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April 2019



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Well, that was unexpected! In a weird way, although a Tory/DUP government will be pretty dreadful in the short term, I do feel glad that they will end up getting the blame for Brexit, which they absolutely deserve. I feel like this is the most uncertain I've felt about politics for a while, but in a hopeful way for a change, which is nice. Emotionally, I was sort of braced for being deeply depressed about the result and so now I'm a bit sort of unsure what to do with myself, like having an unexpected holiday.

It won't last long, in any case, because now is report writing season, one of my least favourite parts about being a teacher. At least we're not getting moderated this year, which means I don't have to keep up rigorous marking in writing and everything else we've sort of let slide at this point, but still, it is a massive pain that I really wish I didn't have to do. I wonder what reports look like at my new school! I've been thinking that about lots of things lately :)

Had an experimental cooking week over half term trying to find more vegetarian recipes to add to our regular cycle of cooking but wasn't massively inspired by the things we tried, although the mushroom curry will probably make it with a bit of tweaking. I might sacrifice some of the health benefits by swapping brown rice for white - I know the former is better for you, but I'm more likely to make it and eat it with the latter, I think. Anyone got any veggie recipes they'd like to recommend? I don't really like squash or nuts, which rather restricts my choices in that area :)


Halloumi and spinach. You can also go Panir and spinach, but that needs plenty of spice as paneer (ponir, whatever) is a bland thing, really.
I also have a sneaking fondness for stuffing large peppers and mushrooms -- crumbly white cheese with softened onion and garlic and whatever other veg seem good for the pepper, a hard smokey cheese with the veg mix for the mushroom. You can also stuff mushrooms with mushrooms (mixed with all the other stuff) which is great.
Ribboned or finely sliced courgettes dressed with pine nuts or flaked almonds, olive oil, lemon juice and herbs and black pepper, lightly cooked with couscous) for no-cheese veggie.