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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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The Complete Green Smoothie Recipe

June 20, 2016
complete green smoothie recipe

I’m a real juicing purist. Lots of people are on the juicing train and I think that’s brilliant – juicing, sildenafil in conjunction with a healthy diet, is SO good for us. Though some, like me, drink smoothies rather than juices it seems to all fall under the same umbrella of ‘juicing’ (actual juices are created by pressing the fruit or veg): blitzing my veg and fruit leaves the fibre behind which is more filling and nutritionally complete. My weapon…

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The Thunderbirds 2 Cake From Parteaz

May 20, 2016
Thunderbirds 2 birthday cake

It was Hux’s 4th birthday this week, and before now he hadn’t had a party to celebrate the occasion of growing a year older. Elfie has always been very aware of birthdays and has loved a party ever since she was a toddler, but my boy was entirely non-fussed by such things. Beyond the odd present he knows he’s allowed to request he’s just not that bothered, the little weirdo. But with this being the last birthday before he hotfoots it off to…

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MTT: Easy Bread Recipe

May 9, 2016
easy bread recipe

I‘m a bit of a bread purist. Bread purism is a thing, it really is. When I gave up wheat and therefore bread a couple of years ago I felt amazing – really really amazing – but I missed bread. Put it this way, of you asked me which I missed most, bread or my best friend who lives in New York, it’d be a close contest. And that’s because bread is the best. Crunchy, fluffy, stodgy, beautiful bread. Served warm…

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MTT: Apple, Cinnamon and Salted Caramel Hot Cross Bun

March 14, 2016
Apple, cinnamon and salted caramel hot cross buns

I love Easter. Not for the reasons you might think – I’m not religious and I don’t like chocolate (I feel like I’m failing the sisterhood every time I admit that) – but because of the special get-togethers with family. It’s a time when we take a break from work, sit around a table together and eat something magnificent that my dad has cooked. Lamb, if you’re reading this, please dad ;) It’s also the time of year when I think…

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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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