If you follow my Instagram stories in the mornings, you will know that 3 or 4 times a week I like to share my children’s lunch boxes. Some very interesting conversations have taken place in my DMs as a result, i.e. people asking me how I set aside the extra time in the mornings to pack them, or people asking about quantities, nutritional value etc. I’ve also had a few people telling me they preferred the school canteen option, which I can actually relate to, as my children used to eat in the canteen prior to the pandemic.
I’ve written this post to break down my lunch box process from beginning to end, but bear in mind that my approach is extremely simple and suits my busy lifestyle. My children’s lunches are nowhere near as creative as the ones you have probably seen on Pinterest and Tik Tok. In fact I take my hat off to any parent out there who finds the time, energy and creativity to make fancy-looking lunch boxes for their kids everyday! This is not my reality, and I’m sure many parents will relate – we don’t necessarily have it in us to make the fanciest lunches, but we still want our kids to enjoy the experience and the food!
Running out of meal ideas is a common problem in a busy household. Even looking at Pinterest and recipe books sometimes can feel a bit daunting because the choice is immense, you don’t always know where to start!
Now I’m definitely no nutritionist but as a busy household of five, I have gone through the tiring cycle of having to come up with new ideas, to avoid repeating meals over and over again… I’m the only person who cooks in this house, so the task of keeping our meals interesting falls on me and me alone.
I’ve been wanting to make carrot cake for a while, but it’s one of those cakes I wasn’t sure I could pull off. After looking up different recipes, I tried my own version a few times, tailored it to my own taste, got my husband to approve it and voilà!
We really enjoyed this cake, so I thought I’d share the recipe with you all.
Last week I was experimenting with plantain and made these little bites, which are essentially thinly sliced plantain, seasoned and grilled until golden. They tasted so good I decided to post the recipe. This is a lovely idea for an appetiser, amuse-gueule or just another fancy-looking way to present plantain.
Happy Pancake day 2021! Crepes are a staple in our house. We make them pretty much on a weekly basis, and always honour Pancake Day in the UK. For an occasion like this, we prefer the traditional French crepe recipe. However, we do also enjoy American pancakes, and I’ll post a recipe for that soon too.
I made pie for the very first time the other day! It was also the first time I actually had chicken and mushroom pie. Let’s just ignore how amateur-ish the crust looks, I made the puff pastry from scratch and I guess I still have to work on the presentation! But the pie tasted so good I thought it would be selfish not to share the recipe.
I use mango chutney a lot in my cooking. But mango chutney on salmon is my absolute favourite combination. The flavours of the salmon and caramelized spring onion in the chutney are just too awesome not to share. So if you’re looking for a delicious meal idea with very few ingredients, this one is definitely one to try out!