Just The Way You Are

We no longer vacuum in our house. We “Hettie”. Our new vacuum cleaner is pink and girly and is called Hettie. Best £100 or so I have spent in a very long time. I now have three willing participants to help with house work. “Mum Hettie is hungry can I feed her?”

Hettie is not the only hungry one, I spent the better part of last week detoxing…The kids were horrified. “Are you going to make us drink that?”  Lola asked me pointing with disgust at my lemon juice, cayenne pepper concoction. My self imposed purdah meant that baking a ton of goodies just was not going to happen this week. I did however discover a masochistic side of me that I didn’t know existed. I watched even more food programmes and then mainlined 14 episodes of Masterchef on Iplayer!

I re-toxed at the weekend and now all is how is should be again. Wine, coffee, carbs are back in my life with a vengeance. Much to the relief of not only my kids, I am back to cooking ‘proper’ food again, but also I had a play day booked with my friend Uju who has a fabulous blog showcasing activities for kids and families in London Babes About Town. Check it out, I do regularly when cabin fever sets in.

Westfield  London invited us to a day out with the kids. Armed with my three children and steely resolve to conquer the tube and overground closures due to repairs. We set on our journey west.  You can tell I don’t really do public transport at the weekends!

We made it and the weather was on our side too. Met Uju and the boys, picked up tickets and two very much appreciated by Rufus and Jed Kiddy Cars. The girls pushed the boys and off we went to lunch at Penang. My kids of course mainlined the fried squid and we ordered pad thai and a ton of spring rolls too. Rufus decided to wait between courses in his parked Kiddy Car.

Next The Croods. Brilliant film I totally loved it. Uju and I decided we had the loudest laughs in the Cinema. Ru was transfixed (his first visit to the movies). Literally on the edge of his seat. Go see this movie it has the best mother in law joke ever. So brilliant I am laughing as I write this.

Our final stop was via Joe Delucci’s  for two scoops of delicious gelato.  Happy happy kids and mums.

So you would think with all this detoxing and running around Westfield I would not have cooked a sausage this week.  Well actually even in my malnourished state, I did think I should throw a few morsels at the children..

I roasted more cauliflower then was probably legal this week. Its so delicious (not that I had any). Olive oil, salt, pepper, and curry powder. In the oven 180C for about 40 mins until the cauliflower is browning at the edges. My kids eat it like candy!

I also made a massaman chicken dish. Left over curry paste, threw it on some chicken thighs and drumsticks with some chopped up plums, bit of honey and olive oil. Deevine!

I leave you with a few photos of our Westfield day out and the recipe for Massaman Chicken.

Have a wonderful week!

Rachelle X

Please note: I was invited  on a free day out, with meal/dessert and cinema trip included but obviously all opinions are my own!



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Massaman and Plum Roast Chicken

(Serves 4/6 people)

I will give you the recipe for Massaman curry paste. It is very easy to make and keeps for a week or so in the fridge. Or just freeze it in 2 tablespoon quantities then when you want to throw a quick curry together you can just throw in the paste straight from the freezer.

Massaman Curry Paste

This sounds like a long list, it really is so easy just put it all in a small processor and whizz. Or if you are feeling up to it, mortar and pestle the ingredients in the order they are listed.


  • 1 pinch salt
  • 6-8 large dried chilis (dry roasted and deseeded)
  • 1 inch of galangal
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass (chopped roughly)
  • 6 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Quarter of a small white onion
  • 10 almonds
  • 2 cloves
  • a large grating of nutmeg
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder


Put all the ingredients in a mini processor. Add a little flavourless oil to bind if need be.


  • 8 chicken legs/thighs
  • 2/3 tablespoons of massaman curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon of runny honey or dark brown sugar
  • 4 red plums cut into quarters
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • salt and pepper


Turn the oven onto 180C. Put the chicken pieces into a medium size roasting dish. Add the rest of the ingredients and thoroughly massage into the chicken.

Place in the oven and cook for 40mins or until chicken is cooked through and the plums are soft and sweet and yielding. Serve with rice or couscous. X