Wednesday, 13 March 2013


How The Bus Got It's Name:
My daughter's favourite soup is GG's Pea and Ham Soup.  A recipe that has been passed down from my Grandma. 
And the colour is pretty similar to the bus.
I seem to remember my Granparents telling us that they had a VW bus at one point.  Was it even the same colour as ours?  I'm going to have to verify this story!
Recipe for GG's Pea Soup:
1 cup chopped onion
2 tsp Olive oil
2 cups of split peas, yellow or green
8 cups water or stock
1 small bay leaf
1 cup cooked ham
2/3 cup diced carrots
1 medium diced, and peeled potato
1 clove garlic
salt, pepper
Worcestershire sauce

In a large soup pot, saute 1 cup diced onion on medium low in 2 tsp olive oil for 2 minutes.  Add 2 cups split peas, 8 cups water or stock (I use stock, usually veg), 1 small bay leaf.
Simmer for 1 1/2 hours stirring occasionally.
Remove Bay Leaf and using a whisk (I use electric soup blender thingy- hand held) blend to desired consistancy.
Add 1 cup diced, cooked ham, 2/3 cup carrots, 1 medium diced potato, 1 clove minced garlic, 1/2 tsp salt and pepper.  Simmer 45 min until vegetables are tender.
Adjust seasoning with salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and heavy cream. (Grandma doesn't use this, and I use a bit of milk) 
Serves 6-8
Unless you double everything up like I do so that there is enough for leftovers AND packed lunches.

(I always do my cooking with a bit of "whatever" attitude towards measuring and this has always turned out delicious.)

Thursday, 7 March 2013


Oh dear.  I thought I was ready for this...

I can bake bread with a recipe and usually many attempts.
I will say yes to camping a lot of the time regardless of how often I have been cooking. I don't get that one.
And I would happily live without furniture to go on a trip round Europe, but I have grown rather attached to the new dishwasher.
I can totally invite 13 people or more to dinner regardless of how many plates we have.  Been there, done that and had a great party. ( Admittedly rescued by take-aways, friends and family and resourceful hubby)
But the pet snake? No way Jose. Do I get points if I let the kids have pet snails one time even I am pretty scared of them?
Do you have the right kind of husband for it?
Can your husband bake his own bread?
Clean dog poo/sick/bogies/other nasties off of the kids or himself and not give you a detailed account of how he did it and what it was like?
Or visit the public toilets without giving a detailed description of the cleanliness factor upon his return?
Find something to talk about when the Wife insists that camping trips are no-techno zones?
Does he worry about the Bomb?
Let the neighbour's children and their dogs come along for the ride?
Will he say "yes" to a camping trip after 50 weeks of house renovations?
Will he say "yes" to a camping trip just because his wife is trying to procrastinate doing other jobs?
Let your son keep a pet tarantula in his bedroom?
Let the dog sleep on the Rock and Roll bed with you?  Oh and all the kids too?
Live another year without new gadgets/projects and make a trip to Scandinavia instead?
Let your wife give up her job and then home school the kids from the bus? With a smile?  And mean it?