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Project Wild

Project Wild

Have you heard of Project Wild? When Ashley told me about Project Wild and would I spread the word about it I happily said yes. Being a ‘Wild’ thing myself (yes I know I am totally delusional today!!!) I spend a fair bit of time outside. Of course having two dogs gives me a reason at least twice a day to escape outside usually taking one or both of the children to at least one walk … Read entire article »

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Vegetarian Bolognese

Vegetarian Bolognese

Being gluten free means I can’t eat many veggie substitutes like quorn so red lentils make a good substitute. This to me is also a bit of a recipe I throw together as a store cupboard/fridge thing as I rarely would be without the basic ingredients needed the pepper is added if I have it. Also of course mushrooms would be perfect but 2 out of 4 like mushrooms in this household so… You will need to … Read entire article »

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Champion of the playground

Since the end of June, children in the U.K have been playing ‘Champion of the  Playgound’, thanks to Robinsons Fruit Shoot. A clever online game which links the real and virtual world, giving children the opportunity to learn new skills, play games that actually get you moving and earn points to get your children to be crowned ‘The Champion of the Playground’. Robinson Fruit Shoot have a fantastic new competition to win a ‘Digi Skip’ or  ‘Digi Kick’ kit, which is the heart of this game. One person will win one kit every day until September 30th 2011. There are 100 kits to be one. To win one of the kits all you do is enter the special code on Fruit Shoot bottles onto the Fruit Shoot website. But, there is no need to wait for … Read entire article »

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Scrummy Roasted Veg Pasta Sauce

Scrummy Roasted Veg Pasta Sauce

This recipe goes down really well in our house, when I say recipe as usual with this sort of meal quantities etc can be changed to suit. I usually make double the amount as it freezes really well. The quantities I use here make enough for 4 plus enough to freeze for another day. Value peppers are great for this recipe, so this time of year when the other ingredients are a good price it’s a … Read entire article »

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Fantastic chop and change rice salad recipe

As my sister blew my trumpet for me being a good cook, I thought I would follow on with my popular rice salad recipe. Which is a brilliant bring a plate recipe too, which Heather mentions and I am a big fan of a bring a plate party. This is a recipe which you can alter quantities and ingredients to your hearts content. So basically the key ingredients are: Rice use quantity for the amount of people you are hoping to feed. By the fact I had run out of long grain rice a few months ago I had to use basmati rice which actually works even better, but you choose. I love brown rice too, but not all love it. Key flavours are: The zest and juice of 1-2 lemons Chopped herbs, my favourite for this are … Read entire article »

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Nearly a whole week being veggie

Bex and I went into town yesterday and we were caught by the waft of bacon, but did it get to me ? No, although it did smell very nice! So last night we had burgers, chickpea, courgette, red pepper, carrot, onion, garlic, fresh herbs and a bit of korma paste oh and an egg yolk was all that was needed. Home made beef burgers is a Dad and Oscar speciality. Oscar likes to have all the trimmings to make it more of a Krabby Patty (Sponge Bob!) including seeded buns. This is one of Oscar’s favourite meals so when I mentioned it was veggie burgers he was not quite convinced. I have to say the veggie ones are not only delicious, but all eaten up and enjoyed by all. Ozzie did say … Read entire article »

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Save the Children

Old fashioned mummy tagged me in this meme which I have just checked today and I need to do for tomorrow. I have already signed the petition at Red Ted Art I have had a bug this week, but unlike the children of Mozambique I was healthy enough and live in good conditions with clean water and fresh food to eat to shake it off quickly. My children have done some pictures of how they look now. It is hard for our children to understand what life must be like for these children, indeed it is hard for me to. We are all so lucky, despite all our complaining about things we really do not need to complain about. In January Save the Children launched it’s most ambitious campaign to date, No Child Born to Die. … Read entire article »

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My vegetarian week

Well so far so good, except I have been ill and so has Oscar but after all the goodies we have been eating I don’t think I can blame it on the lack of meat. I have stuck to my menu for the week, not in order of course. That would be to organised and would not be really me. As I said I have not been very well, even took to bed for a few hours most unlike me. As my throat felt like I am swallowing barbed wire and a quick guzzle of acid with it, I decided I may need a bit of a vitamin boost. My only thing with being vegetarian would be iron getting enough and a few of the other vitamins. To ease my throat and to give … Read entire article »

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Rachel Demuth’s five top tips

Rachel Demuth is the chef proprietor of the award- winning Demuths vegetarian restaurant in Bath. With over 30 years’ experience, this self-taught chef and cookery teacher has also been running the Vegetarian Cookery School (VCS) for the past decade. In 2010 Demuths was awarded Best Vegetarian Restaurant by Gourmet Britain and Rachel was awarded Best Bath Businesswoman of the Year. Rachel Demuth’s five top tips about how to get your family enthused about eating more meat-free meals Children love to cook, in particular to make bread. It’s the total immersion in flour, stickiness and mess that miraculously – through kneading and baking – results in a beautiful puffed up warm loaf of bread that can be eaten almost straight away. Make your food colourful – create vibrant salads and stir fries with a rainbow … Read entire article »

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National Vegetarian Week

At the age of nine, my school was chosen to do a T.V. programme about farming. Looking back the ones who got to go to the free range farm were the luckiest. The rest of us, well were not quite so lucky apart from a day away from school. I was chosen to visit a battery egg farm and after that experience I decided to become vegetarian. I know that these are eggs, but since then it’s free range all the way. I stayed veggie until I was about 18, like many of us the bacon got to me and shortly following that all the other meats. Now I wouldn’t choose to be veggie but I do like to eat at least three vegetarian meals a week. My brother remains veggie still and … Read entire article »

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