29 Oct 2016

Star Wars Fireworks at Drayton Manor

I think it comes as no coincidence that Diwali - the HinduFestival of Lights, and Bonfire Night - the celebration of the failure of a 400 year old terrorist plot, are celebrated around the same time each year. Both signify the victory of good over evil. Both are celebrated with lights and fireworks.

Star Wars Fireworks at Drayton Manor


We prefer not to buy fireworks at home and instead choose to go to one of the many public fireworks displays dotted around the country at this time of year. This year, as part of our role as blogger ambassadors, we went to Drayton Manor Theme Park and Thomas Land for their spectacular fireworks display.

26 Oct 2016

A Dahlicious Halloween at Tatton Park

How does a family that does not celebrate Halloween cope with the mayhem and madness that surrounds this spooky annual occurrence? By taking ourselves to someplace that does Halloween, of course!

A Dahlicious Halloween at Tatton Park


Confused? Let me explain. We are celebrating Roald Dahl 100 this year. My son has been learning all about Dahl’s brilliant works at school and is absolutely taken by his fantabulous stories. We even speak Gobblefunk at home most days. Well, he does, and then translates it into plain English for my benefit.

24 Oct 2016

A Bejewelled Lamp for Diwali and Bonfire Night

Diwali and Bonfire Night. The former is the Hindu Festival of Lights. The latter, a celebration of the failure of a 400 year old terrorist plot in the UK.

Both in essence signify the victory of good over evil. Both are celebrated with lights and fireworks.

A Bejewelled Lamp for Diwali and Bonfire Night

The primary celebratory decoration for Diwali is lights. The words means rows of lamps and is traditionally celebrated by decorating the house and surroundings with row upon row of oil lamps.

12 Oct 2016

Delicious Homemade Yoghurt with EasiYo

“Mmm, this is delicious. Does it have real strawberries in it, Aai?” J quipped, as he sat tucking into a bowl of yoghurt after dinner one day.
“It does taste of them, doesn’t it?” I couldn’t help marvel at the refreshing taste and delightful texture of the otherwise humble offering in front of me.

How could a bowl of yoghurt induce such an impassioned conversation between a family of regular yoghurt eaters? 

Delicious Homemade Yoghurt with EasiYo

9 Oct 2016

The Tale of the Troublesome Toothache

Aargh! My tooth hurts! The dratted thing has been poked and prodded many times over the years. I even managed to see some humour in my agonising gnashers and penned a few verses as an ode to my crumbling teeth. (Read it here if funny poems are your thing or you just fancy a chuckle).

                   The Tale of the Troublesome Toothache

Just as I was being lulled into a sense of complacency about its existence, the pain has once again reared its ugly head. I can’t bite, I can’t chew, I can’t even gargle as anything cold jangles my already jarred dental nerves into a defensive frenzy.

4 Oct 2016

Fluffy Rice Every Time with The Smart Steamer Lid

I have a problem with cooking rice. It is undoubtedly one of the easiest things to cook and equally easy to get wrong.

Fluffy Masala Rice with The Smart Steamer Lid


We are a family of rice eaters. Think beautiful, fragrant, long-grain Basmati rice. We eat it with most things and on most days. Be it with a simple lentil dal or a spiced Indian curry, rice features heavily in our family’s diet.

2 Oct 2016

Sky Blanket 2016: September Update

Sky Blanket took a break last month, what with it being the summer holidays and all. But I am back with the crochet this month, so here's the September update in this mammoth year-long project.

Sky Blanket 2016: September Update

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