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How to…cook for children

One of the best discoveries I made last year was Cooking Them Healthy, a brilliant blog set up by three mothers (sisters Georgie and Minnie Soskin, and nutritionist Jo Saunders) providing inspirational recipes, nutritional advice and ideas on how to encourage your children to eat healthily. One of the things I love most (apart from the recipes which are really delicious) is their A-Z of Health focusing on specific ailments and the foods that can help alleviate them (which is probably just as useful for adults). With delicious recipes and invaluable information, it is my new must-read site when it comes to cooking for my boys……

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How to…throw a Christmas party

Cheers. And welcome to part one of the W&W guide to hosting a (festive) party to remember. If there is one thing we are in favour of at all times, it would be eating, drinking and merry-making. Now, we are not here to tell you how to cook Christmas luncheon. We’re all about the party. The cocktails. The nibbles. The easy-peasy cheatsheet. The easiest way to have yourself a merry little Christmas party is to serve something sparkly, something soft and mulled wine; with a cheeseboard and mince pies (preferably mini mince pies for added chic factor). Add a bit of Michael Buble/Bing Crosby and you have yourself a party.…

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How to…cook for your family

When it comes to cooking I’m more of a Domestic Novice than a Domestic Goddess and it’s fair to say that inspiration seldom strikes when I’m in the kitchen. I seem to possess a complete inability to forward plan, throw the contents of the fridge together to create something delicious or simply cook anything other than my small repertoire of dishes. Not great when you have a growing family, right? Thankfully, I have found someone to help. Katie Bryson is the founder of the brilliant blog Feeding Boys and a Firefighter. Married to Matthew, a fireman (yes ladies, she is living the dream) and mother to Sam (7) and Arlo (4), she’s fast become an expert on feeding a ravenous crowd. To make things even more complicated, her husband is a vegetarian, meaning that she is as adept at creating filling veggie meals for an active man as she is for fuelling small people. We are thrilled that she’s passed on some tips……

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Feasting, feasting

A little weekend bonus for you…food recipes for bonfire parties (or indeed, just a cosy weekend in) by the wonderful David Herbert, Food Editor (currently Food and Homes Director at Your M&S Magazine), author of The Really Useful Cookbook, wonderful gardener, host-with-the-most and all-round good egg.…

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How to….throw a Halloween party

Regular readers will know that Natasha and I are big fans of Halloween. Although, this wasn’t always the case. When I was growing up, Halloween just wasn’t a thing. Scary movies, yes. Parties, trick’or’treating and costumes? Not so much. That was for our cousins over the pond. Nor was it big whilst I was at uni (geeez, I must be old…). In fact, I think I can speak for both of us in saying that it wasn’t until the pitter patter of tiny feet arrived on the scene that the sheer fun of the whole occasion became apparent. And now, well, we’re completely raving Halloween bonkers mad and are desperate to turn our pads into haunted houses for one night only. If were to throw a Halloween party (and unfortunately, I can’t this year) this is how I’d do it……

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How do you like them apples?

One of the things I love about October (aside from Halloween – more of which next week, we promise) is  not this relentlessly drizzly weather, but what I shall elegantly refer to as ‘the harvest thing’. Harvest festival always warms my cockles and returns to me to my grey pinnafore wearing schooldays. I am currently enjoying a glut of apples. Both sets of parents have trees (cooking apples) and we have a tree (singular) of tiny, surprisingly delicious eating apples – and I am keen not to waste a singe pippin. We are currently ladling cooked apple and blackberry onto our morning porridge/yoghurt, but I am on the hunt for inspiration. My Smitten Kitchen cookbook was my first port of call – these wholewheat apple muffins are calling my name. Here’s Deb’s (yep, I like to think we’re on first-name terms) amazing photography and recipe:…

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Children + vegetables? Done.

Apologies for the delay to today’s post. I have spent the entire morning faffing around with emergency dentist appointments. Impacted wisdom tooth with severe infection. Nice. Anyway. Back in the land of the blogging, albeit with an elephantine jaw, horse-strength antibiotics and instructions to swill my mouth with salt water. It’s like swimming in the sea – only entirely without any of the fun what-so-ever. Teeth. Tricksy devils.  Anyway, enough of my dental woes. Onto today’s preoccupation: children and vegetables……

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The Perfect Picnic

Ah, picnics. How do I love thee. They combine two of life’s greatest joys: finger food and eating outside in the fresh air. Glorious. These recipes are from dear friend David Herbert‘s (food writer and editor, collector of Bloomsbury pottery – you can visit his pop-up tearoom  in London) wonderful book, Picnics – catering for pretty much any picnicking eventuality.…

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Spice, Spice Baby

There’s nothing I love more than a spicy noodle soup and this one by Nigel Slater (from Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers) is delicious. So delicious in fact, that we’re having it to eat this evening. Perfect for a cool day or hot summer’s evening, just add ice cold beer or a glass of white wine and you’re good to go.…

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Little not-so-Parisian kitchen

I don’t think my husband would object to me saying that I do most of the cooking in our household. However, when he does cook – he really goes for it (which I think pretty impressive for a novice cook). So much so he instigated the Saturday Evening Culinary Experiment Sessions: wine, jazz, man at the cooking helm – what’ s not to like? Plenty to love there. So, he’ll set off for the fishmonger and return with a massive bag of mussels – and proceed to make moules marinere. And he’ll peruse a cookbook and land upon a recipe I probably wouldn’t have chosen – but turns out rather well. One of these successes came from his first cookbook purchase: Rachel Khoo’s [pictured above] Little Paris Kitchen (buy it here). Lavender chicken, it transpires, is delish. Who knew? Poulet au citron et lavande (Lemon and lavender chicken) 1 chicken, joined into 8-10 pieces; generous pinch of salt For the marinade: 2 tbsp dried lavender,  4 tbsp olive oil, 4 tbsp lavender honey or plain runny honey, 2 sprigs of thyme, finely grated zest and juice of 1 unwaxed lemon To make the marinade: crush the lavender using a pestle and mortar or a rolling…