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A trip to Paris is on my 30 things to do before 30 and we hope to make it happen before the end of the year, particularly because I have a good friend we’d like to visit, who lives there. Whenever we talk about planning the trip, we end up daydreaming about the food. That may be a bit tricky because Laurence is sensitive to wheat and dairy (he may just have to break the rules and book time off to recover!). When La Redoute asked me to create a

This is not that groundbreaking but this avocado potato salad is something I’ve been making recently so I thought I’d share it. Our diet is mostly vegan/vegetarian these days – we’re eating little meat and sourcing it carefully – and salads are perfect summer time fare. This potato salad works perfectly with that, swapping mayonnaise for avocado. Boil your potatoes (don’t overcook – I did a little in the picture above). In a bowl, mash an avocado. Mix in chopped mint, fresh lemon juice, crushed garlic and salt. Add the

I’ve mentioned before that Talitha can be rather, um, selective in her eating. I’m not sure that really conveys the level of frustration I feel about a lot of our meals but I’ve had to let it go. Bit by bit, she is branching out on her own. She recently decided to add sausages and, off and on, beans to the list of things she will eat so I’ve been keen to try recipes that incorporate these. Thinking about it, I hadn’t made Mexican sausage and bean chilli in yonks

With the craziness of Christmas and New Year, I’m only just getting around to telling you about the Spanish cooking class Laurence and I took last year. Well, that’s misleading. He and Sian of The Bristol Eater did most of the cooking and I mostly chatted and drank wine! We were invited to take part in an olives cooking class at Bordeaux Quay Cookery School with Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy of the Tapas Revolution. We dropped the kids off with my brother and his wife (thanks for moving to Bristol,

I was recently invited to take an olive cooking class with celebrated Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy (pictured above) in a couple of weeks. Since it’ll be my turn to plan date night, I thought I’d go big and fancy and invite Laurence along. We’ll be learning to make a selection of tapas, followed by dining on all the food prepared and enjoying carefully selected wines. I’m not quite sure how he’ll top that. I may just have planned date of the year. I always think of olives as being quite

We used to go to London loads when we lived in Brighton. It was strange to me how normal this fantastical city I’d grown up with in books, songs and films once I moved to this country. It took on a new look for me again when I worked in Sloane Square. And now, every time we visit, I see it through the eyes of my children. London is always changing. I feel like I want to keep the magic of the city going for them – especially as they

We have been thinking and talking a lot about nourishing food recently. We want our children to grow up with a healthy relationship with food, connecting it to both the land and to its effects on our bodies. Actually, we want this for ourselves too. Here are five places we’ve been looking to lately for a bit of inspiration. 1.Refined to Real Food: Moving Your Family Toward Healthier, Wholesome Eating This book gives a great foundation in the basics of eating whole foods as a family and makes a strong

While chatting with a friend about weaning, it occurred to both of us that we can’t remember much about our what our first children did when. It seems a bit ridiculous that I’ve forgotten all about it. After all, I did blog about it (Oh my, I can’t believe how much like Ophelia Talitha looks in that post! I’m actually trying not to tear up, knowing that my little baby will be a “big girl” in no time at all). Even so, I wish I’d kept a closer record. I’ve

Every now and then, the media gets all excited about how much it costs to do the family thing. Usually, I scoff at the figures: “You can do it for less, surely!” Other times, I do the maths and feel reassured that there’s a reason we never have much money. According to the NCost of Raising a Child Calculator, the average toddler costs £40. Well, blow me down! Really? I guess that’s really possible, even with a three-year-old like mine who doesn’t seem to eat that much. Anyway, I did

Here’s me ticking number 4 off our Summer bucket list: make blackberry jam. We have loads of brambles climbing over our garden fence and they are heavy laden. I also picked a few more blackberries on our weekend walk. They need to be completely black and to come away from the plant easily. This is basically the laziest way to make blackberry jam. Still, the end result is lovely. It made two jars of jam. I’m sure we’ll make some more. What I used: 550g blackberries 225g white granulated sugar

This is a collaboration post Day to day, getting dinner on the table has been one of my greatest challenges with two. Sometimes being able to just stick something in the microwave one-handed is a saviour, while I balance a fussy four-month-hold on a hip. With this in mind, I’m welcoming the tips in this guest post: It’s that time of year again when parents everywhere are preparing to have the kids at home for 6 weeks over the summer. With the kids off school and long summer evenings keeping

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