Middle Eastern Mash-Up

Hello and welcome to Part 2 of Single Mum Cooks. Yes folks, it’s another RECIPE, straight from the mouth of me.  You can all breathe easy.  I have not written another lengthy political rant, nor is the title some sort of attempt at doing one of those dance tracks where they ruin two great songs…

My Favourite Bloggers

I try not to spend too much time blogging about blogging. I find it all a bit weird and meta, and of no interest to anyone except other bloggers.  And anyway, if truth be told, other people write those posts far better than I do. I will not be telling you how to monetise your…

Five Things I Swore I Would Never Do When I Had a Child

There were many things I swore I would never do before I had a baby. Most of them were things that other people did that unintentionally annoyed me, as someone who was desperate for a baby, and as a member of the public frequently forced to take public transport.  Others were merely naive reflections of…

We Must Not Let The Media Tell Us What to Think

The other day, I read an article which made me sad.   You can read the original, about how Kelvin MacKenzie, a former editor of the Sun newspaper, saw fit to publicly (in the Sun) criticise Channel 4 news simply for having a presenter who happened to be Muslim-and by virtue of her wearing a…

Motherhood and Creativity

I never really thought of myself as creative. I was a bookish child, the sort who memorised the books my mother read me and “read them aloud” to myself at the age of two.  I excelled in English and the Humanities.  I once wrote a poem that was so good my teacher thought I had…

Breakfast and Brunch Recipe: Huevos Rancheros

Yes, I’ve gone and done it.  I’ve added a RECIPE. Just call me Deliciously Ella.  A little morsel of deliciousness from me to you.  You’re welcome. Mock ye not, for here is my recipe.  It is…. it is…..a version of huevos rancheros, a not very original Single Mum Speaks Mexican-style brunch special.  Well, presumably.  I’ve…

Caravan Holidays: Bucolic Idyll or Hell on Earth?

During my childhood and teenage years, I went on more than my fair share of caravan holidays. There was a time in the mid-90s when I probably could have named every Haven holiday park in the country.  And believe me there were a lot of them.

Life: Viewed Through a Phone?

A while back I found myself discussing my morning commute to work with a friend of my mother’s. “Ah, you must have seen the whale!” she said. Whale?  I’m pretty sure there were no whales on the track.  I had images of great hulking plastic whales sticking out of the roofs of houses in the trendier…