5 Ways to Save Time with a Newborn

Laurence loves to wax lyrical about the Jetson future to which we’re headed. Just the other day he was telling me: “Soon, your smartphone or tablet is going to link up with the contents of your kitchen cupboards and tell you what’s in there.” “But why would I want that?” I argued, “Shouldn’t I just get off my lazy arse and go see what’s in them?” “What if it were me ordering groceries at work?” he countered. Obstinate, I huffed: “Just wait until you get home. That’s all.” Then I went off on one about how I’m the one who…

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Finding out what kind of cook I am

So, I took this test yesterday which said it would tell me what kind of cook I was. I was pretty sure it was going to come up with: the lazy kind but with aspirations. Although, how lazy can you be when you’re trying to work your way around food intolerances in a British diet traditionally sandwiched with wheat and smothered in dairy? And I do like the odd bit of entertaining, it must be admitted. But there are days when the lead up to supper time is a dark period of despair. I wasn’t surprised then, when the quiz…

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Make Dhal: thrifty, yummy, practically perfect

I probably cook dhal once a week. We all love it. It’s yummy, uncomplicated quick as anything and costs literally pence to make, especially if you buy your lentils, turmeric and cumin from Indian grocers. I always stock up over on Stapleton Road here in Bristol. Red or yellow – they’ll both do the trick. Oh, I mustn’t forget to mention, dhal is healthy too! Provided you go easy on the oil and salt (I sometimes make a mistake with the latter as we like salty food). It’s also gluten-free and dairy-free, obviously, which is pretty important ’round these parts.…

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Gluten-free, Dairy-free Trinidad Christmas Black Cake

In a way, Christmas started a month ago for us when we soaked the fruits for our Trinidad black cake. I’ve looked at lots of recipes for inspiration over the years but needed to use things that were readily available to us and to make it both wheat and dairy-free. I thought I might as well make it gluten-free altogether. The result is a cake that is lighter than your usual Caribbean black cake but I like that. All the flavours come through without feeling it’s too rich to handle. What we used (Makes three cakes): 400g dates 150g mixed…

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Making heart ornaments – Crafternoon Tea with Shloer

Did you see that episode of Dragon’s Den where the charming people from The Makery were seeking investment? I fell in love with their craft business and wanted to go visit it in Bath but never got around to it. What a treat, then, to be invited to a crafting session with them at a “crafternoon” tea organised by Shloer yesterday. Can you spot the bloggers’ children? Talitha and Purple Mum‘s Wonder Girl pose without us even asking. Bloggers and children gathered at The Greenway Hotel and Spa for an afternoon of making, munching and Shloer tasting. I’m pretty pleased…

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Rice Crispy Cake: gluten-free not guilt-free

Something with this much sugar in it is probably the last thing we need in our lives right now but what’s a little sweet now and then? Talitha only eats a couple of bites of this rice crispy cake at a time, anyway (strange child) and seemed to enjoy making it more than anything else (though she did scarf quite a few sultanas and rice crisps in the process!). I find it useful for self-medicating after she’s gone to bed. What’s more, it’s gluten-free which means we can all eat it. It does contain goat’s butter, which seems to be…

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It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas…already

The Christmas thing seems to be happening for us so much earlier this year. Usually I’d blame it on commercialism and certainly it was weird walking into The Co-operative today and seeing all the merry banners. However, other markers are ushering us into the season sooner than I expected. In an attempt to make this the year I don’t get ulcers stressing over last minute Christmas presents and the state of our bank account, I’ve been shopping gradually and putting things aside. Talitha’s presents are all done now, except for the stocking fillers, which we’re saying are from Santa. Which…

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