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3 great dairy free icing / frosting recipes
Are you in urgent need of an easy, tried-and-tested dairy-free icing / frosting recipe? Have you tried one before and it curdled, or separated once it was on the cake, sliding down the side, in wet, disappointing drizzles? These three recipes are for you...maybe even all in one cake ;) I have complete confidence in ...
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Sweet potato hummus + a few other ideas for a busy week!
I have an ongoing list of things I don't buy and opt to make from scratch for the purposes of health, food waste, and to save money. Things like granola, stock, sauce, salad dressing, and baked goods most often are made using things we already have on hand. Hummus this past year, in various forms, ...
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3 Healthier Ways to Decorate Birthday Cakes
I have a two-year-old, and she has a keen nose for sugar...being that I constantly smell of the stuff, that is unavoidable! However, I try to be a tiny little bit creative when decorating cakes for her birthday, using edible decorations that are attractive, interesting taste-wise, but that aren't full of refined sugar, and I ...
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Pumpkin Laksa
If you never know what to do with all that pumpkin flesh from your halloween pumpkins then here's the answer! This Laksa soup is one of our favourite things to cook at this time of year - its so easy to make and packed full of colour and nutrients. The beautiful combination of salt, spice and ...
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Harissa and Chickpea Tagine -- a fantastic plant-based family dinner
This vegetable tagine makes the most fantastic, flavoursome midweek family meal, especially if, like many people, you are aiming to eat a little more plant-based or meat-free. It takes 5 minutes to put together and then sits in the oven for a little under an hour cooking into this deliciousness!  I personally have a big soft ...
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Bee’s fruity protein “cake” balls, delicious and easy to make at home!
My 2-year-old girl is really into those great, snack-sized fruit and nut protein bars and balls. You know the ones that are full of nuts, fruits and natural ingredients? But invariably wrapped in single-use, non-biodegradable plastic? And factory made? If you, like me, are trying to reduce the amount of plastic I use, here is ...
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Seasonal yoghurt fruit cake -- quick to make and utterly delicious!
When we were in France this summer we stopped over at Emilie's summer house for a quick stay, which is something we like to do every other summer (she tries to visit  us in our summer house the alternating year). Our time together is always primarily focused on cooking great food and eating it -- ...
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Summertime Scones, quick to make and quintessentially English
A freshly baked, fluffy scone is one of summer’s great delights! Of course you can enjoy them anytime but I find myself drawn to these summertime scones every year when we visit England for the summer. There is something particularly wonderful and quintessentially English about enjoying a scone with a pot of tea on a ...
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Salade Nicoise
This summer I have decided that I am going to try and learn a new recipe each day. The luxury of being able to muck around in the kitchen testing stuff is one of my true guilty holiday pleasures. In truth, I get into a bit of a rut during our everyday school/work/activities/homework life -- ...
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Bee’s vegan peanut butter and jam cookies -- delish and full of protein!
These crunchy, cute-looking little nut butter cookies are great (read easy) ones to bake with a small person, and the dough can easily be frozen, meaning that you are only ever about 20 minutes away from a warm, protein-packed sweet treat. The peanut butter I've used can be replaced by any other seed (try sunflower ...
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Family friendly Chicken Teriyaki, yum!
Every time I make this family friendly chicken teriyaki I am amazed at how delicious it is when there are only 4 ingredients involved! It's a great way to introduce children to asian flavours and they love to get involved and mix everything together. The marinade itself is fantastic with beef, salmon or tofu so ...
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Bee’s easy peasy one-bowl vegan vanilla sponge cake
This pesky vegan vanilla sponge cake recipe has taken me seven(!) attempts to perfect - I have been searching for the holy grail of ‘free-from’ baking for such a long time! The Victorian sponge cake recipes I’d settled for in the meantime, were temperamental, unreliable and ultimately, stress-inducing, and that’s not good enough. This vegan ...
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Summer recipes! Easy and delicious, and perfect for hot days.
Summer has finally arrived here in Amsterdam, and it's come with a BANG. We had the hottest 25th of June yesterday -- at least, since temperatures have first been recorded! With warm temperatures like these, I'm craving salads and grilled veggies for dinner. Yesterday, I cooked some brown rice and once it was cooled down ...
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Smoothie Ice Lollies
These ice lollies are an absolute summer essential. Kids love to help you make them and it's a great way to get them involved and experimenting with different flavours. Whatever combinations you choose, these lollies are packed full of amazing nutrients and purely natural sugars. You can even add some veggies -- carrot and mango, ...
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Poke bowls -- my kids love them! And so do we :)
Are your children sushi lovers like ours? Tamar and I always say it's so funny, to have children who love sushi so much. I mean, I never had sushi as a child -- in fact, I can vividly recall the first time I ate sushi. I was 23 and studying in London in the late ...
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Crispy Thai spring rolls, crunchy Vietnamese spring rolls and fried shrimp rolls: A spring roll fiesta!
We were recently invited for dinner at one of my friends, where we were spoiled with the most delicious and fresh crispy Thai spring rolls. They were made by my friend's nanny, who is from the Philippines, and I was intrigued! I never thought of making my own crispy spring rolls, but now I saw ...
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Funny little face cookies (from 'Bee's Brilliant Biscuits')
Many summers ago, when we organised one of our first ShopUps in London, we had the cutest personalised ShopUp cookies made by Bee's Bakery. Fast forward five years and Bee now has a baby, published two recipe books and specializes in plant-based and allergy friendly bakes! This girl has been busy! Because we all love ...
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The Simplest Poached Chicken
Poaching a whole chicken sounds quite a laborious and time-consuming thing but it's actually one of the most straightforward and hands-off processes and, for some reason, feels particularly rewarding and holistic. I often poach mine early on weekend mornings and shred it ready to use in salads and sandwiches over the next few days or ...
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Banana and Olive Oil Cake (gluten and dairy free!)
We adore banana cake and fortunately it's one of those foods that it's acceptable to eat pretty much anytime of the day! This olive oil and almond version is one of our favourites -- it's gluten and dairy free and you can just pop all the ingredients in a kitchen aid and beat together for ...
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Eton Mess -- a classic English summertime dessert
Eton Mess is a family favourite. My daughter refers to it as 'Messy Mash' and that is exactly what it is. A delicious, sweet, fruity bowl of soft and fluffy meringue bits with juicy berries and delectable whipped cream! We have taken this tradition, and given it a twist adding more berries. But the history ...
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My new favourite: Scandinavian Cinnamon Rolls
This past Easter weekend, we had friends from Finland staying with us in our home. They have four kids, so that made 9 kids in one small house for six whole days! You can imagine how much fun was had!! On Easter morning, I woke early with the realisation I had forgotten to make the ...
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Bunny Cake -- fun for Easter celebrations and birthdays too!
We recently celebrated a friend's birthday, and surprised them with this fun bunny cake. It is perfect for any Spring celebration, especially Easter, and actually very simple to make. You choose your favourite ingredients, and then simply follow our tips for decorating! Even less adventurous bakers or cake-makers can replicate this idea with success. You ...
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Carrot Salad -- a perfect Spring & Easter dish for the family
I have been craving carrots this pregnancy. Interesting, huh? But instead of my usual carrot sticks with lunch, I decided to try something new. And this salad is ready in just a few minutes and is undoubtedly the Best Carrot Salad EVER! Packed with tonnes of healthy items, it is simply delicious and nutritious. Also ...
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Conker spiderwebs! This is an oldie but a goodie, perfect for a weekend craft, manageable for little hands but also extremely entertaining for bigger ones. And it’s quite an addictive thing to do! You’ll need : Conkers Wooden skewers Any sharp tool like pointy scissors to make a little hole in the conkers Yarn Scissors Make 5 evenly spread out holes in the conkers. Push the skewers in the holes so they are tightly inserted. Choose a yarn to start with. With a flat knot, secure the yarn around one of the skewers. Start weaving by twisting around each skewer before you go to the next one. If you want to start a new colour, just knot the yarn around a skewer to secure it, and tie the new colour to the next skewer. Keep going until you’re happy. Lovely idea from @estherbabyccino #conkers #babyccinocrafts #babyccinokids
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Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
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Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
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Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
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Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
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Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
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This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
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