Archive for February, 2009

It’s not vomiting, it’s posseting

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

That’s what we’ve learnt, anyway. Which means that at 2am the other morning, I was sitting in a warm puddle of, er, posset? Nice.

It’s good to have the right vocabulary to describe these things. I had carefully arranged a muslin square on my shoulder, and was in the middle of winding Cillian when bleuuuurgh, there was a warm, wet explosion down my back. He has the uncanny knack of completely missing whatever you have arranged to catch his expulsions. Until I could manoueuvre him, and hand him to Ka, I just had to sit in a warm puddle. Lovely little fellah

Which means… we’ve got the real vomit to look forward to.

Show me the boobies!

Monday, February 9th, 2009

*yawn*It looks like it’s not easy, being a new mum. I am stating the bleeding obvious, I know, and if you’re an expectant parent, you’ll hear / read it everywhere you go.

But it’s true, that’s the thing. Whatever mental preparation you do; however much you read and imagine and plan… it’s going to be different to what you expected. This is Nature that we’re dealing with, so it does it’s own thing, and we’re along for the ride, to a large extent.

It kind of reminds me of something else… something that we usually experience earlier in life, before pregnancy and babies and worrying about colic. (more…)

Tajine Tunisien

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

Tajine TunisienSo here is a yummy, simple recipe we learnt from the lovely Madame Benkhala in Tunis. Tunisian tajines have nothing to do with their Moroccan  culinary cousin. Instead, they are kind of like big, fat omelette, made with a variety of extra fillings, and sometimes (but not always) wrapped in very thin pastry sheets – feuilles de brik about 25cm across. We made a tuna and potato tajine.

Probably the only difficult bit of this dish is finding the feuilles de brik pastry sheets, but I think you could get away with using filo pastry or something. Otherwise, if you’re in Cambridge, hunting in some of the shops on Mill Road (e.g. Spice Gate or Al Amin) might turn up the real thing. We brought ours back with us, and have a stack of them frozen! (more…)

Le mystère du iguanodon belge

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Alors… j’essai un article un français, hein?

J’ai une bonne amie française qui travail pour l’organisation des Parcs Naturels là bas, dans l’Hexagon. Elle m’a envoyé un email récemment, a propos un dinosaure perdu. OK, c’est pas perdu… mais c’est d’origine belge, près de où elle bosse en France, et maintenant, c’est dans le musée de mon fac – le département des sciences du terre.

Bref, je suis allé en bas, à la musée, et j’ai pris quelque photos de ce géant avec mon portable. Voilà, l’iguanodon belge!

Igaunodon skeletonBlurb (explication)

I got rhythm!

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Having begun his music education in utero, Cillian is developing a varied and catholic taste. Experience thus far shows that some music is good for burping to, and other music is just good for listening to while mum and dad hold you, and you turn your big, wobbly head and gaze at random things. (more…)

Life and Death

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Photo of Prof Mike MajerusIt’s not all happy babies and messing about with Adobe Illustrator.
Yesterday, I attended the funeral of my colleague, Mike Majerus, who was Professor of Evolution at the University of Cambridge, and a member of Clare College.

Very sadly, he died a few days ago, after a short but severe illness, and a ceremony was held in his memory at Madingley Crematorium. (more…)