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Seven Things…

… that you may or may not want to know about me!

I’ve been tagged in a meme. In fact, I’ve been tagged twice, by Fran at OMammy and Doing It All For Aleyna. The task is to list seven facts, all true, all about me. Both of the posts that linked to me contain freaky, freaky body parts that made me squirm – I’ll try not to add anything too gross. So…

1. I have a truly terrible singing voice. My piano teacher told me that she’d never known anybody fail to recognise notes like I did, and that I might actually be tone deaf.

2. I met my husband in Pzazz Nightclub. I was pulling pints, he kept coming back to the bar for another vodka and Red Bull and he and his friend kept smiling at me. He gave me his number, told me he was “smitten” with me, and for some reason I called him the next day. Despite the fact that I went back to uni a couple of weeks later, we stuck with it and were engaged within five months.

3. I have a tattoo. It looks like this.

I got it a few weeks after starting uni, as a way to celebrate that time of big changes. My Mum and brother helped to choose it when they came to visit me for the weekend. It’s not what I’d choose now, but at the same time I don’t regret it. It’s part of me, just like a birthmark, and I wouldn’t want to change it.

4. As well as being a professional cheater, I helped my friend to cheat in our year 9 maths exam. She put me on the spot in the exam, pretending to the teacher that she didn’t have a calculator and asking to share mine, then passing me notes with the questions she wanted me to answer – I passed the calculator back with the answer typed on the screen. I didn’t say no, I didn’t tell anyone, but I wish I had.

5. I went on a pilgrimage to Lourdes (ok, so if you’ve been reading my blog since September then you might already know that, but if you haven’t been paying close attention… this meme is harder than it looks, ok?!). So yeah, I went on a pilgrimage, but God didn’t speak to me.

6. I’m very particular about my laundry. Baby vests and sleepsuits have to hang on the airer a certain way, tops on particular hangers, my socks in a delicate wash cycle, towels with a different kind of washing powder… I wish I wasn’t, as I’m so bad I hate to let my husband do any of the washing.

7. I always apply Sudocrem to my babies’ bottoms with my middle finger, and lip balm to my lips with my fourth finger. Obviously I wash my hands in between, but I like to be ordered about these things, just in case.

I hope you feel that you know me a little better after that.

The last part of the task is to tag 15 other bloggers. But, um, I’m a bit slow with this one and I know dozens of bloggers that have already been tagged. And the blogs I read that haven’t are kind of big blogs that might not want to join in a meme. And I’m not too keen on tagging people, in case they don’t want to be tagged. If you would like to be tagged, comment here or tweet me and I’ll link to you. Or if you’ve already done this meme, feel free to add a link to your post in the comments. 🙂


Mother Badger at Badger Mad

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Recently I was tagged in a meme by Kate at The Five F’s. Suitably pleased and excited, I rushed off to make soup so that I could share the recipe with you on here. However, it’s taken me a little while to get round to writing it up. My cooking is mostly of the “chuck in a handful of whatever’s in the fridge, taste it lots and maybe chuck in a bit more”. I’m inspired by Nigella’s take on noodle soup for my soup-making attitude. So rather than a clear, step-by-step recipe, you can treat this as a blueprint for something that could be referred to as minestrone soup.

I make this recipe for two, but my husband and I are greedy buggers who are used to big portions. You could probably feed two adults and two kids without much bother.


Three slices of bacon

One onion

Two or three carrots

One tin of chopped tomatoes

Chilli flakes

Stock cube/powder





Slice the bacon into strips and start frying it in a large pan with a bit of olive oil (I use garlic olive oil for things like this as I hate washing the garlic crusher; thanks again to Nigella for this one!). Chop the onion into quite chunky pieces and add it to the pan.

Stirring occasionally as you go, peel and slice the carrots and add them to the pan. Let everything cook for a few minutes so that the onion and carrots soften and the bacon starts to brown.

Add the tomatoes, then boil the kettle and top up the pan until you’ve got a decent volume of soup (I warned you it would be vague!). (You could use tinned plum tomatoes and just break them up with a spoon, or fresh tomatoes if you don’t mind preparing and skinning them. You’ll want to top up with more water if you do this.) Add some stock powder or crumble in a cube. I like Marigold Swiss vegetable bullion, but I’ve also made this with a beef Oxo cube (probably better if you’re using a lighter veg than kale otherwise it might all be a bit strong?). Add some chilli flakes (or don’t) – anything from a pinch to a teaspoon according to taste. You can add pepper here too, and salt if you need to, although taste first as the bacon and stock are both salty. Ooh, and a splash of Worcestershire sauce.

Add some pasta. If you’re organised and have well-stocked cupboards you can use special little baby pasta shapes designed for just this purpose. If you’re like me, break up a few strips of spaghetti. Add a couple of good handfuls of kale – it’ll wilt down so you may want to add a bit more once the first bit has wilted. You could use any spring greens/cabbage instead of the kale, or maybe broccoli. You could also add any other vegetables you have lurking in the bottom of the fridge. Just remember that the smaller you chop things, the quicker they’ll cook.

Leave to simmer for 15 minutes or so. I generally serve soup with those part-baked baguettes from the supermarket, which I love. You may want to make your own delicious fresh bread? If you do, please can I have some? 🙂

So, this is a meme, I now have to tag people. If you’d like to be tagged, please comment or tweet me and I’ll add a link to you here. In the meantime I’m going to tag

Dawn at Knees Up Mother Brown

Lizzy at Quest for Yummy Mummy Status

I know that these ladies have done recipes on their blogs in the past, so hopefully they’ll be happy to share some soup with you.

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