.
4. My daughter is sleeping in her bed through the night now. This is a major move forwards for her and for us as a family.
5. I am getting ready for the back to school thing next week. It will be good to have time to pursue new interests and have some me time along with trips out with my Dad. This must be the first year that I have actually being quite organised about it all and a £15 competition win voucher helped a lot.
It is prettier than the Blogger one and I have had enough of Blogger playing up in little annoying ways like going all dark or not letting people leave comments.
It is also two years tomorrow since my Mum passed away. The old blog was her legacy in a way as she told me to keep a diary and I went with the modern version instead. It was set up so I could pursue my wish to write. I have had lots of encouragement and supportive comments but not moved forwards with my hopes of earning money through writing.
I also need to learn to drive and to look at volunteering and studying.
There is also the massive task of shifting stones of weight and starting to rediscover a little of the old me after 10 years of parenting.
When my youngest started in Reception last year, I was advised to take a year to relax. It strikes me that year is up and it is time I did something useful and to start contributing to the world in some way.
So wish me luck and let’s see where the new road takes me. Are you ready for the bumpy ride?
This is me looking vaguely reasonable on my wedding day. All other photos from the last decade with the exception or my boudoir ones perhaps are pretty atrocious but make up and a posh frock can work wonders.
Right, let’s go on with the show. All suggestions on which turning to take very welcome.
Impress your loved ones with a Persian chicken stew recipe.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 ½ hours
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
Fresh pomegranate seeds
Rice or couscous
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?