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My top tips for successful, stress-free entertaining

Cooking for guests: exciting and enjoyable or scary and too much pressure? Here is how you can make cooking for guests an enjoyable experience for all involved! Image Credit – CCO License Check Dietary Requirements Different people have different dietary needs, and it might not always be obvious whether your guests have any. Before you start planning your soiree, have a quick check all of your guests’ dietary requirements. It’s better than not checking, and ending up serving food they can’t or won’t eat: my husband took over the reins recently when we had very good friends round – he …

10 essential kitchen items

People often ask me about the kitchen equipment that I can’t live without – now, I’m not really a gadget person (I can’t stand clutter!) but I do love things that I can use for multiple purposes and those that save me time and energy! Being a busy, working mum, I need items that will simplify family life. Here are my top 10: 1- A small blender (I have a nutribullet).  I use mine for hummus and other dips; dressings; smoothies and breadcrumbs. 2- A handheld stick blender and whisk.  I bought mine when my now 15 year old was being weaned and it …

Planning for the summer holidays

If you are going away for the summer, you need to start planning: as well as all that packing, you also need to make sure you have taken care of all of your food related needs! 1- If you are self catering, write a plan for your breakfasts along with some simple lunch and dinner ideas.  By doing this, when you go to the supermarket (sad but true: this is one of my holiday highlights…I love a foreign supermarket!!!), you know what to buy for some fuss-free family meals. I use the recipe library, which is part of my subscription service, as …

‘Health foods’ might not be as good for you as you think!

If you want to make sure that you are being as healthy as possible then you are not alone. Many people have the drive to make better choices for themselves, and this is great, but many foods that may appear healthy on the surface have hidden extras that may be doing more harm than good. Granola and Granola Bars People have been championing granola bars for quite some time now. Even though a lot of the granola bars out there can be quite nutritious, it is important to know that a lot of them are packed with added sugar and …

Expert tips on how to make your food budget go further, while still keeping your family happy and well fed

Shop from a list and never go shopping when you are hungry!! Shopping from a list really is a game changer as it means you only buy what you need BUT you need to have your meals planned first so that you know exactly what you need to buy. Look for yellow stickers in the supermarket – Generally, supermarkets tend to yellow sticker items first thing in. the morning, after lunch, and just before closing time – and the biggest discounts are usually just before stores shut. Yellow stickers not only reduce your food bills but they also make you …