No adults were intoxicated in order to try this recipe

I saw my friend Sally today. The last time we met was Chinese New Year’s Eve, when we heard about her version of doner (aka death van) kebab. It is pure coincidence that I actually made my attempt at death van kebab tonight.

It tasted like a kebab.

Anne liked it.

Eliza ate one whole slice of it.

Neil, disliker of lamb, liked it.

I’m just so surprised that we all enjoyed something that tastes like junk food.

With a few amendments: I’m out of fresh garlic, so used dried, I had to prep the lamb mince on the weekend and freeze it, so it was defrosted today and baked in an 180°C oven for 80 minutes. I also found a recipe for garlic sauce somewhere (dried garlic, mayonnaise, Greek yoghurt, dried parsley) so I could have my kebab the way I like it.

Thoughts on recent political events

Since my furiously teething, clingy younger child won’t even countenance the idea of my going to the toilet without her in my arms, and summer holidays mean both offspring clamour for either constant attention or non-stop children’s television or strange toy opening videos on YouTube, getting any time to read or watch the news has been… challenging. So here is a brief digest of what I’ve been able to catch up on.

Personally, I blame Paw Patrol. Yelping for help has got me nowhere.

I didn’t get cross, she fake cried anyway

I am nursing Eliza back to sleep, it’s past bedtime, and Anne has come in. She had a nap in the afternoon so isn’t tired.

ANNE: Mummy, can I have one circle crispie (I had been having a snack before Eliza stirred and put a bag of crisps on the table)?

ME: (Whispering) No.

ANNE: Just one circle crispie, then I’ll say that’s enough?

ME: (Still whispering) No, it’s too late.

ANNE walks off quickly. I get ready to unlatch Eliza as I know I will soon hear—

ANNE: *crunch crunch crunch*

That’s my interpretation

Parents were the invited into school today to help the kids make an ugly bug costume for an ugly bug ball tomorrow. Anne wanted to be a ladybird. Her ladybird also required a mask — a strip of paper with eye holes poked out.

So her costume is a ladybird dressed as a ninja turtle.

What I think about when I get a moment alone

… in this instance, I was headed to the shop after dinner. It had been a really rainy day.

When snails go somewhere, then realise they’ve gone in the wrong direction and have to turn back, is that literally the worst thing that could happen to them?

(Apart from being stepped on.)