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My famous words of wisdom

I have been asked for my words of wisdom by Heather. Thing is, I don’t have wisdom as such. I can form an opinion pretty quickly but wisdom is something I am hoping I’ll grow into one day. The whole advice thing has been inspired by Martha Stewart and I really am so far from Martha it is laughable. After all, I am a lapsed housewife. I have been racking my brains wondering what to pass on to you. My tips and ideas are anything but original. Although it’s worth knowing you can buy bicarb by the kg in the Chinese supermarket – it is a household wonder!  Despite finally outsourcing my cleaning (best decision ever) my house is chaotic and never looks pristine.

I do have one idea that I would like to pass on, a sort of standard I aspire to maintain. If you came to my house unannounced you may well find us in chaos but you will be welcomed with open arms. There may be piles of ‘stuff’ to move so you can sit down but there is a place at my table for you. A little thought and I will have a meal on the table for you. It may not be grand, it may well be simply cheese on toast or soup but there will be food. One of my super speedy store cupboard staples for visiting children is my beany spread. It takes less than five minutes to make, tastes great and has protein and veg. It can be used in sandwiches, pasta sauces, as a dip or a replacement for tomato sauce on pizzas. It keeps in the fridge for up to a week and freezes well. Here is the recipe:

Beany Spread

Half a can of beans (mixed, haricot, butter, chickpeas – your choice)

Half a cup of frozen sweetcorn and peas (either or both)

A couple of basil leaves

A glug of good olive oil

  • Drain the beans.
  • Cook the peas and sweetcorn, then run over with cold water to cool.
  • Put all ingredients in the blender and wizz them up.

Now Sian Mummy-Tips is always trying to get me to join in and play along with memes but I am a grump. This does not deter her and she keeps on tagging me so this time I’m playing. Here are my famous face-a-likes:

Yes folks, I look like Helena Christensen and no, that did not influence my choice to play along.