Hannah Lynes

Welcome! I’ve embarked on a new plan to share something of value every day. Sometimes it’s an Instagram post or a Tweet, but when I’ve got something longer to write it will be on here.

Adventures in porridge

Last updated: May 16, 2024

I like to experiment with interesting flavours in my porridge (oatmeal, to non-Brits) and have written about some of the results so that other people can learn from my successes and failures. Here are my porridge adventures so far: Linseeds Fresh coriander Pineapple Peashoots Caraway seeds

Can I put caraway seeds in my porridge?

Published: May 16, 2024

The latest thing I’ve done is to sort all my ancient pots of spices by “best before” date. We’ve started using Anylist in our house, so I’ve made a list of all my spices in date order on Anylist. Now I’m working through them, starting with the oldest, putting them in whatever food I’m cooking.…

Can I put pea shoots in my porridge?

Published: March 19, 2024

A bit of an odd one in my porridge series this morning. I had coconut milk left over from making pineapple and coconut porridge yesterday. I wanted to use it again, but had no fresh pineapple left. I’d bought quite a few random ingredients in M&S yesterday (still going with my yellow sticker hobby) so…

Can I put pineapple in my porridge?

Published: March 7, 2024

My latest hobby is going to M&S at the end of the day and buying things with yellow “reduced”  stickers on and then working out what I can do with them. Yesterday I picked up some chopped fresh pineapple so the obvious question this morning was “Can I put pineapple in my porridge?” I’ve always…

School uniform and road safety

Last updated: December 8, 2023

DS1’s secondary school requires the children to wear black coats and bags, in addition to black trousers, shoes and socks. I believe this makes it harder for the children to be seen by drivers and increases their risk of being involved in road accidents. I don’t think this uniform policy is unusual – I know…

Can I put fresh coriander in my porridge?

Published: March 9, 2023

I planned to experiment with basil in porridge this morning, but I decided the leftover basil was too wilted whereas I had some leftover fresh coriander which still had life in it. So, yes ladies & gentlemen, this morning I bring you my experiment with coriander porridge. (See my intro post to this series if…

Can I add linseeds to my porridge?

Published: March 8, 2023

Welcome to the first in my series of experiments with porridge ingredients! (see my intro post here explaining what’s prompted me to do such a thing). Today, linseeds (flaxseeds). What are they like in porridge? I don’t normally use linseeds, but they’re something our Ukrainian guest bought and she suggested I try them in my…

What can I add to my porridge?

Published: March 7, 2023

Last year I lost weight. I used the Noom app which worked well for me. One thing I did that helped me was to eat porridge for breakfast every day. My porridge is just oats, water and fruit, no sugar, honey, milk or cream. I quickly got used to having just oats and fruit and…

Do we have a disordered society?

Published: February 10, 2023

We seem to have all these disorders that we ascribe to our children. “Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder” seems to have been around for a while. More recently I heard about “pathological demand avoidance.” And this week “oppositional defiance disorder” was brought to my attention. There used to be “autistic spectrum disorder” but now we…

NHS information on MRI scans and breastfeeding

Last updated: February 7, 2023

The Breastfeeding Network says that after an MRI or CT scan with contrast dye, it’s fine to continue breastfeeding. However, NHS hospital policies or patient information sometimes state that women need to stop breastfeeding for 24 hours after the scan, which can be practically difficult and can present health risks for mother and baby. I’ve…