Chocolate donuts cure the world!

My heart always skips a beat when I see the school number light up on my phone. Today it was the school nurse calling to say that one of my girls has fallen flat on her face. Oh dear! Cancel afternoon activities. Cancel school pick up arrangements. Cancel a productive day in the office before the weekend. Cancel afternoon exercise me-time.

So… HELLO chocolate covered pumpkin donuts! Isn’t it funny how something as simple and cute as a mini donut can forgive and forget, washing away the day’s troubles and ‘cure’ a 6 year old with a fat upper lip.


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Gluten Free bread that’s a winner!

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

Playful Pizza Dough by Sweetpea Pantry

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I was hooked at the tagline! Super food for super kids… yes please, sign me up 🙂 Sweetpea Pantry was started by an old colleague of mine and her friend in London, and from the day I heard about it I was hooked! It wasn’t until recently I had the privilege to road test it and try it out. I LOVE what the company stand for – sugar will never be one of the top 3 ingredients and they say Sweetpea Pantry products are 100% natural, 100% honest and 100% fun. The products are full of all-natural and super-powered ingredients including chia, quinoa, flax, wholegrains and reduced unrefined sugars. Continue reading

Friends are the family you choose!

Ok, this is actually a quiche recipe post. There is a bit of story behind my quiche making this week, so join me on my expat life adventures, or not… I won’t be offended if you skip down further straight to the recipe!

One challenge of expat life and moving abroad is leaving your friends back home, but especially leaving your family behind. Now we have children, it’s even harden to balance vacation time trying to ensure time with grandparents and wanting our little angels to grow up knowing the people who greatly shaped our lives and the people we are today – with our ‘family time’ and new experiences of the 189 other countries out there in the world.

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Chocolate Sourdough Cake

Ever wondered what to do with leftover sourdough starter? With each feeding of the starter there is generally a bit that goes to waste and with it a tiny bit of my heart each time I pour off the excess straight into the bin, but there is only so much you can give to friends and neighbours! I generally keep it in the fridge most weeks as it’s more manageable to then only feed it once a Continue reading

Grandmas are mummys with frosting!

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Being in the kitchen with the kids is a great bonding experience. And more so for the grandparents who we don’t see as often as we’d like. I like to think of it as a productive use of time as well as the end result can be dinner on the table or snacks for the week prepared! Cooking with kids teaches them more than just cooking. Cooking for my mum was a fun and rewarding way of teaching her dyslectic teenage step son how read. Cooking can help learn planning, presentation, creativity, time management, being proud of your accomplishments, discipline, improvisation (a big one in my kitchen!), safety, sharing, and many other life lessons. It’s also a way to teach family history and heritage passing down recipes and experience that often come with entertaining stories.

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