Mail the Force Be with You!

The Perfect DIY Present for a Star Wars Fan - Advertisement Feature A few days ago, Hubby declared he did not want a single present for Christmas. Why does he do this? This … [Read More...]

How Do You Make Chocolate?

Have you ever wondered how chocolate was made? Yesterday, Crevette and I had a 'Mummy and Little Man day' in Central London. The highlight of our day out was a chocolate … [Read More...]

Just the Two of Us!

Crevette and I spent the day in London, just me and him, for the first time in ages. In fact, as we were chatting about it on the train, we could not even remember when we had … [Read More...]

Feature my Food Friday: Introducing Beeta & her Cinnamon Orange Raisin Brioche

Welcome to Feature My Food Friday! Today, I am introducing a woman after my own heart. After her first trip to Paris, Beeta adopted a love for everything French, including … [Read More...]

20 Christmas Gifts for £20 & Under

Warning: If you are one of our friends of a family member: please do not read this post as your Christmas present is most likely featured! First of all, let me apologise … [Read More...]

Easy Christmas Crafts: Make a Personalised Mitten Ornament

Ever since Crevette was born, I have made a small ornament for each of my little ones every year in the winter. Our little collection is growing and our homemade ornaments are … [Read More...]

Feature my Food Friday: Introducing Claire and her Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup

Claire and I met a few months ago at a brilliant photography course. We stayed in touch ever since, and Claire recently featured me in her ‘I love your blog!’ series recently. … [Read More...]

Learning about Espionage, Geography & Politics with Lonely Planet Kids (& a Giveaway)

Hubby is a geographer and I am a linguist so I guess travelling came naturally to both of us. We explored a fair few countries together. In fact, we spent every spare penny on … [Read More...]

Family Update – November 2015 

The past month has been incredibly busy (what month isn't?), with lots happening at home with our loft conversion, our trip to Inverness and lots of work in … [Read More...]

Feature my Food Friday: Introducing Amina Elshafei and her Baba Ghanoush (& a Giveaway)

Today in Feature My Food Friday, let me introduce Amina Elshafei, who was a contestant in Masterchef Australia 2012. Amina has a Korean mother and an Egyptian father. With … [Read More...]

Where to Stop on Your Way to the Scottish Highlands?

We spent half term in the Scottish Highlands. I knew it would be beautiful, but I did not imagine I would love the Highlands so much that I would want to stay there... So … [Read More...]

4-Ingredient Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream – ‘Free From’, No-churn, Guilt-Free

In the past few months, we have been on holidays a couple of times, and I use my Vitamix blender so much I could not really imagine being apart from it during our holidays. … [Read More...]

My Sunday Photo – Full Moon in Inverness last Tuesday

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Feature my Food Friday: Introducing Allie & her Blueberry Pound Cake

Whoops, I realised on Saturday last week that I had forgotten to publish the latest ‘Feature my Food Friday’ post. I quite like the fact it is not the end of the world if life … [Read More...]

Me and Skiing

I have written about it before: I love skiing. Unfortunately, the coming winter will be the third since I last breathed in fresh, clean alpine air and last glided on snow. To … [Read More...]

We are Staying in for Halloween

My children love dressing up for Halloween and giving treats to monsters, ghosts and scary creatures who knock on our door on 31 October every year. Last year, after they … [Read More...]

How to Survive a Road Trip with Young Children

Hands up if you love road trips! Friends sometimes tell me we are mad to attempt driving for hours and hours as a family. With four children, you could think it would be an … [Read More...]

10 Minute Crafts for Halloween: (Not So) Scary Toilet Roll Cat Lanterns

Today is Jumpy’s 3rd birthday, so I wanted to share something the two of us made earlier this week. Our little crafts session was quite short but it made my little lady really … [Read More...]

10 Minute Crafts – Fun Learning Numbers

Beanie's homework this week is to learn numerals 1 to 10 and to practise writing them. Every week, she gets excited about the homework challenge set by her teacher. When … [Read More...]

My Dream Craft Room

A few months ago, I was part of a small crew of friendly bloggers attending a creative workshop organised by Tots100 near Borough Market. I was not sure what to expect to … [Read More...]

My Sunday Photo – 18 October 2015 – Painting Dinosaurs

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Feature my Food Friday: Introducing Mandy and her Courgette & Banana Cake

In the past few weeks, I have been experimenting with a range of ingredients to create new cake recipes that are free from eggs, wheat and nuts so that Jumpy can enjoy them … [Read More...]

Food, Glorious Food – My top 10 London Street Food Kitchens

Is it just me who loves staring at food? A couple of weeks ago, I attended Food Blogger Connect in Chiswick. My favourite session was also the first one when I got there … [Read More...]

A Very Special Play Date

The children had a play date today and I had a really good catch up with my dear friend Reneé. We had been invited to a family playtime brunch event. It was no ordinary … [Read More...]

Family Update – October 2015

The past month has been incredibly busy. It has been full of fun, food, trips to London, new experiences, filming and building work. Wriggly (1 year 4 months) · You … [Read More...]

Trio of Smoothies: Get a Vitamin Boost & Keep Germs at Bay

If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen our smoothie shenanigans after school yesterday. Our fridge was so full I could not keep the door shut, so the … [Read More...]

Learning to Love Food

With each of my children, I remember excitement building up as we were getting closer to the time of introducing solids. Can you imagine tasting food for the first time? … [Read More...]

Feature my Food Friday: Introducing Emma Morton-Turner (EmmaMT) and Her Lemon Butter Biscuits

First of all, I have an apology to make. With the excitement around River Cottage and Food Bloggers Connect, I completely forgot about Feature my Food Friday last week. Let me … [Read More...]

Thai Ginger Soup with Cashews & a Vitamix Pro 300 Giveaway

The first time I saw a Vitamix blender in action was also the day I bought my Pro 300 in December. I was with the girls, and as I was going to look at (pat) the Pro 300 for … [Read More...]

So You Think You Can Count? Get Even Better with The Maths Factor!

Crevette has been trialling The Maths Factor, Carol Vorderman's online Maths practice site for primary school aged children, and we decided to share our experience. Recent … [Read More...]

Where to Stay When You Go to River Cottage

On Tuesday evening, I travelled from London to Axminster to attend yet another amazing BlogCamp event organised by Foodies100, at River Cottage HQ. The train journey was an … [Read More...]

My Sunday Photo – 27 September 2015 – Street Food at FBC

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5 Signs Your Toddler is ready for Potty Training

Crevette was completely out of nappies just after he was two. The fact he had been wearing washable nappies made the transition to underwear much easier. Washable nappies are … [Read More...]

What to Expect from a Day at River Cottage: Friends, Making Butter, Eating Flowers & Using Tampons to Get Better Food Photos

Being invited to brilliant events is really one my favourite perks of blogging. Sally, Lindy and the team at Foodies100 have outdone themselves again: this time, they … [Read More...]

Mikka’s Imagination: a Book for the Whole Family (& a Giveaway Open Worldwide)

Sometimes, a book comes along and you know straight away it is out of the ordinary. You get transported into a magical, whimsical world and bedtime stories come alive. Mikka’s … [Read More...]

Petit Salé aux Lentilles – Green Lentil Stew

Le Petit Salé aux Lentilles always reminds me of my great-grandmother.  She was attached to the vines and her vegetable patch. She was incredibly hard-working and she could … [Read More...]

The Cake & Bake Show – Win a Pair of Tickets & 2 for £20 Offer

We love cake here. Spending time in the kitchen with my children is one of my favourite things. We get messy, we make mistakes we learn, we lick spoons and we eat cake as soon … [Read More...]

Triple Chocolate Muffins (Free From Wheat, Eggs & Nuts)

Yesterday was a busy day. As busy as days get, I guess. It started with breakfast (not too out of the ordinary), the builders coming in, getting the children dressed, a … [Read More...]

My Sunday Photo – 20 September 2015 – Langoustine

 I took this photo on Wednesday, straight after a day full of delicious food, chats and wine at Fifteen, Jamie Oliver's restaurant in London. Doesn't this live langoustine … [Read More...]

10 Minute Crafts – Holidays – Make a Stained-Glass Picture

My friend Cé and her little one spent some time with us one evening, and the children had decided to try making stained-glass artwork. All children aged 2 and above got … [Read More...]

Feature my Food Friday: Introducing Manila Spoon and Her Nutella Cookies

When I started this little series, I had no idea it would reach beyond my friendship circle. Today, I am introducing Abby, who was born in the Philippines and now lives in the … [Read More...]

Quick & Easy Blackberry Jam

Have you ever made your own jam? I did once when I was 16 or 17. I remember it well. We had tons of cherries in our garden and I loved nothing more than cherry jam. It took me … [Read More...]

10 Minute Crafts – Make a Garden-Themed Picture

Beanie and Crevette had a little go at embroidery a few weeks ago. Beanie was leaving the pre-school she had been attending for a couple of years, and we wanted to put … [Read More...]

Tagliatelle with Wild Mushrooms, a Recipe by Gennaro Contaldo

Do you like pasta? I love it! It is so versatile. One day, it can be shaped like a bow and served with creamy pesto. The next, you can have spirals served with tomato and … [Read More...]

My Sunday Photo – 13 September 2015 – ‘Free From’ Scones

Jumpy was pretty happy to make Vicki's 'free from' scones! … [Read More...]

Feature my Food Friday: Introducing Nath and her ‘Free From’ Fudgy Chocolate Cake

Nath is an inspiring and incredibly talented recipe developer, food writer and blogger. ‘The Intolerant Gourmand’ is her cute and happy little man, Callum.  Nath and I … [Read More...]

Family Update – September 2015

We have had a wonderful month, between France and home, between holidays and exciting new school adventures. Wriggly (1 year 3 months) · You are more and more vocal. … [Read More...]

Holidays, Meltdowns, Growing up, Mocktails and Mantras

We came back from France less than two weeks ago yet it feels like our holidays were a lifetime ago. I miss my family, the food, the heat, the sun… When the lovely people at … [Read More...]

My Sunday Photo – Meerkat at BlogStock

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Save Syria’s Children

“At least 12 Syrians trying to reach Greece have drowned off Turkey after the boats they were travelling in sank. An image of one of the victims - a young boy lying face … [Read More...]

Feature My Food Friday: Introducing Eva and her Chocolate & Orange Madeleines

It is time for ‘Feature my Food Friday’ again and I have to say I am in love with this little series. So far, I have been lucky enough to feature people I know well and … [Read More...]

5 Things not to Forget When You Go to the Beach With Young Children

I know, I know, it is September already and as the new academic year is starting, holidays seem like a distant memory. We have only just come back from our trip to France, and … [Read More...]

Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes

Crevette and Beanie love getting involved in the kitchen. When I suggested making Cookie Monster cupcakes on Sunday, they were excited, but also bemused as they remembered our … [Read More...]

Quick and Easy Tagliatelle with Ragù Sauce & Lots of Vegetables

Hubby is not too keen on pasta but the children and I love it. I love Italian food in general. The sauce I quickly put together for tonight’s dinner reminds me of a meal I … [Read More...]

Quick & Easy Lunch Idea – an Open Sandwich

I might have mentioned once or twice that I love bread and cheese (OK, ten times at least!). After almost a month in France, gorging on baguette and more cheese than you could … [Read More...]

My Sunday Photo – 30 August 2015 – At the Beach

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Feature My Food Friday: Introducing Cé & CatCat’s Paella

My friend Cé, or my “sister from another mother” as her husband would say, is one of the best and most relaxed cooks I know. She can just quickly look in her cupboards and … [Read More...]

Introducing Quinteassential Fine Teas (& a Giveaway)

I am normally a tea bag kind of girl, but when I first spoke to Bernadine and heard the story behind Quinteassential, I knew straight away I wanted to try her tea blends and I … [Read More...]

My Sunday Photo – 23 August 2015 – Watermelon

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Feature my Food Friday: Introducing The Free From Fairy & her Scones (Wheat-free, Egg-free!)

It has been nice to completely switch off and enjoy time (and food!) with family by the sea... A few of my friends have agreed to share a recipe and tell us a bit about … [Read More...]

Healthy Raspberry Ice Cream in 5 Minutes – No Churning, No Refined Sugar

As soon as the lovely people at Vitamix asked me to come up with a few sweet recipes with hidden vegetables in, I started dreaming up fun and crazy combinations. I was also … [Read More...]

My Sunday Photo – 16 August 2015

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Feature my Food Friday: Introducing Julie’s Family Kitchen and her Chocolate & Ginger Cookies Recipe

I am in the South of France with the children and I have asked a few of my friends whether they wanted to have their food featured on my little blog, so here it is: Feature my … [Read More...]

Can I Eat There? Find out for sure

Eating out when you have allergies can be tricky. We are in France at the moment, and going to a restaurant with Jumpy is a lot more complicated than it is at home. Even … [Read More...]

10 Reasons to Go to BlogStock 2015

There are just over three weeks left before BlogStock (4th – 6th September 2015). When I went with Wriggly last year, I had no idea what to expect. I did not know anyone there … [Read More...]

Family Update – August 2015

The children and I are spending three weeks in the South of France with my mum, my nan and limited Internet access. Bliss… Fruit and vegetables are so much tastier than those … [Read More...]

Carnivore Club Charcuterie Boxes

We received our 'Carnivore Club' box the day before Wriggly's birthday. It could not have come at a better time! Baba's birthday was a very relaxed affair. No planning … [Read More...]

Would you Know What to Do in Case of an Emergency? Free Baby & Child First Aid App by the British Red Cross

Is first aid a skill you want to learn? Have you not yet found the time to attend a course? That was me, before that fatal night when I thought my baby might die in my … [Read More...]

5 Tips to Avoid Summer Learning Loss

Crevette came home a couple of weeks ago with his last ever Key Stage 1 school report. It was also the first time he had brought home some levels. That gave me a clearer idea … [Read More...]

Our Top 10 Uses for Wipes & Are Pampers Sensitive Wipes Really that Mild?

We go through an awful lot of wipes at home. I seriously could not imagine myself living without them. Top 10 uses for wipes in our home: 1. Getting food off the high … [Read More...]

‘Inside Out’ Review: Emotions, Imaginary Friends Humour, Tears & Growing Up

Do you ever wonder what might be going on inside people's heads? 'Inside Out' starts with Joy, all on her own inside baby Riley's head. A mere 33 seconds later, she is … [Read More...]

My Sunday Photo – Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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Tiffin, Tropical Slices & 3 Life-changing Tips for Baking Enthusiasts

Crevette, Beanie and I attended an exciting baking event organised by Whitworths yesterday. When I was warmly invited to come along with children, little did I know that my … [Read More...]

10 minute crafts – Monster Bookmarks

My little man wanted to make corner bookmarks a few days ago. It sounded like a really good idea, but my enthusiasm waned when I realised folding paper at funny angles might … [Read More...]

How to Make a Mojito in 3 Easy Steps

The mere mention of a cocktail never fails to bring back memories of my first celebrity crush. Was anyone not in love with Tom Cruise in the 80s? Until a couple of weeks ago, … [Read More...]

Berets, Garlic, Eating Snails, Stripy Tops & a French Lesson

Happy Bastille Day, everyone! Until I left France, I would never have imagined spending the 14th of July doing mundane things like working, cleaning or shopping. Although I … [Read More...]

How to Take Photos in Manual Mode in 10 Easy Steps

Have you got a fancy camera but find yourself stuck on auto mode? Are you too scared to use full manual mode? Fear not, here is a simple guide to make the jump to manual mode … [Read More...]

10 Minute Crafts: Make a Customised Mug for Less than a Fiver

My favourite presents are always the ones people who know me best put together. These kinds of presents do not normally cost the earth, but they are meaningful. It could be a … [Read More...]

Family Update – July 2015

I love this weather! When most people are sweating profusely, feeling lethargic and moaning about the heat, I just smile and nod… oh, and I also tend to walk around with a … [Read More...]

The Allergy & Free From Show: an Event Not to Miss!

As I was heading to the Allergy and Free From Show in London Olympia this morning, I had mixed feelings. I knew I would see many friendly faces as well as ‘free from’ brands I … [Read More...]

What do you Carry Around in your Handbag?

I love bags but I would not say I am a changing bag kind of person. I treated myself to a really pretty, trendy ‘Yummy Mummy’  one when I had Wriggly, and my friend Adeline … [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

My Sunday Photo – 21 June 2015

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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...]

Healthy Vitamin-Boosting Ice Cream – No Churning, No Refined 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...]

A Relaxed 1st Birthday Party

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 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...]

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… 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...]

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

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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...]

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

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

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...]

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...]

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

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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 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...]

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...]

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!

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...]

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...]

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

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...]

My Sunday Photo – 17 May 2015 – Happy Biscuits

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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...]

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 & 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 – 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...]

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...]

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...]

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 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...]

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

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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...]

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 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...]

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...]

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

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...]

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, 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...]

My Sunday Photo – 19 April 2015 – Ice Cream

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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...]

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

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...]

My Sunday Photo – 12 April 2015

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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...]

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

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...]

My Sunday Photo – 5 April 2015

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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

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

My Sunday Photo – 22 March 2015

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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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

My Sunday Photo – 15 March 2015

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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

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 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...]

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...]

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...]