How to get a day off from cooking

imageYou know you’re doing something right when your kids turn down milk chocolate in favour of 80% cacao chocolate and ask for more vegetables at dinner time. I was also told that since I eat so healthily, they’re expecting me still to be here in 50 years time. Hmmmmmmm, that’ll make me 95. I wonder if I’ll still be doing push ups and pull ups then. I can tell you for one thing, if I can’t, it won’t be for want of trying. I do want to be here in 50 years time (I think) but I need to be fit and healthy. I want to be enjoying my grown up children and experiencing with them, their lives. What has life in store for them? I actually think it’s a really exciting prospect BUT, one I don’t want to come too quickly.

So, the summer holidays are coming upon us. What are you doing with your kids? I’ve already starting planning out the summer. We won’t be going away on holiday this year unfortunately. I gave up my job just over 18 months ago to focus on my own business ideas. I got off to a very slow start. After 20 years of lawyering, I confess that I felt a bit like a deer in headlights and I truly lost my way. It took my husband being made redundant to give me the necessary rocket up my backside. Whilst a bit of a nightmare and a nightmare I would not even wish upon my enemy, the outcome could actually prove to be very positive for us. When you begin to control your own life, you have no one but yourself to answer to. I guess the moral of the story is that you have 2 choices, wallow in self pity or say **ck it, I won’t let this get me down. We’ve done the latter.

So away from my ”woe is me” story and on to summer planning with my people.

We’ve done the first book shop run to buy books.

My son and daughter have been tasked with helping me build a new business line. If it works it will be fantastic. You’ll need to watch this space to see how that one goes. I’ve promised them both a stake in the company so there is definitely an incentive. I’ve told them each to diary their hours and we’ll reflect their shareholding in terms of effort and what is produced. So in other words, free labour LOL.

The older 2 will be doing some voluntary work. That one had nothing to do with me and they both asked if they could do it. 10/10 kids!

I’ve promised to teach them both mindfulness and meditation skills. I know how much these skills benefit me in my everyday life. We so needed these in the first few weeks of the redundancy.

I’m also teaching my kids to cook. Dane and Eva have each been assigned 2 days where they will plan and cook dinner. Quinn gets to assist me at the weekend and she gets to choose what we eat each Saturday. Watch out as I’ll share loads of pictures and recipes. Here’s hoping that Eva’s meal isn’t a chocolate feast LOL.

I’d like to share Dane’s first effort. This evening he made coconut rice with cajun chicken thighs which he cooked on the BBQ. We had this with romaine lettuce. Quinn described the rice as mooshy but you can always count on Quinn for honesty to the point of being blunt. I thought it was tasty and the chicken was fab; so tasty! Just the right amount of spice. Here’s our recipe for homemade Cajun seasoning. We worked this out by pulling various bottles form the cupboard and hoping for the best. Okay, I’ve done it a few times before but I let Dane choose quantities and the smoked paprika was his choice. It worked too! This coated 18 chicken thighs deliciously.

Cajun chicken

Ingredients for seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic granules
  • ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • a splash of olive oil


  1. Split the chicken between 2 freezer bags. Add a splash of olive oil to each bag and then divide the chicken thighs between the bags.
  2. Combine the ingredients for the seasoning and divide the mix between the 2 bags of chicken. Seal the bags and massage the chicken to ensure all pieces are coated in the spice mix.
  3. We left ours in the fridge for 2 hours before cooking but I’m sure it will be fine if you use it straight away.

BBQ the chicken and enjoy!

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