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…

On Breastfeeding and Dairy Products

As I’ve spoken about before on this blog, I had a really hard time breastfeeding my daughter. It hurt like hell for weeks, then just a little for months and months. On top of that I suffered from a little-talked-about condition where my hormonal response to milk let down was backwards, causing a wave of…

Mushroom and Cranberry Stuffed Seitan Christmas Roast

  Serves 4-8 (depending on greed) I don’t own any measuring cups due to some weird anti-exactness rebellion, but in an attempt to add order to my recipes I have included measurements in the form of spoons. Feel free to ignore/adjust quantities. This dish is Vegan and most certainly not glutenfree. Seitan dough: Dry –…

Cost/Benefit Analysis of Parenthood, 9 Months In

When Anaïs was 6 months old she did her first sign  – the sign for milk, or as we call it La tete. It was truly one of my favourite moments. Ever. Which got me thinking about the much talked about ‘rewards’ of parenting. Honestly, most of the first 6 months of her wee life…