“Mummy, there is an octopus in my dinner!!”
This statement is not a lie and led to an interesting dinner time conversation followed by a meal of seafood trading around the dinner table … which in my books is allowed as long as you try a little of everything. It occurred to me as a mother I have assumptions on what my children will and won’t eat and I need to try more often testing and disproving these assumptions. A friendly chat with other mums recently confirmed that it wasn’t just me presuming and preselecting the tastes, textures and cuisines that I think (or hope!) my kids will eat. Continuing to offer the same flavours time and time again may lead long term to a limited palette and closed mind on food choices, but yes there is no argument that at least they will have something in their body before bedtime! Continue reading
I’ve recently removed wheat and dairy from my diet in a bid to sort out my skin and hormone related issues. And while it is working miracles (for me) and my body is feeling so much better, I’m not going to lie – I miss bread. And don’t even mention cheese on toast! I am a HUGE fan of The Life-Changing loaf of Bread as a fab wheat free option packed full of goodness, fibre and good fats, BUT it’s just not the same for making sandwiches or a special weekend soft poached egg and wilted spinach on toast.
After a bit of searching, I came across this recipe with the bold title “GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN HOMEMADE BREAD (THAT DOESN’T SUCK)” Continue reading
…my only sunshine,
you make me happy,
when times are grey.
You’ll never know dear,
how much I love you.
Please don’t take,
my sunshine away!
The simple things like “mummy can we pick some carrots” and then breaking into song when she wants to wash them and eat them … it, well, makes my heart sing.
This year has been our first year planting carrots in our garden, and low and behold they actually grew edible viable fruits of our labour! Our home garden has been a bid to get our children to learn where food comes from and appreciate the time and effort to produce it, as well as supplement our growing grocery bills as the kids keep growing. It’s been an enjoyment for all of us as well as a lesson in life, time and patience.
I recently shared a carrot soup recipe and talked about 101 ways with carrots. What is your favorite carrot recipe?
From our kitchen garden to yours. Xx
“What’s for dinner mummy?” asks Amelia. “Orange soup with bunny ears!” I reply.
A little nose edges up to the side of the kitchen bench and then on tippy toes, two big eyes peer over the top of the bowl. A smile breaks out on her face when she sees a vague bunny nose & eyes (natural yoghurt drop), bunny ears (homemade sourdough bread) and a big bowl of orange soup (carrot & ginger soup). It helps that she is in orange class this year at school so the more orange in her life the better!
A good friend recently asked me how to get her 2 year old to eat more variety of foods. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I do hope that people can learn from what we’ve had success with in our house. Continue reading
I’ve found a healthy breakfast that keeps me full until lunchtime. Now that’s an achievement! I’m constantly eating and since I was pregnant with twins, I can’t leave home even now without a container of nuts, an apple or a date bar in my handbag (actually normally its all 3!). I worked with a good friend once in a hotel banqueting team who introduced me to the concept of ‘elevenses‘. This would normally involved a cup of tea and something sweet to get us through until a late lunch break … timing it just right so that the client lunch buffet had just been cleared and we could eat the leftover client food rather than the staff canteen food! Working in a hotel there was never a shortage of sweet treats to go with a cuppa and my ever expanding waistline showed it. After making Almond Pancakes the other morning, I was pleased to notice I skipped my usual constant all day snacking, made it right over elevenses and was good until lunch without even thinking about food. These pancakes could even be a post-workout treat! Continue reading
I call out from the kitchen window “Evelyn, show Daddy where the big eggplants are in the garden so he can help you pick one. I need it in the kitchen now for dinner!“. The deep purple skin is so firm, fresh and shiny it blows my mind that it grew in my own garden and it’s still warm from being on the plant enjoying the last of the day’s sunshine. I slice it, dress it with no more than a drizzle of olive oil, ground sea salt and a little black pepper, then just before placing it on the grill I decide that a sprinkle of fresh thyme from the garden that will finish it off nicely. Bliss… I’m in my happy place. It was the sweetest most tender eggplant I think I have ever eaten, but it my judgement may be clouded by the serene picture of my little girl running to the garden bed where the eggplants are and pointing out the purple beauties that have grown with little more than water and a bit of sunshine in our own backyard! I wear a smile ear to ear watching the kids jump off the garden edging, as they navigate the meandering sweet potato shoots now breaking the boundaries of the garden beds and watch them swoop down to pick a bean and munch on it straight from the garden, or pull our a carrot and run inside to wash it for immediate eating.
So, where does food come from? Continue reading