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Easy Weeknight Meals with Old El Paso

Which family does not strive to make the most of their time together while, at the same time, aiming not to compromise on health or great taste? We live fast-paced lives, to the tempo of school bells, train schedules, after school activities and tight deadlines and more often than not, family meal times become also rushed and an end of line rather than a nourishing time, both for body and soul. We were invited to make the most of our weeknights by Old El Paso and put their new Smoky BBQ soft taco kits to the test. As luck has it, the day the package arrived, I had planned on this slow cooker quinoa and  turkey mince recipe so using my soft tacos seemed like the logical thing to do! I found the tangy combination so tasty and versatile that every time I had a chance, I reached for my Old El Paso. And it never stopped at tacos, I did put the sauces to good use with a burger, as you can see below …

Culture Night Belfast, 2015

Last Friday, we attended our first ever Culture Night in Belfast. For my readers in Europe and the UK, a Culture Night may not sound like a big deal, given the frequency and the history of such events.  On the other hand, for Northern Ireland, a relatively small country which has been through so much politically, this is a HUGE thing and such a positive step forward and hopefully, away from its tormented past and towards a future full of hope and unity! There was an impressive number of events(over 200!) taking place in Belfast last Friday; over 50,000 people took to the streets to celebrate the country’s rich past and present culture and enjoy the “mighty craic”, all in the well-known by now jovial Irish way, accompanied by family, friends and of course, beer! The weather decided to play nice too and we enjoyed a lovely, mild autumn evening out as a family crafting in the Cathedral’s quarters with Emma, strolling through the very crowded streets, observing passionately quiet games of chess and enjoying …

Back to school: simple lunch box ideas

The summer has been flying by and all too soon (or not, for us, parents!) the kids will be back to school. I have been very busy here ordering things for Emma returning to school as a big P2: her school shoes, the name labels and loads of pretty stationery. We will be heading to Tesco as soon as we arrive for new shirts, Emma loves their embroidered collar ones and her PE shoes. Their are all good quality and very good value for money, too. One thing I will not be worrying about this year, compared to last year, when she was only starting school, are her packed lunches. Last year, with a bit of creativity, a few cheap shape cutters and loads of seasonal props, we finally managed to overcome our fear of eating sandwiches and just in time for school. These very simple changes were so very successful that her lunch box came home empty every day, without fail, and I never worried that my little girl would go hungry while in …

Vivobarefoot – School Shoes With A Difference (A Review)

Emma has been lucky from the word “go” when it comes to good shoes. Her Greek auntie took the task, as soon as toddler Emma was able to be fitted with shoes, to buy and send over the best shoes she could find on the market. When I say good shoes, I do not mean only pretty. I mean shoes which not only look good but fit well and more importantly, prevent long-term damage of tiny, delicate feet. Once Emma started school last year, things got a bit more difficult when it comes to sourcing good shoes. My sister in law could not find black Mary Janes easily, the usual shape requested and accepted in most British public schools does not sell very well in Greek children’ shoe boutiques. I took Emma for her first ever pair of school shoes to Clarks and got the best we could find: leather, half a size bigger for her foot to grow in and pretty but as soon as she started wearing them in school, she started complaining …

#CookTogether with Riverford

I love cooking. It all started when I was a little girl, with me watching my mum cook all our meals from scratch. My first memory of getting involved (and my mum was great at that, she always had the patience and the enthusiasm to have both my brother and myself “help” her out) was making dough balls on a winter’s day in my mum’s cosy, steamed up kitchen. My love affair with food grew as the years flew by and I got to travel and see the world. There is nothing I love more than a hot fondue after a day out and about in the snow, when in Switzerland. Or a fresh salad, full of earthly goodness and some Feta cheese, as a bonus, when dining out in Greece! I had hoped, once I had children, that they will inherit my love for travelling and adventure. My wish came true! Emma is becoming a passionate and astute traveller who can charm the socks off a Turkish palace guard for a smile(and a picture!), …