As Autumn leaves began to fall in abundance in Edinburgh, I was keen to try lamb and date tagine from my ‘Contented Calf’ cookbook. Unfortunately, I wasn’t specific enough on the shopping list and Mike brought home a whole lamb leg instead of lamb leg steak! However, I figured that I could still create a lactogenic friendly meal by using similar seasoning. So I decided to mix up a marinade of fresh coriander, cumin, cinnamon, chilli flakes, turmeric, fresh ginger and crushed garlic before adding in a good slug of olive oil. I covered the meat in the mixture, leaving… View Post

Since 2004, the phenomenon that is ‘parkrun’ has been spreading across the country: volunteer-led, free-for-all 5K runs, every week, on a Saturday morning. Edinburgh of course, is no exception. In fact there are now two Edinburgh parkruns – the original at Cramond and a newer one in Portobello. Beyond the fact that is free the parkrun website explains a little more about what makes it so good:

As a busy Mum I very much like the idea of having a functional wardrobe. It needs to be comfortable to wear, withstand a fair degree of baby/toddler goo and be practical enough for me to have a shot on Ben’s skateboard! It’s no surprise to me that the ‘Mum uniform’ is often considered to be a Breton top, skinny jeans and a pair of Converse, perhaps with a scarf thrown in to mix things up. In Edinburgh over the summer I would say that Converse are replaced with Toms, but the pattern generally remains. I have several variations of… View Post

It makes sense for my first post to be something of my ordinary life. With three children to entertain over a weekend an obvious choice for a quick afternoon activity was Blackness castle, a Historic Scotland property. A particular favourite of ours given it was originally built by the Crichtons (our surname!). It’s only about 20 minutes or so from our house which is obviously good in terms of travelling time as no one likes long car journeys – especially not with a crying baby Thomas! But as the road follows the coastline there’s also lots to look at on… View Post