Question and answers

24 02 2012

Grumpy Mum, “What would you like for dinner Lolly?”

“Pudding”

“You can’t have pudding for dinner.” replies GM.

“Cake?”

“No”

“Ice cream?”

“No”

“Buns?”

“No”

“Yoghurt?”

“No”

“Sweets?”

“No,  you can’t just have deserts for dinner.  How about some baked beans instead?”

“Yes please” replies  Lolly eagerly.





60°C

10 07 2011

Text from Crap Dad to Grumpy Mum

“Bloody LML and her apple obbession. Just emptied the washing and found an apple wrapped up in a sheet. Grrr! 60 degrees does nothing for an apples complexion. Hmmmmm! Apple scented laundry.”





“Hmmmmm – Yummy”

21 09 2010

GM, LML and Lolly are checking out the greenhouse.  LML veiws her single pepper with pride.

“Biga mummy” she exclaims, “Yes, LML, your pepper is getting big now” GM agrees.

The girls pick a ripe ‘current tomato’ and Lolly puts hers into her mouth and bites down.  Her face contort and she spits the sweet yellow fruit into GM’s hand.  GM decide to eat it herself as they are too good to waste.

As LML checks out the rest of the tomato’s, Lolly goes outside and begins to look under stones for anything interesting.  She is delighted to find a very wriggly brandling (this is s baby worm to those who are not compost makers!) and tries to pick it up, unsuccessfully, with her stubby fingers.

She squeals and exclaims as the tiny worm tries to escape and LML comes to see what all the fuss is about.  GM remains in the greenhouse, completing the inspection, whilst keeping half an eye on the kids.  She sees that LML has managed to pick up the worm and is showing it to Lolly.

GM follows as the children run towards the other end of the garden.  LML looks at her and puts the little worm close to her mouth “LML, it’s not to eat” she says.  LML smiles and then laughs and begins to tease her mum, putting the worm closer and closer, then in and out of her mouth.  GM tries not to react, but her disgust can’t be completely hidden, eventually she says “I’m not watching, LML, you know it’s not food” and turns her back.

As GM glances over her shoulder she sees LML chewing “Oh you didn’t” she exclaims. feeling slightly nauseous.

“Hmmmmm YUMMY” confirms LML.





Crunch Biscuits

10 04 2010

LML and GM do quite a lot of baking together.  Here is what they made this morning .. probably their favourite biscuit recipe.

The recipe comes from a Women’s Institute book from the early 1950’s which was given to GM by her father.  She remembers using the book when she was a child, with her dad and she really likes the feeling of continuity she get’s when she bakes with LML.

Ingredients:

6 oz flour (plain)

5 oz sugar

3 oz Quaker oats

1 tsp baking powder

4 oz margarine / butter

1 good tbl sp golden syrup

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda dissolved in 2 tbl sp hot water

Method:

1.Mix all the dry ingredients together, (except the bicarbonate of soda which should be dissolved in the water).

2.Melt marg/butter and syrup in a pan (GM tends to get it half melted and then turn off the heat – this way it isn’t too hot when it’s mixed with the dry ingredient, and little LML fingers are spared the heat)

3.Mix all the ingredients together to form a dough

4.Make dough into balls (about walnut sized) and place on a baking sheet, giving plenty of space for them to spread

5.Bake for aprox 15 minutes at gas mark 3

Makes about 30 (we tend to fill two baking sheets) biscuits (which will last all week, but only if you can stop eating them!)

(We sometimes add sultanas or glace cherries, but haven’t tried chocolate chips)





Love it or hate it …

13 03 2010

This is the slogan for a certain brand of yeast extract.

And boy does LML love it … GM and CD laugh as LML hugs and kisses the 500g jar, cradling it like it’s the most precious baby, chanting and singing it’s name over and over.  Given LML’s ambiguous relationship with meals and eating, any signs of pleasure in food is to be encouraged, but this does seem a little extreme!








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