UK Coffee Week – and why it matters

If you read my blog regularly, you are probably bored of me telling you how passionate I am about ethical shopping. In my humble opinion, voting with our wallets is one of the most important things consumers can do to change the world for the better. As a parent, coffee is an essential part of my diet. I can’t really function without it, but I’m also a bit of a coffee snob. It’s got to be good, strong, black coffee from a coffee machine or a cafetiere for me. I love a café that serves good coffee too. UK coffee week brings…

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Co-op Easter treats: Review & recipe

Much as I loved Easter as a child, it’s been a long time since I had an Easter egg of my own. My family don’t buy them, my husband and I don’t buy them for each other and his family just buy one for the children. So when Central England Co-Operative asked me to review a few items from their Easter range, I jumped at the chance. I have literally years of Easters to make up for. I chose two fabulous looking, huge Easter eggs. The first egg I chose was the Brushed Gold Milk Chocolate Egg with Dark Chocolate…

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3 Simple Cocktails

Whether you’re having a cosy night in with a partner or hosting a dinner party, cocktails are a must. But they can be so complicated! Many recipes have a plethora of ingredients that I can’t find in the supermarket, let alone the cupboard. So, I drafted in some help. I’m neither a cocktail maker nor a photographer. Luckily, we have a family friend who is both. These 3 simple cocktails – both recipes and photographs – are courtesy of Scott Stockwell Photography. But I’m happy to say, I did drink them. And they’re fabulous! Cocktail 1: Raspberry Mojito Ingredients White rum…

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Simple Christmas survival cake recipe

Christmas is a time for giving and receiving, a time for remembering those less fortunate than you and spending time with your nearest and dearest. Meanwhile back in the real world, we’re rapidly approaching the time of year where we eat too much, overdose on sherry, argue with the in-laws and count down the god-forsaken minutes until we can go back to work. This simple Christmas survival cake recipe won’t change anything, but it tastes good and there’s enough brandy in it to make sure you’re half-soaked until New Year’s day. Ingredients To soak in advance:  3 x 500g bags of…

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Rescuing a rainy day

Today, we had grand plans for a walk in the sunshine and a picnic. Guess who didn’t look at the weather forecast?  So, our plans for the day went down the pan. But not as much Jamer’s – but more of that later.  The problem was, we really needed to get out of the house. Mainly due to the fact that our bathroom currently looks like this.  So, we headed off to the Guild Brewer’s Fayre in Bromsgrove where they have soft play and activity mornings during half term.  Much as both girls love being outside, Libby would probably spend…

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A cup of tea to make you feel better

Drinking tea is a very British solution to everything. I for one find that however bad things get, they seem a little better after a good cup of tea.  As Jamer kindly pointed out, we have all been struck down with the flu recently and it really was tea that kept me going.  In the first couple of weeks of being a lurgy-ridden house, I was lucky enough to be doing a teatox. If you’re not aware of these, they are special teas that you drink morning and evening.  They are made from herbal ingredients that are specially formulated to…

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Good food on a time budget

I quite enjoy cooking. I wouldn’t say I’m a culinary genius, but I like to cook something nice every now and then.  This is one of my favourite times of year for cooking because there is wild garlic growing everywhere. I remember loving the smell of it as a child but being told it wasn’t edible.  These days, I am rather more aware of its culinary uses. It has an appearance and texture like spinach and offers similar health benefits. And yet it gives any dish a lovely, subtle garlic flavour.  Hence I’d decided to cook with it this weekend before…

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