Wrapping it up for 2017…..

So I thought I’d wrap up my last blog for the year with a bit of Xmas love and humour.  A few of my cheeky survival tips over the year and a recipe to spread the Christmas feel-good vibe.

This year has been an incredible year, probably one of my most challenging but so much good has come out of all that stress as well.  You can’t have the highs without the lows, right?  During all that malarky I’ve ticked a couple of major bucket list numbers!           Finally (after years of talking about it)  I launched my very own blog – Curious Kale and here we are!  Thanks so much for being loyal followers and possibly laughing at my bad grammar!  I’m a work in progress! I am now also selling a product – reusable beeswax wraps that I hand make in our classy 80s kitchen, which makes me feel pretty darn good.  It’s doing something fab for this beautiful place we live in by reducing plastic consumption.   Zero waste this season lets try and rock it people!

My office is in a complete state of disarray but I am hoping to get on top of that in the next month to start afresh into the new year.  Hopefully, that will help with the mental clutter by removing the physical clutter.  Perhaps it is a timely reminder that we should all have a wee spring clean.  Ask yourself this… do we really need all this stuff?  and secondly, do we really need all this stuff?? There are some people out there that are really struggling this time of year.  It’s an absolute joy to pay it forward and help others when you can, and that doesn’t always mean reaching into your pocket.  It can be the simplest of things a gesture, compliment or even just a smile can make someone else’s day.  Look in your own home for old toys, a cupboard overloaded with bedding.  Those items in the kitchen you promise you will use one day but have you haven’t managed to use in the last year.

I am gifting you my personal parental playlist (which can also apply to anyone really used in your own context), so whether you use Spotify or any other music platform add these for those key moments below…

Parental playlist top 5 most played by Curious Kale 2017

Coming in at no1 – if you haven’t heard this song I suggest you put it on your favourites now.

  1. Not giving in – feat Rudimental, Alex Clare, John Newman
    When your day feels like an endurance race and you are just trying to get dinner on the table to feed the little people before bed!  You got this!  Crank this number up!!
  2. What did I do? What did I do wrong? – Kele and Lucy Taylor                                Seriously kids & universe what did I do wrong?? A good one to play to your kids and the ignore them while cooking dinner HA HA!
  3. Animal I have become – Three Days Grace (Hulk smash from the movie!)
    Great to rage out to and the kids can join in!  There is nothing more satisfying than jumping into the air and landing on the ground pretending you are punching the ground like the Hulk! BOOM!  Channel that energy.
  4. Keep on pushing!! – Black Seeds (Fab kiwi band) yes you can!
    This is one of my anthems for those tough days.   Crank it up nice and loud then proceed to sing at the top of your lungs – Keep on pushing!
  5. Apologise- Timberland, One Republic.
    When your kids destroy the lounge and know they’ve just pushed every single button on your body.  Turn this number on and wave your pointed finger at them….. it’s too late to Apologise, too late………. that it is!!!

Lastly, I’m not going to finish with some elaborate Xmas dish as you will have had your fair share of those already.  Instead, I’m going to give you a secret weapon – a super easy Mac n Cheese deconstructed Curious Kale edition you can knock up any old time during the holidays without spending hours slaving in the kitchen yay!

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Mac n Cheese or Penne n cheese Curious Kale edition
Ready in: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

  • Lemon juice 1/2 medium-size lemon
  • 3 cups macaroni or penne pasta (I used penne in the photos)
  • 1 clove garlic (finely diced)
  • 1 small onion
  • Creme fraiche 200g or 200 ml or cream                   
  • Steamed broccoli 1/2 head
  • 2 Corgettes – sliced into thin strips (julienne cut)
  • 1 cup parmesan grated or normal cheese works fine – kids are none the wiser
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme or parsley
  • Sun-dried tomato/fresh (on top – optional)
  • Salt and pepper – season to taste

Cook pasta in salted boiling water with 1 TBSP olive oil to prevent pasta sticking.          Cook for 10-12 minutes, check after 10mintues to see if the pasta is firm to the bite (al dente) put into a colander to drain off liquid.  

Steam your broccoli for 5 minutes. Remove from heat when cooked and drain.

Heat pan, saute onion for 2-3 minutes, add garlic and courgette then cook for a further 2 minutes. Add creme fraiche once heated, add vegetables and stir through.  Then add lemon juice, thyme and season – stir through. 

To serve, add grated parmesan or cheese on top to melt through.

Bon Appetit!

and a very Merry Christmas to you all,

Rachael xo

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