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4 Ways: Chilli Con Carne
4 Ways: Chilli Con Carne
One meal, four different taste sensations Wouldn't it be great to cook only once but get four different meals from it? I know that there is a secret society of weekend cooks that get as many meals as possible cooked or prepared on a Saturday or a Sunday to save time during the week. I know this because I'm part… Read More
7 Essential Tips For Entertaining
7 Essential Tips For Entertaining
At my place, any excuse for a bash will do. Whether it's a special occasion or a Sunday BBQ, hosting can be a lot of fun. Tip one: Presentation counts. I always make sure I wear something bright I think good presentation makes guests feel welcomed as they see you have gone out of your way to look good for… Read More
A good soup moment
A good soup moment
Legendary food moments can be a great meal out, a celebration with the family or just a magical memory of great times with great food. I find that some of my most legendary food moments involve soup. This might seem a little odd but it is true. Soup served at the right moment can be such a mood changer, I… Read More
Cooking Tips for the Dinner Rush
Cooking Tips for the Dinner Rush
Dinner panic time happens in my house around 5.30pm.  It’s that time of day when you’re most tired, your toddler is at their most grotty and everyone is HUNGRY! It’s also the time you've just arrived home with a car full of shopping that needs putting away (and it starts raining before you have a chance to get the washing in, of… Read More
Managing after school time
Managing after school time
Looking at our life and talking with friends, I know that most families cram so much into their days. What I used to think was hard – school and work – is actually the easiest bit! After school can be the hardest. Childcare, pick-ups, drop-offs, errands and various unplanned disasters. I’d be totally lost without the support of friends and family.… Read More
Meals for toddlers
Meals for toddlers
Eating together as a family is really important to me.  My husband works late, and often comes home just for dinner with our toddler - so it's a window in our day where we actually get to spend time together.  We talk through what we've done that day and it's also very entertaining to watch our toddler ‘eat’! Time always… Read More
Our Family Christmas
Our Family Christmas
I come from a family of five children. Although we’re not children anymore, we sure like to “play our old tapes” when we get together and behave the way we did when we were kids! Christmas can be stressful at times and surprisingly nice at others, but mostly, just a little crazy. Our family celebrates Christmas on the odd years… Read More
Simple entertaining tips
Simple entertaining tips
Sharing food with the ones we love is right up there with the best things in life, so if you want to have as much fun as your guests, here are some tips for simple entertaining any time. Keep to the familiar. Cook recipes that you have cooked before. Prepare as much as you can before your guests arrive. Cook food… Read More
Table Manners
Table Manners
From an early age, I was taught the importance of good table manners. And I still think good manners should apply to a certain degree, as I’ve seen how they have shaped my interactions with people ­­– and I think for the better. So as a family, we try to make it a point at least several times a week… Read More
When is a pancake a crepe?
When is a pancake a crepe?
The simple answer is a pancake is a crepe, only thicker. The batter to make both is almost the same, just add a little more milk or water for a thinner crepe batter. Then give some thought to what you are going to fill them with. I tend to fill pancakes with savoury fillings, things like vegetables in cheese sauce,… Read More