Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Wonderful Hearth and Soul Blog Hop

Hearth and Soul Hop at the 21st Century Housewife

Don't forget to come along and join in with the Hearth and Soul blog hop. It's a great place for sharing your recipes for fresh, seasonal, local and delicious homemade food, prepared with love and care. Food from the heath to feed your soul. The food of memory, the food of comfort, the food of joy. For some great recipe inspiration, or to join in by sharing your recipes, please click here.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

Where Did the Week Go?

Wow, where did the week go? It’s Friday already, and here I am sitting in the British Airways lounge waiting for my flight to San Francisco with my husband and son! There’s been lots happening this week, including
My first post from this year’s Chelsea Flower Show

Let’s Do Brunch, a fun linky for your favourite breakfast, lunch and brunch recipes. Add one of your own, or just check out the great recipe inspiration you will find there.

and don't forget the fun foodie blog hop for blogs, Facebook pages and Twitter, Feed Me Tweet Me Follow Me Home! Click here to join in.
I’ll be blogging from San Francisco next week, so watch this space as usual to keep up with everything that is happening on The 21st Century Housewife. Don't forget to check out The 21st Century Housewife's Kitchen as well! Have a great weekend everyone!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Weekend Update

It has been a busy few days on The 21st Century Housewife.  We’ve visited Ina’s Garden, the new linky celebrating the Barefoot Contessa. This time we are sharing our experiences with Ina Garten’s pasta recipes in Pasta with Pizzaz. Please click here to join in.
I’ve also shared a post on a lovely National Trust property to visit in the Berkshire countryside, Grey’s Court.
And for an easy recipe for Sunday night (or any night for that matter), try my Steak Frites with Paris Beurre.
Please do come along and link your foodie blog, Twitter ID or Facebook page to the Feed Me Tweet Me Follow Me Home Friday Blog Hop
More news - 
It's National Vegetarian Week in the UK next week, so watch this space for links to lots of great recipes and information.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Two Great Places to Share Your Favourite Recipes

For the latest edition of Let’s Do Brunch, a delicious linky for your favourite breakfast, lunch and brunch recipes, and some wonderful featured recipes from last week, please click here

Hearth and Soul Hop at the 21st Century Housewife

To share your homemade recipes for food from the hearth to feed your soul with The Hearth and Soul Blog Hop No. 47, please click here

Monday, May 09, 2011

The Duchess of Cambridge as a Housewife

Now the excitement of the Royal Wedding is over, no one seems to be able to understand that the new Duchess of Cambridge wants to take some time out to be a wife – a housewife even – and settle into her marriage. The press and web are full of articles expressing doubt as to how she will be able to handle it, and some are even suggesting it is a waste of her time. Articles like this one in The Telegraph which refrain from criticising her choice are few and far between.

It is a complete scandal that many people still consider it socially unacceptable to support your husband by making a home after marriage. We’ve gone from modern women having a choice, to modern women being expected to reject housewifery as a career, and being criticised, even ridiculed, if they don’t. At its best, in the beginning, feminism was supposed to be about choice, but the way it is regularly misinterpreted today often forces women to turn their backs on something they genuinely want to do.

While Karen Connolly of the Manchester Evening News does say,  “a woman who chooses to stay at home and raise her family is lucky and doing something completely worthwhile; that’s a situation where I believe everyone’s a winner” she goes on to express doubt as to what the Duchess of Cambridge is “going to do with her time – especially with William flying all over the show for days on end” and question how a relationship in which the woman stays home can be a relationship of equals.

First of all, being a housewife doesn’t mean you stay home all the time. That is a completely outdated stereotype. Furthermore, in a marriage that works, it’s always a relationship of equals, no matter who is bringing in the bacon. Just because you choose to be a housewife doesn’t mean you checked your brain cells at the door or that you are subservient to anyone. I have been a housewife for years, and my husband and I have always made decisions jointly, had equal control of our finances and neither of us has ever done anything that affects the family without consulting the other. Most of the other housewives I know, as well as those I meet through my writing, are in a similar situation.

NineMSN have also written a similar article, expressing incredulity that the Duchess of Cambridge has said she wants to live as “an ordinary RAF wife” for the moment. They report another source saying that she hopes to take a “supporting role”. However this source feels compelled to explain that she will “not be idle”, which is not surprising considering that NineMSN goes on to write “in choosing to not to be involved in any public activities in the foreseeable future, Kate has given her critics ammunition who have already accused the 29-year-old of being "work-shy".

I beg your pardon? There is plenty of work to be done in the role the Duchess has undertaken. It isn’t just about caring for the home – it’s a whole lot more than that. I’ve yet to meet a housewife who wasn’t genuinely busy, and I have yet to finish a day where I have completed every item on my list of things I would like to do. Seriously, there is a more to being a housewife than meets the eye. In addition, the Duchess of Cambridge will need to fit everything she does round public engagements and official royal visits, several of which are being planned in the near future. Not to mention that next year is the Queen’s Jubilee Year when all the Royals will be expected to be heavily involved in public events and celebrations. I don’t think idleness will be a problem for her.

Soon enough the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be thrust into the limelight on a daily basis, and although it will hopefully be many years until it happens, one day they are destined to be King and Queen. And that is when normality, in whatever form, will most likely be difficult, if not impossible to achieve. So if the Duchess of Cambridge wants to enjoy a couple of fairly quiet years while she can, acclimatising to her role and to marriage (which is often challenging no matter how much in love you are or how fairy tale the romance), then why not? What right does anyone have to question her? And won’t it be lovely, when the Duchess of Cambridge does become Queen, to have a Royal Consort who has shopped in ordinary grocery stores, balanced a budget (just because you are well off doesn’t mean there isn’t a budget!) and organised a home?

When will so many of us understand that for the moment, aside from official engagements, the Royal Couple want to be left alone by all but their family and friends except when they are on official duties? Why is it so hard for so many to grasp the concept that ‘in the public eye’ does not mean ‘public property’?

I truly hope the furor will die down and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be allowed to enjoy a few years in relative peace. As much as we love to see them out and about, there will be plenty of joint public engagements and official occasions for that. If concentrating on being a housewife is what the Duchess of Cambridge wants to do, I hope she will be as happy and fulfilled doing it as I am. I also hope that it will encourage other women who want to, and whose family finances allow it, to actually consider being housewives once again and to feel good about their choice. Perhaps it might also encourage some elements of society to stop judging those of us who are housewives.

Anyway, from what I can see, this newlywed housewife looks very happy indeed.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Twitter Hop Thursday

I’m joining in with Twitter Hop Thursday over at The Kings Court IV once again, so please do join in and link up your Twitter account!

1. Add your Twitter to the MckLinky (you only have to add it to one and it will appear on all).

2. Click on the Twitter for the four hostesses (the first four entries) and me, The 21st Century Housewife at number 31, and follow each of us on Twitter. We will follow you back.

3. Follow as many people on Twitter as you like, but make sure to leave comments with links so they’ll know where to follow you!

Spread the word and add this MckLinky to your blog! Write your own post or copy and paste this one. Below the MckLinky box, you’ll see “Want to be a part of this Blog Hop? Click here for instructions and code”. Have fun Twitter-Hopping along!

The hostesses have selected a Twitterer of the Week from last week’s entries and the lucky winner is   @justtryingtosav! They will be in the #5 spot! We will choose next week’s winner from everyone who participated today.

It's Time for Another Edition of Ina's Garden

It’s time once again for another edition of Ina’s Garden. This time we baked amazing Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars. Please come along and join us by clicking here. There is still time to bake yours and link up – the linky is open for over a week!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Let's Do Brunch No 24

To see last week’s featured recipes and share your favourite breakfast, lunch and brunch recipes at the delicious Let’s Do Brunch, please click here.

Food From the Hearth to Feed Your Soul

For the wonderful Hearth and Soul Blog Hop, please click here

Monday, May 02, 2011

What's New....

It’s May Day here in England, so it is a National Holiday. Coming straight after the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, it means we have a four day weekend, which is a real treat! (Especially after last week’s four-day Easter weekend!) But just because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean there isn’t lots going on at The 21st Century Housewife.

For my Marriage Monday post, Faith in Marriage, please click here.

For a great Meatless Monday dip, please click here.

And for just one more post on the wonderful Royal Wedding, please click here.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Learning to Cook Italian Way

Recently I attended a wonderful Miele Masterclass - Introduction to Italian Cooking – at their Experience Centre in Abingdon. To read more about the very interesting day I spent there, please click here.