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MTT: Strawberry Sponge Mess #ThanksMum

February 26, 2016
Strawberry Sponge Mess recipe

My dad is the number one chef in our family, but it hasn’t always been that way. When I was little and he was working long old hours at his Marketing job (I always wanted to follow in his footsteps because he had a photocopier and coffee machine in his office – so proud) my mum was the main cook in our family. It was the 90s and she had a brilliantly solid repertoire of food that, at the time,…

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MTT: Leftover Veg Hash with Raita and an Egg

January 13, 2016
leftover veg hash

Winter is most definitely the season for leftover vegetables in this house. Summer is salads, winter is Tuppaware containers of cabbage, carrots and sprouts waiting in the fridge to be creatively used. But ‘leftover veg’ and ‘creatively used’ are two concepts that are usually mutually exclusive. I normally give up after vegetable soups and don’t even think about anything more adventurous. And so the veg festers in those Tuppaware containers, meeting a messy mouldy end in the bin. Food waste…

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Healthy Breakfast Ideas for 2016

January 4, 2016
healthy breakfast ideas

Breakfast is a big deal in our house. I’m not sure why but it always has been: somewhere along the line I seem to have instil in my two the importance of eating a good healthy meal to start the day. Well, at least in Huxley I have. He has a long-lasting passionate love affair with porridge and given the chance would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. However come breakfast time for the usually healthy Elfie it’s a battle to…

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The 2 Hour Roast Dinner With OvenPride

December 15, 2015
2 Hour Roast Dinner

What’s the best thing about the winter season? For us a hearty roast dinner comes high on our list: the first one in October is a real event and I try and make it a regular occurrence, once a fortnight or so throughout the winter months. There’s something so hearty and warming about spending the afternoon pottering round a hunk of meat while the kids watch films or craft at the kitchen table. When the weather outside is frightful you’ve…

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MTT: Roasted Flower Sprouts

December 13, 2015
Flower Sprouts

When it comes to feeding my two children vegetables I feel pretty lucky. They’re never clamouring to eat cabbage and would rather be faced with a bowl of sweets rather than swede but on the whole they’re really rather good. They will try things and have on occasion been persuaded to re-visit a vegetable they thought they didn’t like. Elfie may have spent most of yesterday complaining that she’s allergic to bananas (she’s not – but she’s definitely not a Minion…

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Brunch is the new Black: Riverlight Restaurant, Bourne End

December 2, 2015
Riverlight Restaurant Bourne End

I remember my first brunch. I was about 11 and lived in Worcestershire with my mum and dad (obviously). We had a full English breakfast, as we often did at the weekends, and eating at 10am my mum called it brunch. “What’s brunch?” we asked. She explained that brunch was an amalgamation of breakfast and lunch, a meal you eat mid-morning, and we nodded along feeling ever so fancy chomping on our sausages and glugging our orange juice. I didn’t…

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Thumbs Up To Muller Rice’s Remix

August 23, 2015

My kids are into desserts. Typical children, right? It’s definitely not genetic as I’m not so much into sweet things; I have a secret tub of Jude’s Salted Caramel ice cream in the freezer for ’emergencies’ but I’d generally rather eat a bag of crisps pre-dinner. I blame their love for the second course on nursery and school lunchtimes – they may get huge portions of fruit and veg there but they’re also offered the delights of crumble, jelly and chocolate…

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MTT: Asian Turkey and Lettuce Wraps with Stir-Fried Broccoli and Mini Sweetcorn (Turkey San Choy Bau)

April 7, 2015

I fell off the health wagon. Somewhere between not sleeping and a bit of boy trouble I totally lost my will to paleo. I’m talking serious discrepancies here: I’ve been eating bread, pasta, Belgian chocolate cookies, fish and chips. I re-discovered what it meant to eat for comfort, to get to the end of the day and crave nothing more than a bellyful of carbs. Special thank-you to my dad (from hereon in known as ‘The Enabler’) for bringing me two…

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MTT: Homemade Squash

February 20, 2015

When it comes to what my kids eat and drink I’ve always been a bit of a fanatic. I don’t really understand those who simply see food as fuel for their bodies; for my family it has always been a way to celebrate, get together, enjoy each other and eat something lovely. It’s an occasion and I think is evident in my (and by indoctrination, their ;) love of cooking and restaurants. Because of this I’ve always placed an emphasis…

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MTT: Cheesy Toad In The Hole Recipe with Caramelised Onion Gravy

February 19, 2015
Sausages cooking

A Cheesy Toad in the Hole Recipe I‘ve been wondering how to explain the concept of this dish to you. It’s a tricky one, a dish that may well have you pulling faces and asking me if I’ve gone mad (I haven’t! Not this time!!!). When raving about this dish to a couple of friends they’ve been skeptical, but let me tell you now, buddies: it really is up to the hype. This dish was born of a trip to…

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MTT: Fluffy American Pancakes With Maple Bacon

February 8, 2015
American Pancakes with maple bacon

Pancakes were very much A Thing for my brother and I growing up. I remember my mum making them, not just for pancake day but for special treats and to eat as Crepes Suzette at their ever so grown-up dinner parties. My brother and I loved them – we ate them very plainly with only caster sugar, still do – and it was one of the first things I learned how to cook myself. Pancake-eating as a kid is one of…

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