The magic of books

I grew up reading Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island and  Anne of Green gables ; just to mention a few as the list is too long.
I was also a major bookworm.who loved nothing better to escape into the pages of a good book and i must admit as I got older I was an extreme sucker for a good romance.  Not Mills and Boon style romance but the kind where there wasn’t always a happy ending or page after page of naked revelations. The Characters were complicated yet intriguing and the possibilities were endless.

In my early years I could be found in the back corner of the school library hiding out with my book of choice.
It was my way of escaping unhappy home situations. The library was also my main way of accessing books.
Books held an amazing world under each cover. Fiction and  Non fiction books were consumed at a rapid rate. The only time I must admit over the years that I did not want to see a book again for a while was after completing My University degree,  but this was text books.

Mr T & T is an avid reader and comes from a family who love to read.  The main literature in my house when growing up was readers digest and My Mum had a big collection of mills and Boon books. I have also met friends over the years who grew up being exposed to a great selection books but do not enjoy reading.

Many hours of reading to our kids,  always a variety of books around and encouragement may or may not have contributed to the fact that Most of our kids enjoy reading now and Miss Moo is well and truly a lover of books.

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So how can we encourage our kids to read for enjoyment?

  • Join the local library and start when your children are young.  The library is a great place to access free books and expose kids to a wider variety.  Most libraries run storytime sessions and sessions ( for babies). Some information:
  • Western Australia  Better beginnings
  •  Libraries of SA
  • NSW Libraries
  •  ACT Libraries
  • Tasmanian public Library services
  • Cairns Libraries
  •  Melbourne Library services
  • Read to your child often and from a young age.  It is never too early to start
  • When searching for books consider your child’s interests ( it’s ok if they want to read age and content appreciate magazines,  this is still reading.
  • Take an interest in what your child is currently reading and take the time to talk about the book.  When they are younger ask questions such as Can you find… ? ,  What colour is… ?  Can you count how many…?.
  • Give books and magazine subscriptions for presents to older children.

One of our family favourites is the book – A fortunate life.  So when our gorgeous Miss Moo arrived the decision to name her was not a challenge.  ‘Myra’ was the name of Albert Facey’s (the main character) sister and our name of choice .

Spanish Food

Thanks for coming to bring and share night with our family.

Our family enjoyed challenging our cooking skills and putting our chefs hats on to produce our Spanish inspired dishes this week.image

 

There were lots of Masterchef inspired comments and even though we tried our best Mr Wings didn’t do his Iron Chef inspired pose this week ( there is always next week) .  I have provided the links to the recipes online in the dish tittle,  just click on it and it will lead you to the site. I also need to let you know that this is not a sponsored post.
Included in the dishes review below is,  what the cook said,  review of dish ( no one had to be encouraged to play nicely for this part)  and the winner  ( three chefs hats).

Smashed chickpeas with spinach

What the cook said
This recipe was easy to follow and make. Nothing was changed in the ingredients and method when making this dish.
Review – Miss Teen
I’d definitely eat this again! Healthy, looks nice and tasted good too. Whilst i didn’t mind the plain taste some might find it too bland, some citrus flavoring in this dish would go a long way 7/10

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Beef empanadas

What the cook said
I left out the mushroom in this dish because some people don’t like it.
If I made this again I would make some with mushrooms and some without.

Review – Mr Wings
Phew, I am so glad there were no mushrooms in this.  The pastry could have been a bit more crunchy and I would have cut the onions more finely. The chicken was cooked to perfection. 

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Spanish prawn and chorizo rice

What the cook said
I really love one pan dishes.
This recipe was fun to make and the only thing I would change is to add more chorizo next time.
Review – B1
It was delicious.  The prawns and chorizo tasted awesome together. Lemon slices as an option were great to. More chorizo would have been good.  Overall an awesome dish.

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Summer pisto frittata

What the cook said
OOPS,  I left the asparagus out,  how sad. This dish wasn’t to hard to make.
Review – Myself
Something was missing from this dish for me.  Mmm I wonder what that was?? Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it and it looked great.  Just like Jamie Olivers (impressive),  but it needed another ingredient to replace the asparagus.
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Three chef hats 

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This weeks winning dish and nomination for make again recipe goes to………………………………………………………..
The Spanish Prawns and chorizo rice

Luckily in the T + T house no one is voted off the island and next week we get to inspire you all to have a go at trying some different recipes and food.
Our own Master chef wannabe (Mr T + T)  is home for next weeks bring and share .
I really do encourage you to share a meal around your table with your family and friends and get everyone involved.

The current prize for winning is to choose next week’s theme and because I am the winner, I have chosen Turkish food. My inspiration being that My sister in laws family are Turkish.

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Enjoy the Moments
Around Your Table

 

Jules 💜