Crumbs Family Cookbook

Super-fast vegetable soup for children


Just recently I’ve been trying to incorporate more vegetables into my children’s diet. I’ve been making sweetcorn fritters with extra red pepper, trying to sneak salad into their sandwiches (they may pick it out but at least it makes me feel better) and, for long car journeys, preparing plastic containers of carrot, celery and cucumber […]
17-Sep
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sweetcorn fritters

How to sneak vegetables into packed lunches: sweetcorn fritters


The start of the school term is the signal to step into a world of pencil cases, permission slips, assemblies and reading books. But for parents, it’s also a the beginning of a dark descent into last-minute sandwich-making, a frenzied hunt for lunchboxes, and a squirreling away of cereal bars, yoghurt tubes and pieces of […]
01-Sep
18
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A serenade to the summer holidays


Here we are – back in the thick of uniform shopping, work deadlines and scrawling dates for upcoming school events on the calendar. And my summer holiday seems a very long time ago. But it was actually only two weeks ago that I was in the Loire valley in France, knee-deep in lazy mornings, baguettes, […]
28-Aug
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10 mistakes parents make when brushing their child’s teeth


Think you know all about brushing your child’s teeth?  I thought it was one mummy job that I could tick off my list as doing pretty satisfactorily. But recently I booked an appointment with a completely different hygienist. It’s a long story, so I won’t bore you with the details, but it turns out I […]
12-Aug
27
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Healthy crisps for a picnic lunch


My kids don’t seem to think that it’s a perfect picnic unless there’s also a bag of crisps present. And while I try to avoid including crisps in their school packed lunches – I really don’t want them to expect it as their right – I’m not an ogre, and I do give way for […]
04-Aug
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seared rib-eye steak with roast potatoes

How to cook steak for a special treat


When I go out to eat, if I’m feeling dog-tired, I might order steak – I find it really perks me up on a my-kids-have-been-too-noisy-I-can’t-cope kind of day. The immediacy of the effect is probably more psychological than anything to do with the high iron levels in red meat. (Sadly, the mineral just doesn’t affect energy […]
24-Jul
22
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6 kitchen tools for healthy summer eating for kids


Take a look at some of my favourite kitchen gadgets and tools for serving up healthy summer food and drink to your children. (But of course these kitchen helpers will work the rest of the year round too.)   1. Lakeland Lick & Sip Lolly Maker, £3.49 My kids love a cool ice lolly on […]
16-Jul
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beef, quinoa and feta burger

Healthy lamb, quinoa and feta burgers


I haven’t made burgers in years, but I’m going to start serving them more regularly now – I’ve been inspired after learning just how many nutritious ingredients you can actually pack in them. My newfound interest in burgers is thanks to London’s Divertimenti Cookery School. A few weeks ago, I was invited to attend their Mum’s Weeknight […]
04-Jul
18
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Bento boxes for children’s lunches


I’m really loving the current flurry of bento boxes in the shops – they’re such a lovely idea for kids’ lunchboxes. Brilliant for picnics and packed lunches, they come with in-built containers for small servings of foods like veggies, cheese, fruit or nuts. Having given some a whirl for the purposes of review, I can […]
25-Jun
22
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How a cartouche can help you cook onions and healthy stews


Have you ever checked your onions when cooking healthy soups, tagines and stews, and find they’ve gone all brown when you actually you wanted them to turn translucent instead? This was once a common problem in my house. But I’ve discovered you just have to make a cartouche – a sort of lid for your […]
18-Jun
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A gluten-free cake for pudding


Okay, I’m going to hold my hands up in the first sentence and admit that this cake is not particularly healthy – it contains some pretty serious amounts of chocolate, sugar and butter. But this isn’t any old cake – it’s gluten and also wheat-free. Rather than using flour, the recipe calls for polenta, which […]
06-Jun
18
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Making pesto for the Eat for Goals! app


Just recently, I’ve been making my own pesto. It all started when my sister-in-law told me she whipped it up regularly. And when I looked at her, amazed, she told me that it really wasn’t very hard at all – particularly if you have a mini-chopper-type gadget to do the blending for you. It’s made […]
28-May
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