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The Waffle Odyssey

I’ve been meaning to put up this blog about our amazing Easter holiday in the campervan, which was contrived almost entirely through recommendations from our lovely Facebook Friends.

Forget dieting – drink green tea.

I love green tea and no more so than at this time of year when my body has taken a battering from eating too many Quality Streets and drinking too much Prosecco.  It’s my morning after detox to seasonal excesses and a couple of cups a day makes me feel more at peace with the world.  Some research suggests green tea is really good for you as it contains lots of antioxidants whilst other studies say it helps you lose weight as it speeds up your metabolism. Whilst the science behind the last one is mixed, personally speaking whenever I put on a few pounds and wonder why, it normally coincides with me forgetting to have my daily green tea dose. So this new year, one of my resolutions (actually I don’t have many as it is too depressing when I break them all two weeks later – but the general theme is to slow down a bit and be healthier) is to drink more green tea in the hope it will make me a happier, calmer, less pot-bellied person. I buy my green tea, loose in pretty little pots, from my friend Kiyomi who is a great advert for its benefits being both serene and beautiful. She supplies some of west London’s swankier tea shops with her own brand, imported from her native Japan, but you can buy it...

Surviving the summer holidays

A month ago (doesn’t time fly?) I went to the brilliant Britmums Live! event to interview Deliciously Ella and arm myself with some great ideas on how to survive the summer holidays. Because where better than the beating heart of mummy bloggers to find some clever ideas to keep the kids busy?

Claire meets Ella

I’m not a jealous person. I am happy for my friends when they get pay rises, their kids do better than mine, they look brown and well rested after their holiday, while I just look sun burnt and frazzled.

Summer holiday craft ideas

It’s the eve of a new era. Are you ready?
One where routine is out the window, where screams to put shoes on are a dim memory, and one sunlit day floods timelessly into the next, enveloping us all in a warm blur. Well, that’s the plan.

Freezer friends

What’s in your freezer? Ice cubes? Frozen peas? Oven chips? Lots of Tupperware pots full of unidentifiable foods? That’s me, or was until earlier this year when I decided to learn how to use my freezer properly. It was my culinary epiphany of 2015. Strong words I know, but I speak the truth.

FarmDrop

The other day I was invited to an event at a pub in Peckham. Not only did I discover the amazing Grub Club, an online diary of pop up events around the country, I also discovered FarmDrop.

A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones

It may seem disingenuous to recommend someone else’s recipe book, instead of our own (although if you haven’t already … you can buy it here) but this collection of 200 vegetarian recipes has changed the way I eat.

Frozen

Did you know that every major supermarket sells frozen chopped onions for little more than their fresh equivalent? Nope? Well, you obviously haven’t met me socially then, because I talk of little else. It’s not just that I am socially challenged, it’s more that I feel compelled to spread the word.

Christmas Survival Guide with Lakeland

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, Everywhere you go! Oh yes, this blogger is feeling festive. I handed in my dissertation yesterday (on palm oil – all 20 000 words of it) and have a spring in my step, Christmas baubles on my earlobes and festive cheer in my heart.

The Crumbs Family Cook

Crumbs Screen Shot "The Crumbs Family Cook book has arrived and brings with it quick, unpretentious recipes and a relaxed, guilt-free message" - The Times

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