Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rites of Passage

...which is our equivalent of a primary school "graduation" - the head and teachers say some nice (and often amusing) things about the kids, they all get a certificate, there are a few awards, etc. There was also a "musical interlude" this year, about which more in a moment. But here's Alex receiving his certificate. His teacher is actually the woman who has turned away toward the table, but he shook hands with all the teachers and TAs in Year 6, as well as the Head, who headed the line...so to speak. 

Alex was half of the musical interlude - his friend Bertie also played piano (though not at the same time). The other two Year 6 students who play instruments chickened out at the last minute, apparently. 

And here he is with a couple of buddies

and one of his best mates.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Fresh Fruit with meringues and cream

We picked loads of raspberries and strawberries at the local Pick Your Own farm; I added some chocolate meringues from the farm shop and some fresh cream to these for a very easy yet gorgeous dessert...

Dinner, 20/7/14: Sausages, Potatoes, Peas

A trip to the Pick-Your-Own/Farm Shop today yielded some dinner - a variety of sausages from an excellent butcher (though as it was late on a Sunday afternoon, they were out of our favourite types), some fresh garden peas, shelled only hours before by a helpful 11YO, and some potatoes (supermarket). A lovely summer dinner...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Plum shortcake

The plums were getting way too soft. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Dinner, 19/7/14: Leek and Blue Cheese Wellington

Doesn't it look impressive? It's actually pretty easy...

...and very tasty, with a filling of leeks, sunblush tomatoes, pinenuts, artichokes and blue cheese.

Served with a salad!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Practically perfect in every way...

Alex's Year 6 play was Mary Poppins - they did a dress rehearsal and three performances this week - these photos are from the dress rehearsal and the final performance. I took loads more, but am trying to minimise the amount I show other people's kids on my blog.  Alex, as you may guess from this photo, had the part of Mr Banks, and had 72 lines to learn (or something like that - second only to Mary Poppins) as well as a solo song, "How Lordly is the Life I Lead", which he's shown here, singing....  And now, a photostorm!

In which we meet Mr and Mrs Banks

In which Mr Banks is firm.

In which Mr Banks prepares to interview nannies.

In which Mr Banks first makes the acquaintance of one Mary Poppins, Nanny.

In which a character looking suspiciously like Mr Banks, but in fact, just being a passer-by, consults with a penguin about a most peculiar word.

In which Mr Dawes informs Mr Banks in no uncertain terms that his services are no longer required at the bank.

In which Mr Banks's hat is thoroughly destroyed.

In which we hear of a man with a wooden leg called Smith (what's the name of his other leg?)

In which Mr Banks proposes that a kite is flown.

In which we sing of flying kites.

In which curtain calls are taken.

In which a reprise of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is sung.

Dinner, 17/7/14: Courgette, rocket, ricotta and pinenut salad

...and parmesan biscuits.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Dinner, 15/7/14: Spaghetti with Bacon and Artichokes

A standby. This is actually an old photo as I forgot to photograph dinner last night - I think I used regular bacon in the photo and last night, used lardons. Same difference!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Rhubarb and Pear Crumble

A friend gifted us with some rhubarb from his garden, so it would have been churlish not to use it!

Dinner, 13/7/14: Roast Chicken & Potatoes. Carrots. Parmesan Parsnips.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Dinner, 10/7/14: Quick Prawn Pilau

A nice easy, quick one for weeknight supper when you have to dash out in a hurry. Storecupboard ingredients, some cooked prawns (or raw, doesn't matter) and heats up nicely for lunch the next day, as well!