Friday, 2 June 2017

How To Be A Girl.

Recipe of the week...
...Avocado Eggs baked with Plum Tomatoes

Ingredients: 1 large avocado, 2 medium-sized eggs, a handful of plum tomatoes, cooking oil, and salt and pepper.

Serves: One breakfast-sized portion.

Time taken: Under half an hour.

Hi readers,

How are things today? And this week in general? I hope all is well in your world. All is not-too-bad with me! It’s be a frenzied week at work, with big deadlines to meet and directors away on holiday for half term, but now it’s Friday. And the end is in sight. I’m tired but I’m okay.

Tonight, readers, is my last sleep in the house I’ve been living in for a little over a year now. I’m a bit sad to be kissing goodbye to my little home and the cosy space I’ve caringly crafted for myself in my room. It’s going to be strange not to walk home there anymore. I’ll miss the neighbours and (more so) their cats.

They were friends with all my friends

But, time for something different. A fresh start and adventures yet to come. Though I’m not looking forward to the effort of moving this weekend – which will no doubt be a bloody nightmare – I am looking forward to being moved. Settling somewhere new. Making the unfamiliar into someplace familiar and mine.

Did anyone check the news this morning? And find it to be somehow even more downbeat / disheartening / dreadful than normal? Terror raids in my own city. Thousands of people trying to fake their way to free entry for the Manchester benefit concert this weekend, by claiming they were there during the attack.. though they weren’t. Dozens of people suffocated in an arson attack on a Manila casino. “Global dismay” as the US withdraws from the Paris climate agreement.

What a pile of gloom. I don’t know about you, readers, but it makes me sad. On leg four of my commute this morning, checking the news on my phone, I was quite saddened. BUT – you know what’s good? We have butterfly magnets in the office now. And a freezer and a fan to help with the warm weather. And there’s upbeat new music out (I’m listening to Paramore, Rita Ora and Mr Jukes this week).

Flutterby magnets

Also, this week, I’ve developed an obsession with a podcast called How To Be A Girl (you can find it here). This podcast is produced by a mum living in America, with a young daughter who is transgender. She shares stories from their life and tells of her little daughter’s struggles and successes growing up with changing politics and public opinions medical options, available to transgender people.

I’ve been hooked. She also shares her moments of stress and joy as a parent, trying to raise a child with a gender that she doesn’t have herself. Letting go of her attachment to her son and his name and the ease of having a cisgender child, and embracing her daughter and her new name and learning about transgender. Trying to safeguard her kid and protect their privacy, and taking on the battle of advocating rights for all transgender people.

Yes they are

I find Marlo Mack and her daughter to be inspiring. Their story makes me aware of how privileged I am to have been born a girl in all senses. I’ve never been teased about my private parts. I’ve made no decisions and fought no fight for that. No one to questions that I’m a girl, even on days when I look like shit. Even when I cut my hair short and wear jeans for weeks in a row. When I don’t bother with make up or jewellery or perfume. 

I can use the girl’s toilet and the girl’s changing room and shop in womenswear. Have you ever given this much thought, readers? Because, until this week, I hadn't thought about this at all. And I don' think I'm the only one. If you have the time spare over the weekend, readers, and there’s room in your life to try an inspiring and enlightening podcast, go give it a go. You don’t even have to have the time spare – you can play this while you’re walking or cooking or ironing… multitask! 

Check it out!

Also, if you’re having a more leisurely weekend than mine, I have a recipe for you to try out. My recipe of the week, readers, for Avocado Eggs baked with Plum Tomatoes, comes from Tesco’s May 2017 edition of their free magazine (entitled ‘The Healthy Issue) on page 72. Now I’m a big fan of eggs and avocado in the morning on a weekend and, when time’s on your side, I think it’s nice to do something a bit different for a change. Present your breakfast in a fancy way – for absolutely no reason! Here’s what you do, in just seven simple steps…

Recipe: Avocado Eggs baked with Plum Tomatoes

1.     Pour an OJ, stick the kettle on and heat your oven to 200C.
2.     Halve your avocado, remove the stone and put the halves of the avocado on a plate.
3.     Look at the size of your eggs and the size of the holes available. Do you think they’re going to fit? If so, crack away. If not, spoon out some of the avocado flesh to make a bigger hole for the egg to sit in.
ChefBeHere Top Tip: It’s a shame to waste avocado when it’s such a pricey (and tasty) ingredient so I just cracked away and mopped up any egg white that spilled over the top. Use your best judgement and it will work out!
4.     Add your tomatoes to the plate (making sure there’s no raw egg white on there, first) and then season everything with salt and pepper.

5.     Steadily transport your plate into the oven to bake for quarter of an hour.
6.     Once your tomatoes are beginning to split and your eggs look as they’re cooked to your liking, then safely remove your plate from the oven and switch this off.
7.     Leave for a few minutes to cool and the tuck into a tasty, colourful breakfast.

What do you think, readers? Because, I like this! Here are three of my favourite flavours all together on one plate. It’s a healthy, filling breakfast – I went to a spin class on this and put in some serious effort on my bike! And I had fun in the kitchen trying to balance my avocado halves and keep the egg inside… it was messy but there was a definite sense of achievement when I tucked in.

Let me know, readers, how you get on if you give this recipe a go. Did your eggs stay in the avocados?? Was it worth the hassle? Would you do this again? Send your thoughts my way and I hope you have some fun in the kitchen trying to work this out! I say, if at first you don’t succeed, keep on trying… and maybe have spare eggs on stand-by.

Take care, readers. Don’t let the news get you down, when there are butterfly magnets in the world and transgender kids can happily play with their legos.

Breakfast safely,


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