We have been getting ready for Pancake Day (March 4th) in our house. Only we don't practice with pancakes we do it with potatoes! The kids love it and it seems to keep them occupied for ages. They often ask to play it after school as it means they can run around and burn off some energy. We just play it outside our house on the street.
What you need -
some potatoes or onions or boiled eggs or what ever you have in the veggie cupboard
some spoons - Zephy uses soup ladles and Elfin uses big silver spoons
What you do -
draw a start line and a finish line on the pavement with the chalk and then start the races - get them to run, hop, skip, scoot, flip the spuds, do all the previous in slow motion, time the races and then get them to think of their own variations.
Its actually like egg and spoon races but it feels like pancake practice as its nearly here....woop woop, cant wait ....pancake recipe coming soon.
As an illustrator you sometimes come across work that you truly wish you created and Wild is definitely one of those for me. From the moment I picked it up in Waterstones and saw those beautiful creatures come to life across every page I just knew it was to become a classic, in our house at least. The words are very simple yet the illustrations are incredibly detailed and we always find lots of things to talk about. The story follows a girl who is whisked away from her forest home by strange beings, otherwise known as humans and forced to live by rules that don't quite fit with her wild nature. It's a charming idea, one that I'm sure many children and parents can relate too and although my little girl is most of the time quite amenable I still recognize (and positively encourage!) that firey independent spirit that inspired the title. Kx
I wanted to share this soup as it is souper (sorry!) and really quick to make. My kids really love soup and its always a good choice on a cold and wet swimming class day as Zephy and I make it before we go then we just warm it up when we get back. It's great too as you can add a bit of spice for big people at the end.
Slightly Spicy Carrot and Lentil Soup
3 tsp cumin seed
pinch chilli flakes
2 tbsp olive oil
750g carrots, washed and coarsely grated (no need to peel)
1/2 a small celeriac (not essential) chopped or grated
200g split red lentil
1 litre hot vegetable stock
125ml milk (optional)
plain greek yogurt and bread to serve
So first of all put the cumin seeds into the pan and toast them for a few minutes until they start to jump around and release their aromas. Then scoop out half of the seeds and set aside in another little pan.
Whilst doing this ask a little helper, if you have one, to grate the carrots (and not their fingers!)
Then add the olive oil to the pan with the remaining seeds along with the grated carrots, celeriac, red lentils and stock and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 mins until the lentils have swollen and softened.
Now whizz the soup with a stick blender or in a food processor until
smooth (or leave it chunky if you prefer). Stir in the milk to the required consistency.
While the soup is cooling add a little olive oil and chilli flakes to the reserved toasted cumin seeds and heat for a few minutes until the oil is infused.
Season the soup to taste and serve
with a dollop of plain greek yogurt and for those who like it spicy a little bit of your spicy oil.
Serve with bread, toast, cheese, flat breads or anything else yummy you fancy.