Poppy the Alpaca

A Perfect Day out at Willows Farm (London Colney)

When mention of a day trip to Willows Farm was made at playgroup last month, I reserved our seats on the coach within two minutes. We had been to the activity farm a couple … [Read More...]

What do you put in your lunchbox

Healthy Lunchbox Ideas for Busy Parents

When you are looking after a family and working as well, keeping on top of things can be difficult. Although you might not see your own lunch as a priority, it is important to … [Read More...]

What am I

My Sunday Photo – 21 June 2015

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Ice Cream in Ball Jar

Who is going to BritMums Live?

After work this afternoon, I will be heading off to BritMums Live, the biggest blogging event of the year for parent bloggers. I was desperate to attend in 2014, but Wriggly … [Read More...]

No-Churn Ice Cream with no Added Sugar

No-Churn Ice Cream with no Added Sugar

I love nothing more than a challenge, so when I was asked to create smoothie and ice cream recipes with hidden vegetables in, I did not hesitate for a second. The people … [Read More...]

Wriggly Eating her 1st Birthday Cake

A Relaxed 1st Birthday Party (& Who Wants to Win a Personalised Cake?)

Wriggly’s first birthday party was a very relaxed affair. Out of all the birthday bashes we have had over the past six years, it has definitely been the least organised one, … [Read More...]

Wine Pairing for Dummies - Cheese and Merlot

Wine Pairing for Dummies in 30 seconds or 3 minutes!

Last week, for Wriggly’s first birthday, my friend Cé stayed over and as we were enjoying a glass of bubbly, we started chatting about wine pairing (as you do). When we were … [Read More...]

Wriggly

Family Update – June – My Baby is One!

Has anyone seen the sun? Any idea where it might be hiding? I need vitamin D! Wriggly (1 year old) · You are one today; a whole year old. It seems so long ago that I gave … [Read More...]

Me and..

Me and… Running

I do not run. Ever. Well, I probably would if a bear or a lion started chasing me, but what are the chances? The last time I ran… well, I am not too sure actually. … [Read More...]

Milkshakes and Smoothies

My Sunday Photo – 7 June 2015 – Smoothie or Milkshake?

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Tomatoes, Tenderstem Broccoli, French Beans and Chili Pepper

Guest Post: 5 Steps to Better Blog Images

Do you fancy a few tips to improve your blog photos? Look no further! This morning, I am on my way to Tots100’s BlogCamp Bristol and I am delighted to welcome the lovely … [Read More...]

pulled pork sandwich

How to Make Pulled Pork Sandwiches (Cook Along Recipe)

If you liked our pulled pork recipe and would like to cook along with me, look no further! Had I not seen Vicki's wonderful video recipes, I doubt I would ever have tried … [Read More...]

Baking with Kids - Quick & Easy Ginger & Honey Biscuits - Happy Biscuits, Sad Biscuits

Baking with Kids: Quick & Easy Ginger & Honey Biscuits

A couple of weeks ago, Beanie came home from preschool with an activity pack. The suggested activity was to read a book by Meredith Hooper, Honey Biscuits, and bake … [Read More...]

Perfect Pulled Pork Recipe - My Sandwich yum yum

Perfect Pulled Pork Recipe

On Monday, we made the most of the bank holiday by inviting friends and family for lunch, and more friends for dinner. We had our first meal sat around the table in our back … [Read More...]

A Moreish 'Free From' Cake - No Gluten, Wheat or Eggs in this Fun Party Cake

Wangle Buzzing Cake (& a ‘Free From’ one at that!)

After visiting the Roald Dahl museum last week, my mind was bursting with wonderful ideas; full of colours, flavours and fireworks. I decided to make a cake that would be … [Read More...]

Baking with Allergic Toddlers

My Sunday Photo – 31 May 2015 – The Best Part of Baking…

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Roald Dahl Museum - Creativity is Key

SandWitches, Whizzpopper & Oompa Loompas at The Roald Dahl Museum

Have you been to Great Missenden? Well, I had never heard of the picturesque village until last Saturday. My friend Loraine and I wanted to take our children out for the … [Read More...]

#FreeFromFeast - free from picnic

#FreeFromFeast with Allergy UK

Have I ever mentioned I love a picnic? The girls and I have had one pretty much every Tuesday since September, as there is only an hour between the end of playgroup and the … [Read More...]

That Zebra Crossing at Abbey Road

Paul McCartney Live: What a Legend!

I had the privilege to see Sir Paul McCartney live in London on Sunday. The more I got thinking about my love for The Beatles, the more memories started flowing back. I can … [Read More...]

sweets

My Sunday Photo – 24 May 2015 – Sweets

Here is the reason why I should never (ever) go food shopping... I have plans for these sweets, though. Watch this space! … [Read More...]

The Best & Simplest Vegetarian Lasagne  Recipe Ever about to go in the Oven

The Best & Simplest Vegetarian Lasagne Recipe Ever!

As National Vegetarian Week draws to a close, I have just found out that my little blog was a finalist in the prestigious Brilliance in Blogging awards. I am thrilled to bits, … [Read More...]

Teacher at Heart

I Resigned Yesterday

I resigned yesterday. I think I always wanted to be a teacher. When I was in my 20s, I was picturing myself at nursery level or as a lecturer. I have always known I would … [Read More...]

Even allergic toddlers can make bread with Sukrin - Jumpy pouring water into the bowl

Baking with Toddlers

Do you often bake with your toddler? When you have as many food allergies as Jumpy, cooking might not be your hobby of choice. It is mine though, and I want my little girl … [Read More...]

3-Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream Ready in 3 Minutes

3-Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream Ready in 3 Minutes

I have written about it before: we all love ice cream at home. Well, apart from Hubby, but he was an ice cream man in his twenties, so he says he has eaten all the ice cream … [Read More...]

Happy Biscuits

My Sunday Photo – 17 May 2015 – Happy Biscuits

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Baby Wriggly's Baptism at Buckfast Abbey - water, christening

Another Milestone for Wriggly

It is rare for both the English and the French side of our family to get together. At the start of the last bank holiday weekend, we made our way to South Devon. My mum, her … [Read More...]

Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup with a Kick

Two Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup Recipes – one Vegan, the other with a Kick

"You have to eat soup if you want to become big and strong!" As I was growing up, my Mamie (nan) always had all sorts of (questionable) phrases to describe the benefits of … [Read More...]

Meeting an Old Friend

Meeting an Old Friend & What is a Food Blogger?

Today I met an old friend for the first time. I know it does not really make sense, but bear with me. I 'e-met' Reneé, aka Mummy Tries, at the very start of my blogging … [Read More...]

10 Minute Crafts – A Thoughtful but Quick Card Using a Photo and Buttons - so pretty!

10 Minute Crafts – Quick Card… Scrapbooking Style

Seven years ago, I was in Covent Garden having a drink with my cousin when I got the text from my friend Loraine announcing the birth of her gorgeous baby girl. Seven years … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 10 May 2015

My Sunday Photo – 10 May 2015 – Cake!

This gorgeous cake was made by my friend Vicki, the one and only Free From Fairy. She baked this impressive chocolate-lover's dream for Wriggly's baptism last week, so that … [Read More...]

Wriggly - May 2015

Family Update – May

Although I am not a fan of the whole concept of moving clocks forward or backward, I have to say I love having more light in the evening. I feel more energised, more human. I … [Read More...]

The Card Gallery - Baptism Invites

Creating the Perfect Bespoke Invitations

I would love to have enough time in my hands to make all of my children’s invitations myself. Right now, life is as busy as it has ever been and I barely manage to get four or … [Read More...]

Pretty Photo Props

Pretty Props for Food Photos

Eating is my favourite hobby. Cooking comes pretty close. Taking nicely styled photos of our food is a new thing. Until recently, I was sticking to cups, jars, plates and … [Read More...]

Tarte aux Pommes

My Sunday Photo – 3rd May 2015 – Tarte aux Pommes

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Lake Kivu, Rwanda, Sunset

What Makes You Happy?

Life is so incredibly busy at the moment I rarely take a step back to just relax and be grateful for what I have. My friend Louise, who blogs at Little Hearts Big Love, … [Read More...]

Riz au Lait

A Good Day

Today was a good day, full of fun, food, sleep,  bags, tweets, shoes, chats ... oh, and poo! The sun was shining this morning and it was warm enough for short sleeves and … [Read More...]

A Treat for Teachers - Hamper for the Staffroom

A Useful Present for the Children’s Teachers – Hamper for Break Time

Be nice to teachers! They look after our children, comfort them, teach them to read and write and nurture them. They also share their knowledge with the little ones and answer … [Read More...]

Mel & Elizabeth Talking about Food Blogging & Money at BlogCamp Birmingham April 2015

Can you Make Money as a Food Blogger?

Yesterday, I led a session about making money food blogging at a bloggers’ conference with social media expert Elizabeth, who blogs at Rosalilium. I mainly talked about food, … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 26 April 2015

My Sunday Photo – 26 April 2015 – Some Seriously Moreish Fudge

If you fancy the recipe for this delicious white chocolate, lemon and rhubarb fudge (ready in less than 10 minutes!), head over to Steph's recipe. … [Read More...]

10 Minute Crafts - Seashells Painted with Melted Crayons - Kids Decorate their Room

10 Minute Crafts – Seashells Painted with Melted Crayons

Collecting seashells on the beach is a universal thing for children. My little ones love looking for rocks as well, and then they insist on taking them home. What do you do … [Read More...]

No Bake White Chocolate & Cranberry Cereal Bars

Tasty Tuesdays

Happy Tuesday everyone! I am delighted to host Tasty Tuesdays for my friend Vicki this week. Vicki’s blog, Honest Mum, is one of my favourite reads. It is full of family … [Read More...]

4-Ingredient Strawberry Ice Cream - quick, healthy, nice & easy

4-Ingredient Strawberry Ice Cream – Quick, Simple, Tasty, Healthy, ‘Free From’

Have you ever made ice cream from scratch? I am not sure why, but I thought the process of making ice cream was difficult and tedious. How wrong was I? Last year, I found … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 19 April 2015

My Sunday Photo – 19 April 2015 – Ice Cream

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Gardening & Enjoying Smoothies in the Sunshine

Sunshine & Al Fresco Dining

Is it just me or does food taste way better when eaten in the sunshine? I have not had much time off work during my little ones’ Easter break, but when I had a day off, we … [Read More...]

Devon

I Cheated on my Husband…

I have a confession to make. I have been unfaithful to Hubby. I have just checked my diary (Yes, I write a diary. No I am not 12). It all started at my friend’s house on 18 … [Read More...]

Easy Thai-Style Chicken Thighs

Easy Thai-Style Chicken Thighs

This delicious recipe is my friend Aimee’s. We already have one of our staple meals named after her - Aimee chicken (chicken Korma), and it is my little ones’ favourite dish. … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 12 April 2015

My Sunday Photo – 12 April 2015

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Cheese Platter with Fruit, Chutney & Savoury Digestive Biscuits... and a little hand!

The Gastronomic Gift Box: Foodies’ Heaven

When Serenata Flowers asked me whether I wanted to review their services, I had never heard of them so I had a look at their website. My eyes were immediately drawn to the … [Read More...]

Wriggly

Family Update – April

“Here comes the sun, tadadada, here comes the sun…” I love this weather! More sun, please, more sun! Wriggly (10 months) You love eating just like us and you … [Read More...]

White Chocolate, Vanilla and Raspberry Layer Cake - Delicious, Easy & Decadent

White Chocolate, Vanilla and Raspberry Layer Cake

I made a 'big' cake and iced it! It was a first. I even had to buy a palette knife for the occasion. You see, I love cake, but generally, I am the kind of girl who licks the … [Read More...]

Tarte Tatin de Jean-Christophe Novelli

My Sunday Photo – 5 April 2015

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Red sweet potato gnocchi, with orange, garlic, ginger and basil sauce

Jean-Christophe Novelli Cooked for Me!

Here is not something I thought I would ever write: last week, Jean-Christophe Novelli made a delicious Tarte Tatin for me in his own kitchen! This is how it all started. … [Read More...]

Easiest Homemade Bread Recipe Ever... Bread and Butter

Easiest Homemade Bread Recipe Ever

The first recipe I posted on the blog is also one of my favourites, and certainly one of my most popular ones. I wanted to make sure I had covered everything in that post, and … [Read More...]

My little Harry Potter

We went on the Hogwarts Express and Tried Butterbeer!

I first opened a Harry Potter book fifteen years ago, when I was a nanny in Paris. My little protégé, Maxou, was nine years old, and every day after his homework and violin … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 29 March15

My Sunday Photo – 29 March 2015

If you want the recipe for my easy, crusty bread that requires no kneading, bread machine or fancy equipment, click here! … [Read More...]

Martha Jackson tree necklace & Casual Style

Back at Work

I went back to work this week. My colleagues probably think I was off forever, but to me, it felt like my maternity leave had just started. One of the girls sent me a text a … [Read More...]

Weaning Baby - Sweet Potato, Butternut Squash, Pear & Rosemary Purée

Sweet Potato, Butternut Squash, Pear & Rosemary Purée

After a difficult transition from exclusive breastfeeding to solids, Wriggly now enjoys food, thank goodness! She eats anything she can feed herself, but when it comes to … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 22 March 2015

My Sunday Photo – 22 March 2015

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Wriggly likes her Butternut Squash, Broccoli & Carrot Purée

Weaning Shenanigans (& a Giveaway)

When it was time to start weaning Crevette six years ago, a friend recommended Annabel Karmel’s New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner. As soon as I opened the book, I … [Read More...]

Egg Heads with Cress Hairdo

Meet our Cress Hair Family and the Best Egg Sandwiches in the World

I find crafts you can make without buying anything new rather satisfying. I love showing the little ones that by using their imagination, they can repurpose things that would … [Read More...]

London - The Houses of Parliament at Dusk

A School Trip with Crevette & 20 Facts about London

Today, I was lucky enough to be one of the parents accompanying Crevette's first ever school trip to London. I was in charge of a small group and really enjoyed sharing this … [Read More...]

Les Petites Choses French brand for children with Tendre Deal  - Little Cat, will you be my friend

French Style for Children

Recently, I was pondering over the whole notion of being an expat. What is an expat? Is it a label, a way of life, a feeling of always being a stranger in a familiar place? Is … [Read More...]

Quick and Easy Crafts for Spring - Easter Crafts in 10 Minutes

10 minute crafts – 5 Ideas for Spring and Easter

Spring is my favourite time of the year. It gets warmer, the light is brighter, days are longer, people a lot more cheerful, and flowers start to appear everywhere, turning … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 15 March 2015

My Sunday Photo – 15 March 2015

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Alpe d'Huez

Kiqplan, your Own Digital Coach & Win a Fitbug Orb

I do not exercise just for the sake of it. I would probably enjoy it if I did, but running other than in a life-threatening situation simply is not my thing. Sweat, aching … [Read More...]

Red Nose Day Cupcake

Red Nose Day & Who Won a £50 HomeSense Voucher?

I hope you have been inspired by the Great Comic Relief Bake Off as much as we have. If so, you can make a donation or treat yourself to the official apron. How are you … [Read More...]

My Kitchen - Brown - Le Coin de Mel

My Little Kitchen on Foodies100

This week, our little kitchen features in Foodies100. That makes me really happy as the kitchen is the hub of our home; the place where I enjoy spending a lot of time cooking … [Read More...]

Jumpy

Family Update – March

It is really starting to feel like spring is just around the corner. Moods are getting brighter, days are getting longer and clothes are getting lighter. It is my favourite … [Read More...]

Sweet Potato Crisps & Hummus

Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Crisps

Until a couple of weeks ago, the only time I had cooked anything with sweet potatoes was when I was weaning my little ones. Since my friend Aimee cooked a delicious Asian dish … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 8 March 2015

My Sunday Photo – 8 March 2015

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Me and Dresses... Wedding Day

Me and… Dresses!

For as long as I can remember, I have loved wearing pretty dresses and high heels. I think it all started when I was just one. Being a flower girl does that to you, doesn’t … [Read More...]

Lime & Chilli Courgette

A Healthy Asian Feast, 5 Life-Changing Tips & a Recipe!

On Monday night, I left Hubby with our four little ones for the first time and headed off to Central London. Wriggly (8 months) still refuses to drink milk out of bottles, so … [Read More...]

Cookie Monster Cake Pinfail

Really Nutty Flourless Chocolate Cake & a Pinfail

Ever since I started making my Decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake, I have made it every week, tweaking the recipe every time and experimenting. This delicious, addictive … [Read More...]

BundleBean GO on the Pram

Get a BundleBean rather than a Footmuff! (& a Giveaway)

When my friend Cé mentioned the BundleBean a few weeks ago, I had no idea what she was talking about. She is the queen of shopping, practical stuff and good deals so I … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 1st March 2015

My Sunday Photo – 1st March 2015

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Never too young to start dessing up

Introspection

As I was trying to improve my ‘About’ page, I got thinking about myself and events that had marked my life. When I was born, life was orange and brown. At 7 months, … [Read More...]

Precis Petite Spot Print Prom Dress - Jacques Vert Group

Choosing an Outfit for a Work Meeting

After over eight months on maternity leave, I had a meeting with my boss today, to discuss my returning to work. I am not normally one to worry about what I am wearing. I know … [Read More...]

Houdini Solutions - Houdini Cosy - Keeps Blankets Firmly in Place

My Little Girl is no Houdini after all! (& a Giveaway)

Jumpy is the queen of car seat harness removal, if there is such a title. My little Houdini makes car journeys incredibly stressful with this trick, as you can imagine. No … [Read More...]

Croissant

Croissants

I made croissants for the first time today! Sorry to whoever follows me on Instagram. I know, I subjected you to a constant string of ‘croissant spam’ and it might have looked … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 22 February 2015

My Sunday Photo – 22 February 2015

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Crevette Loves Shaun the Sheep The Movie

Shaun the Sheep, a Movie for the whole Family

Yesterday morning, Crevette (6 years 6 months), Beanie (4 years 4 months), Wriggly (8 months) and I headed to Central London for a day out. The little ones loved the tube … [Read More...]

The Café in the Park - Rickmansworth Aquadrome - 'Free From' Mezze Platter

10 Things I Love about The Café in the Park

If you are ever looking for top-notch food in a laid back and unpretentious atmosphere, then you have to try The Café in the Park. I wrote about our day out with … [Read More...]

A Fabulous Day with Friends at the Aquadrome - Swings

A Fabulous Day with Friends at the Aquadrome

Our plans for half term got cancelled at the last minute, much to the children’s disappointment (hello tantrums!).  I always find that an impromptu day out makes my little … [Read More...]

Provençal Fish Stew and Rice

Provençal Fish Stew

I made this simple dish for the first time about ten years ago, and it is a definite favourite of mine. It is so quick and easy to make it is perfect when you are having a … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 15 February 2015

My Sunday Photo – 15 February2015

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Valentine's Day - 10 Minute Crafts - Felt Hearts

Quick Activities for Valentine’s Day

When we received a box of crafting goodies this morning, Crevette (6 years 6 months) was beyond excited, and immediately got started on Valentine’s Day crafts. We spent … [Read More...]

The Great Comic Relief Bake Off – Red Nose Day

Bake Something Funny for Red Nose Day – A Creative Photo Competition

Are you all ready to bake? Have you got a whisk in hand and apron on? When I told Crevette (6 years 6 months) and Beanie (4 years 4 months) I was planning to organise a … [Read More...]

Wriggly Eating a Rice Cake

Family Update – February

My monthly family update always makes me feel happy and warm inside. I love reflecting on how each of my four children has changed, grown, made us laugh or cringe since my … [Read More...]

Decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake

Decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake

My brothers’ idea of cooking is generally limited to frying an egg, warming up a ready-made meal or cooking pasta, so imagine my surprise when they offered to bake my birthday … [Read More...]

Farmaround Organic Fruit

Organic Fruit and Vegetables from Farmaround (& a Giveaway)

We were sent a luxury fruit bag and a big vegetable bag from Farmaround on the day I had planned to start weaning Wriggly. Perfect timing! She had just turned six … [Read More...]

Paper Cup Dragon - 10 Minute Crafts - a Sensory Experience for Baby

Paper Cup Dragon – 10 Minute Crafts

Crevette (6 years 6 months) was delighted when I told him we had been chosen as Bostik ambassadors. Throughout the year, we will receive a box full of crafting goodies. It was … [Read More...]

Anaphylaxis Action Plan - Warning - Prevention - Knowledge - Being Prepared - Calling for an Ambulance

Spotting the Signs of Anaphylaxis in Your Child

This week has been all about Jumpy’s allergies. On Tuesday, she had some more skin prick tests, and I felt light-hearted as her previous tests and subsequent milk challenge … [Read More...]

Quick & Easy Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe - Individual Portions

Homemade Mayonnaise in 5 Minutes

There is no denying that France is renowned for its cheese, fine dining, wide variety of wines and impressive desserts. As far as I can remember, preparing food for a dozen … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 1st February 2015

My Sunday Photo – 1st February 2015

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School in France - Wooden Desks in the Playground

Is School all that Different in France?

Beanie (4 years 4 months) and Crevette (6 years 5 months) have just spent three weeks at my mum’s local school in France. I also enjoyed the experience by teaching a couple of … [Read More...]

Mussels in champagne sauce - Santé

Mussels in Champagne Sauce

Moules-frites (mussels and French fries) is something of a national dish in Belgium. I come from the Champagne region, which is quite close to Belgium, and in my family, … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 25 January 2015

My Sunday Photo – 25 January 2015

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Hello Fresh - Keema Meatball Curry with Homemade Chapatis - Chicken

Hello Fresh Cooking Boxes Combine Convenience & Gastronomy

Our second Hello Fresh cooking box, the classic one for four, was delivered a few minutes before my brother and his other half arrived for a short stay. Timing could not have … [Read More...]

Mackerel Loaf with Salad

Mackerel Loaf

When I was contacted by Seafish asking me whether I wanted to take part in a campaign to encourage people to eat more Omega-3 rich fish, I immediately agreed. My family and I … [Read More...]

Le Loup loves playing Piou Piou

The Day the Wolf Moved in with Us

On Friday, my little man’s teacher had a nice surprise for her pupils. She explained they had a new class mascot, who would be going to a different family every week-end. … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 18 January 2015

My Sunday Photo – 18 January 2015

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WaterWipes - out & about

Why are WaterWipes the Best Wipes?

One Monday morning, I had three wipes left. Seriously, three wipes. I counted. How did that happen? Running out of wipes is not an option when you have a house full of … [Read More...]

Galette des Rois

La Galette des Rois – Frangipane Pie

On Friday, Beanie was crowned queen of her nursery school. Let me explain. They ate some Galette des Rois (Kings’ Pie) during the morning session and she found a small … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 11 January 2015

My Sunday Photo – 11 January 2015

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Gousto - Curry in a Hurry - Ingredients

Gousto Cooking Box Review and Giveaway

The day I received my Gousto box was not a good day. I had just had some really sad news from France and to be perfectly honest, food was the last thing on my mind. I did not … [Read More...]

Wriggly

Family Update – January

The past month has been pretty relaxed and we have really enjoyed each other’s company. Wriggly (7 months) • Your first tooth peeked through when you turned six … [Read More...]

Walking to School in France

New Year, New Beginnings

Happy New Year everyone! I wish you all lots of laughter, happiness and a healthy 2015. I cannot believe I have had my blog for a whole year already. I am really grateful … [Read More...]

Free From Creamy Vegan Soup - Ingredients

Creamy Vegan Soup

After overeating for weeks in the run up to Christmas, I am now craving vegetables and this soup is ideal to detox. I know, vegan and creamy do not normally go hand in … [Read More...]

Pyrex Asimetria - baking tray - biscuits

Pyrex have a new Bakeware Range!

If you have read my blog before, you probably know that I am a big fan of Pyrex. Until now, all I had tried was their glassware. Every single Pyrex item I own gets used all … [Read More...]

Easy Mince Pies with Fruity Mincemeat

Fruity Mincemeat and Easiest Homemade Mince Pies

I got carried away with mincemeat this year and made four batches! I started with my cranberry mincemeat, which I absolutely love. When I spotted Vicki's recipe a few … [Read More...]

Marshmallow Reindeer with Beanie

Marshmallow Reindeer

Ever since my failed attempt at marshmallow pumpkins, I have been considering making more marshmallow pops. Beanie is really enjoying getting involved in the kitchen at the … [Read More...]

Smoothie

Fun with Food and Beanie’s Smoothie Recipe

Last week, my brother and his girlfriend stayed with us, much to everyone’s delight. As Crevette (6 years 4 months) and Beanie (4 years 3 months) were getting restless on … [Read More...]

Mummy Makes Milk - Big Brother Reading to his Sisters

Mummy Makes Milk

My little man's reading is getting better and better. He reads a story to his sisters most nights now and we all enjoy this reasonably quiet time before the children go to … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 21 December 2014

My Sunday Photo – 21 December 2014

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Luxurious Mulled Wine Kit

Luxurious Mulled Wine Kit

Last Friday marked the day Hubby and I started our big adventure together, eleven years ago. Hubby had bought steak and he came home with a bottle of red wine. We normally go … [Read More...]

Alpe d'Huez

Perfect Holidays

What does your ideal holiday look like? Close your eyes and try to picture it. Are you lying on an empty beach, sipping a cocktail? Are you paragliding from the top of a … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 14 December 2014

My Sunday Photo – 14 December 2014

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Christmas Tree Bags for Homemade presents

Christmas Tree Bags

The inspiration for our Christmas tree bags came when I saw the cards Louise from Little Hearts, Big Love had made with her little girl. Check out Louise’s post; the cards … [Read More...]

Reindeer Lanterns - 10 Minute Crafts - All Ready to Be Lit

Reindeer Lanterns – 10 Minute Crafts

I sometimes find that last-minute, quick activities end up looking far better than crafty projects we spend ages on. Our reindeer lanterns certainly did not take us more than … [Read More...]

Wriggly - 6 months

Family Update – December

Have we really been a family of six for 6 months already? Writing my monthly update is a reminder of how lucky I am. It has made me more aware of the little things, the … [Read More...]

Hello Fresh - Silver Lining Carrot, Pancetta and Lentil Soup with Herb Foccacia

Hello Fresh in One Word: WoW! (and a £20 Discount!)

Before we received our first Hello Fresh box, I had no idea what to expect. I knew I was going to be sent four meals to feed all of us. I was hoping for generous portions as … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 7 December 2014

My Sunday Photo – 7 December 2014

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Pear, Roquefort & Walnut Pancakes

Pear, Roquefort & Walnut Pancakes

Last Saturday, I really fancied pancakes. I made two batches: my basic pancake mix, which can be used for sweet or savoury crêpes, as well as my ‘free from’ savoury galette … [Read More...]

Free From Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes

‘Free From’ Galettes

When you go to a French crêperie (restaurant serving pancakes), the savoury pancakes are made with buckwheat flour. The flour has a very distinctive taste and it always … [Read More...]

Writing to Father Christmas & Receiving a Letter from Santa for Free

Writing to Father Christmas

Your little ones have four days left to post their letters to Santa if they want a reply before Christmas Eve. We have been using the free service from Royal Mail since … [Read More...]

Selfie Stick Review - Beanie Pulling Faces

Selfie Stick Review & Giveaway

I love my phone. It is intuitive, reliable and there are a few apps I use all the time. When I was asked whether I wanted to review an iPhone accessory to help giffgaff create … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 30 November 2014

My Sunday Photo – 30 November 2014

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Quick & Easy Mince Pies for Children to Make

Quick & Easy Mince Pies

I love homemade pastry but I rarely make my own, simply because I cannot stand the feeling of sticky mixture getting everywhere, under my nails and coating every surface in my … [Read More...]

Bonjour French Food - apéritif

Bonjour French Food (and a Giveway!)

  Have you heard of Bonjour French Food? If so, you probably love the concept as much as I do. If not, head over to their website and check them out; they have just … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 23 November 2014

My Sunday Photo / Silent Sunday – 23 November 2014

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French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

The recipe I am sharing today is by no means a glamorous one, but it is a festive one nonetheless. When my friend Renée asked me to share my onion soup recipe, I smiled. It … [Read More...]

The Truth About Mornings with Four Small Children

The Truth about Mornings with Four Small Children

What do you share online? Cute smiles, pretty drawings, mouth-watering meals, smart outfits or photos of crooked smiles, closed eyes, naked tantrums, fish fingers served with … [Read More...]

Christmas Cards

Designing our Christmas Cards with The Card Gallery (& a Giveaway!)

Is it too early to mention the big C word? If it is, look away, people! Oh wait, I might have done that already when I shared my cranberry mincemeat recipe a couple of days … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 16 November 2014

My Sunday Photo / Silent Sunday – 16 November 2014

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Cranberry Mincemeat

Cranberry Mincemeat

I wish I could just bottle up the smell of mincemeat on the stove. It smells festive, warming and sweet, all at the same time! It would be like encapsulating the essence of … [Read More...]

Thumbprint Art - Reindeers

Thumbprint Drawing

We are quite partial to a bit of thumbprint artwork around here. It is easy, effective, requires no skill at all and the little blobs take shape with just a few straight or … [Read More...]

Wriggly

Family Update – November

Five months ago, I was giving birth to my little girl on the bathroom floor. It seems like yesterday yet if feels like a lifetime ago. Does it even make sense? Wriggly (5 … [Read More...]

Rougail Saucisse & Red Wine

Rougail Saucisse

The first time I had rougail saucisse was over 15 years ago as I was moving into my first flat near Paris. I fell in love with the dish straight away, with its rich tomato … [Read More...]

debbie&andrew's sausages and mash

Celebrating British Sausage Week

This week is British Sausage Week. Who knew? I had no idea either, until I stumbled upon Charlotte’s Food Blogger’s Calendar a couple of weeks ago. I have always found … [Read More...]

Spooky Fruit Basket for a Free From Halloween Party

What Food do You Serve at a ‘Free From’ Party?

Twenty-eight of us squeezed into our home for Jumpy's second birthday party this week. I would lie if I said I did not find it stressful to make all the food for the party … [Read More...]

Guess Who had all the Icing on the Cupcakes

My Sunday Photo / Silent Sunday – 2 November 2014

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Carved Pumpkins and Tissue Paper Lanterns

Planning a Halloween Party with Children

If you measure how well a party went by the state of your house once everyone has left, I can safely say that Jumpy’s second birthday party was a roaring success! This is … [Read More...]

Salmon with Lime and Ginger Butter on a bed of Roasted Cabbage served with Steamed Vegetables - the Vegetables

Salmon with Lime and Ginger Butter on a bed of Roasted Cabbage served with Steamed Vegetables

I absolutely love salmon and steamed vegetables. It is usually a meal we have mid-week as it is so quick to put together. For this recipe, I went out of my way to make sure … [Read More...]

Halloween Comes Alive with Storytime Sounds - App

Halloween Comes Alive with Storytime Sounds

Every evening, we listen to Crevette (6 years 2 months) reading the book he has chosen at school, and the girls generally pick a story each as well. I try to encourage them to … [Read More...]

Spooky Marshmallow Pumpkins

Spooky Marshmallow Pumpkins… What Not to Do!

A few days ago, I thought it would be a good idea to make marshmallow pumpkins for Jumpy's birthday party. It all started really well. I had all my props and ingredients out … [Read More...]

We Gave It Some Welly

We Gave It Some Welly for Allergy UK!

Last Friday was Allergy UK's annual fundraiser and the charity was encouraging people to wear their wellies all day and raise awareness about allergies. The children, … [Read More...]

Lazy Day Foods as Birthday Cake

Jumpy is Two and a Lazy Day Foods Giveaway!

Yesterday was Jumpy’s second birthday. We are having a Halloween party to celebrate with friends on Tuesday and everything I will serve will be free from eggs, wheat, dairy … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 26 October 2014

My Sunday Photo / Silent Sunday – 26 October 2014

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Free From Vegan Pancakes - With Maple Syrup

‘Free From’ Vegan Pancakes

We are big pancake lovers at home. When I was younger, we used to have them for dinner once a week. I have already shared my basic recipe for crêpes, as well as a ‘free from’ … [Read More...]

Give It Some Welly - Welly Tower

A Competition to Win Wellies & Raise Money for Allergy UK

Tomorrow, the children and I will Give It Some Welly for Allergy UK! The five of us will be wearing our Allergy UK T-shirts and wellies from the second we get out of bed to … [Read More...]