Making a Practical Food Hamper for a New Mum, with #CiaoGusto

With a new baby in the house, or on the way, practical gifts are definitely just as appreciated as the cute gifts – if not more so! Ciao Gusto challenged me to choose some items from their Ocado shop to make up a hamper gift. They have a wide range that could be used to make a foodie gift hamper for a wine lover, a cheese lover, a pasta fanatic, or a gift to remind someone of a special Italian holiday you’ve enjoyed together, but I decided to put together a practical hamper selection for a new mum, since that’s really handy for us right now!

I’ve often sent grocery orders to friends with new babies, or who are going through a tough time, and it’s always really appreciated especially if you include a few treats alongside things that are really easy to prepare to save them time, and save the hassle of having to think too much about “What shall I cook today?”

Ciao Gusto had a great range to combine both the treat and the convenience elements, providing some great options for a hamper like this.


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Christmas Menu at Beefeater

Beefeater is always a good option for a family friendly meal with traditional food that suits all the generations. We were invited along recently to try out this year’s Christmas menu, at our local Uxbridge Beefeater which is newly opened with a really spacious clean and modern look.

The restaurant is nicely decorated for Christmas and I really liked how they even decorate the tables with Christmas crackers so that you can get into the festive spirit during your meal, with party hats and christmas cracker jokes!


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Five Easy-to-Prepare Healthy Recipes for Your Kids’ Daily Nourishment

Five Easy-to-Prepare Healthy Recipes for Your Kids’ Daily Nourishment

Welcome for some easy and tasty breakfast or snack ideas for your kids and the entire family. In our yummy recipes today, we’re concentrating on milkless and lactose-free recipes for kids. And although we’re more particular about health, we also want to have a pretty beautiful dish for your kids to wake up to every morning!

See our compilation below:

1. Banana-Chocolate Protein Pancakes


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5 Easy Hot Snack Recipies for Student Parties

5 Easy Recipes for Hot snacks for Student Party / 5 Easy Hot Snack Recipies for Student Parties

Throwing a party? Having difficulties coming with a snack menu for your guests? Understandable, all of us had problems when it was needed the most to come up with something cheap, easy, healthy and refined.

«Lets order a pizza!»

Typical solution students tend to have when a party is planned. Ordering a pizza is easy and convenient. And pizza along with fast food can be undoubtedly tasty. However, you need to consider the health benefit you get from it, or lack thereof, rather. Prolonged snacking on fast food tends to affect your health, body, and soul negatively. You don’t want those love handles on your sides, don’t you?

On top of that, it could also end up being costly, not nutritional enough and simply will prove to your friends that you’re not a great host.

In this article, I’ll be providing some kitchen room ideas and laying down a few snack recipes even the laziest host can prepare in a presentable manner.

5 Easy Hot Snack Recipies for Student Parties

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How to Keep Your Family Healthy with Takeout

When you just don’t have the time to cook up a healthy balanced meal for your young ones, it can be quite tempting to order from the nearest takeaway chain and call it a night. While there is no shame in having someone else cook for you and the family, it’s important to keep their health in mind. Fried vegetable dumplings and shrimp lo mein are always delicious choices and favourites of the kids, it can be rather simple to form a habit of ordering “just the usual”. So, instead here are a few tips to encourage your family to stay healthy and keep their bellies happy:


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Avocado Rocky Road Recipe

Here’s another delicious chocolatey recipe to mark “National Baking Week”, this time using avocados along with Cadbury’s Double Decker chocolate bars, to create yummy rocky road to share with all the family. The price of avocados is set to increase, so why not make the most of them now? Baking with Avocado is also a clever way to sneak some extra greens into your kid food!

chocolate and avocado rocky road recipe

Avocado Rocky Road (makes 20)


For the Brownie:

  • 110g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 10g cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 25g ground almonds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 avocado, mashed well

For the Cocoa-avocado Frosting:

  • 1 avocado
  • 100g cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 150g honey
  • 150g maple syrup pinch of salt
  • 2 Double Deckers


  • Freeze-dried raspberry
  • 10g rice krispies

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Double Decker FreakShake MiniCake

To celebrate National Baking Week, I’m sharing a few delicious recipes made with Cadbury’s Double Decker chocolate bars. With Halloween around the corner, these FreakShake MiniCakes would be great for any parties you have planned, or would be a good plan for some baking fun with the kids over the half term holidays.


Double Decker FreakShake MiniCake (makes 24)


For the Canape Cakes:

  • 125g butter, softened 200g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 plain flour
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 10g baking powder
  • 0.25 tsp baking soda 0.25 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 50ml buttermilk

For the Nougat Frosting:

  • 1 Marshmallow fluff jar 100g white chocolate
  • 100g cream 25g sugar pinch of salt
  • 100g cream 25g sugar pinch of salt
  • Chocolate Glaze: 50g milk chocolate
  • 35g butter


  • Choc finger/café curls
  • 1 Double Decker, chopped

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Double Decker Cookie Sandwiches Recipe

It’s National Baking Week, and to mark the occasion I have a few yummy recipes to share with you all, made using Cadbury’s Double Decker chocolate. These tasty cookies use the double decker to make frosting to sandwich in the middle!


Double decker cookie sandwiches (makes 20)


For the Cookies:

  • 150g butter, softened 70g light brown sugar 70g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 225g plain flour
  • 0.5 tsp baking soda pinch of salt
  • 50g chocolate chips
  • 1 avocado, mashed well

For the Double Decker Cookie Dough Frosting:

  • 115g butter, softened
  • 150g light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 125g flour
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 50ml milk
  • 1 Double Decker, chopped

This recipe is Suitable for Vegetarians, Contains gluten (wheat), milk, nuts, egg, soya, and Does NOT contain gelatine or alcohol.

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Easy 3 Step Tomato Soup Recipe

Guest post from My Cook King blog

If you’d love to feed your little ones with only the good stuff, then you shouldn’t skip healthful tomatoes in the picture. But how do you package them in such a manner that they look appealing and yummy for kids? Tomato soup is the answer!

Easy 3 Step Tomato Soup Recipe

So over the weekend or any ordinary day, you might want to prepare a brightly colored, nutrient-dense tomato soup that does not take much time to make. Here is how.

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Tefal Cook4Me Review

Tefal Cook4Me is a pressure cooker with many added features that make it so easy and quick to use, especially for busy families or those who don’t have so much confidence in the kitchen as it gives you so much extra guidance. A few weeks ago, I went along to a Tefal event to try out the Cook4Me for myself, and  now have one to use at home too.


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