• Messy me review & giveaway!

    I can’t say Freddie has an element of tidy to him. He is just so clumsy, guaranteed to make a mess. Even when I preempt it, he beats me to it!! Now add a baby and a holiday in the mix and it’s a sure fire cauldron of messy chaos! Luckily we are working with Messy me designs and they gave us one of their fab aprons and an original messy mat for a full scale test while we were on holiday. You can even win your own Messy Mat with my competition below! The first morning Freddie helped prep breakfast and he was super excited to be wearing his…

  • Mixing Dairy free with Italy!

    As you know, both of my boys are dairy free. It’s become habit of what things Freddie can/can’t eat and we tend to stick to the same things. However this can lack such variety and spontaneity that I used like to add to our family meals. That’s why when I was approached by Ciao Gusto I was SO exited to give Freddie (and us) some lovely dairy free items from Italy. We LURVE Italian food and luckily you can snaffle all your favourite authentic Italian food and drink with the arrival of Ciao Gusto at Ocado. For the first time, a simple tab brings together over 30 of Italy’s most…

  • Monster truck digger cake (dairy free)

    Months before Freddie’s 3rd birthday was even on the horizon he had decided he wasntes a monster truck digger cake, involving all of his favourite toy diggers and lots of chocolate mud. This was relatively easy to achieve as I could adapt my favourite Madeira cake recipe to be dairy free and use dairy free chocolate, cocoa powder and milk free biscuits for the gravel, sand and soil aspect. I used the birthday cake Madeira recipie from She Who Bakes which I use time and time again and is foolproof even when I change to dairy free. It gives a firmer texture cake so it’s perfect for carving and carrying…

  • Dairy free easter

    It’s almost been a year since Freddie’s official CMPA diagnosis and so this Easter was our first dairy free. I was daunted at the prospect really as we spend so much of our time checking labels for hidden milk that I wondered if he would be enjoying much for Easter apart from an extortionate lack lustre egg from a health food shop. However, I was blown away by just how much choice there is out there, Dairy free wise, not just chocolate but fun Easter treats that anyone can enjoy. We managed to get a lovely selection from Home Bargains including Rabbit & chick decorated biscuits, mallow Easter animals, jelly…

  • Dairy free egg free gooey peanut butter cookies

    We have made some indulgent treats for Freddie to enjoy. Buying dairy free goodies from the supermarket can be a bit samey, not to mention expensive, so it’s good to branch out and experiment. Freddie loves helping out in the kitchen and today he picked to make vegan Chocolate cookies. Ingredients  Dairy free spread 125g Caster sugar 125g Flour 200g Vanilla extract to your taste (we like a lot!) Baking powder 1tsp We also added some smashed up dairy free chocolate & 50g cocoa powder to make them really chocolatey. Peanut butter to fill the cookies with Cream spread and sugar together till pale & fluffy Mix in flour, baking…

  • Do you feed your toddler too much?

    The obesity crisis in Britain is always ringing in our ears and the latest survey that add to this is from The infant and toddler forum. The survey of 1000 parents showed that around 79% of kids in the 1-4 age bracket are given more than their recommended portion size for their age, especially with foods such as spaghetti bolonegse, crisps and cheese sandwiches.

  • Salted caramel cocoa meringues

    We are being taken over by eggs in this household. Literally held to ransom. Ever since Freddie has been egg free it’s only now I have realised we don’t need as many eggs as week used to. Que the “using up eggs” searches on Pinterest, fighting my way through, flans, omelettes and boiled eggs I settled on a nice twist on the traditional meringue.

  • Braised ox cheeks in red wine

    Ox cheeks at one point could only be ordered from your butcher, but are now much more readily available. They are so worth it, literally melt in the mouth and full of flavour. Also a great cheap cut like brisket, perfect for slow cooking. They lend themselves perfectly to the slow cooker, but any slow cooking method would be perfect. As they cook down, the ox cheeks become slightly gelatinous and that is what gives them the perfectly rich texture. There is real depth of beef flavour too. It is a family favourite for us and a great one for younger kids as the meat is so tender.This simple braised ox…