It is said the most important car journey of your life will be the one where you take your baby home from the hospital. I remember it like it was yesterday; both of my baby’s hospital homecomings were done in a Renault Laguna, with me sat gingerly in the front passenger seat with a towel protecting my delicate c-section scar (those speed-bumps!), our precious bundle in the back all cosseted in a MaxiCosi car seat.
This dish has it all: it’s so quick and easy, it’ll be served in a speedy 20 minutes, is packed with flavour and full of goodness thanks to the yummy low-fat seafood. Even my kids, the self-proclaimed fusspots of the family, tucked into it with abandon.
Hands up who’s been feeling the cosmic funk recently? I most certainly am: from the sleepless nights to the anxiety over sod all (and, oh yes, the small matter of the summer holiday juggle), I have not had the easiest fortnight. And, though I know some might put this train of thought down to woo woo, I like to blame the Summer retrograde.
If you’re anything like my little family you’ll currently be mainlining anything cold you can get your hands on. Ice cubes? Yep. Yoghurts? You’ll find ’em in the freezer. Lollies? I’ll take six. Ice cream? GIMME!
Holiday sun tans are, for me, like hair cuts. It’s highly frustrating to return from having a chop and not get your new ‘do noticed by a friend or colleague, and it’s similarly annoying if nobody clocks your post-holiday glow after you’ve been away.
On the eve of my 33rd birthday I Googled “what happens when you are 33?” which I think pretty much sums up my laissez faire attitude to my extra year.
As a bonafide grown-up (or so I’m told), there are lots of unexpected adult things I have to deal with. When I was a kid I dreamt of my mature years being lots of things: exotic, glamorous, fast-paced (and never so blimmin’ tired), but being a grown-up is quite different to how I anticipated.
A tasty, healthy and budget-friendly meal: ready in the time it would take you to stroll to Pret and pluck a sandwich out of the cabinet. Lunches don’t get better than this!
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