Mushroom & Artichoke Risotto

A cheap one-pot dinner is a busy mother’s best friend. When the nights are drawing in, I want something that I can throw in a pan, stir here and there, and get on the table quickly so that I can soon be snuggled up on the sofa under a warm blanket. A lovely idea in theory, though I’ll most likely be snuggled under a 6 stone bulldog with a restless toddler for company. Before I made this risotto, I couldn’t even tell you the last time I ate artichoke in anything. But you know when you have those lightbulb moments … Continue reading Mushroom & Artichoke Risotto

Dear Post-Baby Body..

Dear Post-Baby Body, I need to start by thanking you deeply, from the very bottom of my heart. I’m thankful for what you have done for us – the limits you pushed yourself to, the impossible tasks you have performed without so much as a conscious prompt from me. You were a warm, safe and comfortable vessel and home for my growing baby. We had yet to make our decision, but you had made yours – I trusted you, and you knew what you were doing, even from the very beginning when I did not. The shock of our unexpected circumstance shook me … Continue reading Dear Post-Baby Body..

Is anywhere free from sexual exploitation?

Recently, I put a couple of items of clothing up for sale on eBay. No biggy, just a young woman looking to make a bit of extra cash. Out of the blue, in ONE DAY, I received 2 completely unsolicited messages from 2 very sad and obviously desperate guys – creepy eBay messaging sex pests are like buses eh? I’m not too sure what they expected me to reply or if this odd method of courtship has ever been effective in the past; perhaps he used it when he met his ‘wife’ (who I’m assuming is a straw-stuffed bin bag with … Continue reading Is anywhere free from sexual exploitation?

Mushroom Stroganoff

Finally autumn is here. And if I hadn’t already given you even reasons as to why it’s my favourite season, here’s another – the food! I love love love cosying up on an autumn evening with a big, comforting bowl of something hot. The seasonal produce in Autumn is by far the best and it’s a really good time to get inventive with earthy flavours. Before I gave up meat, a hearty beef stew would have been my go-to dinner for a chilly evening. Replacing meat with mushrooms not only makes it cheaper, but also more healthy and quicker to … Continue reading Mushroom Stroganoff