Bento Du Jour – Autumn/Winter

Lunchbox Bits and Pieces: I sneak extra green leaves into the toddler by blending them into pestos, sauces and smoothies or chopping them super fine and adding to savoury muffins, fried rice, stews and curries. Thankfully she’s still too young to figure it out that she’s eating spinach if it doesn’t look like a leaf…

Veganniversary/ Mushroom & Hazelnut Pâté Recipe

It is 20 years since I became vegan! That means two things: I must be old, and everyone who thought it was ‘just a phase’ can suck it. So of course I threw a wee dinner party. I was planning a big party thing but, y’know, working mum… winter nights… Anyway I’ve decided that I…

New Zealand is in the throes of a dinner party debate-gone-bad

NZ blogger Emily Writes has had to close her social media accounts (hopefully temporarily). Online abuse is an ongoing issue but I believe the catalyst for this particular exit was related to the vicious vaccination conversations going on in New Zealand right now. In a lot of ways this was a perfectly predictable and inevitable…

Les Beaux Malaises

At crèche drop off this morning I bumped into an old friend of my father who happens to be a Grandparent at Anaïs’s crèche. Me: Oh, hi Trish! Trish: Hi Clare! (calls me by my birth name, then indicates towards a man escorting a preschooler into the building) You remember my son, Jack? Me: Oh,…

Vegan Blueberry Mini Muffins

These are toddler friendly, with no refined sugar. You could use all wholemeal flour but I prefer half white, half wholemeal. 1/2 C white flour 1/2 C wholemeal flour 1t baking powder pinch of salt 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 4 Tablespoons maple syrup 1 Tablespoon ground linseed + 3 Tablespoons water 2 heaped Tablespoons coconut yoghurt…

Bento Du Jour – Autumn

Kim Chi Fried Rice – Nori-wrapped Tofu ‘Fillet’ – Edamame & Petits Pois – Pak Choy & Coriander Stalk Gyoza – Sugar-free Blueberry Coconut Mini Muffin – Grandma’s Cucumber, Tomatoes and Table Grapes – Mandarin   Red Lentil & Chard Dhal with Steamed Basmati Rice & Paratha – Coconut & Raspberry Chia Pudding – Brown…

Tumeric Pickled Courgettes

*I used 2x medium-sized jars – about 270ml 2 medium courgettes, halved (or quartered lengthways) and sliced 1/2 finely sliced red onion (or 1 spring onion) 2 tbs cheap salt (approx) 2 jar-fulls of vinegar 4 tablespoons sugar 1 tsp dried dill 1 tsp peppercorns 2 tsp black mustard seeds 1tsp ground turmeric (or use…

Early Autumn Savoury Muffins

I never want to see another courgette. Ever. Or at least until next Summer after several months of limp-dick supermarket zucchs at a million dollars per kilo. This year we had a glut. It’s been great but I have pickled, preserved, frittered, fried, gratin-ed and made a freezer-load of rattatouille and I’m officially over them….

To Sleep, Perchance To Dream.

Sleep deprivation is not what I had imagined. Before having a child I was pretty sure I knew was tiredness felt like .. I’d partied, and run half-marathons, and taken double long-haul flights. Turns out this assumption is just another to add to a list I like to call, “Things I Was Wrong About Before…

Bento Du Jour

My toddler has started attending crèche one day per week. One of the (many) unexpected highlights of this new phase is lunchbox preparation – although I must confess that if I had more than one child attending school five days a week this activity would quickly become tedious. If you’re in that boat and need…