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[ 26 Jul 2016 | No Comment ]

Watch our video as we explore the potentially long term health implications of overfeeding your child, as new research shows the majority of toddlers are being offered much more food than they should be, with many regularly being given adult sized portions
A majority of parents are unwittingly giving their toddlers too much food, putting them at risk of obesity, according to new research from leading health and nutrition experts the Infant & Toddler Forum (ITF).
The survey of 1000 UK mums and dads revealed that 79% of parents routinely offer portions …

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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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[ 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 …

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[ 30 Sep 2014 | 2 Comments ]

How has the term started for you? Even from early September, one of my minor stresses is ‘what shall we have for tea?’
It needs to be something simple, quick to cook, and that everyone will eat. With three children , there’s always someone who objects to almost any ingredient which makes life harder. And of course, all of our meals have to include a vegetarian option.
So, my first teatime tip is to write a list. You can see mine here, on the right. It’s just a big piece of paper …

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[ 29 Mar 2013 | No Comment ]

What can I do mum? Mum, I’m bored?
If that sounds like your house this week, set the kids to work! The older your children get, the more able they are to help spread the load over the holidays. Ask your child to help make lunch and you may get more moans. Show them a recipe and say, “Do you want to try making this?” and you may find that lunch is made for you!
We were asked to review a recipe for Great British Chefs and chose the Pizza Hearts recipe. …

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[ 24 Mar 2013 | No Comment ]

If you’re dreading the holidays and wondering what to do with the kids, why not have a baking morning?
My kids love to bake. Start with a packet mix if you are unconfident, and you’ll soon see everyone’s skills grow. Look for cooking classes for kids too: there are more springing up. I’ve signed D up to learn how to make Whoopie Pies during the Easter Holidays!
Cooking with kids has been shown to help them learn to try new foods. I’ve got a book about food and children coming out …

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[ 1 Oct 2012 | One Comment ]

Back-to-school time means back to packed lunches. So like good parents we try to give our kids variety to keep them interested in eating all their lunch while maintaining a nutritious diet. Easy, right guys? Right…? Guys?
Okay, maybe it’s not all that easy. So I took to Twitter to find a few less-than-obvious choices for packed lunch sarnies to avoid peanut butter day after day.
Ham, cheese and pineapple
Yes, it’s like a Hawaiian pizza in a sandwich, only it’s, well, cold. The saltiness of the ham is offset by the sweetness …

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[ 8 Aug 2012 | No Comment ]
Bursary award scheme available for the third year running from BBC’s Good Food Show

Do you have a small business in the food production industry? How would you like to be in with the chance to showcase your business at one of this years BBC Good Food Shows?
If this is something that you are looking for then we are pleased to announce that the BBC Good Food Show’s team are opening up their bursary award scheme for the third year running.
The scheme aims to promote small producers and winners will be given a free of charge stand in the ‘Producers’ Village’ at the Show closest to …