I love my chooks and continue to be fascinated by them. The dynamics of the flock are constantly changing. Right now I feel like I have various well known school identities in my back yard. Bossy and Bossy II have separated from the flock and are just doing boy things. Bossy I am sure would be the equivalent of the school stud. He was no doubt the first to smoke, the first to drive a car and the first to have sex. The fact that he is probably 2 years older than everyone else and has repeated at least two grades is irrelevant. He is the school stud. Bossy II is the school stud hanger on. He laughs uproariously at all the stud’s jokes even though he probably does not know what they mean or why they are funny. He wears the same clothes but his biceps are not quite as big so they look funny on him. He will always be by the side of the stud, but will never be a stud himself. The stud keeps him close for that reason. He continues to make him look good.
Snow is the girl that all girls secretly hate and distrust. The reason being is that her sole reason for existence is the boys. Even though she says she is a girl’s girl and wants to hang out by the hay bale and talk about the best shade of polish to put on your beak and what happened in Sex and the City last night, as soon as one of the boys clicks his fingers she is off for a quick snog and a grope down by the music block and will only return when the boys have lost interest. She uses the girls until something better comes along – that something better invariably has a penis. So she actually ends up being tolerated by both sexes, but never actually liked. Snow hangs round Regina and Katie but she has a constant eye on what Bossy and Bossy II are doing. She is constantly on edge. I feel a little bit sorry for her.
Regina is the kid that marches to the beat of her own drum. She is probably the equivalent of a goth, wearing too many black clothes and far too much eye-liner. She marches round with her funny hair do as a result of her scalping but wears it proudly as if it is a tattoo. She looks with disdain at the boys and the trendy kids and has a life entirely of her own. She is in fact a mystery for most of the kids in the school. Her sole focus is the fact that she is sitting on 8 eggs at present and she really does not give a shit about anyone else. Katie is the people pleaser. Pleasant enough, but tends to be annoying. She constantly flaps from one group to the other to make sure everyone is happy. She flutters around Regina constantly seeing if she can help and is oblivious to the fact that Regina does nothing but glare at her and silently wishes she would fly to another coop. She hangs around with Katie so see if she might join the penis worshipping club but Katie tolerates her until she is needed by Bossy and then ignores her completely. Katie always seems a little lost.
The teenagers are the equivalent of Year 7 students and are to be ignored at all times. I can’t wait to see what personalities emerge. I have a whole little world happening in the back half of my yard. We should have new little babies arriving soon which will make the dynamics change all over again.
I have done a version of Vegan Macaroni Cheese before but have now perfected it with the addition of almond milk and blending the sauce until the consistency of cream. This dish is such a hit with my kids and I love it for that. I am only allowing myself though to cook it once a fortnight for them though so they don’t get sick of it. I have made this mistake often with myself and on more than one occasion for the kids. When I find something I like I cook it so often that it gets to the point where the sight of my once favourite dish almost makes me gag. The kids have the same reaction after getting something 3 or 4 times in a row. So I mentally put in the diary that I can cook this dish in another 2 weeks. By doing that I retain a guaranteed crowd pleaser and I am the heroine of the kitchen. I love it when meal time is hassle free and even Miss Fussy Larissa is not rolling her eyes into the back of her head and glaring at me as if I am trying to poison her.
Creamy Pasta for Kids
2 potatoes – peeled and diced
1 carrot – peeled and diced
1 small onion – peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 cup raw cashews
Almond Milk – as needed at least ½ cup
Pasta of Choice
Salt and Pepper
Nutritional Yeast Flakes
- Bring two saucepans of water to the boil
- In one pot add potato, boil for a minute or two, add the carrot, boil for a minute or two, add the onion then boil until tender
- Cook pasta
- Strain vegetables
- In vitamiser put cashews, strained vegies, ½ cup almond milk, salt and pepper and nutritional yeast
- Blend for a few minutes until very smooth, adding almond milk to get the consistency of thickened cream.
- Add to strained pasta, combine sauce with pasta and serve right away. Please note that the sauce tends to thicken as it cools down so leftovers definitely need to be heated, you might also need to add additional almond milk to ensure it remains creamy, rather than stodgy second time round.