😥The smallest G&P is really struggling to cut her incisors and NOTHING is helping. Cue sleepless nights 😳, dribbling, random temperatures and helpless fingers in a very red mouth. I’ve tried all the homeopathic powders and teething gels going,so decided to have a crack at something #homemade.
Cloves are an age old remedy for tooth ache or sore gums as they provide an analgesic numbing effect and cloves are also antiseptic. So add one teaspoon fresh cloves to one tablespoon of olive oil and grind into a paste. Rub on babies gums with your fingers or soak an old muslin and put in the freezer for more gum rubbage. 😁👏✨
EDIT: just to add always worth trying these things, but my toddler did NOT appreciate my efforts and said homemade teething remedy caused more tears and a mini meltdown...#fail. Back to the drawing board. Anyone have any teething tips?????
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One of the downsides of ones partner working away midweek, is that minor household injuries can turn into the most annoying thing EVER...And nothing more frustrating than a splinter in my right hand. So last night, remembering something from my childhood, I tried applying a bread poultice.🍞
👉Step one: warm milk in a pan (don’t boil)
👉Step two: add warmed milk to bread until softened and make a paste with the mixture
👉Step three: add the paste to splinter and cover with gauze and wait for splinter to be drawn out. Magic.✨ Now that really is #foodasmedicine
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If one food could sum up happy Sundays to me it would be banana bread. No sweetener in this one, made with eggs, almond flour and flaxseed (and loads of overripe ‘nanas obvs!).
Good Sunday nosh. Serve warm with a cup of something and a smidge of butter (preferably in bed with the sunshine peeking through)....happy weekend ya’ll ✨✨✨
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So I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently. Who hasn’t? It’s all over the news and social media (including mine!)
But have been having an issue with children’s snacks (which pretty much have to be handed over at the school gate to avoid a walking home meltdown) Other than fruit how do I keep it fairly healthy but still try and respect and try reducing down on plastic waste?
There are many great brands out there offering a decent alternative to the kitkat and monster munch that was considered perfectly adequate when we were growing up. But none that I’ve found that offer any packaging that isn’t single use plastic. (But please people correct me if I’m wrong )
And really, as always with these things, it tends to come back to making your own. Energy balls have been around for ages, there are 8 billion recipes for them online. But mostly it comes down to a few non specialist everyday ingredients you can chop and change. They are not time consuming and actually bloody easy - I’m quite lazy, this is really true. This batch took me all of 3 minutes to make in a food processor and I’ve made enough for after school snacks for the week. So the shopping bills are looking a bit healthier as I’m not buying thousands of organic snack bars!
Nearly all of the ingredients came from glass, cardboard or paper so I feel just a tiny bit smugger and happier with myself.
And then, I go and add spinach to the mix (you can’t taste it) and boom! Kids think I’m some sort of magician! They won’t eat green vegetables without serious arm twisting but green snacks.... MIND BLOWN ♻️
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Change of season, change pace, slowing down and learning to warm and nourish our bodies rather than cooling during the hotter months.
Does this mean we give up on delicious salads - absolutely not! Learn to use warming autumnal ingredients in your salads such as:
👉starchy veg roasted butternut squash, pumpkin, sweet potato, carrots even roasted white potatoes
👉 heating herbs such as garlic, rosemary, mustard and ginger to dress your salad. I’m a big fan of tahini too
👉 roasted veg such as onions, peppers, broccoli and tomatoes
👉 and don’t forget some protein I’ve used plant based sources warmed falafels, and hummus but equally some salmon, warm chicken or grilled halloumi
👉 and some lovely huge olives and cashews for some of my ‘good’ fats
👉 lastly just a simple act of making sure your ingredients are warm can make a big difference.
Warming and nourishing and bloody delicious 👏PIMP THOSE SALADS UP 🙌
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After a week of constantly trying to entertain and fit in outings, today was a quieter day at home. We used spices and herbs and anything from the garden to make some ‘perfume’, which was great at getting them to try and smell new things 🙌
We picked leaves from the Downs, then dipped them in beeswax to make some errrrmmm.... waxy leaves. They look amazing, not sure what to do with them now?! 🍁 (Answers on a postcard people) And then made some decent homemade pizza. 🍕Actually our favourite day so far.... And some bangbangs this evening🎆
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🎃 Halloween is an old Celtic tradition marking the end of harvest and the summer and the start of winter. ❄️ BUT (apologies, I’m on my soapbox) really what the festival has now come to symbolise is an extraordinary amount of waste (and some might argue greed! 🍭🍬🍫)
🎃 Whilst trying not to take the fun element out of Halloween, instead my top tip for this Wednesday when carving your pumps - don’t waste the fruit inside! It’s being estimated this year 8 million pumpkins will be carved in the UK, with 2/3 of us binning the insides. What a weird and frankly wasteful tradition to buy food just for its skin and just chuck the food away! Parents you are definitely missing a trick, what an easy way to involve the young ‘uns and get some of this great fruit in the kiddo’s! #parentinghacks
🎃The internet is full of recipes with what you can do with the pumpkin pulp, sweet or savoury so no excuses. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/pumpkin
A simple one is steam/roast and make a purée with the flesh, season and add to pasta with some parmesan. Bloody easy dinner. Pumpkin is chocker full of vitamin A in the form of beta carotene. Which literally doesn’t get any better for that winter skin.
🎃 And pumpkin seeds (you’ll need to roast them) are a WEALTH of nutrition. Did someone say #ZINC - lads this little mineral is really great for you as you age
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Brewing up some cough mixture to have throughout cold and flu season. (And because it’s the first day of half term and someone woke up with a runny nose and cough this morning...)
Take one raw red onion, dice finely and use in layers interspersed with brown sugar. Leave in a cool dark place and let the onion infuse with the sugar. The resulting syrup can be taken every 1-2 hours if you have a bad cough. 😪
Onions are fantastic for this time of year, one of the reasons being they contain a component called quercetin (especially high in red onions) which studies have shown is a potent antiviral and has anti bacterial actions. I’m totally not against giving my children over the counter medicine when necessary, BUT most pharmacists would agree cough medicine is a waste of time and money (“sugary water” I remember being told many years ago!) and you’re far better making your own. 💪 My personal experience in making my own remedies for minor colds are that they can be super effective.
Most children love a spoonful of this because the sugar makes it so palatable - it smells strongly of onion but tastes like syrup! Can also be made with raw honey and garlic which I’ll be making later today. We will all be smelling fresh tomorrow after this onslaught of onion and garlic! 🙌
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Not roasting on an open fire (are you mad?) but in the oven. Any Bristolians out there, I hear Leigh woods is a great source for the chestnuts at this time of year. More beautiful autumnal produce.🍁
Not to be confused with conkers (which can’t be eaten but you can use to wash your clothes if you’re interested in #greenliving) these bad boys are normally covered in a green spikey case, so do take gloves if you’re planning on foraging💪 Such a great thing to do with kids and another way to connect them to their food and their environment. 🌍
I’ve only ever eaten sweet chestnuts from street vendors in Oxford Street, but mr google provided me with the recipe (soak in cold water, score a cross in each one, and roast at 200degs for 30 mins) and these beautiful things came out sweet and nutty and gorgeous 🌰Foraging at its best! 🙌
Nutritionally these little beauts are unusual in that they are fairly low in protein and fat (compared to most other nuts) but high in starchy carbohydrate. I was also interested to read they contain good amounts of vitamin C and folate, again unusual for a nut and more like a green leafy veg 💚 What a lovely food to eat if you’re expecting a baby : )
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A time of plenty, but a time to start slowing down, reflecting on the year, the change of season, the beginning of hibernation. Who doesn’t appreciate this time of year? 🙏🏻
From a food perspective, I always love that the local harvested food matches the season colours orange and greens 💚: butternut squashes, Brussels, pears, chestnuts, carrots, spinach, kale, broccoli....veggie and foodie heaven! My beautiful food boxes from @abelandcole are full of these ingredients. Dinner is a pleasure.
And it’s soup season. Got to love the soup and it’s ability to be easy, filling, warming, nutritious and delicious.🍵
This is butternut squash and spinach soup my supper this evening. A tasty mix of the phytonutrient rich oranges and green foods. I like to add a little #miso paste into my soups for a little #fermented kick! And oooh the umami with the sweet squash...
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