healthy eating

  • I'm very excited to be appearing at Camp Bestival this year

    So excited to be back at Camp Bestival in the Literary Instituted on Sunday to talk about How to Get Kids and Parents to Hit the Healthy Stuff.
  • Swordfish vs moshi cards?

    Just nipped to Tesco for milk and as usual bought and spent a whole lot more, must remember to leave the children at home next time, always a bad idea to go food shopping with little'uns when you just want milk.

    Small boy (aged 9) was having a stomp about wanting moshi cards, being a moshi monster addict (yes I know the dance and all the words to the moshi dance) this was verging on total paddy until we got as far as the fish counter and the hissy fit changed like this......

    "I really, really want them, I'll pay you back, please, please, really hate me don't you, I can't believe that I'm not adopted...........oooh swordfish, please, please can we have swordfish tonight, please Mum, you're the best Mum on the planet, I love you so much, I don't want moshi cards anymore please can we have swordfish"

    In probably less than a minute - result!

    I think it was a result, it was actually a very expensive result, 75p for moshi cards, £7.89 for swordfish for all five of us, hmmm.  However, much more nutritional, you can't eat Moshi cards but you can't swap swordfish.  Thinking about that you can't actually swap moshi cards as that just degenerates into falling out and fisticuffs and secretly I'm so very proud of that conversation and the fact that Small Boy loves swordfish so much.

    As the fish counter lady was bagging up the swordfish Medium Sized Girl exclaims, hmm, you don't have any octopus do you? They had huge ones on the fish counter in France or how about lobster?   OK that's going a bit far for a small Tesco in Princes Risborough, usually I moan on about the fact that it's only good for washing up liquid.  Changed my mind there, it's good for washing up liquid and swordfish, not a bad combination.

  • Birthday breakfast in bed and Thai noodle soup supper

    It's my birthday, haven't yet decided how old I'm going to be, I figure that when you reach 30 you get to choose from then on, so maybe this year I'll be 34 as that's the age one of the children at my Saturday Morning cooking club said he thought I was - its good enough for Alex so it's good enough for me.

    Breakfast in bed was served by my two youngest children.  OK it was after i'd been up for an hour getting big girl off to school first and had my first coffee.  I had to dash back into bed before I was discovered.  This was my kind of breakfast.  A lovely skinny latte with the biggest box of chocolates on the side.  Well, that's you have skimmed milk isn't it?  So you can eat the chocolates to go with them and not feel guilty.  Hmmm, didn't work, still have 6 pounds to get off from Christmas, so restricted myself to one chocolate, boy was I good.

    Off to the woods for a long walk with chocolate labrador, to work of the chocolate, three big female red deer ran across our paths, fortunately our labrador has also put on weight after Christmas and couldn't catch them, bless him. I could pretend that it's my training but that would a blatant fib.

    Back home, changed off to Marlow for lunch at the lovely Thai Square restaurant and a bit of shopping for my present from my husband, he figured it was safer than spending the day taking back the presents he'd got me that didn't fit or i didn't like.  Actually it worked really well.

    Managed to get in another 5 recipes for my book and then tied in recipe development with supper.  For small children it was poached chicken, poached in chicken stock with steamed veg and wraps for small boy who loves wraps.  For medium sized girl I cooked some pasta in the poaching liquor and she had that with the poached chicken and veg.  Big girl and us oldies went for a very easy option.

    I have some grilled chilli oil left over from a Thai Workshop in November, it keeps for ages so no worries there.  So working on 250ml of chicken stock each with a tablespoon of this grilled chili oil each this went into a pan, threw in a couple of lemon grass, bashed and cut in two, a few Kaffir lime leaves that I have stored in the freezer and two tablespoons of fish sauce, handful of peas and sugar snaps and a bag of frozen king prawns, 2 noodle nests for good measure and 5 minutes later we had supper, finished off with the juice of a lemon.  Heavenly.

    Back in the office tomorrow to try and catch up as well as bury myself behind the computer to write more recipes, then Friday I'm guesting on the 9 o'clock show on Three Counties Radio, yeay.

  • New Year - New Book

    I am so excited, my first book comes out this year.  I've been hard at work over Christmas writing the recipes for my new book '500 meals for babies and toddlers' to be published by Quintet Publishing.  It will be on the shelves in August this year and is full of no-nonsense, down to earth tips on how to feed your baby and toddler.  No messing about with weighing onions and peppers, life is too short and I know that new Mums just don't have time to phaff around with recipes, they need quick, easy, nutritious recipes that work.

    This is exactly what they are going to get.  Everything from baby's first foods to how to encourage toddlers to help to cook.

    Why am I qualified to write this?  I have three children, now aged 8, 11 and 14, who I fed from scratch, my 11 year old totally refused to eat anything out of a jar - oh yes I tried, it's always a good fall back, but no way would she eat it.  She wanted to eat exactly the same as her big sister and her parents were eating.

    My eldest spat out baby rice when I tried her on that at 4 months old.  I was sitting on the floor next to her in her baby chair eating a baked apple, the baby rice came straight out at the same time as she tried to lean forward to get my apple. We shared - obviously keeping her to just the apple, she never liked baby rice.

    So my philosophy is to feed babies and toddlers as close to the types of food the adults and the rest of the family is eating as possible - providing, of course, that they're eating healthy and nutritious food.  If they're not then it's a great excuse to try new recipes out and cut out the fat and sugar so you can all eat together.

    I'll be running some baby and toddler meals masterclasses at my cookery school shortly so please let me know if you're interested in attending.  In the meantime keep reading for updates on the launch date.

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