In My Good Books: ‘Birdsong’ by Sebastian Faulks

Heart-warming and heart-breaking, Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong combines epic romance with harrowing warfare. Written in 1993, Faulks brings the horrors of the First World War to the modern reader in this vivid novel. Birdsong follows the life of Stephen Wraysford as he begins as an apprentice in Amiens, France. Stephen lives with his employer Rene and…

Unimumma’s Week 4 Recipes: Ham and Beetroot Salad Lunchbox

Makes 1-2 servings (but can be easily double although you may want to make fresh that morning or night before so ingredients don’t go soggy in the fridge) Ingredients 1 raw beetroot 1 tsp wholegrain mustard Ham trimmings (do not be put off by buying ham trimmings, they are significantly cheaper, and are lot more…

Unimumma’s Weekly Meal Plan: Week 4

This week heavily features a great root vegetable which is commonly underappreciated and feared: the beetroot! I know many people don’t like beetroot, but I have discovered new ways to make it delicious. It is a great source of calcium, iron, vitamins A and C, manganese, potassium, and folic acid! So give these recipes a…

In My Good Books: ‘Nutshell’ by Ian McEwan

Acclaimed as the modern Hamlet, Ian McEwan reaches Shakespearean levels of genius in his recent novel, Nutshell. The first McEwan novel I read was Atonement, a timeless war-time romance that entranced me. Yet, McEwan has proved that he is unlimited in his ability to master every genre of literature. It is therefore unsurprising that The…

Unimumma’s Week 3 Recipes: Prawn Curry and Cauli Rice

(Serves 2) Ingredients 1x Pepper 1x Onion 200g Frozen Prawns 200g Tinned Tomatoes 2 Tbsp Low Fat Crème fraîche 4 Tsp Curry Powder 2 Tsp Lazy Garlic ¼ Caulifower 3 Tsp Olive oil Method Fry off the peppers and onion in 2 tsp of olive oil, once softened add in the garlic and curry powder…

Unimumma’s Week 3 Recipes: Salmon Stir Fry

(1 Serving) Ingredients 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce 2 Tsp Lazy Garlic 2 Tsp Lazy Chili 2 Tsp Ginger Paste 1 Frozen Spinach cluster Handful of broccoli ½ Yellow Pepper ½ Onion ½ Lime Juice Method In a sandwich bag add in half the soy sauce, half the garlic, chili and ginger, and the salmon fillet….

Unimumma’s Week 3 Recipes: Turkey Kofta with Slaw

Makes 2 servings of Koftas, but the slaw will last the week! Ingredients Kofta: 200g Turkey Mince 2 tsp Lazy Garlic 2 tsp Lazy Chili 2 tsp Cumin 2 tsp Smoked paprika 2 tsp Sregano Slaw: 2 Carrots 1 Green Apple 1 Red onion ½ White Cabbage 1 Beetroot Sprinkling of sunflower seeds 2 tbsp…

Unimumma’s Weekly Meal Plan: Week 3

As spring gets closer, some us are already starting to panic about that ideal ‘summer bod’. To help you on your way, here are some low carb meals that are packed full of flavour and made with plenty of veg to make you feel satisfied and full! Three Main Recipes: Turkey Koftas and Healthy Slaw…

Sir John Everett Millais’ ‘Ophelia’ – A Profile

Sir John Everett Millais painted ‘Ophelia’ when he was only 22. It is one of Tate Britain’s most loved paintings (boasting the impressive feat of being its most popular postcard) and possibly the most famous Shakespeare painting of all time. Painted between 1851-2, it’s an early Pre-Raphaelite work and shows the aftermath of Ophelia’s suicide…

Unimumma’s Week 2 Recipes: Sausage Meatball Spaghetti

Sausage Meatball Spaghetti Serves 4 Ingredients: 6 Sausages (it may vary according to type, the cheapest will still be delicious!) 4 tsp Lazy Garlic 4 tsp Lazy Chilli 4 tsp Oregano 4 tsp Dried Basil 1 Tin of chopped tomatoes 1 White onion 1 Red Pepper 5 Frozen spinach clumps Squeeze of tomato puree 1…