Christmas is a great excuse to get playful with food. I love these super cute and easy to make avocado dip Christmas trees as a festive snack for all the family, or as a simple but effective idea for the Christmas party buffet table. You could also team these with some extra chopped veggies for a healthy festive Bento lunch.
I’m sure everyone has heard of Graze, the snack boxes that you can order for regular deliveries. We get them quite often and they’re always a handy way to have healthy snacks in the house, but now Graze are expanding and many of their snack ranges will be available in shops in individual packs. What a great idea for on the go!
We are deep into a Harry Potter phase around here these days. I’m re-reading all the books with Z, and we are both loving it (he also named this post for me!)
The magical world of Harry Potter has so many cool details, and so many places to take inspiration if you’re planning a Harry Potter themed party. Here are some food ideas to help you out if you are!
Harry Potter Treats
I love all types of fatayer (filled pastries) so when I saw Leiths Chef Alison Cavaliero had selected this Lebanese cheese parcels recipe as a pick for Bonfire Night, I just had to share it. Small pies like these are great for get togethers and are normally a hit with all ages.
Sometimes we all need an energy boost! For a healthy and tasty way to get that pick up, try these energy boosting carrot, apple and chia muffins that can be made in just over half an hour.
Children will love making these delicious pumpkin and ginger Halloween cupcakes. We’ll show you how to top them with petrifying pumpkin faces, creepy crawlies, and cute spooks too! These will be perfect for a Halloween party with all the family, and can be made in just over half an hour. My favourites are the creepy crawly ones.
Halloween is a time of sweets and candy, but if you’re looking for a healthier option, kids are sure to love these simple orange jack o lantern fruit cups.
This Halloween, we’re working with Aldi to come up with fun and creative fruit and veg ideas to enjoy throughout the spooky season. My kids and I made these orange jack o lantern fruit cups together in about half an hour, and it was a simple way to get them excited about eating a whole pile of fruit!
Nothing says autumn like a sweet, juicy toffee apple (aka caramel apple if you’re in the US). My mouth waters when the air gets a chill, leading me to think of that perfect combination of fresh fruit and sticky caramel that drips down your chin no matter how carefully you eat it. Toffee apples are an essential for us for bonfire night, and are great for Halloween too.
For Halloween, caramel apples can take on a spooky edge and these Crunchy Maple Toffee Apples do not disappoint. Just looking at them, it’s easy to imagine them as that perfect poison apple some crafty witch is tricking you into eating. The reddish brown color is accented with crunchy bits to tickle your taste buds and the whole delicious apple gets skewered onto cleaned rustic branches. Clipping the branches so they look like a nice thorny stem is a lovely bonus touch, don’t you think?
These Crunchy Maple Toffee Apples look so convincing, you might be just a little afraid to eat one. But take a bite! What would Halloween be without just a touch of light-hearted fear?
We always enjoy Old El Paso products as a really easy way to make tasty Mexican inspired food at home, so we were happy to try out the new Stand N Stuff range of products.
An easy midweek meal solution for hungry families, the new Stand ‘N’ Stuff range from Old El Paso is bursting with vibrant flavours, helping you make a hassle-free Mexican inspired dish.
The range is available in three mouth-watering flavour’s for all taste buds: Smoky BBQ, Extra Milk Super Tasty and Garlic and Paprika. Each Old El Paso Stand N Stuff kit includes eight unique flat-bottomed shaped flour tortillas; just stand them on your plate and stuff them with your chosen ingredients and toppings. This new shape is really handy, and means that making Tacos couldn’t be easier.
The boys all enjoyed eating these beef tacos, made using the Smoky BBQ Old El Paso taco kit, and their dad and I liked them a lot too. It’s great to have such a quick and handy solution for dinner time, that will keep everyone happy.
Alternatively, the range also includes a pack of eight Stand ‘N’ Stuff Soft Flour Tortillas, for you to pack full with your favourite ingredients! They provide an easy base for you to get creative in the kitchen midweek, cooking up your own style taco dishes. I sometimes use these at lunch time, filling them with plenty of salad and experimenting with other favourite sandwich fillings like tuna and sweetcorn too, to give a twist on our typical lunch time sandwiches. The soft tacos are really versatile, and their fixed shape means that they are less messy and easy for the kids to handle too
We had never been to Brewer’s Fayre before, so we went along this week to check it out for the first time and try out the Autumn menu at one of our local restaurants, the Rising Sun in Watford.
We were really happy with our meal at Brewer’s Fayre and found that it was a lovely family friendly environment and all of the staff were really welcoming and friendly. Since Brewer’s Fayre are known as pub restaurants, I wasn’t sure what kind of environment to expect but it was very light and spacious and modern in decor. Our local Brewer’s Fayre is really big, which I prefer since you get plenty of space between the tables and don’t need to worry too much about the kids chit chat disturbing other diners.
There are colouring pages and crayons provided for the children to keep them busy, and a great value kids menu where the main course is 4.99 and then the starter or dessert are only 50p extra each. There’s a choice of 8 main meals for the children, which is a decent selection and there were plenty of things to keep our boys happy, from spaghetti Bolognese to fish bites and chips.