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Six Plants You Can Grow On Your Windowsill

The importance of eating organic food has gradually grown from an unlikely trend to something a whole lot more vital; we are all encouraged to eat more fruit and veg and to choose organic options where possible but the associated costs can be prohibitive.   The most affordable way of eating organic plants is to grow them yourself.  Fortunately, you don’t need a lot of space to grow a selection of vegetables and herbs; a small vegetable patch, hanging baskets, a balcony or roof terrace or even, as in my case, a sun-filled windowsill, can provide enough space to make a good start in growing your own. We live in a small flat with no garden so our only option at the moment is to grow plants on our bedroom windowsill (this is south-facing and so receives the most natural light and warmth of anywhere in the flat).  We have made a start into the process by researching the types of things we will be able to grow and have come up with these super …

Squash and Coconut Dhansak… Using a Microwave

When I was growing up, microwaves had quite a negative image. There was a broad assumption (or it may just have been in my house) that the only things you could really cook in them were ready meals and other unhealthy convenience foods.  These days, though, there are lots of healthy meals you can make with the help of your combi microwave oven. One such meal is this squash and coconut dhansak that is quick and easy to both prepare and cook as well as being super healthy. The ingredients I used are as follows: 1 tbsp. vegetable oil 500g butternut squash (one medium squash), peeled and chopped (or buy ready-prepared to save extra time) 100g carrots, peeled and cut into batons 100g chopped onions 400g can chopped tomatoes 400g can coconut milk 2 tbsp. coconut yogurt Garlic naan bread (shop-bought) Rice (2 x micro pouches) To make this delicious curry, I completed the steps below: Heat the oil in a large pan. Put the butternut squash and carrot into a bowl with a splash …

Keeping a Fussy Eater Healthy

Ever since Sonny was around 18 months old, he has been an awfully fussy eater.  Now aged 7, he is not really any better and it is easier to list the foods he will eat than bore anyone with the facts on what he will not.  With introducing new foods a big no no, it is necessary for me to get creative when it comes to keeping him healthy.  Ella’s Kitchen fruit and veg pouches ably assist me in my efforts, as do Innocent fruit and veg smoothies.  The fruits he will actually eat whole and raw are down to just four – strawberries, apples, bananas and green grapes – and he will not even entertain the idea of vegetables so supplementing his vitamin intake is essential. As he is so fussy when it comes to both flavours and textures, I have had mixed reactions to chewy vitamins in the past – anything fruit flavoured (basically anything that tastes like a sweetie) is generally fine but try him on something with Omega 3 and he spits …

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Giraffe, Portsmouth

Situated on the Waterfront at Gunwharf Quay, about as close to the Spinnaker Tower as is possible without physically touching, sits Giraffe.  With its outdoor seating area overlooking the boats and birds of Portsmouth, the location is rather picturesque, as well as undeniably convenient. Having never visited a branch of Giraffe previously, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but was immediately pleasantly surprised by the vibrant interior colours and art work.  We were greeted by the charmingly ebullient manager who seated us at a gorgeous round booth in a prime location.  The children were given activity sheets and crayons to occupy them whilst we ordered and awaited our starters. I opted for chicken tacos whilst James chose the hua boa, which he stated were “every bit as good as in China”.  The tacos were full of flavour with tender chicken and plenty of accompaniments. The food was all delicious; James’ main was a beautifully presented lamb tagine whilst I had chicken escalope with a side of topped potatoes; these were so good!  Jasmine enjoyed …

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Drake and Morgan at King’s Cross

Towards the end of the summer holidays, we spent a day in London. It was a mixed bag with strange weather and slightly (very) hyperactive children; we visited the Tower for the first time, then headed to King’s Cross for lunch. Drake and Morgan is a short walk from the tube station; bright, open and airy, arranged over two floors. We were seated in the corner of the ground floor, by the window. On a humid day, the open kitchen on this level offered no relief, which was a little uncomfortable. On the lower ground floor, where the spectacular toilets were also situated, it was much cooler, seemingly air conditioned. We chose drinks whilst perusing the food menu, my friend and I opting for cocktails from Drake and Morgan’s extensive range.    The children’s menu appeared to be a little lacking in the vegetable department (though salad was available in place of chips), not that this bothered my two! They both chose sausages, one with mash and one with chips – it would have been …