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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 and our favourite lunch boxes by PlanetBox
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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FOOD
Little Paris Kitchen
Have you heard of Rachel Khoo of Little Paris Kitchen? I have to admit, I am  a little obsessed by her. I love the idea of a cute English girl cooking French dishes in a tiny kitchen in Paris. I think what won me over was her video I found on Youtube of how to ...
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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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CRAFTS AND DIY
Cooking and crafting
Today is my first post here at Babyccino. I am so excited about being part of this amazing blog which I have followed for as long as I can remember. I want to thank Esther, Courtney and Emilie for thinking of me, and also to say hello to the other contributors! This is going to ...
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FOOD
Ricotta pancakes with honey butter
I posted this photo on Instagram a few weeks ago... and then got some requests to share the recipe. So here it is! These fluffy ricotta pancakes are sooooo yummy. We make them nearly every weekend these days... (*Update! The recipe comes from Bill Granger's restaurant in Sydney where apparently his ricotta hotcakes are more ...
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FOOD
One for the Guys
When we were staying at my dad's house in France a few weeks ago, there was a copy of 'Fired Up' by Ross Dobson hanging around in the kitchen. Obviously left behind by one of the house guests -- my dad never cooks! My husband on the other hand, even though not the cook in ...
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FOOD
Bean and Tomato Stew
We had one of those lovely lazy days yesterday. It is such a rare occasion in our household for me to get very excited about not having to leave the house. In fact I got so excited that I did not realise the fridge was practically empty. So, to avoid getting out of my slippers, ...
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BOOKS
Food is Fun!
It's not necessary to convince my daughter Sara about the pleasures of eating -- she has loved food since I first put a spoon in her mouth (unlike her little baby sister Ava). So this fun food book by Anorak is just perfect for her -- we've been reading it together and already tried out ...
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FOOD
Berry season
I remember as a kid I came home during lunch break and my mum sent me to the neighbours (who had a strawberry farm) with a very little amount of money and I came back with a wooden crate filled to the top with strawberries -- the reddest, sweetest, biggest and tastiest variety you can ...
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CELEBRATIONS
A Hearty Breakfast for Valentine's Day!
With Valentine's Day approaching soon, I couldn't resist purchasing this amazingly cool heart shaped frying pan. I'm not yet sure whether I'll serve the pancakes or the eggs, or maybe both... But I'm positive my family will love them (and me)! I got mine from this shop here in the Netherlands, but it's -- among ...
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Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
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Hi guys! Here Bethie and I are showing you how to prepare a super easy dish that your family will love -- a video we bring to you in cooperation with Abel & Cole, deliverer of fabulous food boxes filled to the brim with organic freshness! Here's the list of ingredients: a royal 1 tbsp of olive oil 1 butternut squash 1 red onion 2 red peppers 2 garlic cloves 4 vine tomatoes 150g quinoa sea salt & freshly ground pepper 300 ml vegetable stock 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 25g raisins 80g black olives And for the garnish: a handful of chervil feta (optional) Directions: Peel your butternut squash. Cut in half and scoop out the seeds. Chop the flesh into 1cm chunks. Peel and cut the onion into thick slices. Cut the pepper in half and scoop out the seeds and white pith. Chop into bitesized pieces. Peel and thinly slice the garlic. Roughly chop the tomatoes. Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitterness. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large heavy based pan. Tip in all the veg and quinoa. Pour in the veg stock and the red wine vinegar. Add the raisins and the olives. Season with salt and pepper. Pop on a lid and cook for 30-40 mins until the squash is soft and the sauce thick. Stir every now and then during cooking. Scatter over the chervil (or flat leaf parsley leaves) and serve in warm bowls. Top with crumbled feta if you like! A super colourful, super easy and super delicious dish for taste buds of all ages! Bon appétit!
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