Curry for tea

Well C really surprised me tonight.  He was clearly interested in the curry, rice and naan bread I’d made for tea so we offered him some rice. “Mmmmmmm” was the response, he kept asking for more and was really enjoying it. So bit by bit hubby gave him more rice and kept letting him have a taste of the curry. Then he spotted the naan bread, “PEANUT!!!!!! I love PEANUT” he said, now quite why he thought it was peanut I don’t know, we never have peanuts in the house and he has definitely never eaten one but he was quite adament that it was a peanut. But that sealed the deal, he needed his own plate! He woofed a healthy portion and licked his lips with glee when it was finished, “Mmmmm, delicious, I LOVE this”

Now what you should know about C is that he LOVES a lot of things, the current list includes……

  • Tractors,
  • Cars,
  • Cheese,
  • Ham,
  • “Milk and Milkshake” – he can’t grasp the concept of just asking for a Milkshake
  • His ‘superhero’ car
  • and “Peanut”

Its far from exhaustive, he will tell me about 10 times a day that he loves something, more often than not he loves very mundane things, like “Mummy I love this coin”, “Mummy I love Lissy’s dodie”, “Mummy, I love this car”……………

The absolute best thing he told me today that he loved was “Mummy, I love LissyLou soooooo much” – my heart melts, sometimes its the little things like this that can make you forget the terrible twos for a while!

What happened to my lovely little boy?

I used to have a lovely little boy. Cute, funny, polite and well behaved. The gremlins/aliens/goblins (insert any other creature you wish here!) came in the night a few weeks ago and swapped him. They left me a TERROR!  He screams whenever we go out, he shouts when he doesn’t get his way, throws things and has real temper tantrums.

Gone are the smug days in which we looked at other parents with sympathetic smiles but secretly felt superior for having an angel. Gone are the nice family meals out, replaced by us both being exhausted from forcing him into a chair or running round after him. Gone are my quiet days where C would sit quietly and play alone, or watch TV or draw, replaced by screams of “SOMETHING ELSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!” until I find a better programme for him to watch.  Toys are thrown instead of being played with nicely, my front room looks like a bomb has hit it constantly and if I ask him to tidy up he says no, and gets more toys out!

Now I am the mummy who attracts the stares, the sympathetic smiles and the superior looks from those with younger or better behaved children.  And do you know what? I HATE IT!!

Spanish Beef Stew

A year or so ago hubby and I went out for a meal with some friends and hubby had this Spanish style Beef Stew, which he quickly proclaimed a ‘taste sensation’.  Once home I decided to replicate the recipe, the result isn’t quite there but it’s pretty darn good!

Please note that all ingredients are approximate, splash it together to get the consistency you like, the amount of meat to vegetables etc oh and the level of spice.

What you need:

  • 500g Stewing beef
  • 1 tin Stewed Steak
  • 1 tin Butter Beans
  • 1 Onion
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic
  • 650g of tomatoes (I like a mixture of cherry, beef and salad tomatoes for the range of textures and flavours)
  • 110g Chorizo Sausage
  • Small handful Green Olives
  • 2 Bouquet Garni
  • 1tsp Dried Chilli Flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • Large Glass of Red Wine (Save the rest to drink with the stew!)
  • Large Glass of warm water
  • Salt and pepper as required
How to make it:

Marinade the Beef, chorizo and garlic in the red wine, ideally over night.

Brown the Beef and place in either a slow cooker or an oven proof dish (with lid).

Crush the garlic, add to the chopped onion and sweat them down before adding to the Beef.

Lightly brown the chorizo and add to the other ingredients.

Put the tomato, spices, wine, water and butter beans into the pot along with the olives.

Check the liquid, it should cover the ingredients, stir well and if necessary add either some vegetable stock or more red wine until all the ingredients are covered.

Cook slowly, the longer the better, so Low on the slow cooker or about 150 degrees for at least 4hours for best results. If the sauce is too thin mix a small amount of corn flour with water to make a paste and stir this into the pot.

Serve with garlic mashed potatoes or cous cous and vegetables as required.

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