Monthly Archives: April 2011

Cupcakes to accompany Royal Wedding TV fest

Living in a house full to the brim of boys, I had no option but to indulge in the fairytale world of Royal Wedding mania elsewhere. It felt like the 1950s cycling through the deserted roads of leafy Ealing with … Continue reading

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Allotment update: April

After waiting four long years to get our hands on an allotment, Matthew was VERY keen to get going when we finally got the keys to a plot last year. He spent hours toiling to clear the overgrown jungle and … Continue reading

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Cauliflower Gratin – sneaky veg tactics

Cauliflower is SO good for you, but its slightly sour taste and brain-like appearance can make it extremely unappealing to children. My boys adore broccoli, indeed they eat it raw, but somehow cauliflower doesn’t quite cut it. So what do … Continue reading

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Simple side dish: Peas with shallots and bacon

I’m not hugely into making fancy side-dishes, it’s generally lightly blanched greens in this house. But I felt like breaking out a bit at the weekend and livening up the roast with this cracking little number. It’s super simple and … Continue reading

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Easter Hotel Chocolat giveaway: Winners announced!

I hope everyone is enjoying the Easter sunshine and looking forward to a sizzling bank holiday weekend! I’d just like to announce the lucky winners to my Easter giveaway: The gargantuan Ostrich Easter Egg goes to Emma Cella and the Eggsibitionist Extra Thick … Continue reading

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The inside of my fridge, and a bit of inside info…

I’ve been tagged by top blogger Sarah at Maison Cupcake to answer some questions about myself and also to show a photograph of the inside of my fridge… I have to say I normally don’t get around to doing memes … Continue reading

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I’ve been nominated in the Mads 2011

I was really chuffed and very surprised to receive some nominations in the MADS 2011 mum and dad blogging awards, in a couple of categories. Best MAD Food Blog Best MAD Family Life Blog I need YOUR help though as only the … Continue reading

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Mint choc chip ice cream

I learnt the basic principles of ice cream making when I did a course at Leiths a few years ago, and picked up some great tips and recipes. However I rarely dabbled at home due to the lack of ice … Continue reading

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Leek, bacon, pea and double gloucester quiche

To celebrate the spring sunshine I made a glorious quiche at the weekend. I wanted to have a barbecue but with Matthew on crutches it seemed a little ambitious, so a quiche seemed like the next best option. So while … Continue reading

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Yorkshire pudding nirvana

It’s friday, and if any of you are considering making a roast this weekend, how about sticking a few of these on the side? The way to my boys’ heart is definitely batter related. So I puffed my chest out … Continue reading

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