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Do you have more time now?

My children are returning to school next week – finally! Although I love my children dearly and genuinely enjoy their company, it has certainly been challenging at times to be constantly distracted, disturbed and questioned at random times throughout the working day. “Mummy, can I just add this to your shopping list…”, “Mummy, can I go to so-and-so’s garden?”, “Can you give me a lift to….?” “I am hungry” …. and so on. But face-to-face school is recommencing and that will be a shift back to what life was like before this health crisis started. For those people who are suddenly going to have fewer little people around, it might be a good time to start some new habits. After all, before this pa

Dry goods

I have a new toy! A dehydrator! I bought it during lockdown and have really been having too much fun with it! I do love a gadget and while the rest of the country was getting busy with bread-makers, pasta machines and blenders, I have been dehydrating everything in sight (well, nearly everything!). Dehydrating is a great way to preserve food when you have a large amount of it, for example a glut of apples at harvest time. It preserves the nutrients in the food and cuts on wastage. Making your own dried foods means that you are in control of the ingredients so there are no added sugars, sulphites or flavourings in my dried foods. A possible downside is that dried fruits have a higher sugar c

Ex-SEED-ingly tasty biscuits

I have always been an advocate of making meals that are quick and simple. I very rarely make complicated dishes, so when I went to a friend’s garden for a socially-distanced tea and she served these seed biscuits, saying that she had prepared them in 5 minutes, I knew that I had to have the recipe! This recipe makes about 14 biscuits. Ingredients: 150g sunflower seeds 150g pumpkin seeds ½ cup small seeds (e.g. sesame, chia, hemp) 2 eggs 1/3 cup coconut sugar Preheat the oven to 180ºc Mix all ingredients together. Place heaped spoonfuls of the mixture onto a lined baking tray. Bake for 10 minutes. Do not over bake them. Take them out of the oven and let them sit on the tray for another 10 min