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CHRISTMAS RECIPES
Some yummy seasonal cookies
We love baking during the Christmas season and these two cookie recipes we make every year. Speculaas (just like pepernoten) are very specific to December as we relate them to Sinterklaas, but where pepernoten really only hit the scene when the Saint is in town, we like to enjoy speculaas the rest of the year as ...
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FOOD
Yummy tea for the entire family
It's getting darker, wetter and chillier here in Amsterdam. Time to spend more time inside with cosy candles and big pots of tea on the table! Our children love tea as well, so I'm always on the look-out for tanine-free concoctions that we all love. The vanilla-rooibos tea from Løv has been very popular in our ...
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COOK BOOKS AND MAGAZINES
Little Dish -- sponsors of our London ShopUp event
A while ago, I was sent a cook book by the lovely Little Dish Team. Honestly, it is still one of my main go-to books for when I need inspiration for a well-balanced, easy to make meal (you know the way you sometimes get into a rut of always cooking the same thing? It happens ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: Water bottles
I was having a chat to my kids the other day about the environment and the amount of unnecessary waste we produce. One of my pet peeves is plastic water bottles. So we are going to try and make a concerted effort of taking a water bottle with us when we are out and about, instead ...
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RECIPES
The perfect Masala Chai
When we were in Chile last December, our surf instructor, Ismael Herreros, got us all hooked on chai tea. He prepared a thermos of chai each morning and brought it along for our afternoon surf classes. When we would emerge from the frigid cold waters after our surf lesson, Ismael would unscrew the lid of ...
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TABLEWARE
Engel + Famille Summerbelle bamboo tableware collection
My friend Sabien's company Engel is all about partying. It became well-known for its bunting, but nowadays Engel offers everything you need to celebrate and decorate: big pompoms, fun party hats, colourful garlands, pretty paper flowers and so much more -- it really is a party treasure cove. Engel also offers handy (and eco-friendly!) bamboo children's tableware: sweet little sets including a ...
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PARENTING TIPS
Preparing for baby -- stocking the freezer!
With colourful Autumn produce spilling out of our local Farmer's Market this weekend, I was reminded of this time last year. I was pregnant with an obvious bump on display, and was enjoying the change of seasons with winter drawing ever nearer as I grew ever bigger. I also recalled the yummy feasts of stews and soups that ...
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RECIPES
Mint Syrup -- a video and recipe
This summer in the country Esther and I decided to see if we could create some of our own mint syrup. You see, Sirop à la Menthe is the ubiquitous summer drink for French children. The original version is luminous green and you will find it at every cafe in France. It is oddly refreshing ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Hero capes! (From iwishiwasa for Little Dish)
We've been in contact with British brand Little Dish for a while now. They shared their fabulous family cookbook with us not so long ago, which Emilie reviewed here -- we love it!! Little Dish recently launched a new snack, the so-called GoGo biscuits -- tasty little treats that are made with wholegrain oats, flax and chia ...
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RECIPES
Apple picking and cake baking
We arrived to my family's beach house on Bainbridge Island last week on a rainy, stormy Friday. From inside, we could see the apple trees behind the house were laden with fruit. So while the rain came down, we sat inside and schemed up things we could bake with all those apples. We decided on apple cake, so I ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Thursday Thoughts: Cooking and kids
This summer we have been cooking a lot. Nothing special or extravagant - but simple, good food that you don't need recipes for. I wanted my kids (now 10 and 8) to be able cook a full meal: starter, main and desert, without a recipe book. Here is my thinking:  We visit so many friends ...
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TABLEWARE
Stylish bamboo plates from UNC
I recently came across these bamboo plates from Amsterdam based online boutique UNC (which stands for Urban Nature Culture) and thought they were too good not to share. I love the funky designs and the pretty blues! Bamboo is one of the most environmental friendly materials, suitable for hot and cold food and liquids, dishwasher ...
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RECIPES
Mousse au chocolat
In my campaign to get my kids to know some cooking recipes by heart and to hopefully be able to just whip them up whenever the occasion arises (I think that might be wishful thinking ;)), I stumbled over a recipe for a timeless mousse au chocolat on the back of a chocolate tablet. We have ...
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RECIPES
New video: How to make rhubarb compote (and the perfect porridge)
When I was in Amsterdam last month for our team meeting, I was sitting inside at Esther's dining table (preparing notes for the next day's meeting) when I looked outside and saw Esther's enormous rhubarb bush! I couldn't help but get up from the table and walk out to admire it! Our discussion turned to ...
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COOK BOOKS AND MAGAZINES
Chicken and Apricot Curry - a family favourite
We are having the craziest Spring weather here in Scotland. We've had snow and hail and bright blue skies all in one day over the past week and we're on a weather warning tonight! My poor baby plants are now snuggled up inside my kitchen sheltering from the frost. We are also feeling the cold so ...
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COOK BOOKS AND MAGAZINES
Happy Face Shortbread Biscuits
We love our sugar cookie recipe, but because the recipe calls for shortening (which isn’t always easy to find) and requires that you put the dough in the fridge for an hour before baking, it’s not one of those quick make and bake recipes. I was on the hunt for an easier version when Ivy ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Happy Easter!!!
Happy Easter everyone! Easter is one of my favourite holidays -- the idea of celebrating the beginning of spring is just so wonderful. We have been spending the days cooking, eating, and hanging out with friends and I thought it would be nice to share some of our Easter traditions with you... A week or two before Easter, ...
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FOOD
Apple Streusel Kuchen
A lot of things surprised my parents when they first moved to Germany as a young couple (no music playing between 12-3pm everyday, no greeting random strangers on the streets), but there was one custom they adopted immediately: the Sunday afternoon cake. The Sunday afternoon cake was, and hopefully still is, one of the best ...
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Slow-Baked Organic Cookies from Farm Brothers
Back in December my husband and I whisked ourselves away for a few days to spend our wedding anniversary in Amsterdam. We stayed at The Hoxton hotel which by the way I can totally recommend! Each afternoon we'd relax in their restaurant and I'd drink pots of tea reading the paper. Now my only reason for ordering more and more tea ...
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FOOD
Carrot Buns recipe
Talan celebrated his 2nd birthday last month and in his nursery children can’t bring cakes and sweets but can bring bread instead, which I love. So I found this amazing carrot bread buns recipe that I have to share with you. These are so so so delicious and truly very simple and quick to make. ...
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COOK BOOKS AND MAGAZINES
Lunch Lady magazine
Never has going back to school been more fun! I want to feed the girls nourishing, wholesome food, making sure they have enough energy to withstand the cold outside and keep their brains ticking over for the day but there are days when I open up that lunchbox and stare at it complacently wondering what ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Tuesday Tips: A simple birthday party
Esther has organised some epic kids birthday parties, some of my favourite being the disco party and the stick horse party . I on the other hand am terrible at this! I seriously cannot compete. BUT I do think it is important for my kids to have their friends over, host them in our home and basically say ...
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FOOD
Italian-Inspired Tuna & Bean Salad
The other day we were in a little grocery store here in New Zealand, looking for some quick supplies to make lunch in our campervan. Michael scanned their modest cheese section hoping to find something beyond the standard Cheddar and Edam options, to add a bit of interest to our sandwiches. He found Gruyere, an ...
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FOOD
The Little Things: bread on a stick!
We have seen the first signs of spring here in Amsterdam, but still, they say it's going to be the coldest week so far this winter. So a good time to celebrate a bit of outdoor coldness for this new The Little Things post! We got together with three families in our team member Nina's gorgeous country ...
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