Halloween Cupcakes and Broomsticks

With just under a week to Halloween, it is getting pretty excited in this household.  We love celebrating Halloween. This year we are not going all out like previous years, but still, we will decorate a little, and take the kids Trick or Treating. 

Halloween's not on the weekend or even during half-term like normally, which means no late night party for us, but that doesn't mean we're not going to make the most of Halloween.  So with the kid's outfits pretty much sorted, decorations out ready to put up, I just need to sort the food.  I'll put on hot food: chilli, jacket potatoes and hot dogs, but it's Halloween, it's for the kids, kids love cake and so in prep for next week we popped to our local Tesco's and bought all the ingredients we needed for our fun afternoon of decorating cupcakes:

Rosemary and Garlic Shoulder of Lamb #HealthyRedMeat

As a parent, I want to make sure that my children are eating a balanced diet, because, eating well is so very important; they need to grow, develop and explore and eating well will help them flourish. No single food contains all the essential nutrients needed, and that’s why we need to make sure our kids are consuming foods from each of the main food groups.

It's easier said than done if you have a fussy eater and providing a balanced diet for your little one can be quite an uphill challenge. But, as long as they eat well most of the time, they will be getting plenty of nutrients and they will also slowly learn healthy eating habits.

Caribbean Food Week with Grace Foods'

It's Caribbean Food Week the 21st - 28th August. During this week we celebrate all things Caribbean food. And, Grace Foods, the UK’s number 1 Caribbean food and drink company, is at the forefront of celebrations.  

The lovely people at Grace Foods UK sent us a big hamper containing a range of Grace Foods' with the challenge to cook up the perfect 'street party spread' at home.

Now Cook It is a new website that's just launched and includes a range of recipes to help get people cooking. As part of #NowCookIt campaign, I was sent a mystery box of items and a recipe for me to make. In the box included all the items need to make a Roasted Veg Couscous - which is one of my favourite things to eat!

Popcorn Marshmallow Messy Cake

We love popcorn! 

If we have a movie night, we have to buy popcorn - no matter what the flavour we love it. It's so moreish and yummy, and once you start on a bag you can't stop. Popcorn is my favourite thing to eat, and the kids love it just as much as me.

Bruschetta With Tomato Salsa and Basil

Fresh, flavorful, and delightfully simple, the sun-kissed Italian cuisine is heaven on a plate. 

One of my favourite things to eat is Bruschetta, whenever we go out to eat, if Bruschetta is on the menu I order it. The bruschetta, with its history spanning centuries of Tuscan tradition, may seem like just a slice of garnished bread, it is actually a light, flavorful, enjoyable dish - many would say, the perfect starter.

Caribbean Food Week with Grace Foods'

It's Caribbean Food Week the 22nd - 29th August. During this week we celebrate all things Caribbean food. And, Grace Foods, the UK’s number 1 Caribbean food and drink company, is at the forefront of celebrations.  This year Grace Foods UK is holding its first ever Caribbean Food Week Food Festival at Windrush Square in Brixton, London (Friday 26th – Saturday 27th August), featuring Caribbean street food, live cookery demonstrations, music and more! It's a free event and perfect if you want to join in the celebrations and try some yummy Caribbean food.

How to make Barbecue Ribs cooked in the oven

We don't cook ribs very often, normally only when we have a BBQ, and that is a shame really, because the boys love ribs - they often order ribs when we eat out, and ribs are always on the list when we order takeaway. thus, when I was sent a bottle of Jack Daniels Honey Barbecue glaze sauce, the first thing I thought was 'I am going to make my boys some ribs'.

Puff Pastry Pizza

Puffed Pastry Pizzas are delightful. They have a nice light texture, you can add whatever toppings you feel like, and most of all, they’re so incredibly easy to make with really impressive results. 

Chicken and Chorizo Paella

I associate Paella with my dad. My Mum grew up in Spain and my Dad lived there, they met, fell in love, had me and moved back to the UK.  Growing up, my Dad would cook his big 'famous' Paella dish and he cooked it on the biggest pan I've ever seen.