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Dinner - Ready and Served
Last week we were on holiday in France with Esther and her family. It was such fun seeing the children interact, getting to know each other again and to see how they have all changed in what feels like a blink of an eye (it is also so nice to hang out with a great friend and ...
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FOOD
Foraging (or collecting edible weeds)
Have you ever gone to your local park, forest or garden to collect edible weeds? My kids and I love to go out and pick our dinner in 'the wild'. It's fun, and I think it teaches them something about food and nature. Also, it motivates them to help prepare dinner (and eat it). We've been making ...
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FOOD
A summer picnic!
I've said it before, but one of my favourite things about being in this business is meeting so many inspiring women, many of them mums (most of them mums, in fact) who run a business of their own which somehow connects to ours in one way or the other. It is an industry where women support each other and ...
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COOK BOOKS AND MAGAZINES
Yvestown in the Kitchen
Do you ever take cookbooks to bed? I do! I just love food -- eating it, preparing it, looking at it, and yes, even reading about it. Yvestown in the Kitchen,  written by Yvonne of the beautiful blog Yvestown, is the kind of cookbook which is just the perfect read. It is the combination of a cookbook, a portfolio ...
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FOOD
Blueberry Breakfast Cake
After eating delicious American breakfasts in NYC last week (pancakes, huevos rancheros, doughnuts, scones, bagels!) I came back inspired to spruce up our breakfasts a bit. Conveniently, I had pinned this buttermilk-blueberry breakfast cake on Pinterest a couple weeks ago so I already had in mind what I wanted to try first. Marlow and I ...
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FOOD
A Bag Full of Goodness, and hearty soups
It's the last day of school for the children here in Amsterdam before the holidays! I just took them there, it was still dark, and so stormy and cold and wet. In two days it will be the shortest day of the year here in the Northern hemispheres, and then, we'll be counting down again ...
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FOOD
Scones!
Last week I was thinking of something new for breakfast (the children had a few days off from school), and suddenly the idea of scones came to mind. Scones are not a traditional Dutch dish, but I've learned to appreciate a good scone in the years I lived in London. Here's the recipe I used (this BBC ...
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FOOD
Blackberry season. Time for pie!
And just like that... it's blackberry season! In just the past week the blackberries on the island have ripened... and they are abundant! We've been picking blackberries daily and eating them for every meal.  Yummm. Last week the girls and I decided to make a blackberry pie. To be honest, Ivy decided she wanted to make a pie ...
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FOOD
Apple Eve Pudding
Now I know the French are known for their fancy pastries and cakes, but the English are hard to beat at simple, wholesome, easy-to-make desserts. One of my favourites is Apple Eve Pudding, a variation on Apple Crumble. Instead of crumble you add a sponge batter on top of the apples. I love the way ...
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FOOD
Fantastic food from Mikodesign
I've raved about the boundless creativity of my friend Erika from Mikodesign before. Her dolls are simply beautiful (and so fun to put together yourself if you like sewing). But the surprise food plates she creates for her two teenage daughters are something else! Check out the 'fast food' lunch above: with mango french fries, a peanut butter sandwich ...
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FOOD
Ginger Biscuits
Ginger Biscuits (otherwise known as Ginger Nuts) must be the Irish equivalent to Esther's Pepernoten - spicey, really crunchy and perfect to dunk into a cup of tea. This is my grandmother's recipe and I have been eating these ever since I can remember! It makes up to 80 biscuits, but don't worry, they will disappear ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Inspiring holiday ideas from Sweet Paul!
You probably have heard of the talented Paul Lowe Einlyng, better known to most people as 'Sweet Paul'. His blog and quarterly magazine are an accumulation of wonderful craft projects, yummy recipes and creative decor ideas, all photographed in the most stunning and inspiring way. I'm a big fan of Sweet Paul! Sweet Paul is ...
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FOOD
Plum Dumplings
Have you ever tried these beauties in the photo? They are called plum dumplings and I think they originate in Austria (correct me if I’m wrong). They are also very popular in Slovenia where they are made in every household. My mom made them at least once every week or so and now I carry ...
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FOOD
Jamie Oliver's Vegetarian Chili
We discovered Jamie Oliver's vegetarian chili recipe a couple months ago, and have made it nearly once a week since. It's so yummy, and so easy to make. And it's one of those meals you can make at the end of the week when your fridge is empty and you can't think of anything else ...
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BOOKS
Addicted to green smoothies!
My sister recently suggested I read Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko. She said the book had changed her life! (How's that for a recommendation?!) Ms. Boutenko is a raw foods pioneer and natural health advocate. She writes about the immense health benefits of eating more greens -- how they eliminate toxins in the body ...
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BOOKS
The Art of French Baking
A long time ago I blogged about one of my favourite cookbooks: Je sais cuisiner or I Know How  To Cook, as it is now known in English. It is the equivant to the 'Joy of Cooking' here in France and it was lovingly edited for the English version by Clothilde Dusoulier from the fabulous ...
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BOOKS
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
My favourite cooking website is, without a doubt, the Smitten Kitchen blog. Deb Perelman's posts are hilarious and easy to read and she does not take herself too seriously. Just the kind of person I would love to take cooking tips from. You might have noticed that Courtney and I have started linking to Deb's ...
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FOOD
Lemon Squares
I have a little bit of a cold at the moment and am a firm believe that of lots of Vitamin C is the best thing to fight it. So I have stocked piled a huge amount of lemon and am drinking hot lemon with a generous spoonful of honey by the litre. Another way ...
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FOOD
A simple, warming Pumpkin soup
After five years of living in France, I am still surprised how one can guess the season by the fruit and vegetables being sold at the market and the green grocers. Strawberries and asparagus announce the beginning of summer, cherries and green beans follow closely after. Plums mean that summer is nearing an end and ...
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COOK BOOKS AND MAGAZINES
Breakfast, Lunch, Tea
I love the way everyone who visits Paris regularly has a favourite café, bar or restaurant. Kind of makes you feel a little bit local, doesn’t it? (I do the same when I visit London or New York). In Courtney's case, it is the Rose Bakery. And for a very good reason: the breakfast. In ...
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DINNER WITH
Dinner with Vanessa from BozAround!
Our friend Vanessa Boz from the wonderful and inspirational travel blog BozAround lives in London with her husband and their two children Marcelo (6) and Amalya (3). And she's due to have her third baby in less than two weeks!! We're super excited to share her dinner time post with you. I love to eat ...
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DINNER WITH
Dinner with Josephine Murray from Rain Starts Play
Josephine Murray lives in Malvern (UK) with her husband Ken and their 2-year-old daughter Kirstie. Josephine has just launched the charming kids’ webshop, rain starts play, which sells British and European clothes, toys and nursery furnishings all made as locally and ethically as possible. Here is her dinnertime story: During the week Kirstie and I ...
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DINNER WITH
Dinner Time With Melanie from Expat Mummy In Berlin
Melanie is a British stay-at-home mum to 2-year-old son Noah. She lives in Berlin, having relocated from Copenhagen at the end of 2011, and she shares her experiences about Berlin on her blog, Expat Mummy in Berlin. She's also the Berlin ambassador of Luvaville.com. Here is her dinnertime story! Noah loves food and is willing ...
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