Frustrated by Family Mealtimes?

Do you find yourself cooking different meals for everyone? Buying more convenience food because it is? Busy and out of balance with life, work and family? Struggling for ideas for things to cook that you’ll all enjoy? Any of this sound familiar? Below are some ideas for simple family meals created by my children, I’d love about your favourites and I’ll add them below. A ‘How I’ Blog – How I Keep Sane at Mealtimes In the past few months my family food choices have gone down hill, I returned to teaching 3 days a week, so went down the … Continue reading Frustrated by Family Mealtimes?

Eating Together Improves Our Children’s WellBeing

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Shrove Tuesday – Do you give a Toss?

  A Message for my daughter and maybe yours too? What is Shrove Tuesday? Going through this week’s calendar and getting organised, I note it’s pancake day on Tuesday. I’ve taught the meaning of this to kids over the years in different schools, and remember that the word  shrove is linked to being shriven from sin. In past times there was a call to confession with the pancake bell. Fasting Some research suggests that people used up their store cupboard ingredients in the pancakes,  so they were eaten before the 40 fasting period of Lent. Other reading points to the ingredients … Continue reading Shrove Tuesday – Do you give a Toss?

How Do You Like Your Eggs in the Morning? She Likes Hers with Some Rye.

Thank you Linda for sharing this wonderful Low GI Hangover Cure recipe and blog – A couple of years ago I came across this recipe which has become one of my favourite breakfast dishes. I’ve been working hard to follow a relatively low GI diet for about a year now and this is a gem in that respect. It delivers great protein, good fats and its low rating on the glycaemic index means my body really likes it. It’s also fantastic for a hangover. In fact I came across the recipe in a men’s health magazine whilst sitting in a hotel … Continue reading How Do You Like Your Eggs in the Morning? She Likes Hers with Some Rye.

A Sorry Bunch

Recently,  I dug up a really sorry looking bunch of carrots. They were frozen, overcrowded, and had lots of black fly.  With a good peel and chop, they scrubbed up well and I was able to create a tasty lentil and carrot soup.     I used a really simple base ingredient, to which there are numerous herbs that could be added to liven it up, such as cumin, coriander and chilli or mixed italian herbs etc.   I’ve kept it plain so that all the family will enjoy it.   Chilli sprinkles and other optional herbs are on the table … Continue reading A Sorry Bunch

Pale, Pasty and Pathetic? This might just be the tonic you need.

If you are feeling a bit run down, this is a wonderful immune boosting, comforting and connecting chicken stock, a soup for the soul, I think there’s even a book written about it. I’ve made it since my children were babies. At the moment, they’ve got chesty coughs and colds and are looking and sounding a bit sorry for themselves.  My daughter,  Ellie asked me if I’d make this, given how fussy she can be about her food she can really surprise me with what she enjoys.  Clearly their bodies tell them what they need, apart from all the sweets. Using vegetables recently … Continue reading Pale, Pasty and Pathetic? This might just be the tonic you need.

From Dirty Ood to Spicy Food

Adventures on the Allotment – A Spicy Parsnip Soup The mutant parsnips I dug at the allotment ground yesterday transformed well into a tasty sweet parsnip soup and uplifted with chilli sprinkles. I’ll be planting parsnip seeds in late February, this time I might sieve the soil, although I rather like the Dr Who Ood features of this one.   Over on my Allotment Facebook page I created a short video about it. Recipe – chopped onion, chopped garlic, a large cube of chopped fresh ginger and a big spoon of garam masala all fried together in coconut oil for about 10 minutes. To this softened … Continue reading From Dirty Ood to Spicy Food