Food


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Are you drinking enough water?

I don’t know about you folks, but I know that I drink way too much coffee and not enough water. To me water is boring, I don’t like it. Since I moved to Gloucestershire I’ve not liked the taste, it’s just not like Cornish water. Two days before my wedding the kids and I popped up towards the capital to the WWT London in Barnes as guests of Robinsons. There was a serious talk for the grown ups,  whilst the children all went outside with WWT staff to play. Dee wasn’t “feeling it” at all this day and was on the verge of losing his marbles – he doesn’t fit too well with young children, I think he prefers the company of adults. Luckily though there were coasters – lots of them, so he kept making card houses to knock down.


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Tasty soup from New Convent Garden Soup Co. 1

Recently I was contacted by New Covent Garden Soup Co. which I was pleased about as Blokey really likes their soup. He often buys the single portion size and freezes it for evenings when he goes to the gym and misses mealtime with the boys and I. They have several varieties of soup so it doesn’t get boring and even a soup of the month, which in February was Thai broccoli and ginger. It’s a strange sounding mixture, but it tasted good. It’s still in our local Sainsbury store, so be quick. The upcoming flavour for March is Allotment Vegetable, I’m am intrigued by this name as you can grow almost anything on an allotment. New Convent Garden Soup co. said “Romance is sure to be in the air this month with our latest tantalising marriage of flavours. This delicious recipe combines tasty broccoli with a splash of zesty lime, […]


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Fabulous fajitas #TasteSantaMaria 2

When I was at BritMums Live recently Santa Maria were there talking bout their fajitas and salsa. As you might have realised, we like spice in this house so i said yes please to trying out the samples. They wanted bloggers to do a Fab fajita challenge, what this means really is I accept and Blokey cooks. We all know I cannot cook! Related articles Chicken Dipper Fajitas Spice Up Your Life


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Mr Kipling #BetterWithCake 2

Just before Easter Mr Kipling and BritMums sent us some cake. Sadly I lost the images I took as my phone memory card failed, but luckily I’ve got permission from other bloggers to use their snaps. YAY! Image source MaxAndMummy blog. We took our cakes on camping holiday to Devon with us. Cakes as a packed lunch snack on sunny days, or cakes with cuppas in the tent on chilly evenings.


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Brewers Fayre do lunchtime carvery now? 2

Apparently they do! This was news to me but a few days ago I was treated to lunch with my friend Joy. She was invited to attend I kind of tagged along  The restaurant is just off the M5 motorway at junction 9 Tewkesbury.  Not too far away from home,  but I think they are missing a trick not advertising it as motorway services – it’s closer to the road than most alleged “motorway services” where you seem to drive half a mile away from the slip roads. 


A few flavours from chicagotown.com

Chicago town pizza

Back in summer, just before the trip to Italy we tried out Chicago town take style pizza. Unsurprisingly looking a holiday to Italy, flights, dog and pet sitters, travel to the airport and time off for school meant I got distracted and forgot! As it goes I was eating Chicago town pizza whilst packing for the Italy trip.


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#AfterSchoolChefs – getting back in to a routine 7

After the long summer school holidays it can be tricky to get back in to an “after school routine” again. I will admit I am far from the perfect mum, I am a lazy cook and just want food that is easy. So when BritMums got in touch about #AfterSchoolChefs with Birds Eye frozen foods I was interested. Normally Blokey cooks for me the night before and I just bung it back in the oven to feed the kiddies and me. He’s a great guy really, he irons too (no you can’t borrow him). They want to know about after school routines, well I walk with the hound to the local little school to collect Jen, it is around a mile each way. When we are nearly home Jen often wants to play on the swing that is in a tree. That takes about an hour, when we get in D […]


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Hotel Chocolat treats – review 3

This is very very very overdue. These chocolates arrived for me before Italy, before the #MMskydive, before camping in Devon. During the summer I’ve been a bad blogger, I have missed so many reviews and posts I was meant to be writing. I was sent 3 different products to try raspberry panacotta, fruit and nut slab, and nuts about coconut selection. It will come as no surprise to friends that I like chocolate, I like almost all chocolate, but even I appreciate the difference when you have high quality chocolate such as Hotel Chocolat. It’s the mutts nuts of confectionary, the Rolls Royce of sweets, and NO I will not share mine. Seriously, those raspberry panacotta ones are so good, they are moreish to the point they could be seen as addictive. I attempted to save one for Blokey, but I couldn’t, it just accidentally got munched. If you fancy […]


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Blog takeover : Eats Amazing 3

As I am still in Italy I have a treat for you, a blog post all about beautiful bento lunches. Hello lovely readers, do let me introduce myself! My name is Grace, and I blog over at Eats Amazing on the subject of healthy children’s food, with a particular focus on the bento style lunches that I make daily for my six year old son. Julie very kindly asked me to write a guest post for her, and I was very happy to oblige – I do love rambling on about my favourite hobby – bento! You may be wondering what on earth bento is, but if you are, don’t worry, I’m here to enlighten you! Bento is a Japanese word, meaning ‘convenient’, and it refers to a meal, packed in a box, most commonly for lunch. It’s basically the Japanese equivalent of packed lunches. What makes bento different from […]


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Bank holiday weekend as a #MorrisonsMum 8

Last weekend I was lucky enough to get sent some Morrisons shopping vouchers and asked for my opinions on Morrisons prices, quality and the experience as a whole. Morrisons were extremely generous and sent hundreds of blogging parents shopping vouchers, so we could all give them a go, and look out for the “I’m Cheaper” logos. To be honest we normally shop elsewhere, but with a new store open in Gloucester this was the perfect excuse to go to M instead.


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An honest look at #FoodBanks 14

As you might have gathered, I am annoyed by the recent bad press related to the Trussell Trust and food banks after The Daily Fail wrote that article. So annoyed I visited my local food bank and not only donated some items, but spent some time talking to the staff at Gloucester food bank. The Fail is way off, these people are lovely, and kind, and well, brilliant. The first thing I want to say is that Gloucester food bank gets no government level help – it is a charity that relies on kind donations and volunteered time. It is a smallish building, but well used. Shelves were stacked with items that families in need would love. It was organised by type of product, and dates. Bulkier items had whole shelves to themselves, and smaller bits were in labelled cardboard boxes used like draws. I met lovely volunteers who I saw […]