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FOOD
The joys of shop- bought pastry when cooking with toddlers
Lily and I have been using shop-bought pastry so as she can make her own sausage rolls. Lily is two, and loves baking and making anything in the kitchen. When we have time and I’m in the mood to embrace the inevitable mess made when cooking with toddlers, and measuring everything out for her to use ...
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FOOD
Put it on a skewer! A lunch box tip to try
Ah...packing school lunches. It always seems so novel and, dare I say it, exciting in September, but come January...perhaps not so much. With four months of school lunch packing behind me and five more months of lunch making to go before summer arrives, I wanted to share a little strategy that works well for us ...
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RECIPES
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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FOOD
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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BREAKFAST RECIPES
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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FOOD
Ottolenghi's new 'Simple' cookbook
I received Ottolenghi's new 'Simple' cookbook in a gift exchange on Christmas Day, and it has quickly become our go-to cookbook. I have Ottolenghi's first two cookbooks, but admittedly found the recipes in those books to be too time consuming or they required too many hard-to-track-down ingredients that the recipes were impossible to make.  His ...
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RECIPES
The very best vegetarian lasagne
I'm not sure I've mentioned it here before, but we've been a mostly vegetarian family for the past few years. We'll eat meat if it's prepared for us, whether at a friends' house or a barbecue where it's the only option, but we don't cook meat at home and haven't ordered it in a restaurant ...
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RECIPES
The very best spaghetti carbonara (unanimously voted by my children!)
My children are very good eaters and they all have quite an extensive list of their favourite foods. But spaghetti carbonara is definitely in the top 3 for all five of them. (I say five, because I'm pretty sure it's on Bram's list as well, even though he hasn't even started solids yet.) I don't make ...
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FOOD
Leek Tarte, a simple French recipe
  One of the things I love doing when I am on holiday is taking the time to cook. You see, during the daily routines of school, work and activities I tend to stick to the same recipes. But it gets so boring! When we were in our little French country house this summer, we ...
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RECIPES
The perfect grain-free granola recipe
Once the colder months are over, I instantly shift my breakfast menu! Suddenly, I want to leave the hot porridge or hardboiled eggs, and instead eat cold, crunchy, and usually fruity breakfasts. Enter delicious homemade granola! This granola is perfect year-round, but we make a super big batch during spring and summer months. I really ...
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RECIPES
Spinach and Ricotta Pie
I am just back from a beautiful long weekend in the northern part of Italy, in Liguria, famed for its pesto and vegetable pies and, not surprisingly -- we ate like kings. There is something about the fresh products in Italy that seems to marry together perfectly, I never seem to be able to recreated the ...
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RECIPES
Homemade Elderflower Cordial -- Fun Foraging with a Tasty Treat
Elderflowers are beautiful, lacy, creamy-white flowers, with a fabulous scent that smells like summer. The flowers grow on elder trees, and appear in hedgerows to signal the start of the sunny season. This weekend we just became aware of the yumminess of elderflower cordial and thought we would try to make our own homemade cordial. ...
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FOOD
School lunch ideas
When we lived in London, the children were able to eat lunch prepared and served by their school. We were lucky that the school's lunch options were mostly good and healthy, and we didn't have to think or worry about what they would be eating at lunch time. (Thinking about it now, I don't think ...
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EASTER RECIPES
Spring Forgaging and a Delicious Wild Garlic Quiche
I love this time of year when the wild garlic season is upon us. Have you seen it around? You'll find it growing best shaded under trees, in deciduous woodland and where you'll find one plant, you will find masses of it together. And you'll be able to smell it of course! The scent of ...
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RECIPES
Braided Easter Bread -- A Family Tradition
  This Braided Easter Bread, known in Italian as Pane Di Pasqua, has become a family tradition. Although we have no Italian ethnicity in my family what so ever, adopting traditions is a great thing, right? Growing up, we always proudly placed this bread on our Easter Sunday breakfast table as a colourful and tasty centrepiece ...
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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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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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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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COOK BOOKS AND MAGAZINES
Little Dish Cookbook
I have to say Bethie's post a few weeks ago did inspire me! I am not at all the kind of person that plans ahead, it just does not even occur to me, but the thing that struck a cord with me was sitting down with the kids and choosing the menu for the week together. ...
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FOOD
Tuesday Tips: Meal planning
Esther and I were talking the other day about dinnertime and how neither of us are very good at planning the week's meals out in advance. Esther has always impressed me with her spur-of-the-moment, find-something-in-the-cupboards type of cooking, which she's very good at doing. I thankfully have a husband who is good at that, which means ...
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EDUCATION
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
Weekend brownie baking and cute aprons from Odette Williams
The lovely Odette Williams sent over a couple of her cute apron sets for my kids and they arrived just in time for some brownie baking over the weekend. I managed to snap a couple photos of my little helpers and thought I would share. If you haven't yet discovered the Smitten Kitchen brownie recipe, you ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
The Little Things... an easy-to-sew child's apron made from a dish towel!
For this week's The Little Things, I'm showing you how to make a super sweet, and super easy-to-make child's apron out of a dish towel! No kidding, if you have a sewing machine (or know someone who does!), you can make this apron. One simple dish towel and two (shoe) laces is everything you need ...
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If you don’t have the energy(or time!) to go to the pumpkin patch, then try something new! You can ‘carve,’ paint and decorate cardboard pumpkins and then make them into perforated pumpkin luminaries. This method is ‘less mess and no stress’, using materials you already have on hand! See today’s new blog post, link in bio, from @bellamartinelli #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
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How do you manage Halloween, if it is not your family tradition or religious practice to celebrate it? How do you feel about it and how do your children feel? We would love to hear. Zainab, our Contributor, shares her family’s first time at a pumpkin farm this week ... a rather ‘halloweeny’ trip during the school holidays where they had a had a lot of fun. But deeper than that, they marvelled at mother nature’s ability to create such beautiful and bounteous produce. How do you celebrate Halloween? Tell us and read her link in bio. #babyccinokids @themontessoristudio
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The coolest @bananaboxers for all of the boys! These fun boxershorts are the perfect presents — they come in all sizes so you can match father and son too. Read more about this great UK brand on the blog (and find more pics of @estherbabyccino ‘s cute boys too!). #sponsored #bananaboxers #babyccinoboutiques
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Sustainable Home’ by Christine Liu. It is a comprehensive and practical guide to environmental living, centred around the place I believe all lasting change must begin, the home. The Sustainable Home is divided up into the various spaces of your home, the living area, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, and there are 18 step by step projects to inspire. Read Sydney’s thoughts on this useful book. Link in bio. @sydney.piercey #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads
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The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace is a hidden gem in the heart of London. Perfect for half term or one to add to the bucket list. Lara’s family visited this summer and realised it ticked all the boxes — culture, history, horses, cars, carriages, and stories that have inspired fairytales! It’s a semi outdoor museum, so it’s easy to relax at, as well. Book a space and visit The Queen’s working stables, it’s a wonderful day in London. Link in bio from @laraoflondon. #babyccinokids @royalcollectiontrust #babyccinotravels #babyccinolondon #theroyalmewsbuckinghampalace #horsecrazy
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If you don’t like waste and love a quick project that creates a lifetime of memories, this recipe is for you... Honey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds! You’ll need the following ingredients then head over to our blog to get the steps! Link in bio. Enjoy from @bellamartinelli 2.5 cups raw pumpkin seeds (cleaned and dried) 1 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 🧡 #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats #pumpkinseeds
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Need a new page turner perfectly pitched for ten years and older? Vanessa’s reviewed this mystery book (great for a Halloween week of spooky stories) ... A Murder Most Unladylike – A Whodunit Series for Tween Girls... link in bio from @vanessa_wild_flours! #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads
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Glowing luminaries for the family to make! Reuse jam jars, tear strips of tissue or recycled paper, and glue. And these can last for years to come too. Details in the bio link in this craft post from Esther. Get started, get glowing. @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #homemadehalloween #recycledmaterials
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Cosy and cute little Autumn newborns! Welcome them into the world with these beautiful Atelier Rosemood cards that you can send to loved ones. Something to treasure forever. And use our code BABYCCINO10 for a little discount treat too! @atelier_rosemood_uk @atelier_rosemood #babyccinoboutiques #babyccinokids
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Here’s a video of our latest ShopUp in East London (shot and edited by our lovely and talented friend Nadine Brandt). It encapsulates the ShopUp atmosphere really, really well, and it makes us so excited for the next one!
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Check out our new book! 9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
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Our beautiful new book, '9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy' for the family to share, is AVAILABLE NOW! You can order it here: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
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Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
3 years ago
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.
4 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
4 years ago
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!)
4 years ago
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!
4 years ago
Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
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