Storytime: Little Miss Sunshine Cheers Everyone Up

sunshine-cheersYear: 1997
Author: Roger Hargreaves
Illustrator: Roger Hargreaves

It had been snowing for days and for weeks.

Snow covered everything.

The sky was grey, the wind was cold and the sun hadn’t been seen for a long time.

The roads were blocked so all the buses were late and everyone slipped and slid as they went about their business under the grey sky.

Little Miss Sunshine was the only person who was still cheerful.

‘What a beautiful morning!’ she said to Mr Stamp, the postman.

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Music Monday: 2016 roundup!

Since there’s no annual review this year on WP, I might as well share the artists I scrobbled most on Music has been the only consistently positive thing throughout a monumentally crappy year, after all.

1. Blind Guardian (967)

2. Anonymous 4 (966)

3. Nightwish (887)

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Foodie Friday: Clever Low-Carb Pizza

cauliflowerpizza(Serves 3)

650g cauliflower
1 egg, lightly beaten
40g finely grated Parmesan
1 tbsp thickening granules
227g can chopped tomatoes
1 garlic clove, crushed
100g ball light mozzarella, drained
A few basil leaves

1. Heat the oven to 230C, gas 9. Cut the cauliflower into florets and blitz in a processor until it looks like crumbs. Tip into a bowl, add a pinch of salt, the egg, Parmesan and thickening granules. Stir together until thoroughly combined.
2. Line a baking tray with baking parchment. Spread the cauliflower mixture onto the tray with a palette knife. Bake for 10 minutes until golden and firm.
3. Meanwhile, drain the tomatoes. Spread the drained tomatoes with 1 tbsp of the juice over the ‘pizza’ base. Sprinkle over the garlic.
4. Chop the mozzarella into small cubes. Scatter the cheese and basil over the base. Bake for 10 minutes until the cheese is melted. Cut into wedges to serve.

Music Monday: December roundup

Little surprise here. The Anonymous 4 library has a lot of tracks, and this year most of them bled into December, instead of NaNo-ing November. Adrian von Ziegler is a new arrival to my charts, who has got all it takes to become a long-term favourite. But TSO, as usual, swept the board, because you just can’t beat those tunes, even 20 years later.

The holidays are times with little music, as I get little quiet time, so I’m looking forward to school resuming and leaving me free to explore my cache of new music. Next Monday, we will take a look at the year’s charts, and then head off into 2017 ready for old and new favourites to take their place on the list.

1. Trans-Siberian Orchestra (571)
2. Anonymous 4 (434)
3. Adrian von Ziegler (391)

Foodie Friday: Fiery Mince & Noodles

fierymincenoodles(Serves 4)

2 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 bird’s eye chillies, deseeded and finely sliced
400g lean beef mince
200g rice vermicelli noodles
1 tsp sesame oil
100g halved Tenderstem broccoli
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
Small handful coriander leaves
Small handful peanuts

1. Heat the olive oil in a wok or frying pan and fry the onion, garlic and chillies until softened. Add the mince and cook for 10 minutes to brown.
2. Put the noodles in a bowl, pour over boiling water and cover tightly with clingfilm for 5-8 minutes, until softened.
3. Drizzle the sesame oil over the broccoli. Add to the mince with the fish sauce, soy sauce and sugar. Cook for 3 minutes.
4. Drain the noodles, divide between 4 plates and top with the mince. Finish by scattering over the coriander leaves and peanuts.

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