Food for the Fam: Roast Tomato Sauce for Idiots

The pizza I made with my tomato sauce and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s perfect pizza dough recipe

Poor little neglected blog. It happens every year – it’s the summer and there’s so much to say about all there is to do out in that glorious sunshine, but I’m three weeks from a three-week holiday and am overloaded on all fronts.

Still, I have time enough to admit that I’m a twat. (I’ll use that word because someone on Instagram applauded me for describing myself as one just last night!). I have never realised how easy it is to make your own tomato sauce – the passata sieved kind. I’ve just always unthinkingly added it to my supermarket basket as you do – or at least, as I do.

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Review, Interview and GIVEAWAY: Will Mabbit, author of ‘The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones’, interviewed by daughter Tilly Brookes


Post update 26 Aug 2015: Congratulations to Nicola Furner, Natasha Caughey and Lorna Stagg for winning a copy each of Will Mabbitt’s ‘The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones’. Enjoy it! 

Big news: two weeks ago a BIG story about a little girl who is ‘NOT SCARED of ANYTHING!’ was published. The little girl is Mabel Jones, and her story starts when she unwittingly performs ‘The Deed’ and is ported into the weird world of the animal pirates of the Feroshus Maggot, a ship whose captain is a wolf called Idryss Ebenezer Split.

The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones‘ was written by my friend Will Mabbitt, Lewes resident and father of two girls. It came to be after Will made better use of his commute than playing Candy Crush or watching Breaking Bad, instead writing a story for his older daughter Tilly.


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Guest Post: Beth Miller on Jay Miller’s Circus – and Why You Should See it in Lewes This Weekend


A woman in a silver leotard, firing a bow and arrow with her feet! Very fit, slightly camp young men jumping on to seesaws and landing on each others’ shoulders! A smiling girl whirling around a ribbon high above our heads – with no safety net! And best of all, my kids, staring absolutely AGOG in wonder!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 2015 Summer Holiday Clubs, Courses and Programmes for Kids in and Near Lewes, East Sussex

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Charleston’s Young Bohemians Summer School 2014. Image copyright Penelope Fewster

Welcome to my second massive summer school holiday activities post
(it’s taken me two years to get over doing the last one!). I hope you’ll find it as useful as I know I will.

There’s some cracking stuff for our kids to do this summer but I’m sure there is more out there. If you’re going to be running a club that’s not listed here and would like to be trecluded, it’s easy to add you and it’s not too late – this post will be live until the end of August after all – so just send me an email through the Contact page and we can sort you out.

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