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Win! An Everdure by Heston BBQ Worth £599 from Kettler

May 4, 2017

Summer is so close I can almost smell it, and over here the season smells like cut grass, SPF 40 and, our absolute favourite, BBQs. In our house we’ve always been a fan of the BBQ, and it’s one of my favourite methods of cooking. The kids love it too – sausages, chicken, vegetables (yeah right – sweetcorn if you’re lucky) – and the start of summer always heralds the firing up of our outdoor grill. It’s a real family…

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MTT: Sweetcorn Fritters

April 19, 2017
Sweetcorn fritter recipe

Last week, on what was thus far the warmest day of the year, I took myself off to do one of my favourite things: a solo working lunch. It’s the perfect situation… I order up some gorgeous food, sit on my laptop and run through emails, or read my favourite blogs and incept ideas for clients and myself. Only this lunchtime there was a fatal flaw in the plan. The sunshine. Sitting outside (duh, I’m British and it was above…

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#CookandShare with Waitrose This Easter

April 10, 2017
#CookandShare with Waitrose

I once dated somebody who wasn’t really into food. “What’s the point?” he would say. “Food is only fuel to run your body”. This particular man had managed to get to the age of 32 without having tried either stilton or avocado which should have been red-flag enough, but glutton for punishment that I am I went along with a couple more dates with him to Nandos. Apparently I wasn’t grateful enough to be the beneficiary of his loyalty points-chicken after one particular…

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MTT: Buttermilk Fried Chicken

April 3, 2017
buttermilk fried chicken

Without a doubt, the thing I miss most about all the time I’ve spent in New York is the fried chicken. My obsession developed about three years ago, on a visit to Sweet Chick on Bedford Ave in Brooklyn. It’s a restaurant devoted to fried chicken (PRAISES!!), and ever since that first meal I’ve returned every trip to devour their fried chicken, maple syrup, waffles and shoestring fries. So freaking good. This year the chicken fascination grew with an NYC…

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Yorkshire Pudding Recipe

March 24, 2017
yorkshire pudding recipe

In my opinion, the best foods are the simplest ones done well. Take my favourite meal of all time: the mighty jacket potato with beans and cheese, perfected over many years to ensure a perfectly crisp outside and a creamy soft interior. Done right there’s absolutely nothing better, and it’s my go-to meal for when I need a warm hug from the inside. Which is why I reckon you can stick your soufflés and your reductions, your fancy oysters and…

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An Everdine Review: Do You Eat Frozen Food?

November 4, 2016
Everdine review

We don’t really do frozen food in this house. Correction – we didn’t really do frozen food in this house until my BFF introduced me to the lifesaving genius that is Waitrose’s frozen mashed potato (IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE). Also, I’ll chuck a couple of sausages in my freezer every so often if they’re about to go out of date and will often make up an extra child-sized lasagne to freeze for a backup meal, but other than that…

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MTT Does McDonald’s #ad

October 25, 2016
healthy happy meals

I always think that McDonald’s is a bit of a family institution. I’ve been going with my own parents ever since I was a tot – special treats only, once I even had a Ronald McDonald birthday there! – and it’s somewhere I have been happy to take my own kids as they’ve grown older. As an adult, there’s something really comforting about McDonald’s. There’s always room in my life for a Quarter Pounder with Cheese meal (yum) and you…

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A BFF Shopmium Dinner Party – WIN a £300 Supermarket Voucher

September 22, 2016
Shopmium Dinner Party

Do you know one thing I miss about the (not-so great) utopian suburban couple-based dream? DINNER PARTIES. In my past life I loved a good dinner party. One year, as a 25th birthday treat to myself, all I wanted was for my friends to come round for supper and a day and a half to prepare a five-course feast for them: cooking for dinner parties is my jam. Give me a week of planning, a stack of recipe books, a big grocery…

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A #ThankGoodness Optiwell Treat: Win a £350 Luxury Hotel Break

September 14, 2016
#ThankGoodness Optiwell

It’s fair to say that being a parent is bloody hard. Whether you’re a single mum or an attached dad or a legal guardian, the responsibility of being in charge of small human beings is massive and something you can rarely escape. There have been times where even the smallest of parent-based responsibilities have freaked me out: I remember once writing a shopping list soon after Hux had been weaned and feeling totally overwhelmed with the pure responsibility of feeding…

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MTT: Breakfast Salad

September 7, 2016
Breakfast Salad

Lunch is my nemesis. That might seem a little dramatic to say, but when you work from home and spend your days ping-ponging between marmite on toast, avocado on toast and last night’s leftover sausages you’ll know what I mean. Have you ever tried re-heating day-old macaroni cheese? Urgh. That’s probably the thing I miss most about working from an office: the choice of a lunch. Whether it’s the delightful pick of sandwiches at Pret, a meal deal at Boots, a naughty Wagamamas…

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Wiggly Worms and Bolognaise with the Morphy Richards Spiralizer

July 29, 2016
Morphy Richards Spiralizer Express

Is this a healthy dinner, mummy? Is a question Elfie asks me on a regular basis. I’m no health nut (OK, I am a bit) but I do like to make sure the family gets the required amount of fruit and veg daily, and this seems to have rubbed off on Elfie (not Hux, unfortunately) who seems to actively enjoy healthy choices over not-so-healthy choices. Parenting job done here, I think! This is all well and good, but unfortunately I’ve…

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