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Lemon balm shortbread biscuits

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These have to be the quickest and easiest biscuits that never go wrong and can be done in a hurry, I’ve used lemon balm from the garden, roughly torn up to add in some extra flavour, though you can use whatever you like to them.


250g melted butter

250g plain flour

125g sugar.


These are SO easy – add the flour and sugar (and whatever extra you are using, in this case lemon balm) to the melted butter and mix until it is bound together, I find a metal spoon best for this. Roll into little balls, squash down with a fork and place on a baking tray (no need to grease/use grease proof paper), 200C for 10 minutes or until slightly browned and they’re done!


‘Handmade Monday’ – Felt sweet potatoes

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Now that the little kitchen is in use it has inspired me to make some more play food, I made these sweet potatoes this week, little ‘T’ was very pleased to see them sat in her little saucepan ready to play with, we’ve also made sure to buy a watermelon in this week’s shopping as T doesn;t know what it is so thought it a good idea for her to try some, fingers crossed she likes it!

Why not take a look at 1st Unique gifts for a nosey at others participating in ‘Handmade Monday’

Play ‘tent’

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I ventured into the very messy shed this morning to rescue the clothes airer, grabbed T’s blanket that her Grandma knitted her and made a little tent…… has been up all day long and she has really enjoyed playing with it, we have played ‘peek-a-boo’, snuggled up and read books, crawled through it, played with her kitchen in it, she has been smiles all day long playing with it whenever we were in the house, will be putting it up tomorrow for sure.

Tofu Thai red curry with coconut steamed rice

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We ate Thai food every day for 2 months whilst we travelled around Thailand in 2007 and since our travels we have found a real taste for it! It’s a great healthy meal, we have it when we have little left to cook with as we always have these ingredients to hand:


Tofu – pre-cooked until browned

1 x onion, roughly chopped

1 x red pepper

1 x green pepper

1 x cup rice

several kaffir lime leaves

2 x tbsp red thai curry paste

1 x tin coconut milk

1 x sachet coconut cream

heaped teaspoon butter

pinch coriander

1 x tsp chopped ginger

2 x chopped garlic cloves.

oil for cooking (we use sesame or groundnut oil for this kind of dish, but any would do)



Once the tofu has been browned, add  in the onion and cook until softened, then add in the peppers, paste, garlic, ginger, kaffir lime leaves and coconut milk, simmer gently for 20 minutes (as there is no meat in this dish, it can be cooked like this in the morning and then as soon as it is cool, put in the fridge until dinner time, heat up until almost boiling and then simmer again before serving).


Add the rice, water and butter to a pan, bring to the boil on a high heat. As soon as the rice has started bubbling, mix, cover with a lid wrapped in muslin, add in the coconut cream and turn off the heat. The rice will cook in the steam and heat left over which makes it really fragrant and fluffy, you will need to stir a bit to distribute the coconut cream evenly, leave for at least 20-30 mins before serving for best results.

Learning colours

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I thought that it would be a good time to start teaching little ‘T’ her colours as she seems to (try) to say a new word every day at the moment, I put together a collection of some of her favourite things in little groups and with her baskets we played a little game of sorting the different colours in her little baskets, I have no idea how much she took in though it’s a nice little game and makes use of various things in the house. We’ll be doing it most days I think!

Marble cake with cream and strawberries

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Having invited friends over for dinner at the weekend, I needed to make a quick pudding with what I had in the house already, so I put together this marble cake from an ancient recipe book that I used to use when I was little, for some reason I always made marble cakes when I was a child and still end up making it most frequently now, I filled it with whipped cream and strawberries, although it didn’t taste as good as others I have made in the past (had to substitute some of the sugar for brown sugar as ran out of white!) it has all disappeared now so that’s a result in my eyes!

New toy – the ‘Kitchen’

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We bought this beautiful little cooker for Little ‘T’ months ago in a sale and we were going to put it away for Christmas though after seeing how well she played with a similar one last week we decided to get it out to play with early – it has been such a hit! She has been sorting out the fruit and veg, putting lots in the oven, and pretending to feed her dolly, it has been such a joy to watch her play so happily. Now I think I’m going to have to make some more felt fruit and veg!