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Something Els
Doctor turned Sex Education Trainer
Interests: Cooking, Crochet, Knitting, Reading, Parenting, Politics, Sexual Health, Education
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One of my most loved cook books is Cookie Magic* by Kate Shirazi. I used to bake items from it all the time when the kids were small and the recipes for homemade custard creams and chocolate bourbon biscuits in particular are just perfect. Along with the fabulous sweet biscuit... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2019 at Something Els
It's taken me a while, but I wanted to write a post about all the lovely things we did during February half term, even though the memories of the week are now fading into the distance. We spent the whole week at home, and I for one really enjoyed not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2019 at Something Els
This time last year I wrote a round up of 2017, and all the crochet and knitting projects that I had finished in that year. I was planning on doing a similar post for 2018, but I really didn't get a lot of crochet done, as it was a very... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2019 at Something Els
Today is the anniversary of my mum's death, and I once more find myself wanting to write about her on the day. I have been thinking about her for the last couple of weeks, and wondering what I would write about, and then I had an email from the 9yo's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2019 at Something Els
I've been reflecting on just how much we managed to pack in to the two and a bit weeks the kids have just had off school. Christmas is one of my favourite times of year, and I love all the traditions that we have with the kids. The fun started... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2019 at Something Els
Although this cushion has appeared on my blog before, as part of my 2017 crochet and knitting round-up, I felt it deserved a post of its own. The 10yo loves Minecraft, and so when it was his turn for a crochet make from me last year I suggested that he... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Something Els
Even though the weather has finally brightened up, after what seems like the longest winter ever, I have developed a real hankering for soup over the last few days. And so when I had a surplus of potatoes and leeks, it seemed only sensible to make some leek and potato... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at Something Els
At the boarding school I went to we had to go to chapel every morning, and the rather stern headteacher used to sometimes use the occasion to make whole school announcements. On one of these occasions, when I was about eleven years old he said:"I'd like you all to pause... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2018 at Something Els
I have to say that 2017 was rather an amazing year for me: I moved house; I spent a lot of time with my children and my partner; I dyed my hair purple, and then bright pink; I embarked on a new career; I wrote and published 36 blog posts... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2018 at Something Els
With less than a week to go until Christmas I have been thinking about how much I enjoy this season. I love trying to find gifts that my family will enjoy receiving, I love putting up the Christmas tree, and I love getting the Christmas boxes out of the loft.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at Something Els
When I resigned from my job last year and embarked on my career break, I honestly had no idea what it was I was going to end up doing in the future. I knew that I would need to earn money at some point, and I vaguely thought that I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Something Els
Near the beginning of my career break I posted on Facebook asking for recommendations of things to do while I was off, and my favourite suggestion was that I should ride a London bus for the whole of its route. I’ve always preferred taking buses tongoingnon the underground. It took... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2017 at Something Els
This post was going to be called 'A scarf for the 9yo', but it took me so long to make the scarf that he turned 10 before I finished it. Luckily he is still delighted with the end result, and because it took nine months to finish it is now... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Something Els
The 7yo and 9yo went back to school last week, and I still feel bereft. It's the time of year where almost every parent I know puts a happy picture of their smiling children in their school uniform in front of the front door on Facebook, often with a comment... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Something Els
I haven't done any knitting for a while, so when my partner spotted a cheap kit to make a knitted bag at a charity stall I couldn't resist buying it (yes, even though I haven't yet got to the end of my unfinished projects - oops). Once I had bought... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2017 at Something Els
One of the things that I love most about being a parent is the way it gives you permission to play with toys and games again. I've talked about board games before, but today I want to tell you about Lego. As a child Lego was probably my favourite toy,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Something Els
For those that can manage to have a slightly higher carb content in their meal, these nuggets go really well with celeriac fries and buttered broccoli. You could omit the celeriac altogether though, or replace it with buttered cabbage. Ingredients (serves 4) 2-3 chicken breasts 2 eggs 100g ground almonds... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Something Els
This project didn't start out as a cushion. In fact, I was planning to make an Attic24 Ripple Blanket. I started it in May 2014, a few months after teaching myself to crochet for the first time. The 9 colours were chosen by the then 4yo, after I had bought... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Something Els
Over the last few months we have instituted a habit of playing board games regularly with the kids, normally in the last half hour before bedtime, and it has been wonderful watching them learn how to play fairly with each other and progress to more complicated games. I have always... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at Something Els
It's lovely to get feedback on one of my recipes. I'm really glad you like it. :-)
Toggle Commented Jul 3, 2017 on Broccoli and Stilton Soup at Something Els
With three children in the house under the age of 10, and all of the various food preferences they have between them, finding a meal that all five of us can eat together is often a bit of a challenge. This is where meals such as fajitas really come into... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Something Els
I'm sure I'm not the only person in the world who has ever wondered whether I spend too much time on my phone. The trouble is, it is just so tempting. It is in my pocket (or on my person somewhere) all the time, and it takes just a second... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Something Els
I have made many versions of broccoli and stilton soup, but this one is my favourite. I make it often, as it is both delicious and also lends itself well to batch cooking and freezing. This recipe is not vegetarian, but it can be if the chicken stock is substituted... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Something Els
I am no stranger to social media, having recently been told by Facebook that last week marked my 10th anniversary of joining, and being the proud owner of a Twitter account with more than 2200 followers. Until this year though, Instagram had remained a mystery to me, and so one... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Something Els
Asparagus is one of my favourite vegetables, and I am always very happy when it is in season. I love it served as a side, with just some butter melted on the top, and I used to be particularly fond of asparagus risotto. At the moment though I really enjoy... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Something Els