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