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what goes up

And as quick as you can say JINX… oh dear. The components: * A dastardly forty minute wait in a queue at the IKEA checkouts (yes I complained to the manager and he promised he'd fire someone.) * I bought a wonderful Manduca baby carrier at the Organic Expo on the […]

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masterchef challenge

Revelations:  # If I wanted my life back once Masterchef finishes this weekend, I probably shouldn't have started watching Mad Men. Given I've got the whole first series. And given I'm a bit inclined to put my feet up once the kids are in bed and not do anything (i.e. […]

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little black book

I have a little black book. No, it's not a lascivious list of old flames. (More's the pity really.) It's a dinner party book. One I started years ago, after I made my very good friends Jodie and Andrew (fabulous foodies) cheesecake for the third dinner party in a row and someone […]

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Vegetarian Pad Thai recipe

I was out for lunch with my workmates this week – my farewell lunch, thanks fellas! – and one of the guys was saying that he just couldn't imagine facing dinner every night with no meat.  Actually, I know what he means. Previously when vegetarian friends have come for dinner […]

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Meat-free May

I wasn't actually planning on writing a post about Meat-Free May because when it first appeared as a to-do idea on my "new things" list (over there in the left hand column under the books) I had quite a lot of feedback about how totally daft it was to do […]

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Ten Minute Bean Nachos!

In our house I'm still hearing the 'kids food' and 'grown up food' differentiation as much I discourage it.  So every second night I serve up validated 'kids food' (for heavens sake) to minimise the argument.  Is this, alongside spaghetti bolognaise and homemade pizza, possibly the ultimate 'kids food'?  SUPER […]

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lasagne: not pretty but damn yummy

So really, who makes lasagne on a work night?  I do.  Here's the quickest, tastiest, perhaps not low-fattest lasagne ever. Promise. Please try it. Then send me a photo of how-not-pretty-but-delicious yours is too. MEAT SAUCE 1 brown onion, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil […]

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the fun police

Something my friend Estelle wrote in my comments on an earlier post today made me stop and think: am I a Food Nazi?  Estelle was commenting on the effect of food colouring on the output of children (oh yes, in so many ways), and I was thinking about Henry's birthday […]

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