I think I am becoming more old-fashioned as I get older. That does not mean of course that I will ever lose the love of cursing. I was running slightly ahead of schedule this afternoon with Archie and Rissie. We have a bit of an anal routine but whilst it works I am not letting go of it. 5pm all activities cease and one of them has to be in the shower. By that time, homework is done, home readers are done and dogs are fed. Dinner is at whatever stage it needs to be for them to be sitting down by 5.15pm. However, today it was just after 5 and Archie had already showered, Rissie was showering and dinner was cooked. I never watch the news, but I had heard online that there was going to be another party spill and leadership challenge and I was curious so I flicked on the box to see if I could catch the headlines.
We had missed the headlines and instead saw an interview with a poor old dear whose home had been broken into by a thug and she had been knocked around quite badly. She had some shocking bruises on her. Archie immediately went pale and said “Oh my god”. I turned the television off, no longer caring about the leadership spill so I could reassure a little boy that we had enough locks on our doors and windows, that the house was safe, that the little old lady was going to be fine, that the thug didn’t live anywhere near us. He was also very worried about Kevin and Rosie and wanted to know who would look after them if a knife wielding mad man tried to break in. I told him that no knife wielding mad man was going to break in and that actually Kevin and Rosie were out there meant to be protecting us. He shook his head, looked ever more worried and said,”They can’t protect us, I need to protect them”. By this stage Rissie was out of the shower upset that she had missed out on seeing something on the television. I cursed myself for even turning it on. And by then, instead of being ahead of schedule I was rapidly falling behind. It was all turning to shite because I had turned on the television.
I think technology is amazing. I love the fact that the kids use computers and iPads in school. That they feel comfortable using my laptop to do an assignment or google something they need to know. I love the fact that they love spending time on devices at their Nanny’s or their Dad’s. But I currently want as little technology in my home as possible. School and learning is fine -if at some stage for homework I am told that it is normal for kids to have a laptop I will get them one and they can use it for their schoolwork. But if they want a mobile they can wait until they are old enough to pay for it themselves. I love technology and think it plays an increasingly important part in all of our lives. But there are other things that I truly love and I don’t want my kids to grow up too fast or to become so desensitized to an overload of information that they don’t even register someone’s bruises. I love the fact that Rissie is trying to sneak into the toilet more and more frequently so she can read her book. I love the fact they rush through their homework so they can be outside on their bikes until I call them in. I love the fact they can spend hours with their lego or that they get up early and go feed the chooks. So I don’t know if that is me being old-fashioned or not, but whilst I can, I am putting off the advance of technology in our lives. I guess I hope by the time I can not put it off any longer, they will have learnt about other things that are valuable too.
Anyway, I ramble. I was lucky I had made pumpkin soup this afternoon so when my routine went out the window, dinner was already prepared. The kids were still in bed by 6pm which means that I can relax and not turn into a nutter. This Pumpkin Soup is so easy and tasty. This quantity made enough for the three of us and another serve went into the freezer. If I am making for myself I add some chilli flakes.
Easy Pumpkin Soup
3 Spanish Onions – peeled and roughly chopped
Knuckle of Ginger – peeled and roughly chopped
Vegetable Stock Powder – 2 tablespoons
2 x Butternut Pumpkin – peeled, deseeded and roughly diced
1. Sautee the onions and ginger in water until soft and translucent. Add the Stock Powder
2. Add Pumpkin and cover with boiling water
3. Cook until tender.
4. Transfer pumpkin and onions in batches to Kitchen Whizz and process until smooth
5. Transfer to saucepan and add some of the stock if need be – this soup does tend to thicken so just experiment with consistency that you like
6. Season with salt, pepper, chilli flakes and garnish with coriander.