The Weekend Matters: Beef and Bacon Stew with Wraps

(Readers looking for recipes and not fond of Monday morning musing on our ever changing world, please proceed to paragraph 4)

It’s been a tough week everywhere, followed by an even tougher weekend. This morning I watched George Osbourne on the TV and was struck by the uncertainty of change (again).

The best take I read on this over the weekend was from Janet Jones (who is somewhat optimistically titled: the happiness millionaire) who shared these thoughts:

“Edward Lorenz 1919 – 2008 is the father of the chaos theory and the butterfly effect. He summarises that ‘Chaos – when the present determines the future, but the approximate present does not approximately determine the future.’ In other words what happens today has a direct impact on the future, there is no question about that.

Life will always be made up of order and chaos. It is the universal law that pushes us in the right direction. With awareness of the impact of chaos and order, we are able to grow spiritually and emotionally and maintain our sense of well-being. Initially, chaos creates discomfort, so we have a natural desire to create order from chaos. Generally, chaos isn’t seen as beautiful, it is seen as a mess, emotionally it is anxious, confusing and painful

So this weekend we ate:

Hemsley and Hemsley Beef and Bacon Stew


The recipe is here

Almond Flour Tortilla Wraps

and I made almond tortillas from this recipe to eat with the beef stew


(Makes 6)
1/2 cup of ground almonds
5 eggs
Pinch of salt
Dash of coconut (or olive) oil
Dash of honey to taste


To make the wraps:
Whisk all the ingredients together
Makes a very wet mixture
Add a dash of coconut oil into frying pan
Ladle portion into frying pan
Cook one side, flip over and cook the other side

A Different Wrap Recipe

Here is someone else’s tortilla wrap from the net: a little heavy on the starch and eggs maybe but might be a more genuine tortilla taste – I log and share it here as it may be helpful – let me know!

(Note to self: learn to credit recipes – and, if it’s yours, I am genuinely sorry!)


I found these words by Rumi

“This longing you express
is the return message”

and I cried and cried reading them – thank you Roger Housden

Saying goodbye to our old Kitchen

We (well OK, technically not me, the kids) washed up in (what’s left of) our old kitchen and the sun shone and the rain rained and I thought about life and why I write these pages:


and I found this which I think sums up how I felt this weekend, perfectly:

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