I gave up a well-paid job with awful hours a while ago. Since then, I have been practising my writing a lot and scouting the internet for an alternative source of income. My previous job, which I stepped back in to and did actually like, now bores me to death and I am desperate for something more – something I can work hard at and sink my teeth in to! Boredom at work is not an option – hopefully! I just need it to allow me a personal life at the same time and let me spend time with my kids.
After much searching, I found TEFL, which stands for teaching English as a second language. I did a lot of research and discovered that, like a lot of jobs since coronavirus changed the world, it is now fast-growing as an online job. More research later, and I thought it sounded interesting and worthwhile, and I already had most of the necessary requirements. If I went online, I could do it around my family’s needs. There was also substantial variations of teaching for lots of options. Another huge plus is that it can lead to other things, not teaching-related. This is great in case I discover I have taken a disastrously wrong turn. If there is one thing in my life that I have always regretted it was the degree I took; it was so specific I could do nothing else with it.
I have embarked on the course forthwith and am working my little socks off. After a super start I am I came to a screeching halt at the English grammar section grammar, tenses, present simple, past participles etc. This is something I never did at school and, quite frankly, I find it highly confusing. However, I refuse to be beaten by my own language and shall continue to persevere! We shall see how I do. Failure is not an option.
Around all this work redirection, life continues. My kids are still attending school and settling in really well. My son keeps getting sent home far too often with little toilet ‘accidents’; but, at least he is there far often than not, and is benefitting from interaction with other kids. Every day I dread another lock-down, but so far we are escaping it. Currently, the government has declared we all must wear masks all the time when outside. There are exemptions for those under three, anyone with a respiratory disorder, and… erm… anyone smoking a cigarette… Yep, thought I should throw that one out there, as it’s got the majority a bit gobsmacked as well – obviously, there are far too many politicians who smoke! On a personal level, the problem for us is trying to get the kids, especially Taran, my littlest, to keep their masks on while playing in the local park. It is nigh-on impossible, and so we just haven’t been out much: maybe this was the idea behind making everyone wear masks outside? Although there are other far more exciting theories around.
At home, dinner still needs cooking. Isn’t lamb one of the tastiest meats? I think so (and so does my mum). Here it is, grilled with the usual rosemary, but then, instead of thyme, there’s a bit of allspice for warmth.
Grilled Lamb Chops with Allspice and Rosemary
- 4 large lamb chops, bone in (approx 145g each)
- 60 ml olive oil (1/4 cup)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
- Mix the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt, allspice, black pepper and rosemary together. Add in the lamb chops and leave in the fridge to marinate. Marinate for at least 5 hours. (I find it best to mix in the morning and leave till dinner.)
- Preheat the grill to medium high.
- Place the lamb chops onto some aluminium foil on a tray.
- Grill 5 mins on one side. Flip over and grill 5 mins on the other side.