If you remember last time, I wrote how Flipper have been diagnosed with moderate hearing loss on both ears. Well, this week he finally got his hearing aids. We were really worried about how he would cope with them, but until now everything seems fine! We are hoping it continues.
Ones or twice he has taken them out and tried to pull them apart, but he mainly seems to be accepting that they are in. Since having the hearing aids, we can really see what a difference it seems to be making, he seems happier and more responsive than ever before! He is also chatting a lot more to himself. Its sweet to see how he talks and smiles.
We are also being referred for further testing to see what the cause is of his hearing loss, what we do know is that its not due to glue ear or fluids in the ear, which is a shame as that normally can be treated. One thing I will say to any parent out there, if you are in doubt whether your child got problems hearing, please go and get them checked out. Its painless and if they do have a problem they can be aided hopefully as early as possible.
Whilst all of this has been going on, Blipson has been absolutely amazing, he has been a lovely big brother. We did sports day at his school and he was in a competition, it was lovely to see. He isn’t exactly sporty out from what I can see but he is amazing and have a lovely positive attitude! He is almost ready to move into year 1 next year.
Most days after school, Blipson gets a snack. Often a bit of bread then if hungrier he can have carrots or something healthier. Then he gets to watch a bit of tv, currently he is watching a programme called Mia and Me, it’s lovely about unicorns and a virtual world called Centopia. However, we have seen it multiple times. Then we do a bit of homework… and afterwards when he is in the mood, we do art.
I think with everything that has been going on I have really needed comfort food, and as I had lots of 10p chicken in my freezer and preserved lemons and dried apricots in my cupboards, so I did a Moroccan style dish. I made it in my slow cooker, however, it could be done in a tagine in the oven or on top of the stow in a pot. I do love the slow cooker as you can leave the food and it will take care of itself.
This dish tastes even better the following day, almost like the flavours infuse better. I served it with rice. I gave a portion to my friend who had it with couscous instead.
I topped it up with roasted almonds, chilli and seas salt and some parsley. Flipper had it twice and loved it. Blipson didn’t as he already had eaten with a friend the evening when I served it.
Slow cooked, preserved lemon chicken stew
10 chicken drumsticks, skin removed
2 medium white onions, finely chopped
2 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 teaspoons harissa
3 tablespoons clear honey
2 tbsp liquid from the preserved lemons (optional)
8 preserved lemons, half some and quarter some
15-20 dried apricots
50g almond flakes
½ tbsp chilli flakes
Small bunch of Parsley, finely chopped.
1 tsp Sea Salt Salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the oil to a frying pan and fry the onions for a few minutes until they become translucent.
- Now add the drumstick to the pan together with the turmeric, ginger and cinnamon. Make sure it is combined well with the onions. Then add the harissa and honey and stir well. Transfer the mixture to your slow cooker and top up with boiling water from your kettle so it just covers the drumsticks.
- Give everything a good stir, then leave on high for about 3 hours.
- When the 3 hours are up, add the preserved lemons and apricots to the stew, stir well and leave in the slow cooker for another hour.
- By now, the meat should be falling off the bone have a taste of the stew, if you feel it needs more salt add 2 tbsp of the liquid from the preserved lemons. Give it a stir and taste again. Make sure you season the stew right at the end as the preserved lemons are very salty in themselves and you therefore may not be needing any further salt.
- Whilst waiting on the stew to finish, toast the flaked almonds in a dry pan, and add the chilli flakes and sea salt right at the end.
- Serve the stew with the roasted almonds and chopped parsley on top.
This dish taste even better the following day.
Bon Appetite – as my granddad would have said
These has been based on Tesco prices (June 2019), to make the prices more understandable. I do buy most of my spices in bulk to bring down the prices (you save loads). Also the preserved lemons I could only find in Asda.
Preserved lemons (£1.75/14)x8= £1.00
Dried apricots (£2.00/140g)x100 =£1.43
Almond flakes (£1.40/100)x50g= 70p
Chilli flakes 2p
Parsley (£0.70/30g)x 10 =24p
Sea Salt 5p
Salt and pepper 2p
Total cost £5.91, Per portion (£5.91/6)= 99p