Category Archives: Sushi

A hot date with a young man…

As part of their schooling my boys will go to camp every year from grade 2. The camp is age appropriate, starting with just 2 nights away until grade 6, & not always in the summer. This school year grades 4/5 went last October when thankfully we were having a bit of an Indian summer – my child was the only one to fall in the lake! To prepare them in grade 1, & so they don’t miss out on the fun, my younger son is camping out in the junior school gym tonight. It all started this afternoon after lunch…

Myself & a few other parents set up the tents, sorted out the kids sleeping mats, sleeping bags & overnight bags. With 3-4 in each tent (girls & boys separate of course) it’s going to be cosy but looked like a lot of fun. Various teams of parents have signed up for camp duties including snack, dinner, breakfast & clean up so that the teachers who are running the camp can concentrate on entertaining the kids. First on the agenda was bowling, & then I’m not sure what else is planned. We had to send them with a plain white t-shirt so I suspect some sort of craft/painting will happen. I’ve also heard a movie mentioned. I managed to catch them just before the bus left (hot teacher in the driving seat – YAY!) with my newly mohawked 7 year old sat at the front with one of his camping mates. He was very excited & didn’t seem to miss me one little bit.

So, only elder child to bring home, which was weird. A mum friend of mine really lucked out with her little guy going on her birthday – I hope she makes the most of it! Sadly hubby is on call with a difficult evening ahead that my BFF will also be involved in, I don’t know how they do what they do sometimes, hands up to them. So that just leaves the two of us. I had my purple locks restored this morning & went a little shorter, so now I look even more like a Disney character. Then I picked him up from school for our hot date. We went for an early dinner at our favourite sushi bar, where we/he managed to devour nearly $100 of raw fish! I have promised him he can stay up late & I’ve planned a movie that I think he’s ready to watch, but not his little brother yet… Mama Mia – he loves ABBA! There’ll be chocolate involved, & lots of it to make up for the lack of liquid happiness (Day 5 & counting…), then hopefully hubby will home & I can give him a hug.

It’s great to spend some one on one quality time with my elder child, not something that really happens very often. However there is a price… I have to be at school at 7am on a SATURDAY to de-camp & pick up younger child – JOY!!


When I were a lass the most exotic food I can remember having at home was pasta. We had the occasional Chinese take away & the odd pizza, but no matter what me, my mum or brother chose to have, my dad would always, without fail, take a detour to the local fish & chip shop for himself. I never saw him try anything new, pie, chips & mushy peas was it. Lucky for me mum was a lot more adventurous with food, I remember her trying most things, & she loved seafood. I would like to think that if she were here today she would enjoy our favourite family take out – sushi, & I think she would be proud of her grandchildren for being so adventurous & open-minded about food.

To be fair, I did grow up in a very small part of northeast England, there were very few local take outs, so it’s no surprise that I didn’t know what sushi was until recent years. The first time I tried it, I loved it. The first time my boys tried it, they loved it too. Now, whenever we have friends or family visit, we make a point of introducing them to this delicious healthy dinner. We have a great local restaurant that delivers, and never disappoints.

It is interesting that over thirty years have passed since my days of meat & two veg, it makes me smile when I try to imagine the look on my dad’s face if a plate of raw fish were served to him for dinner, & I couldn’t possibly repeat what he might say! What makes me smile even more is the fact that my own family’s lifestyle is far healthier when it comes to ‘fast food’, sushi is without fail our first choice & it’s usually the kids who ask.

(Guess what we had for dinner!)