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Making Angel Delight, a truly British dessert

Tweet“Ooooh Angel Delight,” my husband intones. “We grew up eating it.” I’d never even heard of Angel Delight before I arrived here and its popularity speaks to the British penchant for blancmange, which is kind of like pudding, kind of like aspic, kind of like Cool Whip and kind of like nothing else I’ve ever had. It’s very sweet, with a soft texture and can literally be...

Budget picnic food: ‘Red Sea’ sandwiches

TweetWe all know that eating oily fish is great for all of us, and is especially good for children — it helps brain developments and reduces the risk of things like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. (Admittedly, my 10-year-old doesn’t have this yet, but we have the 11+ exams next year so everyone’s blood pressure will be going up.) However, like a lot of kids, my daughter only really likes...

A very British family meal: Kedgeree

Tweet One of the unexpected pleasures of moving to London has been eating British food. Cue jokes about deep fried Mars bars and grey boiled meat, but the truth is that I’ve discovered not just new dishes but an appreciation for particularly British delights. One of our favourite weekly meals is kedgeree, thought to be brought back to the UK from India by British colonials, and often eaten at breakfast in...

Restuffing a stuffed animal: Moomoo never dies

TweetI think my daughter, at age 9, is getting all grown up. She told me recently, “Mummy, I don’t play ‘school’ anymore. I’m too old.” But then we have an exchange like this, about a favourite stuffed animal she received when she was 4 months old: “Mummy, I don’t want Moomoo to die,” she said, her eyes bright with tears. “She’s a stuffed...

#margaritaparty: My pomegranate margarita recipe

TweetI love to throw TexMex dinner parties in London. Everyone raves about the food, which tends to be cheese, smothered in cheese and topped with sour cream. It also helps if you force a margarita into their hand the minute they walk through the door. That was (kinda) the premise to the margarita party I held today with my BritMums co-founder Susanna, our BritMums Live ladies Maddy and George and a group bloggers....

The problem with thank you cards

TweetThe gifts are unwrapped, the leftovers are in the fridge covered in foil, and Christmas songs have lost their lustre. That means only one thing in our house: the race to complete thank you cards is on. On my husband’s side of the family, we draw names and everyone buys one “big” present for someone else. This is good, since there are 5 siblings along with their partners and children. That...

Join #healing4kerry to share prayers

Tweet Usually on this blog I write about travel, expat life or London. Today however I’m going to write about Kerry from Multiple Mummy. Earlier this year Kerry experienced a brain hermorrhage and recently experienced a setback that’s affected her rehabilitation. She’s battling to regain the ability to give hand squeezes and as her husband has posted on her blog, there is limited response on...

The #HalfTermFood Linky Challenge

TweetOver at BritMums, we’re running a fun and easy #HalfTermFood Linky Challenge – you list the items in a favourite quick and easy family meal including an Aunt Bessie’s item. No need to list recipes, just the dishes that are part of the meal, and you could win 1 of 5 £200 Tesco vouchers! As co-founder of BritMums, I can’t actually enter, but dreaming up meal plans is my favourite part of...

How do you pack for a life-changing trip? #ONEMums

TweetYou could say I’m a great packer, if only because of the amount of stuff I cram into a suitcase. I never want to be caught without a cardigan/the “right” jeans/my trusty swimcap. That means that I lug 26 kilos of shoes and shirts around the world and wear a fraction of them. Now, preparing for my trip with ONE.org, for the first time I’m facing a whole new raft of challenges. On...

Do school prize days really celebrate success?

TweetThis is the time of year when parents clear their daytime calendars and start attending sports days, end-of-year plays and recitals, and of course prize days. This year after our prize day there was a casual picnic with parents from every school year, and prize day prompted a lot of debate. The biggest question was “do they really celebrate success”? “If they all get a prize, what’s the...

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