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  1. Eggs; you really can make a meal from anything! Nanny C used to be the owner of chickens, the Moo's loved nothing more than filling their baskets with freshly laid eggs. We enjoyed many a year of baking, boiling and frying, until the chickens started to get a bit to old for laying and they went back to live on the farm we got them from. Luckily British Lion Eggs aren't expensive, being so versatile they are a staple part of my weekly shop.

    We are a big fan of omelettes and there are plenty of egg recipes out there, but regular readers will know I'm not a big follower of recipes! Here is my The Anything Goes Omelette and really anything does go!

    omelette

    I like to use a small frying pan and make individual omelettes, which I normally serve with a few chips and a side salad, making them a perfect quick, healthy meal or light lunch.

    Ingredients

    As it's an anything goes omelette you can literally add anything! If you have any left overs – ham, cooked meat, the hard end of a chorizo, random mushroom, spring onions, spinach, tinned sweetcorn, etc etc …. To make mine I used the following :

    • Frozen sliced red onions. I've started buying more frozen veg as I find it lasts longer and is great when you jut want a handful rather than a whole onion)

    • Handful of cherry tomatoes which I cut into quarters

    • Sliced red and green peppers. Olive prefers a pepper to most fruit so I always have a few in the fridge.

    • Grated cheese

    • one potato

    • 8 eggs (there is 5 of us)

       eggs

    Instructions

    1. Peel and thinly slice the potato and par boil (if you are adding frozen veg like peas or sweetcorn this is a good time to pop that in to with the spud)

    2. Fry off the onions, peppers until soft

    3. Add the tomatoes but don't cook for too long or they go mushy

    4. Beat the eggs in a bowl

    5. Add all the ingredients you are using in to the mixture and stir well – I do this rather than in the pan as a) it gives you a chance to mix everything up and b) a chance to give the pan a quick clean to stop the omelette sticking.

    6. Using a ladle spoon the mixture into the pan and cook on a low heat

    7. When it starts to peel at the sides flip it over (sometimes if the mixture is quite chunky I use a plate to turn mine)

    8. When the omelette is cooked through thoroughly serve it up with you chosen accompaniments (in Olive's case this would just be tomato sauce!)

    If you have any great omelette pictures/recipes do tag me in them @CharlieMoos on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. 

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    This is a collaboration with British Lion Eggs we were provided with an egg boiler in return for this post. Which we used to boil a ton of eggs for egg throwing and decorating at school! 

  2. Since first watching eyes wide, absorbing every inch of the scene, whereby a cat via Animagus became Professor Mcgonagall, Moo was hooked. We soon enjoyed Saturday nights curled on the sofa watching Harry Potter films. His book shelf filled fast with JK Rowling's books, books on how to play quidditch and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Moo hates dressing up and face paints, but desperately wanted a Gryffindor Robe at his birthday he had house badges and death eater marks painted on his arms. A birthday party straight out of Hogwarts itself. The girls are also massive Harry Potter fans, but for Moo its something special.

    We'd planned to go to The Making of Harry Potter in the Summer but the unexpected death of our Grandma and moving house put many things on hold. We made a list of all the places we wanted to go in 2015 and there on top was HP, I just knew it had to happen. One day whilst sat typing in the office I heard a commotion outside. Like the sound of an owl and something flew as if by magic through the letterbox. Perplexed I ignored it until “something came whizzing down the kitchen chimney. Next moment thirty or forty letters came pelting out of the fireplace like bullets” ( Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, pg 34) Trembling I opened one to reveal a special invite to a preview evening of Hogwarts Express.

    hogwarts ticket

    When M&M opened their invites their faces said it all. After a few discussions we decided not to take Olive it was late at night and she's not great after 8pm! Daddy Moo is also not really a HP fan! I know right! If he didn't make a mean pizza we'd have replaced him long ago! We decided to exchange Daddy with Nanny Moo who loves HP and enjoyed watching Deathly Hallows Part 1 with the Moo's last Christmas.

    The drive there wasn't too bad but the excitement levels in the car made it feel like forever as we turned the corner and saw the building, noises only audible to dogs came from the back (OK and the drivers seat too!). I think I actually forgot about the children as I stood mesmerised by 3 of the chess pieces from the Chamber of Secrets. I am totally a giddy fan freak!

    harry potter chess pieces

    Our tour started at 6pm. After being whisked in to a room where you watch a short video on how the story was picked up by movie producers, we shuffled into a cinema where we watched a film with Harry, Ron and Hermione telling us all about the set. How this was their job, home and school for 10 years and how all the magic happens. The screen rolled up to reveal 2 large golden doors. As we all gathered in front of the doors, a shout out for someone who had a birthday was made. Nobody replied. After a few moments I piped up that Moo's birthday was in a week. Moo and Megan were then invited to open the doors. Their little faces when the Great Hall appeared in front of them filled with tables, pews, costumes, all the house colours and banners (and yes I cried!) is one of those things I will cherish forever (thanks to instagram).

    #hogwartsexpress somebody got to open the doors @wbtourlondon

    A video posted by Joanne Dewberry (@charliemoos) on

    The studio tour was amazing! Everything and more any HP fan could want. In Dumbledore's Office we enjoyed hunting for the sword of Gryffindor, we learned all about the different wands all the characters had. We discovered horcruxes and enjoyed making the knife and iron move by magic in The Burrow. M&M had a ride on a broomstick and in the flying Ford Anglia. I felt like such a big kid! Moo and I spent so much time going “oooo” “ahhh” “look at this!!”

    harry potter broom pictures

    Next we ventured into the new feature – Platform 9 ¾. The iconic ending to the Harry Potter story, as 19 year later his son boards the train. "Albus Severus, you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew." (Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, pg 607) echoes through the platform. The Hogwarts Express is breathtaking and who did we spy but Percy Weasley, who was pleased to see M&M in their Gryffindor Robes.

    @cwrankin AKA Percy meeting M&M @wbtourlondon #hogwartsexpress

    A photo posted by Joanne Dewberry (@charliemoos) on

    Hogwarts Express sits majestically alongside Platform 9 ¾ but surprisingly sooo tiny inside! The compartments are labelled with different films and show various items from these films, sweets, books, clothing. The real adventure is on the other side of the platform where the ACTUAL compartments with green screen windows are situated. We watched as a chocolate frog leaped about as we rolled across the English countryside. But watch out for the dementors! After nearly receiving a dementors kiss we headed off for some much needed Butterbeer.

    End of Part One

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