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Lentil Stew (Vegan)

I am determined to add to my admittedly limited repertoire of things I can cook- thus witness…. Lentil Stew.

 This was…

1 chopped red onion

6 cloves of garlic (crushed)

2 carrots (chopped)

2 stalks of celery (chopped)

6 small salad potatoes (chopped)

240g of puy lentils

1 tin of mixed beans

1 tablespoon of dried thyme

1 teaspoon of ground tumeric

1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

1 bay leaf

1 large glass of white wine

1 litre (just under) of vegetable stock

Basically I mixed everything together in a large soup pot with a little bit of olive oil (minus the lentils, beans, wine and stock). Once the onions had become translucent I added the lentils and stirred them about  for a bit before finally adding the wine, stock and beans.

I cooked it for about an hour and a half or so and served it with sun-dried tomato bread.

I think I over did it on the cayenne pepper, because this was very spicy, but it was scrummy none the less! This is  something I will be cooking again in the future, I was very pleased with how it turned out. Best part? It made loads extra so now I have enough for three meals saved up in my freezer!

What about you my friends? Do you have a favourite stew recipe?

Lindy xxx

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Saturday Steals Vol 29

I know you’ll be shocked to hear this but I have been buying books again. I picked these two beauties up for for £1 (combined) at a charity shop in town on Friday.

I’ve already read the Nick Hornby one (which was good, review to follow) but the thing I was most impressed with was that these books are both brand new! They had not been opened, the spines are perfect! Someone, somewhere, was given a fine present that they just did not appreciate enough!

The other cool thing about these books was that I was actually having a conversation with my Dad the day before about the Auel one because he had read it and thought I might like it. A win on so many levels!

Now my only problem is finding space on my bookshelves to put them…!

Happy weekend my friends,

Lindy xxxx


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Life on the PGCE is still incredibly crazy. The good kind of crazy where it is really fulfilling and enjoyable. But still. Crazy.  So here are some of my favourite pictures from the last few weeks….

Taken from out of the car on the way to Ikea I think…

I’m seeing sunrise everyday at the moment…

Sometimes being a grown up all the time is just no fun…

Taken out of the train window on the way to University…

There is an amazing quality to this light which I have only seen at ridiculous hours in the morning…

I hope everyone is having equally amazing weeks, I leave you with a quote I found on the net this week which bares no relevance to the previous part of this post but which has stayed with me since I read it.

‘I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own’

Audre Lorde

Lindy xxx

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Saturday Steals Vol 28

This is possibly getting to the point where all that you guys are going to think that I buy is books! But I promise, I support other sectors of the failing world economy as well… by like buying food and stuff!

I picked these up for 30p each at my libraries books sale. One of the great aspects of teaching is the guilt free reason to buy children’s books again. Because blatantly I *need* these for my course.

FYI if your looking for a thoughtful and interesting children’s author look no further than Michael Morpurgo, I am yet to find one of his books that I haven’t loved!

Have a fab weekend my friends

Lindy xxxx

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Symphony of Science

One of my lectures played this in our first science lecture which was dealing which how to engage children with science. I think I’ve become a little obsessed…

‘…there is real poetry in the real word, science is the poetry of reality…’ Richard Dawkins

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‘It does no harm to the romance of the sunset to know a little about it.’

Carl Sagen


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