School is out for summer.
We have bid farewell to the primary school that has been a part of our lives for twelve years.
Katie wept all the way home.
Tom returned from his school bearing a certificate for 100% attendance again -he gets one every year. The award includes a £5 gift voucher, but apparently, it is seriously uncool to get this award and he tells me he will not be getting it next year.
Now school is finished our thoughts are turning to holidays.
Charlie and the children are all going camping soon with Charlie's sister and her children. Their campsite is one which allows campfires and Charlie wants to be able to impress his sister with at least one good meal. Apparently it doesn't have to be a meal that he has cooked; a meal cooked by George will do.
So, yesterday evening I taught George to make chili.
I'm not convinced a dish that needs slow simmering is ideal for a campfire with no temperature control but that's what they want to cook.
I made up a little jar of the spices I use in my chili for them to take with them.
I used crushed chillies, ground cumin, ground cloves and oregano.
I like to use passata rather than chopped tomatoes in dishes like chili and bolognese. I like the smooth, rich texture it gives. I think tinned tomatoes, especially if they are whole ones make for a watery dish. I also like to put a tin of baked beans in with the kidney beans. Sometimes I throw in frozen sweetcorn.
While George was cooking I wrote the recipe down for them to take with them.