Thursday 25th of February 2021
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If ‘unprecedented times’ was the turn off phrase for 2020, then ‘bitesize chunks’ has already become my auto pilot response to pretty much every situation and we are only 2 weeks in to a pretty depressing moment in time.

Whether it’s trying to keep the teens motivated to revise for non existent A levels and GCSEs in “bitesize chunks”, or trying to make time for me to get back to my writing in “bitesize chunks”, or keeping on top of the mêlée of housework in “bitesize chunks”, I am, like you I am sure, trying to pull myself back up from being down in the Groundhog Day Dumps.

I used to be an avid list writer to sort my life out – and they had their benefits – but not in Lockdown3 when you go day to day without crossing anything off! So I’ve scrapped them for now! That’s not entirely true. I have made myself plan a week’s menus in one sitting and if you follow my Instagram Stories, you’ll have seen I’ve been sharing some of the recipes, which haven’t all received rave reviews from the teen critics but it’s been quite therapeutic trying some new things. 

Honey soy glazed salmon with noodles was quite the success amidst a tense game of Scrabble! Recipe linked here

 

HPH (Horse Phobic Hubby) had a great routine in Lockdown 1 and 2. At about 4pm each day he made a random call of the day. He’d flick through his phone and call an old mate he’d lost touch with or hadn’t spoken to for an age, and there were often great hoots from the garden as he paced around laughing as he caught up with news from far afield and then regaled me with the stories as I ironed and bleached loos! 

This time round, we all seem a bit less enthusiastic to partake in, lets be honest, anything! Of course we blame the weather, but January is always depressing! So, if you’re in the same boat, I’m hoping these new discoveries I’ve made bring a little cheer to your day…or someone else’s. 

First up is this wonderful find from Tangerine Dream – an Insta account I stumbled across during a bitesize chunk of scrolling!! It’s a great place to find teenage gifts but I absolutely love ‘My Family Cook Book‘ – a wonderful place to archive your favourite recipes and secret ingredients and create your own cook book.

I have bought 3 ! One for me but I’m sending two to friends who I know are a bit low at the moment and were chatting about needing a lockdown project. It’s a great gift for a mum or Granny who can share and hand down all the family faves in one special keepsake. I’m looking forward to getting started on mine with the optimistic notion of getting the kids involved to choose their preferred dishes, help cook them, write them up and take a pic. That’s the plan anyway! It costs £19.99 but Gaitpost readers can enjoy a 10% discount with code FAMCOOK10 at checkout. ORDER YOURS HERE

My next find is for anyone wanting to try something new this year or pick up an old hobby and meet new people (post Covid). I stumbled across The Country Girls UK whilst researching some ideas for my new side hustle Chukkbox (shameless plug I know!) and loved what I found. The Country Girls UK has been connecting women all around the UK since 2018 by organising social and shooting events that have been a catalyst for rural friendships and have helped so many ladies gain the confidence they need to not just develop their shooting journey, but their inner confidence and self-belief. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Membership starts at £8 per month and there are different levels depending whether you want to shoot simulated or game and you get access to a directory of country brands offering member discounts. I had a lovely chat with Tania, The Country Girls UK Founder, and they are not letting Covid dampen the spirits and have a full calendar of events planned for 2021. Do check them out and let me know if you join one of their days (when allowed).

 

Friday Find No.3 brings a smile to my face every time I say it for several reasons. Eldest son was a complete dinosaur addict when younger and he’ll probably kill me for writing this, but he still has his trusty 2 foot T-Rex in his bedroom (he’s 18 now!) So it was with a hint of nostalgia that I was intrigued to discover more about Tea-Rex’s Hug in a Mug. If you don’t know Tea-Rex they are a clever bunch who make delicious fruit infusions from fresh fruits, roots and leaves with no added sugar, are caffeine free and 100% natural. And in these tricky times, they have joined forces with plant-based cookie maker Wholey Moly to send a Hug in a Mug! 

For the princely sum of £4, yes £4, you can make a friend’s day by sending them a Hug in a Mug. Whilst no actual mug is included in the parcel, you do get a delicious fresh fruit infusion and a healthy cookie with your message with all profits going to the Trussell Trust, a food bank charity focused on stopping hunger, which has never been more needed than now. As Andrew the founder said when we spoke, “We can’t come in contact, but we can keep in contact.” Never a truer word spoken and with it comes a hug. Tea-Rex are currently undergoing a sustainability revamp and we look forward to seeing their new look in early Spring.

I may need to amend my bitesize chunks theme for my final Friday Find as I introduce the Jodphur Curry Express to you. Founded by Richard Gurney, a former MFH in the south east for 12 seasons, racehorse owner and point-to-point trainer, the Jodphur Curry Express provides the ultimate curry experience, packaged elegantly and sustainably and delivered to your home, anywhere in the UK. You simply warm it through, sit down and enjoy. Anyone else getting highly over excited by the thought of yummy food not cooked by you?! Me, Me, Me !

Richard has gone into partnership with the Oriental Club in London to realise his dream of helping people get hold of a really top-class curry made with fresh ingredients and prepared by top chefs that offers exceptional value for money with a strong focus on detail and taste at all times.

“I really believe we can start a curry revolution – and bring a tiny bit of joy to our customers’ lives during these gloomy times.” 

To find out more and to order click here

So there you have it. Some lovely things amidst the daily angst. I hope you enjoy my discoveries. And remember, let’s keep this between you, me and The Gaitpost x

Have you got something you’d like shared in my Friday Finds? Get in touch at sarah@thegaitpost.com 

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