Last Wednesday my son cycled to school for the first time; Ben is now 12 and a half, and in his second year at senior school. His school is about 2 miles away. He cycled with another boy from the village, which provided some comfort, but other than that, I found it extremely nerve racking!!!
He had explicit instructions to text me once he’d got to school and off they went, backpacks on, only Ben wearing a helmet (!) and blazers flapping. Bob and I left the house for our walk at the same time and watched them go off down the road, my heart pounding away….and of course, he forgot to text me! In fact he forgot to text me until 3pm when he texted to say ‘sorry forgot to text you, on way home now’!!!! So my heart pounded all day, only alleviated by the fact that no phone call came from the school to ask where he was, or by an ambulance man!!!
So, what do I do when I’m trying to pass the time without thinking too much? Or when I’m happy, or sad, or any time at all really?? Yes, I cook. And last week I ended making a whole plethora of different dips, mostly new creations, as well as last weeks goodness bars, and all,of the dips were a great success. All of them included various roasted vegetables and spice mixes and made me realise just how many vegetables my husband eats nowadays, between my dips and my various roasted vegetables, even Ben is getting better at dipping his fork into new offerings :)
This on is a mix of roasted aubergine, courgette and red pepper, all roasted with cumin, smoked paprika and chilli, and whizzed into a dip with garlic, tahini and lemon juice..
This one is sweet potato homous with my creole spice mix..
This one is sweet potato homous with cumin and paprika..
This one is balsamic roasted beetroot with tahini, lemon juice and garlic..
This one of balsamic roasted shallots homous..
And this one is roasted shallot, aubergine, lemon juice, garlic and tahini dip..
I also made up some plain homous and some of my roasted carrot and garlic dip, plus a couple of others I’m not ready tonsure yet, so all in all a diptastic week!
And pretty much shows, that anything can become a dip!
These have all been enjoyed with various salads and lunches for me, and alongside dinners of marinaded chicken kebabs and vegetables for my boys. This is how we eat, with lots of pots on the table at every meal, and lots of flavours to enjoy. It’s a mezze every days this house :)
So, Ben continues to cycle, and of course, he’s been okay. In fact, more than okay, absolutely full of himself really!! It is lovely to see, just very strange not to have my day punctuated by journeys to and from school. No doubt, it is only the beginning….;)
Have a good week xx