Junior’s taco salad bowl (easy to make vegetarian, or vegan)

When we were in Canada on holiday during the summer, we were based with some good friends of ours: Steph, Junior, and their little baby Levon. We tried to be the best house guests possible, and have apparently been ranked number one by Steph and her family! They were certainly amazing hosts, and Junior treated […]

Eating locally in West Sussex – Runcton farm shop

I have quite a connection with West Sussex, not just the Runcton farm shop: my parents and Grandparents used to take me to Bognor Regis for holidays when I was young. When I was a bit older, my mum bought a caravan in Pagham and we used to go there on holiday and for weekend […]

Stuzzi in Harrogate – review

When Andrew and I recently took Ioan to Harrogate for his cousin Ellis’s first birthday celebrations, we took the opportunity of the grandparents being there to go out for dinner, WITHOUT THE BABY! Andrew’s sister and her fiancé have lived in Harrogate for many years, and know some of the best places to eat. They […]

Duck and waffle at the Duck and Waffle – review

Andrew and I first met as second year university students when we moved into the same house. That was in 1996, and four cats and one child later, we’re still going strongly. Although we never buy each other anniversary presents or cards, we always like to mark the occasion with a nice meal or holiday. […]

Week 44 – beautiful Barcelona

Last week I spent a couple of days in Barcelona for work, and unfortunately the rain followed me there from London. Luckily, I spent most of my time inside: either in the office or, more interestingly, in various restaurants in Barcelona – the team there certainly enjoy their food and I wasn’t complaining! When I […]

Week 43 – on the road to recovery

I think one of the only things that is worse than you feeling ill is when your helpless child is poorly and there is nothing you can do about it. Ioan’s feverish, clinging misery from the last couple of weeks was hard to cope with, as the only thing that soothed him was to be […]

Thoughts on being a (greedy) mum – months 9-12

If anything should give you an indication of how motherhood sucks up your time, the fact that Ioan is now 14 months old and I am only writing about his 9th month is a sign. I decided it’s probably better to group months 9-12 as even though tons has happened every single month, I don’t […]

Weeks 39 & 40 – post-holiday healthy eating

Does anyone go on holiday and not over-indulge just a teeny bit? I always do, and although that over-indulgence is usually balanced out by lots of physical activity, this time it comes on top of a period of unhealthy snacking to combat the sleep deprivation caused by little Ioan, so I am really feeling the […]

Week 38 – holidays are coming

In just a few days we’ll be heading off on our holidays, and whilst I am really looking forward to exploring Centerparcs, I can’t help thinking about how our holidays have changed since the arrival of little Ioan. We always booked our big holiday at this time of year and my Facebook memories is full […]

Thoughts on being a (greedy) mum – month 8

Just after Ioan turned 8 months old, I celebrated my first Mother’s Day. Andrew actually did not believe I would want a Mother’s Day present, as in his view it wasn’t like Ioan was choosing a gift, so it was meaningless. He mentioned this point of view to his colleagues at work who (fortunately for […]