There have been highlights; having them here has been wonderful, watching new friendships form, clubs being created and books being read. They've baked cakes and bread and ate them with relish. Seeing them play in the odd pockets of sunshine has been great, faces held to the sun to catch the rays as they stay out all day, coming back for dinner and juice and then running off again before the fork stops clankering on the table.
They've all grown at least an inch and have a grubby, rosy glow about them. It seems like not the greatest summer to me, but through their eyes, it's been fantastic and filled with adventure and fun. That's all that really matters.
Coconut Prawn (Shrimp) Curry with Noodles
Absolutely delicious; light coconut milk is used, making this a low fat but very tasty tea. Recipe to follow.
Hearthbread topped with homemade tomato sauce and mozzarella, herbs and a drizzling of olive oil. Delicious, but for kids (and dad) only right now!
Lettuce boats filled with roasted veg, olives, garlic and cured meats with a low fat dressing and mint
A great alternative to bread...well, not really, but when you're looking to loose a few pounds, then yeah, it works well! I roasted asparagus and artichokes in a little olive oil, sea salt, mint and black pepper, filled the lettuce boats alongisde a little chopped chorizo and Parma ham. Thin slices of cooked garlic and olives were added along with a little lemon and honey dressing. Lovely.