RECIPE: Baby’s first pancakes

Pancake recipe for babies

On the menu today: Sonny Jim’s first pancakes

Oh hello Shrove Tuesday!

Today is Sonny Jim’s first pancake day, and while I love my pancakes covered in sugar and ice cream and chocolate (yes, basically a heart attack on a plate!) his will be rather a lot healthier.

I’m going to be using this Annabel Karmel recipe today (from Annabel Karmel’s New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner, Ebury Press, Β£14.99, www.randomhouse.co.uk)

How about you? Continue reading

Ooo a big night out did you say?

Sponsored, Big Bingo Bash, Katy Pearson Before falling pregnant with Sonny Jim, I was a big fan of a proper night out with the girls.

But, aside from one night about seven years ago at a holiday camp in Devon, bingo has not ever been on my night out agenda.

But that could all be about to change.

Big Bingo Bash is coming to Mecca Bingo Southend on Saturday, March 4. It’s set to be an exciting evening which will integrate bingo with other fun concepts, including the chance to win a holiday (a 7-day sunshine holiday for two.) Continue reading

In praise of NCT

NCT babies, Sonny Jim

Little buddies: Sonny Jim (asleep) with four of his five NCT pals (aged about 3-months)

A year ago today I was eight months pregnant and dragging the husband along to the first of four antenatal NCT (National Childbirth Trust) classes.

He was not exactly up for it. For starters, he was missing West Ham play. And he couldn’t understand why we needed to sit in a room with five other couples for SIX HOURS (we did break for lunch in the middle) on a Sunday to talk about how our baby was going to be born. And then go to another three sessions in the weeks that followed.

We’d also had to pay more than Β£200 for the privilege of the experience. Money which could have been spent on clothes for the baby. Or nappies. Or something else that seemed infinitely more practical than chatting.

But anyway.

Off we went to our NCT Signature Antenatal course (held in a side room at David Lloyd in Southend.) And a year on I can happily say it was one of the best pre-Sonny Jim decisions we made. Continue reading

Beautiful beetroot recipes from Dan Doherty

Baby beetroot tarte tatin, Dan Doherty

Yummy: Baby beetroot tarte tatin

Purple food is apparently set to be a big trend for 2017 (I know, who knew?)

And while, right now, I’m unlikely to find myself with time to whip these up (Sonny Jim has just cut his first tooth AND figured out how to pull himself up!) these recipes are just too lovely looking not to share.

Dan Doherty, Chef Director of Duck & Waffle has partnered with Love Beetroot to launch their Don’t Skip A Beet campaign (www.lovebeetroot.co.uk) by creating unique sharing plates showcasing the versatility of beetroots and how it adds a new vibrancy to a meal.

And here are two of them… Continue reading

We’re loving… Childs Farm baby range

Childs Farm, Sonny Jim, Katy Pearson, eczema, bathime

Soothing: Sonny Jim’s eczema isn’t aggravated by Childs Farm’s baby bedtime bubbles

Before having Sonny Jim, I had no idea that one in five under fives suffered from eczema.

To be fair, even after having Sonny Jim, I still didn’t. It was only when a viral infection (that lasted five weeks and saw three trips to the doctors and one to A&E) triggered severe eczema all over my now ten-month-old baby, that eczema was everywhere in our little world.

Out of nowhere, Sonny Jim suddenly had a rash all over his poor little face, back, tummy and it had started spreading to his arms and legs. It was so much, and so sudden I was utterly CONVINCED he had measles. Or slapped cheek. Or maybe German measles. (I knew it wasn’t meningitis as I had been doing the glass test. A lot.)

It wasn’t any of those things though. It was *just* eczema. And so we entered a land of lotions and potions, of creams and oils. And bubbles at bathtime became a source of much consideration. Continue reading

A cheesy (and super quick!) Valentine’s Day recipe

heart quesidillas, recipe, Valentine's Day

Fuss free and lovely looking: Heart Quesidillas

With Sonny Jim keeping me rather busy (his bum-shuffling is getting super speedy!) there’s not that much time for getting creative in the kitchen at the moment.

But these heart-shaped Quesadillas made me smile, so I felt I just had to share the recipe. They’re fast to make, fuss free and don’t they look lush? I might even try and find a spare few minutes to whip them up for the hubby this Valentine’s Day!

Quesadillas filled with Primula Cheese, bacon and apple Continue reading

I’m loving… MURI candles

MURI candle

Mama’s little indulgence: A MURI candle

Having posh candles, when you have a little one, can be something of an indulgence.

I mean, what with the no sleep, the feeding, the playing, the classes, who has time to go lighting candles? (Safely placed wellllllll out of reach of the oh-so-curious buba of course!)

But I’ve always had a candle or two burning about my house – it just makes it feel more cosy, more hygge you could say – and that hasn’t changed since the arrival of Sonny Jim.

That said, with me being on maternity leave and the boy constantly out growing clothes and starting to eat his body weight in grub, there’s not quite the budget there once was for super expensive candles (so long my Jo Malone lovelies.)

Which is why I do a little dance of joy when I come across fabulous, high quality candles, that don’t cost an absolute fortune! Continue reading