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Friday 13th July: Greek Lamb with Orzo

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Dear Sarah,

It’s Friday. It’s miserable outside. It will remain so for the whole day, so don’t get your hopes up. You will spend the morning cooped up inside with all three kids. They will be in demanding mood.

You will make a giant dinosaur in an attempt to stop them fighting. Do not draw a bump on top of the dinosaur’s head. The Big One will get in a tizzy about it. It will take you ten minutes to coerce him into rejoining the group.

You will make some amazing brownies together. Peanut Butter and Chocolate. Please don’t pretend that they are not just for you really. The kids would have preferred to have made animal biscuits and decorated them with sweeties. And you know it. Don’t lie about there being no butter. You always have butter.

That moment when you think it’d probably do no harm to self-test the Fusspot’s suspected nut allergy, don’t. Don’t let him lick a bit of the mixture off the spoon. Don’t do this Sarah because soon he will start complaining that his tongue hurts. He will start to pull at it. Then his left eye will start to swell up a bit.

In your panic to get the Piriton from upstairs, you will stub your toe on the stair gate. It will hurt, and you will cry a bit. Don’t worry. The Piriton works. But you will spend the rest of the morning anxiously watching his every move, checking his breathing and so on. At the same time, the Big One will be kicking off about his inability to draw a lifelike dinosaur at the first attempt. You will want to shriek “You’re four for goodness sake. What do you expect? And anyway shush cos I think I’ve killed your brother”. But you don’t. Well done.

The Baby will fill her nappy at this point. Don’t think it’ll be ok to do it on the floor so that you can continue to supervise the Fusspot. It won’t be. Take her upstairs to her changemat. She needs a shower.

You will almost lose the plot at 4pm. You’re all dressed up in Wellies to go to the shop and splash in some puddles. They will all be kicking off. Stay cool. Go out. It does you all good.

When you get home you will eat a delicious lamb & pasta dish. He will come home and you will have a beer. You will feel better.

One final thing. Try and orchestrate it so that it’s your lie in on Sunday morning. The Baby will be up at 4.30am. Remember that you are not a morning person.

How do I know all this? Because I am you two days in the future. Ooh, and it’s sunny today. Yay.

Love Sarah x

I seem to be eating lots of lamb at the moment don’t I? Please try this dish. It’s from Good Food mag and it’s amazing. Easy, cheap and all done in one pot. Many boxes ticked!

Chop two onions and place in a casserole dish with 700g diced lamb. Add 1tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and two cinnamon sticks snapped in half. Coat with 2tbsp Olive Oil and bake, uncovered for 45mins (180deg).

Add a tin of tomatoes and 1.2L chicken stock. Cover and cook for one hour. Fish out the cinnamon stick and add in 400g of Orzo, which is a gorgeous rice-shaped pasta. Cook for 20 mins, season to taste and then serve with grated Parmesan. Yum yum yum. 10/10.







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