My April was 2 weeks short as my son and I flitted over to the UK. But in the time we were home and away these are some of the things we got up to as a family. This summary is part of Christine's Slow Living Month by Month.
As winter starts to nose its way around the April corner my stomach is crying out for the warm rolls with soup, baked pastas, stews and puddings that we are still not eating. But this new low carb eating plan is opening up ways for me to experiment in the kitchen. Our chickens are still giving us their lovely eggs even though the days are cooler and shorter. While in England my sister showed me an easy way to poach eggs and we have eaten them at least once a week since we got back. This mornings breakfast was poached egg on freshly picked bok choi, topped with a slice of smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers. Sooo yummy.
In a different way to most, my preparations are to equip my children for their futures. I do this in many ways but the one thing that has been on my mind is teaching them to really cook. When they were toddlers and through their school years I have always included them in meal preparation. When I got back from the UK my eldest (17) said she felt that she needed something more to be able to serve up food that is exciting, tasty, healthy and all ready at the same time. I turned to my favourite chef - Jamie Oliver. His new book "30 minute meals" is now my older 2 children's cooking course. Once a month they will shop for the ingredients of one meal and prepare it. The goal is not 30 minutes, it can take them as long as they need. The goal is to learn to make a complete meal for 6 over the course of time. This recipe book is prefect for this purpose as he teaches you how to get 4 or 5 dishes on the table at the same time. He uses fresh exciting flavours and ingredients and if they get stuck they can use the Jamie Oliver app on our iPad. This week they made the below menu and it was scrumptious.
We are reducing clutter in our home. I have started in the kitchen, my kids have each spent their free time in the week decluttering the cupboards and other space and have a boot full of stuff for the charity shop. My youngest and Superman are tackling his room and the truckload of Lego he needs to sort. They have done such a wonderful job....it was a mountain of work. This is the space 1/2 way done...I cannot show you a before picture as it was just too scary!
I am moving back to bicarb and vinegar as my basic cleaning solutions. I have also decided in my mind (now to get the hands to do the work!) that I am also going to go back to homemade laundry liquid. I used to make my own granular one but that got swallowed up in lack of time.
We got most of our planting done before I left in March, but this week I sowed leeks, bok choi, turnips and beets.
I have started, and almost finished my first waffle weave dishclothe. Woohoo!
I discovered Scotland with my son!
My ife was enhanced by spending time with my sister. She is an inspiring woman, a devoted mum, fabulous cook and precious friend.
My sister gave me a new book to devour...Cabbages and Roses "Guide to Natural Housekeeping". I am enjoying dipping into it and it has inspired me again to do more in my home and keep on keeping on in this simple green living journey.