A Little About Us: Alex, Carl, Isla and Taran
My kids were supposed to go back to school today but a last-minute teachers’ strike over the school opening or not put an end to that plan. Currently the church schools are mostly closed while the state schools are all open. The government doesn’t have much say over the church schools but it has been fighting to keep the state schools open while the teachers’ union wants them to close. The schools here start at 07:45am and close around lunchtime as opposed to the 9am till 3pm which is the normal in England. This is to combat the Summer heat in Malta, which is not usually a problem in rainy old England! Anyway the message of a teachers’ strike was sent out just after 7am. There was a very confused queue of parents and students outside the gates this morning. Some of the kids had arrived on the public transport and were a bit abandoned outside the school gates. Luckily we live not very far away and had not left home yet. My daughter, who had bee looking forward to school and being with her friends was quite devastated and shed more than a few tears over it, she wanted to go back again. My son didn’t care and went to get his dinosaurs. Now they are home for two days or perhaps longer… But, with everything that has been piling up over the Christmas holidays, I couldn’t put things off any longer. I tried to get ‘things done’…
My smallest, Taran, wanted to go inside and then outside, then inside, then out again for the entire time I was doing the laundry. When I sat at the computer, he placed all his dinosaurs next to me, and we had to go through the names – some of them are rather tricky to pronounce. We are getting quite good at recognising them now. Isla came to climb on my lap as I tried desperately to use the computer. She wanted to show me what she wanted for her birthday – her birthday is in May! I told her to tell me nearer the time, we shall see if she remembers. Midway through the morning, I gave up. Luckily, Grandma and Grandad are still visiting Malta for now, and my two small ones have been deposited with their Grandma for the day instead.
So, after a bit of a non-start, I’ve been running around like crazy to catch up. With the family things all done, I can now sit down at the computer. My first assignment came back a few days ago from my Teach English as a Foreign Language Course. I received a distinction mark. Go, me! I was so shocked, I took a picture and sent it to my husband, Carl. Ever the dutiful husband he gave me a big congratulations and listened while I rambled for a while. Excitement or enthusiasm equals rambling from me. Now that I have set the standard, can I do it again?! I admit it’s occurred to me more than once, that with two little ones running around the house, the chances of me actually being able to teach anyone online, as I plan to do, are almost zero. I decided to be very adult about the situation and bury my head in the sand. With that problem set aside, for now, I will concentrate on first things first and pass the course!
A Little About The Recipe: Le Keto Brunch
This was initially entitled The Posh Brunch because smoked salmon just ain’t cheap. But, it’s so delicious it’s hard to resist! Just after payday, we can treat ourselves to this. I omit the cream cheese, but I would heartily recommend keeping it in if you can tolerate lactose. The combination of smoked salmon with avocado and cream cheese is incredibly tasty. The world’s connoisseur of scrambled eggs (i.e. my husband) has declared that the best-made scrambled eggs must be cooked according to specific rules.
These highly specific rules are:
- The heat should be at medium.
- The eggs should be continuously stirred.
- The pan should be removed from the heat when the eggs are just this side of underdone.
- The scrambled eggs should be served immediately.
- The scrambled eggs should be eaten immediately.
- Scrambled eggs should eating while hiding from one’s children so one does not have to share.
Me, I kind of push them about a bit while I do other things and nobody feels inclined to beg for mine. Admittedly, however, his scrambled eggs have a far superior taste than mine, so choose your method wisely. Add in all the health benefits and sweetness of tomatoes and I doubt there is a healthier or more delicious way to start the day, or end it, or even have it for lunch…
And Here It Is: Le Keto Brunch
Le Keto Brunch
- 1 medium avocado
- 50 g cherry tomatoes (1.5-2oz)
- 200 g smoked salmon (7oz)
- 100 g cream cheese (we use Philadelphia) (3.5oz)
- 4 medium eggs
- 2 tsp butter
Make the scrambled eggs
- In a medium frying pan melt the butter over a medium heat.
- Crack the eggs in a bowl, add the salt, and whisk with a fork.
- Add the eggs to the frying pan. Often, very often stir the eggs.
- When the eggs are mostly solid removed from the heat and divide equally between two plates.
- Slice the avocado, halve the tomatoes and divide between the plates.
- Give equal amounts of smoked salmon and cream cheese to each plate.
- Wrap a slice of avocado and some cream cheese inside the smoked salmon until the smoked salmon is gone. Eat the rest as it is.