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Puff pastry!

Robin has learnt how to make puff pastry. It involves two packets of butter for an amount that makes this: and this: and a pie, and some cheesy puffs, and some cream slices (not shown). Not all at once – it freezes! Apparently it’s really easy to make. I wouldn’t …

Cinnamon biscuits

In an attempt to expand our repertoire of dairy-free cakey things (which also includes carrot cake, banana cake and, erm, that’s it) Robin found a recipe for cinnamon biscuits in The Silver Spoon and persuaded me to try it. The ingredients: plain flour, sugar, lemon rind, and cinnamon to sprinkle …

Back on cheese

After nearly six months of dairy-free torture, Robin has begun eating small amounts of cheese and butter again. He started with a spaghetti carbonara with parmesan and pecorino about a week ago, with fresh home-made spaghetti rolled out on the pasta mangle which hasn’t been touched in all this time. …

More house

Our oven has died. The grill still works, but the actual oven settings just don’t get hot. This, coupled with a dying fridge that just isn’t big enough for a household of three (the shelf on the door has broken off twice thanks to the big bottles of milk we’ve …

My not-yet-two daughter is more organised than I am. She frequently reminds me to do routine things that I might otherwise forget. ‘Eyes,’ she tells me as I get dressed, reminding me to put my contact lenses in. ‘Ointment, toe!’ she says while she’s having a bath in the evening …