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Mango and Banana Sunset Lassi

Mango and banana lassi

Recently I was invited to take part in the Tesco Eat Happy Project, working with the Children’s Food Trust, which launched a new online cooking series called Let’s Cookalong over the summer.

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Spinach Eggy Bread

"What are you making, mummy?"

Nigella Lawson once told me (in her chapter on feeding toddlers and children in How to Eat) that you should introduce children to ‘bits’ in their food as early as possible so they get used to them and never refuse to eat something because they can’t take out all traces of green.

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The Delights of Spanish Olive Oil

Spanish olive groves – simply stunning!

Something that recently perked me up, and reminded me of summer, was a delivery from Spanish olive oil merchant Fincalink – a website devoted to promoting the advantages of eating beautifully fresh olive oil, delivered directly from the growers, which are based all over Spain.

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Review of Jo Wheatley’s new cookbook, ‘Home Baking’

From counting out the cakes to decorating them, these were a delight to make – for me and the children.

If you like the sound of dishes such as Apricot Frangipane, Chilli Chocolate Cookies, Thyme, Cheese & Tomato Quiche, and Chicken, Pancetta & Maple Parsnip Traybake then look no further than Jo Wheatley’s new cookbook, ‘Home Baking’

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Snake and Spider Cupcakes for Halloween


These easy vanilla cupcakes are so simple to make. Decorate with a swirl of delicious buttercream frosting.

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Quick 3-Fruit Salad

3 fruits salad

Warm weather seems to make it easier to eat more simply than usual and I’ve been whizzing up smoothies, throwing together delicious salads and keeping family food simple, just using delicious ingredients such as these fresh strawberries and ripe mangoes.

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Delicious Asparagus Dippers

Dip dip!

In the past, I’ve always steamed or boiled asparagus – hmmm, yes, nice enough. But I recently discovered the joys of cooking it in a griddle pan. It is a breakthrough – the asparagus retains its lovely sweet deliciousness but also has a bit of bite and crunch to it. Plus it is SO easy, which we like.

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The best ever family recipes from Mumsnet

Recipes for mums!

Having a bit of time off has given me the chance to take a proper look at Top Bananas! The best ever family recipes from Mumsnet by the ever-so-talented Crumbs sisters, Lucy and Claire McDonald…

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Breakfast Banana Pecan Muffins

Banana Muffins

I wanted to share a recipe for something else I like at breakfast: muffins. These banana pecan ones are really easy and not too sweet. The pecans give them a protein kick, which is a good energy booster for kids.

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Date & Walnut Loaf

Date & Walnut Loaf

In the spirit of thriftiness, I went through the kitchen cupboards and identified a few items that needed using up (dates, self-raising flour) and thought about what I could make. A slice with butter is perfect with a cup of tea on a winter’s afternoon, or it makes a good packed lunch addition (nut alert, mind you).

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