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My kids are being supremely wonderful this week. I know, I know, what the hell is going on? Tilda the “spanky one” keeps telling me that I look like Ariel from The Little Mermaid, and she told me that I was the prettiest mommy in the whole world. Ok you, what the hell are you after? Lola has decided that she is in charge of all the tidying of the bedroom. It is spotless, she even took all the clothes out of the drawers and refolded them and put them back, oh and sorted out the winter, summer clothes and put the summer clothes away! Ok that sounds a bit OCD. Should I be worried?

Its become a little easier in the last few months having all of them, The Ru has definitely turned into a little boy. Wants to be self sufficient, won’t allow me to help him out, unless under dire circumstances. When my children are getting on so well, I tend to want to spend more time with them. I know its stating the obvious and I know I am their sole carer (well I have Pav their nanny of course) but it just makes me want to treat them for being so bloody bearable. How do I do that?

Well they choose all the meals at the weekends and I make it so. Oh and my new, not very expensive at all and totally wonderful treat. Tad Restaurant which is literally in our front garden. My god how did I not go there before now? The food is really really good, fresh, healthy, beautifully grilled meats, the salads are divine. They do this roast onion salad, its big chunks of roast onion, in a pomegranate and a turkish sauce thing called Shaldam. Its a bitter, sweet, vegetable based sauce, or drink. I am not sure really, but after harrasing one of the waiters to get the recipe. I tried to remake it. It wasn’t right. I need to talk to the chef. I am so going there and refusing to leave until I get the right recipe. It is so good, If you are ever in Hackney. Go there, The Calimari is sublime. All the food is really really good. The staff are wonderful and the best bit. It is so bloody cheap. My kids eat the entire left side of the menu, 2 portions of calamari, a giant pizza, greek salad, a grilled meat dish, rice and then lots of side salads. I have one (really I do) glass of wine, the kids have a round of lemonades. £35 tops! Brilliant. So good.

As well as loitering with intent at our local restaurant, I have actually managed to do some cooking this week. Last weekend was a bit of a bake off. I made enough pizza dough to feed an army. I sent pizzas down the road to our neighbours. I turned some of the dough into an olive focaccia. One of my favourite breads to make. I turn the dough into an oval shape and dimple it with my fingers then pour a ton of olive oil on. More then you think is necessary. Keep pouring so the dimples are filled with oil. then dot olives all over the top, add some shards of rosemary and a good generous sprinkle of sea salt.  Turn the oven onto 170C and place the bread on top of the oven loosely covered to prove again. A second rise will make it light and the crumb will be perfect. Place in the oven for 35 minutes or until the bread is lightly golden around the edges and cooked.

Oh and PS I did harass the chef at Tad Restaurant. I have the correct recipe now. I shall practice this week and share next week.

Have a great week

Rachelle x

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Halloween Cocktails

I love this time of year, not just because all the trees match my hair! I think the food that is seasonal is my favourite. Halloween is rapidly approaching and the kids will be carving pumpkins with me, I will make my usual batch of “scary spider” cupcakes and the kids will eat enough candy to keep them awake for 24 hours.

Of course its not all about the kids, I usually have a few friends over in the evening for a drink and a little something to eat. I usually make a few simple canapés. Halloween cocktails are invented and I discovered this one recently. Its called The Red Widow, Its a kind of twist on a Bloody Mary and I am definitely adding it to my cocktail list!

A twist on the Bloody Mary…The Red Widow

Ingredients

40ml Smirnoff Red

100ml Tomato juice

Fresh Crushed Garlic (or Wasabi for an extra kick)

Dash of soy sauce

1 lemon wedge

2 cherry tomatoes

1 celery stick

Contains 1.5 units

 Method:

  1. Fill a glass (or a julep cup / chalice) with ice.
  2. Using a jigger, pour 40ml Smirnoff and 100ml Tomato juice into the glass (julep cup / chalice).
  3. Add a drop of Crushed Garlic (or Wasabi for an extra kick) and a dash of soy sauce
  4. Stir the ingredients together slowly using a bar spoon or teaspoon
  5. Garnish with two cherry tomatoes, a lemon wedge and celery stick
  6. To get in the Halloween spirit, serve alongside a candle or hollowed out pumpkin for the ultimate spook-tacular cocktail experience!

 

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