All hail the slow cooker!

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If there is one item in the kitchen that makes life so much easier it is my slow cooker. It stood in my cupboard, grossly under used for years until lady number three arrived as did I to my senses. I have a lot hate relationship with cooking, I like it and I hate it in equal measures. I try so hard with my efforts often falling short of the cullinary delight I expect after all the effort I put in. The slow cooker is perfect not just for time pressed parents but for me it is great because it takes my average cooking to a whole new level, meals are so much tastier when they’ve been stewing away slowly for hours.  Continue reading

Pip and Pear

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We were sent these fabulous Pip & Pear products a couple of weeks ago to test out and its safe to say both myself and the small lady are impressed. A bit of background first – Pip & Pear is an Irish brand, created in Waterford by Irene, a Mum of two. The inception of Pip & Pear is clever; Irene started making batches of baby food to serve in the family’s restaurant and people were so impressed the quality the food Pip & Pear was created. They won several awards at the Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards and have just launched in Aldi and Supervalu stores nationwide. All the products are made in Ireland using Irish chicken, beef and lamb and predominantly organic vegetables. Continue reading

Quinoa for babies

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I was sent a lovely box of quinoa products for babies and children from Quniola Mothergrain  recently and put them through their paces over the past few weeks. By way of introduction lets clear one thing up – Quinoa is not actually pronounced quinn-o-a but keen-wah. Quinoa  is plant-based  vegetable protein that is full of vitamins as well as being gluten and cholesterol free. The company  imports fair-trade quinoa from Peru in conjunction with the Cabaña Farming Co-operative. The products are packaged near Calais in partnership with a French reintegration organisation that employs people with learning difficulties to package the products – all using recycled cardboard. Continue reading