I have to make a private confession. I hate to just work out, I really do. It’s just so boring! I start with all good intentions and then within a few days, I find really great excuses not to do it. So I find other ways to keep a bit more healthy. I wanted to work a bit on the abdominal area, which, after two kids needs some upkeep – ladies with kids, you know how it is. So, I laid claim to my husband’s playstation4 (he is currently saving up for the playstation5 so he is a little less territorial about his toy) and bought the latest Let’s Dance so I could jump about in my living room with the curtains closed. I have fun, nobody knows (until now) and I feel like I am doing my bit to keep fit – Go, me!
My kids saw this and decided to join in. Let’s Dance has a bit specifically for the kids and it’s a bit easier for the rhythmically challenged like me so we now have family work out time. My husband does his “breathe in, breathe out” in another room or heads off outside for a run depending on the day while the kids and I prance about in the living room (I think the kids and I have way more fun!).
One of the dances is called Coco Loco from the movie Coco and the main character is made up like a skeleton for the Mexican holiday of “Day of the Dead”. This led to an Isla question of “Why, mummy?”.
We try to encourage our kids, not to ignore differences between peoples and cultures, but to delight in them and take an interest, while also being accepting of them too. I am not sure how well we are doing; we will find out when they are older. Anyway, this often leads me to try explaining things I really know nothing about. I am pretty sure many parents feel the same way.
The resulting conversation with my four year old went like this.
I said. “It’s because in certain countries around the world people who have died come back to visit for a few days and because the living people have missed them they want to make them feel welcome so they try to look the same.”
Isla said. “Do animals visit too?”
Me. “Erm… Of course!”
How good of an explanation this is I am not sure. If someone else can instruct me a little better please feel free to do so. My daughter, however, was quite happy with the explanation and even happier animals got to come back from the dead to visit as well.
I thought this particular day might be a good time to try guacamole – from Mexico where the animals come back to play! But no…
Isla. “It’s green!”
Me. “It has other colours.”
Isla. “But green is yucky!”
And that was that.
My husband and I, however, very much enjoyed this highly versatile Mexican inspired recipe which happens to be green. It’s light enough for a starter or side dish but can also be used for breakfast and lunch.
Paleo Guacamole on Boiled Eggs
- 4 x eggs
- 1 x avocado , peeled and de-stoned
- 1 x tomato , very finely chopped
- 1 x spring onion , very finely chopped
- 1 x garlic clove , crushed
- 1/2 tsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp lime juice
- pinch of sweet paprika
- pinch of salt
Boiling the eggs
- Place all 4 eggs in a saucepan of cold water. The water should cover the eggs.
- Place the pan on the hob and turn the hob up high.
- Bring the water to a boil.
- When it starts to boil, set a timer for 7 mins.
- When the 7 mins are up immediately run the eggs under cold water until they feel cool.
- De-shell the eggs.
- Slice the eggs, divide in half and arrange the slices on two plates.
- Sprinkle each portion with the pinch of salt
Making the guacamole
- Using a fork or a food processor make the avocado smooth.
- Mix in all of the remaining ingredients except for the sweet paprika.
- Spoon the guacamole over the boiled egg slices.
- Sprinkle the sweet paprika over each guacamole and eggs portion.
- Serve chilled.