Helen and Bosh day 7 – Quick Puttanesca Spaghetti

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One week in already! Quick and easy to make and tasty too although next time I would use tinned tomatoes rather than passata for the texture. I added some mushrooms for extra bulk and flavour. Total cooking and preparation time was about 30 mins so ideal when you are short of time.





Skill level required: 3/10
Washing up generated: 8/10 2 saucepans, colander, chopping board and utensils
Portion size: 8/10
Tastiness: 8/10
Will I make it again? Yes.


Helen and Bosh day 5 – Sticky Shiitake Mushrooms

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These were good! Thick tasty sauce and quick to prepare. You could probably use any type of mushrooms because the sauce has a lot of flavour. I had a mixture as I didn’t enough shiitake so I added some woodland mushrooms. Total preparation and cooking time was about 30 minutes and no fancy equipment needed.




Finished article


Skill level required: 1/10
Washing up generated: 10/10 wok, saucepan, bowl, chopping board and utensils
Portion size: 9/10
Tastiness: 10/10
Will I make it again? Definitely

A strong woman

Everyone knows a strong woman. The one who things always seem to happen to yet she copes just fine! You admire her and say things like ‘I don’t know how you do it.’

Well consider this. She doesn’t have any choice. Some days there is nothing she would like more than to have a breakdown but she can’t afford to because there is no one to pick her up. She doesn’t have the luxury of a husband to share responsibilities with. She might have had one once but he was constantly telling her how useless she was and a waste of space. It took a huge amount of strength to leave that marriage. Why did she stay so long? Apart from being afraid of what he would do she thought she would be viewed as a failure.

She’s probably always laughing and joking because if she didn’t she would constantly be crying. Perhaps when she was 11 years old, 4’6″ tall weighing 5 stone it was the only way to protect herself from being bullied when she started secondary school.

Dear universe…

It’s one year on since I put out my request to be united with my soulmate. You did good and sent me exactly what I asked for (including what I didn’t want) but I accept that’s my fault because I didn’t put it in the positive. I’ve learned a lot about myself in the process and I now love myself a whole lot more. I also have more clarity about how I want my life to look and what my dealbreakers are. 

So here is my request again – tweaked. 

Now I’d like to be in a loving committed relationship with my soulmate.  Thanks universe. 

Love Helen x

Loving a woman who knows her worth

A woman who knows her worth she wants a man who has his stuff sorted, especially by the time he reaches his  40s or 50s. She has been through a lot and has possibly been abused too so she is not there to rescue him. She already has a busy and fulfilling life and wants a man who will add to that.

A woman who knows her worth can’t be fobbed off by saying he is too busy. She is busy too but she will make time for a man she likes. No one is too busy to make a quick phone call or send a text. She has a full diary so wants to make plans in advance. She knows things come up unexpectedly so if he has to change those plans she would like him to let her know as soon as possible so you can rearrange. She won’t be upset and will have to do the same herself from time to time.

A woman who knows her worth she will always treat a man with respect. She will give him a second chance because we aren’t perfect. She does not want dramas from him, she has had enough of her own. If he changes his mind she wants him to tell her. She is strong enough to cope so there is no need to try and spare her feelings. She will be direct and tell him how she feels because she has the emotional capacity to express her needs. If he is unable to meet those needs she will walk away.

A woman who knows her worth will love a man like he has never been loved before. She is not perfect but she loves and accepts herself completely. If he loves her back he will be rewarded in more ways than he ever dreamed of. It may not always be easy but I guarantee it will be worth it.

Wishing you all love beyond your wildest dreams.