Lemon Meringue Cake

I don’t often make big cakes, but I do try to make this a few times a year. I love the contrast of the soft sponge and the crunchy meringue and the filling is pretty yummy too. I also love that it’s not too tricky to make although getting the cake out of the tins without cracking the meringue it pretty much impossible, but that’s where the icing sugar comes in. It hides a multitude of sins! Plus I like the home-made look that you end up with. Cake Ingredients 3 unwaxed lemons 200g softened butter 200g caster sugar 3…

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The X-Factor Generation

I work in what was once (before they were scrapped and replaced with Academies and Free Schools) a Performing Arts College. Not actually a college, but a regular school that got a bit of extra money to focus on drama and stuff! As a Maths teacher, drama, dance and art are really not my bag (and if you’ve ever heard me sing you’d know why), and as we were a performing arts school there was always someone singing, or playing music somewhere on site. It can at times be sweet, almost endearing, and formed a big culture of the school.…

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When did I become so dependent on the internet?

Last week we had a mini tragedy in our house.  The internet was down! Not in a down for a couple of hours kind of way, this was a down until further notice.  It took a 90 minute phonecall on Thursday night to establish it would be fixed on Monday at the earliest.  Leaving us with at least 3 full days (and a weekend) with no Wi-Fi! But what about 3G you may ask?  We live in a small pocket of 3G randomness where it will appear in 10 minute intervals if you happen to be stood in the right…

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Mummy Autopilot Moments

Do you ever have moments when you’re driving somewhere, and your mind wanders, and before you know it you’re half way to work before realising it’s Saturday. Or you’ve read eight pages of your book and haven’t got a clue what’s just happened, you’ve just been turning the pages. Since becoming a mum I quite often find myself going through the motions without really thinking about what I’m doing.  My brain takes a rest and lets the autopilot take over. And this is what happens when my mummy autopilot light is switched on: I tell colleagues when I’m off for a wee wee (and yes, I do…

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I’m a Tough Mudder

It all started on a very warm night back in July. My weight had been steadily creeping up and I was feeling fairly miserable about it. I was chatting to my husband in the garden (over a gin or two) and telling him my summer plans to hit the gym, lose those extra pounds and get back into shape. “Why don’t you do Tough Mudder?” At first I thought he’d gone mad. My husband did it last year and he’s a lot fitter than I am. Trying to get to a point where I could run over 11 miles, whilst…

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