Friday, 18 September 2015

wishlist - wishagift

I never ask for presents on my birthday but the saying goes if you don't ask you don't get.  This year I've made myself a little birthday wish list using wishagift.  Most of the things on my list are things I will probably treat myself to during the year but it is nice to compile a list of things that family and friends can also have a look at should they want to buy me something!

I have also compiled lists for the prince and princess and a general list for my closet (you can never have too many clothes can you).

Follow my lists and see how they progress and maybe make a couple of your own, drop me a note and I'll pop in and have a look.  Click this link to view wishlist - wishagift

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Meeting a Greedy Italian

I am a lucky girl sometimes and to be invited to watch a brilliant Italian chef in action is an invitation I could certainly not refuse.  The event was held in a quaint global cuisine cooking school in London's Clarkenwell, Food at 52.

I arrived at the event and it was bags off, aprons at the ready to experience Chef Gennaro Contaldo (from BBC2's Two Greedy Italians) cook us one pasta dish after another (I'm pretty glad I went with an empty stomach).  

As well as showing us how to cook with Bertolli with butter Chef Contaldo entertained us with his playful little tips, "Too much salt will kill you, not enough salt will kill you too!" and his stories from home.  One such story he told was of how his mother would work hard and still cook fresh and he would come home from school and eat with little thought to how much she had put into preparing the dish for them.  It was only as an adult many years later that he appreciated his mother was cooking with love.  The story touched my heart because one of the things I always say is if I cook with love the food always turns out better so I always try to cook with love.

Apart from cooking with love, I often cook with olive oil but sometimes the creaminess of butter is needed and that is where bertolli with butter provides the perfect solution.  It's made with around 52% oil so you have just the right amount of butter for the pasta to grab and coat itself perfectly.

We were given lovely little goody bags filled with treats so of course the first thing I did when I got home that evening was cook a meal full of love and my babies enjoyed it so much that after I left and came back from my yoga class the teen princess was still dishing out complements.  

A job well done I say, thanks to Chef Contaldo and Bertolli with butter. "Why I'm cooking so good!" Chef Gennaro Contaldo

We were invited to the event and given the goody bags all opinions are my own.

Friday, 11 September 2015

First Week Conquered

The first week of school has been conquered.  Princess has started the year with passion and determination whilst little man has made friends and impressed his teachers with his confident start.  Me?  I've been in the background as a proud mummy wondering where do I go now?

Before little man started school I was supply teaching part time.  Being able to do an early drop off at nursery meant I could drive almost anywhere in South London to do a days work.  Now that he's in school and it's at an awkward distance from the home my ability to drive to different schools is more limited and I'd much rather have somewhere permanent so I can organise my life a bit better, I guess all I can do for now is keep looking and hoping.

For now I will continue filling my leisure time with exercise, press events, writing and family.

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