Tuesday, 2 August 2011

If you go up to the woods today...

Sam and I met in London. He was born and raised a Peckham boy, oh so very proud of it too! I moved to Hackney in 2007 after being brought up a proper country girl. Eventually we moved in together in Peckham and shortly after we got engaged I fell pregnant with M. Bristol seemed like a good compromise for child rearing, not huge city and not out in the sticks. Turned out, I hated it. We moved 4 times and each time I felt more miserable. Eventually we moved back to the area I grew up in, I was then pregnant with E.

We've been in Gloucestershire for over a year and half now. It's glorious! I guess I just feel more relaxed bringing children up in familiar surroundings. It took S a little while to get used to it but he really does love it.

One of the things we love the most is having all this phenomenal nature around us. We live right next to the woods, it's the perfect place for afternoon walks.

Situated in the woods is a fabulous sculpture and play trail. It is truly fantastic for all ages. If you live close or you are ever in the area then go take a look. Here are some photos we took on our most recent walk.

Breakfast fit for a dinosaur.

I struggle with breakfast sometimes. In the days before I had children, I never ate it. Since M and E came along I have found myself seriously enjoying the whole process. I love the idea of us still sitting down at the table together when they're teenagers, one can dream right? As a result of my deluded dream I try to make breakfast really fun and enjoyable. I want them to remember it as a family event. Children huh? Always keeping you on your toes, or your spatula, one of them anyway...


Delicious herby eggy bread on tomatoes and spinach. Really easy and really fun! You don't even have to use a cutter, simply cut in to triangles.

  • 3 free-range eggs
  • A dash of milk
  • 4 slices of bread
  • Pepper
  • Parsley
  • Chives
  • Basil
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Fresh spinach

Whisk the eggs, milk and pepper together. Chop the parsley and chives up roughly, add it to the egg. As you can see, we can all join in with this recipe!

Roughly chop the tomatoes and throw into a pan on medium heat, add the basil and spinach. Toss it about a little then turn the heat down a touch and leave it to cook.

Whilst that is cooking away you can concentrate on your eggy bread. Cut the dinosaur shapes out (or any shapes for that matter)and heat a pan with a little olive oil in.

Dip the bread into the egg and swish it about a little. I like to leave mine in for a few seconds until it gets pretty soggy but you can do it to your liking. When it is ready, fry it off in the pan on a low to medium heat. You want some colour on it without it burning and sticking!

Spoon the tomatoes and spinach onto the plate and place the eggy bread on top.

VoilĂ !