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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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Gizzi Erskine’s Best Spring Recipes

April 10, 2017
Gizzi Erskine

Gizzi Erskine is a trained chef turned food writer and TV personality who has a lot of character – from her signature vintage style to her self-professed dislike of baking, she’s definitely got plenty of spirit. With spring just around the corner we thought we’d check out some of this fiesty foodie’s best spring recipes. With fresh, light dishes and unique flavour combinations, a taste of Gizzi’s cooking is sure to leave you hungry for more! If you’re thinking of…

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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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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 #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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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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An Early Christmas With Waitrose

November 13, 2015
Waitrose #MakesChristmas launch

It’s funny, the emotional attachment we develop to not just people, but to places as well. I’m one of those people who has these ‘happy place’ attachments, locations I go to feel content, where I feel at home and at peace. Waitrose is one of these. When I was going through the beginning of my marriage split it was the place I would retreat to while my ex visited the kids, it was a sanctuary to wander around while I…

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