I don’t know about your kids but i’d wager that most toddlers are the same, they love to say no especially when it comes to meal times. I get it, we all like a little power, sticking it to the man. I’m partial to it myself! If you think about it, when you’re under 5 there’s not much you really have control over except your poor parents sleep schedules and your own food intake. We’re pretty lucky in that although Luisa is stubborn as a mule she’s also easily coerced (bad parent, I know) so I’ve always found it quite easy to convince her to at least try fruit with the old ‘OH I LOVE STRAWBERRIES let me eat them’. Once she gets going she finds she enjoys it… sucker. Veg is a little tricker though… she will almost always reject vegetable pizza toppings, chunks in a sauce or pieces in…

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It’s no secret that I love good food but creating and sharing recipes is, sadly, something I don’t often have time to do. Before Luisa was born I was absolutely the Chef in residence but adding a new baby into the mix meant Matt had to step up to the plate. Quick note – I won’t apologise for massive overuse of puns. It’s not that Matt wasn’t a good cook, he was just a bit slow and lacked creativity. Well, that’s all changed now, with Luisa demanding most of my time – particularly in the late afternoon Matt is well on his was to a Michelin star. He is quickly racking up a really stellar collection of recipes that would make you audibly sigh with satisfaction. Now, this is fabulous, having someone to cook dinner five nights out of seven is a major parenting win. But, I’m starting to really…

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Anyone else willing to admit they’re at least 40% chocolate? I’m utterly addicted to the stuff. It doesn’t even need to be fancy, if it’s chocolate i’ll scoff it. Don’t get me wrong I love a posh bar of Montezuma as much as the next girl but I’m just as happy with a multi pack of freddos.     Obviously this love affair has certain drawbacks. For example my skin is rubbish and I’m at least 3 stone heavier than I’d like to be. If you’ve read my blog for a while you’ll know i’m trying to be a bit healthier myself and to help Luisa make good choices. Last year we made frozen Easter fruit pops which she loved so I’ll be whipping those up again this year if we have good weather!     It’s not entirely a guilty pelasure though, A recent study found that dark chocolate helps restore…

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I don’t know about you but I don’t need an excuse to eat pancakes. I won’t be held ransom by the calendar – I’m a maverick! That being said, loading up on carby sugary goodness on a regular basis probably isn’t the best idea. With that in mind this Pancake Tuesday I’m sharing a couple of recipes, some are totally decadent and some are healthier ways to enjoy one of my favourite breakfast treats.   Before you dive headfirst into a bowl of maple syrup I have a few tips, tricks and product recommendations. You want to start out with quality kit to avoid a pancake day disaster. We were kindly sent a new pan and some utensils from Debenhams to make sure our breakfast was a hit. If you’re a loser parent like me you’ll understand the sheer giddy excitement that took over when I opened my package to find a…

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Luisa might be a long way off starting school but September still means a return to routine for us. The l.o.n.g summer is drawing to a close and that means all our little clubs and groups will be starting back very soon. Don’t get me wrong I’ve had a lovely summer but it can really drag when your other half is at work 8 hours a day and you’ve no real respite. I can’t wait to get back into our little routine of baby clubs and swimming classes. The chance to enjoy at least half a cup of tea whilst Luisa wreaks havoc in a local church hall sounds like absolute bliss to me right now.     This Autumn it’s Tuesday that will be our hectic day. We have a mums & tots group in the morning from 9-11 then i’ll pop to the coffee shop next door to…

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We’ve all been there – meandering around town, peckish, with time to spare and delusions of grandeur. You start looking for somewhere to lunch or brunch and then you remember your clammy little sidekick with no table manners. Well that’s that then, off to a popular family friendly chain for canteen style food. Or is it? I am absolutely not about to spend my time or money in a below par establishment just because I have a baby in tow. By and large I’ve kept going to the same places I’ve always favoured. That being said, not all eateries are as accommodating as you might need them to be when you’re dining with someone under 2ft. Here’s a quick guide to my 4 favourite spots for some quality grub in Belfast, in no particular order. These are by far the best places I’ve been to with Luisa, all for different reasons,…

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Today I have a bit of a different post for you, I’m joining in an A-Z cooking with kids bloghop organised by Becky from 3 Princesses 1 Dude. Head over to her blog to find a different recipe you can make with your kids for each letter of the alphabet.   Houmous, Hummus whatever you want to call it it’s delicious. A tasty chickpea dip originating from Levantine cuisine. It’s an absolute staple in the middle east, mediterranean and in every good mummy’s Ocado order.   Aside from the fact that its really tasty there are a lot of other reasons to eat more hummus. It’s packed full of protein, b vitamins, folate and more. Sure it’s not low calorie but the calories are nutrient dense thanks to those vitamins, minerals and good fats. Plus studies have shown that chickpeas can lower cholesterol.   Recently I’ve been trying to involve Luisa more…

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As you’ll know if you’ve been hanging around here for a while Luisa and I are part of the HiPP Organic Wean Team. One of the perks of this gig is finding out about and trying new products before they hit the shelves. On 1st June HiPP Organic will have a new line of porridge pouches on sale exclusively in Tesco, they’ll be available in Waitrose from June 13th. The porridge pouches are suitable from 6 months and come in 3 flavours; Pear, Apple & Apricot; Apple & Peach and Fruity Porridge.     As I said we’ve had the chance to try these porridge pouches out over the last few weeks. The first one Luisa tried was the pear, apple & apricot flavour. I have to be honest here she did not like it at all. Her displeasure was so strong I couldn’t even get one photo were she…

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As I said in a recent post I took it upon myself to make Luisa’s first birthday cake. If you follow me on social media at all you might have seen that my baking journey was a bit of rollercoaster but we got there in the end. If you’re a baking novice like me I can’t say I’d advise making a birthday cake especially not a first birthday cake! Honestly it would have been easier and more enjoyable to buy a plain cake and decorate it myself. There’s a good reason that cake making is an actual job.   Anyway I thought I’d pop on and share how I made the cake and a few tips I picked up along the way. The recipe I use was adapted from Gym Bunny Mummy’s go to sponge. I modified the quantities to make a 3 layer cake.     As I said my…

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