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[ 16 Oct 2015 | No Comment ]

 Millions of kids haven’t experienced traditional sea-side pastimes like rock-pooling and fishing, however tan education programme is being launched to encourage them to think more about where fish comes from and to help them broaden their seafood palate.
 New research shows that almost one in six British kids have never been to the seaside and the majority have never been fishing, or crabbing. When it comes to eating seafood, cod is the most commonly eaten fish by kids, however 72% eat tuna, salmon (59%) and haddock (53%), while one in five …

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[ 12 Jun 2015 | One Comment ]
Food on Friday: Anything to avoid a mealtime tantrum?

67% of parents let their children decide what to eat at mealtimes
Who chooses what you eat – your children or you? In our family there are some rules – everyone has to eat some vegetables, carbs and protein at a main meal before getting dessert. A new survey has looked at eating habits in the UK with some shocking results.
The survey asked: “Do you let your children decide what to eat?” To which 67% of parents said, yes.
They also asked parents how often they allowed their children to eat snacks, …

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[ 17 Apr 2015 | No Comment ]

We’ve been lucky enough to taste Cook’s new range of  Chinese take out food. I love food from Cook, they make one of my favourite dishes, their Indonesian Vegetable Curry. I like the way that you guarantee good quality ingredients and home cook flavours with convenience, so I was interested to see how the new range matches up.
We were sent five dishes from the new range: Chicken Chow Mein, Mushrooms in Sweet Soy, Satay Chicken, Singapore Noodles, and Chicken in Black Bean Sauce.
It is recommended that for the best results, …

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[ 30 Jan 2015 | No Comment ]

It’s the worst feeling in the world, when somehow the world seems to think that you haven’t done your best for your child. Parenting and guilt are synonymous, but if your child is overweight, and particularly if someone else points this out, it can feel like falling into an abyss of failure. There are some practical tips, however, that can help you and your child eat healthily together. This isn’t a magic wand, but will help your child learn healthy eating habits, one of the best inheritances a parent can …

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[ 19 Dec 2014 | No Comment ]

Zainab Jagot Ahmed spotted a gap in the market for Indian-inspired dishes for children to encourage families to eat together, from the same recipe, and to introduce babies – from weaning – to aromatic spices and flavours. This beautiful hardback book, packed with friendly parenting advice as well as recipes, has captured the hearts and minds of parents, grandparents, friends and families across the country, and continues to go from strenght to strenth, since publication in September 2014.
Prima Baby Award 2015
As a foodie first – with no other Indian-themed baby …

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[ 13 Dec 2014 | No Comment ]

Christmas can be a difficult time for many reasons, and if family mealtimes are usually a battleground, big celebration meals can feel like an insurmountable challenge.
There is a lot of pressure at Christmas. Some may come from your own expectations, some from family members. If you have a child who has issues with food, the pressure can be even higher.
Antonia Chitty and Victoria Dawson are the authors of Food and Your Special Needs Child  and  here they share their tips for a relaxed Christmas meal.

The first thing to do as a …

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[ 14 Nov 2014 | No Comment ]

It can be hard to know if your child is eating enough, and eating the right things. In this extract from Food and Your Special Needs Child by Antonia Chitty and Victoria Dawson,  you can find out more about the right mix of food for a growing child and why a healthy diet for a child is different to that for an adult. .
As well as getting a mix of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals, there are also recommendations for the amount of food children need at different ages and stages. …

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[ 7 Nov 2014 | No Comment ]

An Indian twist on a British school dinner classic… loaded with complex carbohydrates vital for energy (courtesy of the macaroni pasta), this meal is extremely versatile. Exclude the tuna for a vegetarian meal, chop up cooked macaroni for spoon-feeding, or keep the
macaroni pasta whole and serve as a finger food.
80g (3oz) macaroni pasta
Tomato masala: 1 tbsp olive oil 1⁄2 onion- peeled, chopped 1⁄2 tsp minced garlic
1⁄2 tsp minced ginger 1 tomato – washed, chopped 1⁄4 tsp dried oregano
White sauce:
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp plain flour
350ml (12fl oz) of whole milk
Pinch …

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[ 24 Oct 2014 | No Comment ]
Masterchef v Bake off – the ultimate challenge for charity #foodonfriday #coffeecake

Watch celebrity chefs battling each other in a charity bake off to win a generous donation for their respective charities.
The celebrities are assembled, wooden spoons are at the ready and the ingredients are laid out for a bake-off battle that will surely stir up a commotion. In this charity event, five teams are challenged with creating the perfect accompaniment to a cup of Starbuck’s Guatemala-Antigua coffee. The only rule was that they have to highlight the flavours that go best with the brew.
The teams were made up from past winners …

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[ 18 Oct 2014 | No Comment ]

Until there is a problem, we take family meal times for granted. The thought of everyone sitting round the table, sharing the same food is a positive family image, but for thousands of families meal times are more of a challenge.
What we need to eat
Children need food to help them grow healthily and resist infection. A good diet will help your child build up strength and have the energy to complete everyday tasks. The right food can help your child concentrate and learn better. In the long term, a …