Why cook with kids?

   To learn cooking skills that will benefit them later in life.  Cooking, sadly, does not get taught enough in schools. Fussy children are more likely to eat food they have made themselves. Getting children involved in planning, preparing and cooking gives them a sense of pride.   Bespoke cooking sessions are also available for 'very cautious' eaters - get in touch to find out details. Younger children learn fine motor skills and hand eye co-ordination from chopping etc.  It always amazes me how much children enjoy chopping which brings me on to the next point..... Kids love to help...
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Fred’s Bread

Fred’s Bread

This is a guest post by my 12 year old son Fred! At school we were asked to adapt a basic bread recipe; our changes had to improve the sensory appeal, nutritional value and be suitable for a child’s packed lunch. So I decided to add pesto, cheese and ham, a bit like a ready-made sandwich.  It was so yummy that all my friends wanted to try it and I made it again today at home.  What do you think? After making white bread dough I let it prove. Once proved I rolled it out into a large square. I then spread a thin...
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Forget the diet, make 2016 the year of Happy Eating!

So it is THAT time of year again!  The time many of us feel obliged to commit to a year of  losing weight.  Weight loss regimes generally involve denying ourselves something that we like, or restricting how or what we eat, meaning these plans are often not sustainable past January.  In fact did you know that the most likely long term outcome of following a weight loss diet is actually weight gain?  The more you try to lose weight the more you will gain long term.  So diets generally don’t work but we still kid ourselves that this year will...
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How to be a super-mum!

How to be a super-mum!

Back to school!! Where did the summer holidays go? Is it just me or is September a time of New Year-style resolutions?  New School Year resolutions I guess! Whilst I am not a fan of making promises you can't keep at the beginning of a year, it is sometimes a good time to 'get your house in order', if only to make you feel in control after 6 weeks of madness! So what better time to start planning the meals your family are to eat this week? I can guarantee that you will feel like 'Super-Mum' in no time! Menu Planning - why...
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Who do you trust to give you nutritional advice?

Who do you trust to give you nutritional advice?

OK, it is a bit of a minefield I know, but it really should be quite simple. Who do you trust with your health or that of your children? With so much confusing advice surrounding the topic of food and nutrition , it is surely even more important to fully trust the training and knowledge of the person you are paying to help you. There are a lot of so called experts out there who have little or nothing in the way of proper qualifications and are happy to advise you about what to eat.  You don't get this with many other...
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After-school swimming and hungry children

After-school swimming and hungry children

The sun is out and my children are keen to go to lovely Park Road Lido in Crouch End after school today. They will be tired, hungry and hot when I pick them up from a hard day of learning, so I have made some orange juice ice lollies  to cool them down and hydrate the little cherubs, and this Weetabix loaf to give sustained energy for hours of playing in the water with their friends!     I came across this recipe on the magnificent Netmums website and as luck would have it, I have all the necessary ingredients sitting in the cupboard....
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Secrets of Happy Eating

Secrets of Happy Eating

There is so much contradictory information in the media about nutrition, that it is no wonder we are all a little stressed and confused about what to feed our families.  It seems almost each week we are told something else we should be eating more of, or should cut down on.  Obviously some of these reports are valuable in the correct context, especially when related to disease prevention or treating medical conditions.  However it does, in my opinion, mean we sometimes get ‘bogged down’ with irrelevant advice and can neglect other more basic food related issues.  I strongly believe that food...
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Tempted to follow the ‘Fast Diet’ or ‘5-2 Diet’?  read my thoughts!

Tempted to follow the ‘Fast Diet’ or ‘5-2 Diet’? read my thoughts!

If I had a pound for every person who has recently told me they are following the 5-2 diet (also known as the Fast Diet) , I would be a rich lady!  But not  quite as rich as BBC presenter  Michael Mosley is undoubtedly becoming as a result of the latest dieting craze.  Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez have apparently joined the thousands of people following this diet regime. If you are one of the few people who are not familiar with this diet sensation - let me enlighten you........ Although Intermittent Fasting is not a new concept, the 5-2 diet became an...
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