The Sugar Free Family Cookbook | Sarah Flower

Delicious, healthy recipes to help you and your children kick the sugar habit

I was sent this fabulous, little cookbook by the publisher – Robinson – and have been enjoying many of the sugar-free recipes inside over the last couple of weeks. Anyone who has tried going sugar-free will know how difficult it can be in a world filled with brightly coloured confectionery and fast food restaurants. This book provides delicious recipes that will make you realise sugar in your home cooking really isn’t needed and really won’t be missed.

 

The book is split into fifteen chapters, which aim to guide you through your sugar free journey with ease. Chapters include –

  • Sugar and its effect on our health
  • Keeping our children healthy
  • The Breakfast Table
  • Main Meals
  • Healthy BBQ
  • Fast Food
  • Jut Desserts
  • The Ice-cream Parlour
  • The Bakery and so many more!

The recipes mostly don’t require hard to acquire ingredients, just things you will find in your local supermarket and maybe even already lurking in your cupboards at home! The recipes are very easy to follow and don’t require crazy equipment. There are hundreds of recipes inside, suitable for all occasions and for everyday ‘sugar hurdles’ such as after-school snacking and birthday parties.

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To buy your own copy of Sarah Flower’s The Sugar Free Family Cookbook, click here. The book is available in both paperback and Kindle formats. I highly recommend it – it will change your life and your eating habits forever! Keep an eye on my Instagram for food pics!

Kerry x

The Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook by Zainab Jagot Ahmed

Baby J began her weaning journey a couple of months ago now and loved her foods from the start. However, as time has gone on the recipes in our cookbooks have become more bland and not very exciting for her. When I was offered the opportunity to review an exciting collection of weaning recipes, I jumped at the chance! This book is The Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook by Zainab Jagot Ahmed.

Zainab is the UK’s leading expert on flavour-led weaning with aromatic flavours and spices. The concept of flavour-led weaning is preparing your baby for eating more ‘grown up meals’ with the rest of the family, by using the more exciting flavours you may use in your own cooking.

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The recipes contain herbs and spices which not only add more flavour to your baby’s food, but also contain added nutrients and health benefits. For example, the recipe for Chewable Teething Sticks contains nutmeg, which has eugenol in it – a natural medicine used to treat toothaches.

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The Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook by Zainab Jagot Ahmed. (Ebury Press, £14.99)

I use a lot of herbs and spices in my own cooking, so I am reassured now that Baby J will transition from her separate foods onto our family dinners with ease. She has loved the recipes I have cooked for her so far – especially the Zingy Pineapple Chicken! (To be honest, I loved this recipe too!)

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The Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook by Zainab Jagot Ahmed. (Ebury Press, £14.99)

The aspect of this book which I really like is that Zainab cooked up the concept when failing to find exciting recipes for her own baby daughter, Aaliyah. I worry about Baby J not loving food, or enjoying certain vegetables because the flavours just aren’t very exciting. It is nice to find a book which has had so much thought, love and care put into it from someone who is so passionate about children loving what they eat.

The Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook is easy to follow with a handy baby ‘age guide’ in each chapter. I find that a lot of weaning books don’t really give you a guide on how old your baby may be when they want to try new textures and tastes, but this one makes it brilliantly clear. Each chapter also has a clear meal planner – very, very handy when it comes to shopping lists!

The book contains over 100 recipes which are easy to follow. Many can be frozen in ice cube trays too. There are also some ‘no cook’ recipes and some meals which can be enjoyed by the whole family. This book really is a gem!

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The Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook is due for release on 2nd March 2017. To purchase the hardback book for yourself, click here.

Kerry x

 

 

The Roper Twins: Bath Time Battles with Nan! By Cauline Thomas-Brown

Here’s another children’s book review for you lovely lot! This book is being released in March this year and is a debut children’s fiction book from the author Cauline Thomas-Brown. The Roper Twins: Bath-Time Battles with Nan is a wonderfully funny and totally relatable story for both children and adults alike!

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The story is about the Roper twins – Courtney and Jade – who are regularly looked after by their Nan. They are a cheeky pair of one year olds who struggle with abiding to Nan’s bath-time rules. Children will love their antics and the way they try their hardest to get out of bath-time. I’m sure this is something many parents and grandparents can relate to!

The story contains repetition, which young children can join in with when having the story read to them. Although the story is written in third person, as a reader we are seeing things from the twin’s perspective which once again, adds to the story time experience. Each page leaves you wondering what the twins are going to do next! How can they possibly fool their Nan’s plan this time?

The book also touches on the twins transitioning from their pink, sticker-covered baby bath, to the rather large and rather scary adult tub. This is a brilliant tool for helping your little one transition from one to the other.

Nan is a no-nonsense, strong woman, determined to get the twins clean. We are constantly remind of their love for their Nan, especially when it is mentioned that she has a sore foot. However, we also see their cheeky side and how they like to annoy her!

I was fortunate enough to have some interview questions answered by the author for the purposes of this blog post, you can read the interview here.

To purchase the book in hardback, visit this link here. For the e-book visit this link here.

Kerry x

The Amazing Adventure Begins by Pauline Mallard

Front Cover.jpgThis is the debut children’s book from Pauline Mallard. Pauline has been writing children’s stories since 2011, when she retired.

This book is about a young rabbit named Five, who is flying the nest with a positive attitude to new adventures. Along his journey he meets other field animals, who become his friends and join him on his life quest. The animals get into all sorts of scrapes and mishaps and Five is always on hand to help and support them.

A little rabbit called Five was lying in his bed dreaming of seeing the world. The more he dreamed about it the more excited he felt. “Yes,” he thought, “this is what I am going to do. What an adventure it’s going to be.”

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The story has fantastical elements, such as the fairies and the Fairy Queen. These are a lovely The Fairy Queen.png addition to the story, and will keep children guessing as to why the fairies keep popping up along Five’s adventure.

The story has so many wonderful messages across all the chapters. Five learns about friendship, trust and loyalty. He experiences fear and bravery and has many new experiences. These elements make this a fantastic book to read with your child. It is quite a long picture book at 43 pages, so can be enjoyed over a week as a bedtime story.

The book is aimed at 3-8 year old children and could be enjoyed independently by children older than this. If you’re a teacher, like myself, this book is perfect to read to your class and a lot of written and art tasks could be developed in lessons from this. I’d love to see a poem based around it!

Fox and Badger.pngThe illustrations are heavily influenced by Beatrix Potter and are absolutely beautiful. They are by Carole Gordon.

To purchase the book just visit Amazon here. It is £6.99 and would make a lovely Christmas present for that special child in your life. I’m really looking forward to sharing this with Baby J when she’s a bit older, we already have her nursery in a  woodland theme, so this book will really get her imagination running wild!

Do you have a book you’d like me to read and review?

Kerry x

 

Book Review – Hurrah for Gin by Katie Kirby

Having given birth to my daughter only four months ago, I am well aware that there are many funny, frustrating, tear-jerking and proud moments ahead of us. I watch her grow into a beautifully cheeky girl with a brilliant little personality every day. With this in mind, I regularly scour the internet looking for mummy blogs to prepare myself and seek advice for things to come.

I found the blog Hurrah for Gin by Katie Kirby through Instagram. Her hilarious anecdotes are accompanied by simple but extremely effective stick drawings. The first post I read was about Katie spending the night making a homework project for her children, only to find out the next day when she took it into school, that they had told her the wrong thing to make. It actually made me laugh so much that I was in tears! I’m not exaggerating – she really is hilarious!

I pre-ordered her book ‘Hurrah for Gin’ on Amazon and waited with excitement. I have not been disappointed! It’s a truly poignant, witty and honest account of parenthood. 

Katie takes you from pregnancy to her children starting school. Each chapter is titled like it would be in a guide book, but this is no guide book! A lot of advice is given with a splash of gin or other alcoholic beverage. 

As you can see from the image above, the book is a laugh a minute with these fantastic sketches. It has to be said though that Katie Kirby does share some emotional moments which I won’t give away, but she tells them beautifully and they add a real balance to the humour often thrown our way.

The picture below is from one of my favourite chapters which includes a section on Milestone Cards. I am guilty of using these myself every time Baby J does something and Katie’s take on them had me in hysterics!

Another favourite chapter of the book is the one on dads. She even asked her husband to write a segment, which really made me stop and think about how my husband must be feeling. In your mummy and baby bubble, it is easy to forget what a whirlwind things must be for your partner. Katie’s husband puts this across perfectly.

Overall, I loved this book. It is brutally honest – which not everyone will appreciate – but at the root of it all it is clear that Katie loves her children, even if they do drive her crazy! I recommend this book to both mummys and daddys alike of babies, toddlers, teenagers or fully grown humans! There are things we can all relate too.

Buy Hurrah for Gin by Katie Kirby from Amazon here.

Kerry x