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Entertaining this New Year’s Eve?

So, what will I be serving on New Year’s Eve? For me New Year’s Eve food should be light, simple and prepared in advance; it should be served by a glamorous host (glass of champagne in hand) who makes the whole evening look effortless and classy!  I’ll start the evening with a grazing board which will be ready and waiting when my guests arrive (and is easy to prepare in advance): cheeses, meats, olives, radishes and some homemade hummus with crackers and toasted pittas.  If you want to really impress your guests, throw a cooked ball of beetroot, or an …

Reducing your weekly food costs

According to official figures, UK inflation shot up unexpectedly last month as vegetable shortages pushed food prices to their highest rate in more than 45 years. Food inflation is at an all time high, with a supermarket boss warning that grocery prices will remain elevated this year. Families are looking for ways to reduce their weekly costs and stick to those every tightening budgets. Food is an essential, but many of us are finding that feeding the family and creating tasty family meals is become more and more difficult. Grocery prices are one of the main drivers fuelling overall inflation …

Variety is the Spice of Life: Make Family Mealtimes More Engaging

Variety is often referred to as the spice of life, and this is true in many different aspects of life, not least with food. When you are trying to navigate the world of family mealtimes, it is important that you do the best you can to ensure that family mealtimes are engaging and enjoyable, and that your kids like the food they are being served. One of the big problems that a lot of parents experience with family mealtimes is trying to keep things interesting, and this certainly requires a bit of experimenting. There are loads of excellent ideas that …

How to shop for the best ingredients

When you’re looking to get the most out of your kitchen and cooking, you should always have one eye on the ingredients. A couple of factors come into play for me and cost, sustainability and quality are my top three. Cost This one is really important and is why, with a Delicious and Real subscription, you can chose the ingredients that you buy. I do a weekly online shop as I don’t have the time to go to the supermarket every week!! I also do a bulk shop to Aldi where I stock on my store cupboard essentials: I tend …

Reducing overwhelm in your kitchen

Meal-planning The best way to get organised in your kitchen is to write  meal-plan: it really makes a massive difference to your daily life. But the benefits of meal-planning go way beyond being more organised: Meal-planning really does lead to a healthier, happier you! These are a few of my favourite things… Another way I eliminate that feeling of overwhelm and dread in my kitchen, is by limiting the clutter and organising my space in a way that works for me and my family. Start with a good declutter and then take a look at what is left and think …