Bring the sunshine home with LSA International

Bask in the sunshine at home with this glorious sunny yellow bud vase from LSA International

Find these dinky little vases (14cm high) in a variety of colours to suit each individual room decor, coming in opaque white, purple, yellow, blue, smokey brown, pink, green and aqua! This means you can have consistency throughout your home without even thinking about it!

But yours online at lsa-international.com or online and in-store at John Lewis

Get your kids to eat everything with this amazing new book from the Author of A Mummy too (Recipe inside)…

Getting kids to eat everything you’d like to is a huge challenge for every parent. One minute they love something, the next – detest something with no reason behind that change of mindset. Introducing Get Your Kids to Eat Anything: The 5-phase programme to change the way your family thinks about food by Emily Leary. 

This book may just be the U-turn for those parents stuck in the limbo of the same five recipes every week on rotation, or those with fussy little eaters that you can’t get head nor tail of their likes and dislikes from week-to-week. It helps you to promote discovery, change the norm and to educate children in new tastes and textures, with work sheets inside to track likes and dislikes from the recipes you try. It even includes some unusual strawberries and cream pasta – which is high on our list to try, along with so many of the recipes. (The recipes are great for the entire family and perfect for me to prep with the impending arrival this summer!)

Plus keep your eyes peeled as we plan to bring you our try at some of Emily’s amazing recipes too!

CURRIED FISH FINGERS (websize), Emily Leary, Get Your Kids To Eat Anything

Curried Fish Fingers with sweet potato chips

This recipe is great when you start to introduce your family to more exciting foods because it looks familiar but has great new flavours to explore. Sweet potato fries are a great colour and naturally sweet, so will win over younger palates with ease.

SERVES 4 | PREP TIME: 30 MINS • COOK TIME: 25 MINS

For the chips

  • 500g (1lb 2oz) sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch of pepper

For the fish fingers

  • 240g (8½oz) skinless cod fillets
  • 50g (1¾oz) plain flour
  • 1 medium free-range egg, lightly beaten
  • 50g (1¾oz) dried breadcrumbs
  • pinch of pepper
  • ½ tablespoon garlic granules
  • ½ tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • ½ tablespoon ground coriander
  • oil spray

1. Preheat the oven to 200C (400F), 180C fan, Gas Mark 6.

2. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into chips about 1cm (½in) thick. Put them in a bowl and mix in the cornflour with your hands. Add the garlic granules, paprika and olive oil and mix again, then tip onto a nonstick baking tray in a single layer and sprinkle with pepper.

3. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn and bake for a further 10–15 minutes until crispy on the outside and soft in the middle.

4. Meanwhile, slice the cod into 2cm- (¾in-) thick fingers.

5. Set up 3 bowls: the first containing the flour, the second the egg and the third the breadcrumbs. In a small dish, mix the pepper, garlic granules and spices together, then stir half into the flour and half into the breadcrumbs.

6. Dip a fish piece into the flour to lightly cover. Shake off the excess, then dip into the egg to coat, then into the breadcrumbs to cover. Repeat with every piece of fish, placing on an oiled baking tray as you go. Spritz all over with oil spray.

7. Bake for 12–14 minutes until just golden (break one open to check the fish is cooked through). Serve with the chips.

TIPS

  • If your family are keen on spice, try upping the cumin level and adding a little chilli powder for a more pronounced kick.
  • Once you’ve got the hang of the crumbing method, you can flavour the crumbs to your liking. How about a lemon and herb crumb for breaded chicken goujons?

Get Your Kids to Eat Anything: The 5-phase programme to change the way your family thinks about food by Emily Leary, is published by Mitchell Beazley in March 2019, £16.99 – Buy it on Amazon

The transformation begins

We’ve been long in the process of actually getting around to transforming rooms in the house and its finally starting to take off and actually beginning to transform.

Finally the entrance hall is nearly there… All i need now is a good coat rack for the wall and I think we may e done albeit a little bit of electrical work! I once hated this mirror – the other half got it in a bulk deal with endless furniture, a shed a lawnmower and more when he moved in 10 years ago, for a barg price of £150 all in… I’ve forever hated it – maybe it just needed dressing… now turn it 90 degrees and it’s growing on me… how?! 🙈 I shouldn’t complain as this means one less thing to replace for now – and the money can go on another detail for somewhere else in the house!

Plant is from Tesco, bowl Parlane & shoe cabinet £89, Ikea.

Care for a cocktail…? Try British Cassis for your friday night top tipples

Love a cocktail? But also love blackcurrant? Then this White Heron Drinks British Cassis is for you… it comes with a little cocktail menu, and it’s perfect for a right royal knees up!

Grab yourself a bottle now, and work your way through their suggestions (responsibly please) plus take a peek at their cocktail suggestions online at whiteherondrinks.co.uk/cocktails 

To make the cocktail as shown… 

Pour 50ml (double shot) cider into a chilled champagne coupe [like these beauties from IWOOT ] then shake 50ml British cassis, 50ml pineapple juice and 25ml orange juice altogether, then add ice and shake until cold. Pour over cider – Voila!

It’s super tasty and frothy too! Garnish with blackcurrants on a skewer.

*Heads off to make another…* 

48 hours in Prague…

Prague is a must-see city – it has endless history & architecture, amazing food & drink and breathtaking views across & all around the city! 
Here is a short guide to the city with restaurant recommendations, sightseeing and travel tips!

After our flight touched down we headed straight for a taxi – make sure you get a taxi with the 40/28/6 tariff clearly visible on the outside of the car, and check the driver name too. (It’s always good to have googled your route too so you don’t get take on a full car journey around Prague. (Never hail one on the street either as you can be charged through the roof!)

Next time though we will be getting the Metro & Bus because if your hotel is pretty central and you only have hand luggage, you can buy a daily travel card which is only 130k which works out around £4.30 or a three day card for around 300k (£10). This gives you travel on buses, the metro and all trams too… meaning you can get a bus number 100 to Zličín where you can then pick up a 20 minute Metro ride straight into town. Easy! The whole tram system is pretty great too with plenty of stops and most hoteliers are very helpful with where your nearest stop is too! 

Food and drink was extremely reasonable too! For a couple of pounds we got great street food and found Czech dishes that tasted amazing too! (Watch out for places that don’t display their prices though as we got stung on our second day where we walked the entire city for some of the best views!)

Clout out the chilly air whilst visiting city with this mouth-watering Clam Chowder with chunky bread from @theirishtimesbarprague situated close to the famous Charles Bridge (15th century) down a small side street. Sit under heaters and a blanket and enjoy whilst the world goes by! 

Fancy Vietnamese? Then head to must-visit restaurant @redhotchilli_bistro 🌶 We had some of the tastiest food from the whole of our trip here! Inc this amazing vegetable tempura and a beautiful coconut spicy curry with rice… We will be heading there again next time we visit again for sure!

Whilst you’re out sightseeing – take a walk up to the Petrin tower, a smaller replica of the Eiffel Tower, there is a monastery near by which you can take a look at and the view is breathtaking. You can walk up over the Charles bridge, past the castle and up the hill towards the monastery, and either walk back through the park, and gardens or take the funicular railway (also included in your travel ticket) back down the hill. You will find many of the older trams running along the lines at the bottom there too – so take the chance to get a seat on one of the original cars as opposed to a lot of the newer tramcars which run along most of the lines… 

Now take a moment and book your trip to this amazing city…

 

Indulge yourself in tasty treats in SW London

A short post – but we had to bring you this delightful Eton Mess with sharp raspberries and crisp, chewy meringue – the perfect after dinner treat available at No29 Power Station West 

Now is really the perfect time to start considering restaurants and small businesses that you can support once the pandemic ends, or during if they are providing a takeaway and delivery service.

Celebrate British grown tomatoes with some tasty recipes!

Mid May was #britishtomatofortnight and we delved head first into enjoying tasty british grown sweet tomatoes, with this tasty piccolo and lemonade tomato and soft cheese bagel…  Thanks to @britishtomatoes and @standagencyuk who sent us the most juicy fresh selection of these sweet vine tomatoes (the varieties are listed below)!

 

Piccolo – a premium cherry tomato on the vine… Very sweet with a distinctive flavour that provides a long lasting experience. The best in its class, a real favourite for snaking and salads, but can also be used in a range of hot dishes.

Lemonade – Yellow Cherry/Baby Plum (on the vine) A real break from the norm. A pale almost translucent yellow fruit that has an amazing flavour unlike anything else. A real crunch when bitten into and a wonderful addition to brighten any dish

Royal Star – Speciality Orange Cherry (on the vine) With a colour that is so unusual and a flavour to match, this variety provides a point of difference on both colour and taste, it is a lovely addition to any salad.

Join us in discovering some more amazing recipes below!

British Tomato and Seafood summer pasta

SEAFOOD & TOMATO PASTA
Seafood pasta is always a classic, only made better with great British tomatoes. This deliciously simple dish combines the two for a perfect summer dish!

Serves 2 Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking: 15 minutes

3tbsp olive oil
4 British Large Vine Tomatoes, skinned and finely chopped
1 red onion, finely chopped
Few drops of balsamic vinegar
160g small scallops
180g tagliatelle or linguine
200g cooked, peeled prawns
2tbsp chopped fresh parsley, plus extra to garnish
6-8 British Piccolo Tomatoes, halved
30g Parmesan cheese, finely grated
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Add the chopped tomatoes and red onion and cook over a low heat for 10-12 minutes, until very soft, adding a splash of water if needed. Season with salt, pepper and a few drops of balsamic vinegar.
2 Meanwhile, cook the tagliatelle or linguine in lightly salted boiling water for 10-12 minutes, until tender.
3 Add the scallops to the tomato mixture and cook for 2 minutes, then add the prawns, parsley and piccolo tomatoes. Cook, stirring, for about 1 minute, until heated through.
4 Drain the pasta. Gently stir through the tomato mixture and share between two warmed serving bowls or plates. Serve, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and extra parsley.

Cook’s tip: No scallops available? Use a few more prawns and add a handful of thawed frozen peas. To skin tomatoes, put them into a heatproof bowl. Pour over boiling water and leave for 15-20 seconds, then drain. The skins will be easy to peel away.

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BRITISH TOMATO SHAKSHUKA
Perfect for breakfast or brunch, this British tomato recipe tastes fantastic with crusty bread to mop up all the delicious juices.

Serves 4 Prep time: 20 minutes Cooking: 25 minutes
Suitable for vegetarians

500g British medium vine tomatoes
2tbsp olive oil
2 large onions, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 red peppers, deseeded and sliced
1 yellow pepper, deseeded and sliced
1/2tsp cumin seeds
1tsp mild chilli powder
1tbsp tomato puree
2tbsp chopped fresh parsley, plus extra to garnish
4 large eggs
50g feta cheese, crumbed
150g thick Greek-style yogurt
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Crusty bread, to serve

1 Halve the British tomatoes and set to one side.
2 Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan that has a lid. Gently fry the onions,
garlic and peppers in the covered pan for about 10 minutes, or until very soft.
3 Add the cumin seeds, chilli powder, tomato puree and parsley, stirring well.
Season. Add the tomatoes and cook over a medium heat for about 8-10
minutes, uncovered, adding a splash of water if it begins to look too dry.
4 Stir well, then make 4 spaces among the ingredients. Crack the eggs into
these spaces and cook gently for a further 8-10 minutes, until set. If you like,
grill the top for a few moments to set the surface of the eggs.
5 To serve, crumble the feta cheese on top and sprinkle with extra parsley.
Season with a little extra black pepper. Put the yogurt into a bowl and sprinkle
with a little chilli powder. Serve alongside the Shakshuka with crusty bread.
Cook’s tip: This is great as a sharing dish, where everyone just eats straight
from the pan!

Whatever you do – make sure you try your local tomatoes. Don’t refrigerate them, no matter how tempted you are either, as they loose their true flavour. Do what you can to support and celebrate British Tomatoes all year round!

Salmons on our mind…

Spotted! A delicious salmon dish, served with crushed potatoes, broccoli, tomato and a balsamic sauce from Sgt Peppers Burnham … it is divine and well worth a visit! Pair it with a cocktail or mocktail to continue to the party!

Update:- Sgt. Pepper’s are continuing to work through the pandemic to bring everyone in the area fantastic food with a newly updated menu, local delivery and now even a cocktail menu for delivery to your doorstep. You’ll be crazy to miss out on this delicious food – we recommend booking your delivery as early as possible as it can get busy as it is just so good!

Check the menu and more here 

Stay home & stay safe with ten top tips for safety at home with Fairy Non Bio.

 

Our favourites for George, Fairy Non Bio have worked with ROSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents), to create some top tips to help keep all of our children safe at home. With more of us spending more time at home, these tips are more important than ever, to prevent accidents and help relieve the pressures on the NHS.

Fairy Non Bio is also partnering and working alongside, presenter, model and mum Vogue Williams, who took to Instagram to share a sneak peek of how she cares for gorgeous baby Theo.

Vogue: “Spending more time at home means it’s more important than ever to make our homes safer for our little ones. I’m excited to continue working with Fairy Non Bio to raise awareness of the unexpected hazards in the home – including during the laundry, cooking and even just getting ready in the morning.

Taking little actions can make a real difference. For example, when doing laundry, it’s important to always close the pack with a ‘click clack’ sound and keep out of reach of children.”

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Top Tips Include:

THE LAUNDRY POD – Laundry pods are made to be used by adults. Treat them how you would all household items. Keep them out of reach of children and close the pack securely with a click clack after use.

THE HAIR STRAIGHTNER – Unplug and put them away and out of reach of children straight after use, to avoid burns.

THE HOT DRINK – Keep out of reach of children, so they don’t accidently spill hot liquid on themselves.

THE CURTAIN CORD – Keep curtain cords wrapped up high and tight so children cannot play with them.

THE POT AND PAN – When cooking, turn pot and pan handles inwards.

THE GRAPE – Cut grapes into small pieces so that children can easily eat them.

THE HANDBAG – Keep handbags up high to avoid toddlers putting small items in their mouth.

THE BUTTON & COIN BATTERY – Coin batteries are more common in household items, but are very dangerous if left loose. Dispose of straight away, as they are a common choking risk for children.

THE PENCIL – Pencils count as sharp items so it’s important to keep them out of reach of little hands, and supervise very young children when they are using them.

THE DISHWASHER POD – Keep dishwasher pods out of reach of children and use the child lock feature to keep the door closed whilst the cycle is on.

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Go green and reduce your carbon footprint with Dantoy Toys!

Check out this brand-new “I’m Green” line of bioplastic toys from Dantoy. Made of at least 90% sugarcane, a sustainable raw material, Dantoy’s bioplastic is 100% recyclable.

Dantoy’s range of bio toys includes this popular 22-piece, pretend play dinner set which can be used for garden picnics. Ideal for playing it is safe, durable and toxin free. It encourages social skills, interaction and helps children to learn whilst having fun. We were kindly #gifted a set for George to try out and he loves them. They are made well, and can sustain any banging and crashing around (just like any other plastic) that little ones absolutely love doing! They’re also a lovely muted green colour too, rather than the common rainbow brights you get in most children’s toys.

Dantoy leads the way with their bioplastics. The manufacture of bioplastics reduces carbon emissions. The sugarcane is cultivated on controlled, pesticide-free plantations in central and southern Brazil and is harvested every 6 – 12 months. Bioplastic made of sugarcane is a 100% sustainable raw material. Making the sets a green planet friendly option which essentially makes way for a healthier planet for our little ones to live on in their futures!

Sugarcane can be harvested several times a year and new plants are planted every five to seven years. The fields are harvested every six to twelve months enabling them to be classified as a sustainable raw material too. Another great bonus is that Sugarcane absorbs carbon dioxide from the air, thereby minimising the greenhouse effect. For the manufacture of bioplastic, the carbon emissions accounts are positive from the budding of the plant until it is manufactured into bioplastic. For each kilo of manufactured bioplastic, 3.09 kg of carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere.

An added bonus is that Dantoy’s packaging is all made from recycled cardboard. Their toys are made to last and are approved for contact with foods, microwave safe, dishwasher safe, frost-proof and contains no toxins. – More green and eco credentials which we believe is great, creating an all round eco green product!

Dantoy believe that people should buy less & buy well. That is why their toys are only made with sustainable products. We can all be eco-friendly and by choosing brands who care will make a little difference.

Get your Dantoy play sets online and reduce your footprint on the world… The Dantoy Bio-Toy Pretend Play Dinner Set 22-Piece set costs £18.73 from Amazon

Welcome in wildlife with Wilko

Wilko is well known for home decor, cleaning, beauty and of course their pick ‘n’ mix… but did you know they also sell lots for the garden?

The Wilko Wild bird, easy-clean small bird table, £10

We spent the last few weeks doing bits and bob around the home, but due to the current situation and not the best of weather everything has now been put on hold. As soon as the sun started to shine we got our new Wild bird easy-clean bird table, £10 and put it up!

Super simple to put up, it took twenty minutes, that’s all. The instructions are clear and straightforward, and made it easy for a novice to put up! It has a little flap to undo and clean off any old bird seen and poop etc too.

We’ve now propped it up in the garden ready to invite all of the birds in… and maybe the odd squirrel! Have hung up the bird feeder too, ready for some seed, and will wait and put up our fat ball holder in the autumn, filled with juicy fat balls from Wilko to keep our feathered friends going through the end of the year!

Discover Wilko’s full pet and outdoor range online at Wilko.com

AD | #gifted items from Wilko were sent with no obligation to post!

Scrumptious skinny red velvet treats

Skinny red velvet pearls from the Skinny Bakery – asofreckles2020

Skinny red velvet pearl treats from @skinnybakery are some of the best things we have in our freezer right now! At just 34 calories per pearl, made with beetroot and low fat yoghurt – they are a great way to treat yourself without feeling guilty! You can keep them in the fridge five days from delivery or simply pop them in the freezer for up to two months, taking them out to defrost and refrigerate as and when you need them.

Try yours now with
10% off Skinny Bakery when you spend £20. Use coupon: REF2HJH5DF86W

Visit SkinnyBakery.co.uk to shop now!