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an OXO stocking fillers gift guide

I’m feeling quite relieved that I’m on top of my Christmas preparations this year. I wanted to spread the cost by starting early and make sure I had time and energy for the 12 days of December when the kindness elves come to stay. So most presents have been purchased and stashed including the bits and pieces for the boys stockings from Santa. I’ve yet to make Luca a Christmas stocking (I’m not that organised!) and thankfully I wrote a blog post about how I made Euan’s Christmas stocking a few years ago so it should be simple enough to fashion a second one. With the extra time on my hands I’ve been able to have a rummage around the OXO elves Christmas sack to bring you a new stocking fillers gift guide for 2017. Some of the OXO items recommended in previous years are still available and some of those items continue to be our favourite kitchen gadgets (see links at the end of this post for a little reminder of further OXO gadgets). The gifts we’ve trialled for you this year are all under £15 and our absolute favourite is less than a tenner. Gift 1 – 9” tongs with heat reisistent silicone heads, £13.00
I’ve been meaning to add a pair of tongs to my utensils pot since attending a ”low carb, high veg” cookery class at the Foodworks Cookery School while pregnant with Luca. We made a vegetarian lasagne with cooked cabbage leaves instead of pasta sheets and the tongs saved scolded finger tips. I recreated the recipe to try out our new tongs and found them easy to use and they lock for convenient storage. Luca enjoyed playing with them too of course so what’s not to love about a kitchen utensil that doubles up as a toy! Gift 2 – Steel angled jigger, £8
This is my number 1 kitchen favourite this year. It’s been designed to measure small pourable amounts accurately and you can see the measurement markings, in ml and tbsp, while looking straight down into it. On the OXO website it’s advertised as a cocktail measure but we’ve found all sorts of other uses for it like making salad dressings or simply to help monitor the nutrient value of the fluids we use. I use an app called MyFitnessPal, a free diet and exercise tracker, to become more aware of the nutrient value of the food I eat. I’ve been reducing carbs and increasing fats and combined with walking more I’ve seen a gradual shedding of the last of my baby weight (google ‘Grain Brain’ or ‘Keto diet’ if interested in the science behind that). It’s great using the steel jigger to measure small amounts of fluids instead of guessing or counting in teaspoons. For example, I’d been estimating a 30ml measure of milk in my tea when in fact I take double that, a difference of 100+ calories across my 3-4 cups a day (that’s equivalent to a couple of biscuits added on or a 30 minute walk to take it off). It’s a really handy tool to have in the cutlery drawer and it even doubles up as the perfect toddler size clutchable snack pot. Gift 3 – Beak ice cream scoop, £13
My boys love ice cream, especially G who’s been instructed to eat it in secret so the little ones don’t develop his insatiable sweet tooth! Thankfully E and L love the novelty of anything yummy frozen and served nicely and happily tuck into whizzed up frozen fruit. Zero added sugar, zero fuss. The only effort comes in the having to remember to put the bananas in the freezer the night before. Our home made fruit ice cream provides the perfect challenge for this tough aluminium beak shaped scoop as being dairy free it’s harder and more icy. The curved side edges and pointed end made it easy and it has a non stick coating for easy release. By the time the kettle had boiled to dip the scoop into E had already served up his own helping, evidence enough that this scoop can handle anything. He liked the novelty of the lever that helps to flick the contents out but to be honest it wasn’t necessary as it slipped off into the bowl easily enough without using it. Gift 4 – 3 in 1 avocado slider, £8.75
”The avocado slider splits, pits, slices and scoops for safe and mess free preparation”
. I’ve seen these before and wondered what all the fuss was about! I do get quite messy cutting and peeling my avocados but I figured a gadget wasn’t worth the bother. Turns out I was wrong and it brilliantly removes the stone without any damage or loss of avocado. OXO tried 700 different shaped avocados to perfect their design afterall. All of the avocados I’ve used it on have been a bit too brown and mushy for a nice picture so here’s a video clip of the avocado slicer in action. It really is as simple as it looks.

Gift 5 – Bakers dusting wand, £10. We reviewed the tea ball a few years ago and I find it’s always disappearing from the drawer only to be found in the boys room with jewels or lego treasures in it. OXO have come up with another use for it – as a dusting wand to neatly sprinkle flour, powdered sugar and spices onto drinks and food. The quick open and close twist of the half solid half perforated globe design, prevents clumps, dumps and powdery messes. It’s been sized to fit most flour containers for storage, a tactic I would have had to resort to if we only had one! Our favourite use of it is for sprinkling cinnamon on hot drinks and cocoa powder or cinnamon sugar on our pancakes. I’ve been using gluten free flour lately for baking and these pancakes made with chick pea flour and mashed bananas were topped off beautifully with a little dusting of cocoa. So there you have it, a few ideas to get you started on your Christmas shopping if you’ve not made it to the shops yet. Previous years OXO stocking filler suggestions are shown below and reviewed here and here.
All items are available from the OXO website. Enjoy x
Disclosure: I selected the OXO items in this guide to try. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.

December 8, 2017 at 12:56 pm Leave a comment

playing with the OXO mash maker food mill

When E was a baby the first foods he tried were strawberries, avocado and chickpeas. We hand fed them to him or mashed them lightly with a fork and gradually expanded his palatte with food from our plate (although he didn’t have meat or bread until he was well over one). We didn’t consider pureeing having read about the benefits of baby led weaning where baby learns to chomp and then swallow rather than getting used to spoon fed purees and then having to learn to chew more solid food. We started using Nom-Nom Kids pouches as he reached pre-school age as smoothies were a convenient way of getting fruit and veg into him (and keeping his packed lunch chilled) but that was the extent of my food blending.

Baby L has had a slightly different introduction to food, determined by the busy-ness of life as a second child, rather than any planning on my part. He started sucking frozen banana at 5 months of age to ease teething pain and quickly took to grabbing things straight from our plates. He’s quite the fruit monster and will happily try anything as long he gets to hold it himself. Apart from making smoothies to drink we’ve not really mashed his food too much for him.

It might seem odd therefore to accept the challenge of reviewing a product specifically aimed at pureeing food for babies. I thought it would be fun to see if the OXO mash maker baby food millwas a gadget with a longer shelf life than the first 6 months of baby’s food journey. Baby L is 18 months old and I immediately had thoughts of easy fruit sauce dressed yoghurt puddings, fruit pureed pancake fillings, and making all sorts of dips to encourage L to snack more on veg. We started simply, mashing single fruits and big brother E was thrilled to be able to help. The blade in the mill is neither sharp nor easily accessible for little fingers so we even let Luca have a go. To compare mashing results we took two avocado’s and hand mashed the first (top photos) with a fork for the same amount of time it took to mill mash the second avocado (bottom photos – that’s a drizzle of Worcestershire sauce in the second picture not a past-its-best avocado!).

The thing I love about the mash maker is its compact size. I’ve learned the hard way over the years that bulk making recipes is false economy when you grow tired of the same thing after 2 days or the flavour changes from being chilled in the fridge for too long. The Oxo mash maker is a small one cup amount and it takes little effort to use it as a feeding bowl that you just happen to turn the handle on to transform your own meal into mash. You can spoon feed baby straight from the food mill too so there’s no extra washing up created and it’s really portable for taking out to restaurants if eating out. We’ve always opted to give the kids food from our plate rather than buying a something-with-chips kids dinner. We played restaurants with last night’s dinner and a small portion of everything on E’s plate and this is how it turned out:

Amazingly having mashed this mini meal for the purposes of the review L just picked up a spoon and started eating it! (he’d already eaten some of his veg and had climbed down from the table). I was really surprised as he generally refuses when I attempt to give him food on a spoon – perhaps that’s more to do with wanting to do everything for himself rather than what I’m actually offering. And in a week where he’s hardly eaten anything chewy due to sore gums he happily finished off this mashed version of dinner. I wonder if he’ll feel the same way tomorrow when he trials the pureed peas we turned into dip with a sprinkling of mint and drizzle of cream (E found these tricky to work into a mash as we just defrost our peas to preserve the nutrients rather than boiling them). We used the OXO baby food freezer tray to save some portions safe in the knowledge that the silicone lid would prevent any freezer burn or altering of the flavour.

This is such a versatile item to have in the kitchen and not just for baby food. Whizzing up a few raspberries made a lovely, naturally sweet coulis for some Greek yoghurt which E then instantly turned into home made sugar-free raspberry yoghurt.

E’s verdict? “I loved my yoghurt and look I’ve licked the cup completely clean”. And he had because the OXO measuring cup I’d served it in was not only a perfect baby portion amount but a 125ml measuring cup shallow enough for a small tongue to reach the bottom of. He’s requested it for all future pudding eating!

As the OXO mash maker food mill was developed as a product for babies starting their adventures with food I thought I’d also ask a friend with a 6 month old baby what she thought of it. “I smooth pureed all of my daughters food when she was a baby and it seemed to create an aversion in her to try anything more lumpy and she seemed to gag a lot when she did eat chewy food well into toddlerhood. So with my son I read up on baby led weaning and liked the idea of that approach. The mash maker is a good middle ground for us as we can use it for first flavours and chewier foods and gradually adjust the smoothness to a slightly lumpier version by just not milling it so much”.

The possibilities are endless with this lovely little gadget.  We’ve also now made a chunky hummus with chickpeas and yoghurt and baby L’s current favourite is a beetroot dip.  It’s great to know I can just pop it in my bag when we go out and be pleasantly surprised by what he’s interested in trying out with the simple turn of a handle. It would make a terrific gift for first time parents, afterall babies grow out of baby clothes gifts so quickly and this would continue to be useful long after the weaning stage is finished.

Disclosure:  these products were sent to me by OXO UK to review.  I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own. 

November 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

a bedbug glow for bedtime

I first bought a Lumie bodyclock long before I became a Mum. I liked their unique dawn simulation feature and the thought of being woken by a gradual sunrise in the room. And to be honest, in the midst of a long, long season of infertility, I was reaching desperation point and ready to try anything to reset my body’s natural rhythms. I had read an article by Dr Christine Northrup which talked about female menstrual cycles synchronising with the lunar cycle in bygone days before modern living, diet and stress contributed to hormonal cycles becoming erratic. So I purchased my Lumie bodyclock for my gentle sunrise wake up and twinned it with complete darkness for sleeping (we’re talking total blackout with bin liners taped to the window frame!). Thankfully the sum total of all the little things I changed, but mostly successful fertility treatment, resulted in our beloved Euan. Our Lumie clock then became invaluable for its dimmable light feature for peaceful night wakings and has not had a single night off since (ensuring safe passage to our room for night time visitors!)
We’ve now purchased a brilliant new multi-purpose bedtime light from Lumie for the boys which has been developed in consultation with Sarah Ockwell-Smith, an expert in infant sleep. The Lumie Bedbug is perfect for creating a calm atmosphere while getting ready for bed, for reading stories and can be left on overnight as a nightlight. Whether the Bedbug is dimmed down low for feeding, changing or sleeping or bright for bedtime stories the light emitted is white light which is less disturbing to natural rhythms than other red or blue nightlights on the market.
Our bedtime routine with E has always included dimming the main light to encourage the natural production of melatonin. We’ve then used a cat nightlight from IKEA for torch-like reading which emits a pale blue or green glow. I didn’t realise that this kind of light can be as stimulating as using screens right before bed! So cat light has now been relegated to lighting up dens and daytime play.
When it’s time to sleep the bedbug light can be turned off all together or set to gradually fade like a sunset, from white light to a soothing orange. It can be set to fade off after 15 minutes or fade to nightlight for a reassuring warm glow all night long. If you need to check on your baby in the night the light controls are silent so you can easily increase or decrease the amount of light without disturbing baby. For now Bedbug is in E’s room but we intend to swap bedrooms next year so the boys can share the larger bedroom. It’s good to know the Bedbug lighting will suit their need not to sleep in total darkness and that E’s later bedtime won’t disturb his little brother if he reads by the light of the Bedbug.

Update:. We’ve been staying at G’s folks this weekend and the Bedbug has been invaluable with us all sleeping in one room. The first night I faded it to off and I didn’t twig that each time L woke and cried (5 times by morning) it was because it was too dark for a room he’s not yet familiar with. Tonight he’s just woken to the pale orange glow of the sunset mode and between hearing the cry of “Mumma” over the monitor and walking upstairs to help him back to sleep I found him sat up on the mattress just quietly looking at his friendly Bedbug.

October 24, 2017 at 3:55 pm Leave a comment

Pulsin power packed snack bars

Pulsin power packed snack bars. That’s quite a mouthful for a post header isn’t it!
It goes some way to describing the virtues of a great new range of snack bars we’ve discovered from Pulsin and Beond though. If you’re looking for a healthy, nutritious post-workout/after school/mid-afternoon slump snack there is something to suit everyone, even baby Luca.

When I say new I actually mean ”new to us” as Pulsin have been around for 10 years making snack bars that contain 100% natural ingredients and no refined sugar. Three University friends started experimenting with recipes for high energy protein balls and 15 years later their current range now includes Raw Chocolate Brownies, kids’ Fruit Oat bars, organic Beond fruit bars, Protein Boosters and a variety of protein powders. All Pulsin products have been designed with guilt-free snacking in mind and maintain energy levels througout the day. Pulsin bars are gluten free and vegan so it’s no wonder they’ve been winning awards since 2010 and are currently in the running for the occolade of Best Vegan Snacks at the VegfestUKAwards2017 (vote here until 1 October).
We first came across Pulsin’s Beond bars in Roots Coffee and Community, our favourite local cafe. Alongside the beautiful home-made cakes and delicious sugar laden brownies sit the Beond Organic fruit and nut bars. We do sometimes indulge in baked yummies but E always knows that if he wants an extra treat for the walk home he’ll receive a no to everything except a Beond fruit bar. When I looked more closely at the wrapper I was intrigued to see Pulsin and Beond is a Gloucester based company. So I contacted them to see if Chief Taster E could review their bars seeing as we’re practically neighbours {wink}. ”Of course, what would you like” came the reply and before we knew it an assortment of snack bars arrived at our door.
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Porridge Oat fruit bars
E couldn’t believe it when I said yes to trying one of the Pulsin porridge oat bars straight after breakfast and before school. Especially as he’d chosen the Orange Choc chip bar (”can I really have chocolate at breakfast?’) he asked aghast. I explained it was a ok because Pulsin use no-added sugar chocolate chips and that a porridge oat bar was really like having a healthy, power packed second breakfast. As he ran off to call for his best friend on the way to school he did seem to have an added spring in his step!
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What’s more 17 month old L was delighted (if not a little confused at first) when I allowed him to have a bar of his own. Pulsin porridge oat bars have 30% less sugar and double the fibre of other oat bars. They were nice and crumbly too so no worries about chokey oat bites for toddlers.
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Raw chocolate brownies
”Can I have another Pulsin bar as my after school snack?’‘ E asked eagerly. He chose a Peanut choc chip brownie bar and stopped several times on the walk to school to check it was still in my pocket for later. The Pulsin brownies are pretty hearty for a 5 year old’s tum so E didn’t mind giving L a couple of nibbles. They tasted sweet and crumbly and treat-like despite all their healthy ingredients. The inventing of these vegan brownies is a complete mystery to me as they are free from gluten, dairy, soya, refined sugars and non GM yet taste great (contrary to any attempts I might make to re-create them).
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The real measure of how nice the Raw Chocolate Brownies are is in getting my husband G to sample them. He generally rolls his eyes at my efforts in the kitchen to ”make cakes without any of the stuff cakes should have in them”. His verdict on the Pulsin brownies? – ”pretty nice, I like that slightly bitter dark chocolate taste. When brownies are really sweet I just want to keep eating them.  I felt satisfied after eating this.”.

Protein Booster bars
Of the three kinds of Pulsin bars we tried the Protein Boosters are my personal favourite. Partly because I know they’re so good for me as an after swim snack choice and as a low carb/high protein option when I’m feeling that mid afternoon slump. But mostly because I like their sweet, fudgy texture and flavour (Mint choc chip being my all time fave). Interestingly enough G was not so keen on the fudgy texture and described them as ”a bit powdery”. I put this down to his hungry scoffing of a whole bar post badminton training whereas E (who also loves them) and I prefer to chop the bar into nibble sized squares to share (sucking and savouring or chewing hungrily depending on how we’re feeling!). Anyway the couple of Protein Boosters we had were scoffed so quickly I don’t even have photographic evidence of us eating them. I do have this pic instagrammed from the pool after my visit on Tuesday though.
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I was curious to see how the Pulsin Protein Boosters compared with other protein bars I’ve tried. They’re definitely a great choice for me after my weekly gym/swim trip and putting this little chart together is helpful for seeing just how sabotaging squares of my favourite mint chocolate are (albeit 72% dark chocolate) for curbing the carbs and keeping within a daily calorie range.  I’ve been keeping a food log using an app called Myfitnesspal and found it extremely helping for making me more aware of the nutrient levels of the food I eat.   I’ve finally shifted some of my post-baby weight just by starting the day with a protein rich egg based breakfast and not snacking in the evening.

I’m really interested in Pulsin’s range of protein powders too as I’m trying to eat a lower carb diet and increase my plant based protein intake. There are some gorgeous recipe ideas on their website which is helpfully broken down into vegetarian/vegan/snack/lunch/dinner options. Even if you’re not looking to order something the Pulsin website is well worth a browse.  I have pea protein powder and no-added sugar chocolate drops on my new recipes wish list and these simple chickpea and beetroot burgers are top of my recipes-to-try list as I usually have most of these ingredients in the house.  Hoorah for forthcoming food experiments.  I’ll keep you posted on how they turn out!

Disclosure: I received free samples of the Pulsin bars to review. I was not required to right a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own (with a little help from E and G)

September 30, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

1 cup, 2 cup, 3 cup more

Any parent will tell you that leak proof cups are rarely that and waterproof bibs always end up as wet on the inside as they do on the outside. It’s such a talent these small ones have for creating a mess! Baby L is no different of course but, unlike when his brother E was a small baby, we do have a leak proof cup for him to shake about and drop from the high chair. The OXO Good Grips sippy cup withstands all shaking challenges and L only ends up soaked still because he loves to glugg and then squirt the water out through his gappy front teeth!

The OXO Good grips sippy cup has two soft grippy handles which L mastered surprisingly quickly and these simply click onto the bottom of the cup and can be removed easily for washing. In fact our handles are removed several times a day as they ping off when dropped from the high chair but despite the many flings there is no sign of damage to the cup yet (although the force of the impact which is stronger than a sip does make the floor wet).
Our big boy E took to using his blue OXO Good Grips twist top bottle when he was 1.5 years old.  L already loves the green one too, mastering the straw at just 9 months old!  The OXO Good Grips Twist top bottle is really handy for when I can’t give L a sippy cup because there’s no room for him to tip his head back, like travelling in the car. For the same reason E likes it at bedtime because he can drink from it lying down.

Of course the great thing about the twist top bottle is that it’s fab for any age (I take it swimming and would love it in a larger size). E takes a water bottle into school to avoid night time wakings with leg cramps and it’s good to know the twist top bottle won’t leak into his book bag. It has a lovely grippy handle so we do tend to carry it just in case E doesn’t twist the top right round – leaks do happen due to user error sometimes! We notice such a difference in energy levels and concentration on the days E forgets to take a water bottle in so it’s great he loves his bottle so much (especially with ice in which is an easy fun add-in through the wide necked top).

So when L is not flinging his water bottle around you can imagine the flare with which he eats his food. The base of L’s highchair is always peppered with flung food for us to tread into the floor! We keep this OXO compact dustpan and brush close to hand after a quick sweep around. It’s so cute that L likes to try and clean up after himself and it’s just right for small hands! (forgive me for exercising quality control on my photos when I just could not make the daily food mess on our kitchen floor look good!)

When it’s really messy and we have to call in the big guns (this OXO Butterfly mop) it takes no time at all to clean up. This mop makes getting into all the awkward corners easy and with little effort wipes away even the stickiest mess (porridge the prime culprit there). It’s just as well as L’s really perfecting his throwing arm!

Disclosure: I was sent these OXO Good Grips products to try. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.

July 17, 2017 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

OXO stocking filler ideas for your favourite foody

I’ve been really organised about Christmas this year (versus last year when I was pregnant) and thanks to on-line shopping from my phone while baby naps I will not need to join any last minute scrums in town this week. If you feel like you’re running out of shopping days/energy/inspiration here are some suggestions for you from the fabulous OXO Good Grips range (and with 2 days left for next day delivery too!).
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I like to gift practical items that can be loved, used daily or passed on. Sometimes we make edible gifts to enjoy and share (no time for that this year sadly but there’s a terrific Christmas Pudding truffles recipe here!). When the OXO elves sent us this lovely selection of pressies to try out I immediately thought of simple every day uses to bring something tasty to the Christmas table. We used our apple corer, stainless steel bowl mixing bowl, heat resistant silicone spatula and lemon squeeze and store to make a fruit and nut filling for baked apples. The house smelled delicious and baby L was able to share the apples with us. If you have gluten free guests at your Christmas table these would make a simple mince pie alternative (with a big dollop of cream on the side I’m sure they wouldn’t even mind the missing pastry).
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The 4 cup angled measuring jug featured in my stocking fillers review a couple of years ago and is still one of our favourite kitchen essentials. I use it most days and unlike every other plastic measuring jug I’ve ever owned it hasn’t cracked from pouring boiled water into it time and time again. This week alone I’ve used it for making gravy, coconut milk from powder, vegetable stock, measuring rice and cooling boiled eggs. E’s favourite use of course is for melting jelly cubes. Yesterday we used it as a receptacle for scooping salt and flour out with our measuring cups. Ours is a 1 litre jug but it’s also available in 1 cup 250ml size and a 2 cup 500ml size.
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I’ve always wanted a set of measuring cups to save the time I spend converting recipes using cup measurements into grams. The arrival of this lovely set was timely as the battery has run out on my kitchen scales and E had asked about making salt dough christmas tree decorations. We used Mommypotamus’s salt dough recipe which was simple with our 1 and 1/2 size cups. Whether upsizing or downsizing recipes these cups are fab – the largest is 1.5 cups and all 6 cups have a convenient half line measurement inside. There’s a handy spreader for ensuring an even level for dry contents which doubles up as the hook for hanging your cups away afterwards.
photogrid_1482186902577You may have noticed the stainless steel mixing bowl in both our makes. We’ve reviewed it before here and it really is the one-man-band of mixing bowls. E no longer wears it as a hat but it’s only a matter of time before L does. I’m sure he’ll happily turn the bowl and spatula into a drum kit soon.  It’s my number one recommendation for a kitchen gift for Christmas, birthdays or weddings.
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I know what you’re thinking, a mixing bowl will not fit inside a stocking. In which case my ultimate stocking filler buy would be the lemon squeeze and store and deserves a mention all of it’s own (especially as I forgot to add it to my picture selection above).photogrid_1482228456583

It’s just £4 and strains seeds and pulp while directing the lemon juice out of the holes and directly onto your salad, fish, cooking pan, water and more. When you’re done, the Squeeze & Store will hold the other half of your lemon, keeping it protected until the next time you need a splash of citrus.

All items are available from the OXO website (use links above for details) except for the Stainless steel mixing bowl which is available from several other cookware suppliers. The photo used in my review is from Mamahome.com.  There are a whole heap of other kitchen gadget gifts in the Good Grips range.

Disclosure: I selected these items to try.  I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.

 

December 20, 2016 at 10:35 am 1 comment

making courgetti and squoodles

courgetti-on-fork-for-blogWhen I was pregnant with Luca I felt constantly hungry and found myself reaching for starchy carbohydrates to fill me up and calm the acid reflux that fired as soon as I ate anything vaguely wholesome.  7 months on from birthing my 9lb something boy I’m breastfeeding, sleep deprived and carrying him back and forth on the school run so I haven’t been too careful about what I’m eating and make poor food choices when I’m tired (which is most of the time!)   My  baby weight is creeping up rather than down so I’ve resolved to rely less on sugary foods to get me through the day and get back to a healthier way of eating.spiralizer_courgetti-for-blog
I’ve been trying to use vegetables more to replace lazy bread and pasta options.  I was using a vegetable peeler to make courgetti but finding the result rather mushy.   A cheeky plea to my friends at OXO Good Grips to try their 3 blade spiralizer has since resulted in this divine dish;  made in minutes from just a few simple ingredients (a friend’s home grown squash, spinach, sunblush tomatoes and parmesan cheese).  What’s more E was able to help make the ‘squoodles‘ and I found they were better for being made ahead and left to dry out a bit (which was just as well after spiralizing every vegetable in the house created enough noodles for 3 meals).
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The OXO Good Grips spiralizer comes with 3 different blades for two sizes of noodles and one for slicing.  It’s really simple to set up and has a suction pad underneath to help secure it to the table.  I felt happy to let E use it alongside me as the vegetables felt securely attached and it’s operated by turning a handle so small fingers and sharp blades are kept well apart.  We did find that half way through it tipped and lost suction and moved but this may have been due to our technique with E’s body weight coming at it from a different angle than a standing adult would.
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We worked our way through courgettes, squash, cucumber and carrots and there’s a video here for other vegetables to try it out with (onions, apples even cauliflower to make a low carb alternative to rice).
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We also tried the OXO Good Grips hand held spiralizer which is brilliantly simple to use and clean and takes up hardly any room in the drawer.  It’s much more affordable at £15 but a bit more work than the £40 three blade spiralizer.
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Although the pictures suggest it can be used for harder vegetables like carrots and beetroot I didn’t find it as good.  I think spiralizers are the sort of products where the cautious among us would opt for the cheaper hand held version and not be disappointed by it’s effectiveness but also not realise the endless possibilities and ease that comes with buying the table top spiralizer.  I vowed to only keep one so will be passing on the hand held one to a friend.
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Tonight’s spiralized butternut squash for squoodle bolognese..

Disclosure: I was sent the spiralizers to try. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.

November 29, 2016 at 9:37 pm Leave a comment

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When a home made cake + butter icing + sweets turns into the best birthday cake for my special 6 year old.  I'd accepted I was going to have to buy one as there was no time to fit in baking around L.  And then G accidentally took the car keys to work and our walk to collect them bought clarity - we went to the park, L napped and I baked.  I feel so pleased I've maintained my tradition of making E a cake afterall :0)
#nipitinthebudblog #gloucesterlife #birthdaycake #loveharibo And here he is, our lovely whopper!  Uncanny that I showed this picture to Euan yesterday of him aged 3 hrs old and this morning when he woke and asked if he was 6 yet it was the exact same time!!!! "But I don't feel like I'm 6 and 3 hours old Mummy". Such a wonderful life with this curious, funny, gentle, kind, Lego loving boy.  Happy Birthday beloved Euan x
#nipitinthebudblog #gloucesterlife #10lbbabyboy 6 years ago today I took my last waddle to the allotment to pick green veg for a vitamin packed last supper.  I knew baby was on his way but had a feeling he wasn't going to be quick about it.  It's his birthday in 2 days time and I'm so excited for him, my darling Whopper (he was 10lb 2oz and my bump in this picture is 48"!)
#nipitinthebudblog #gloucesterlife #ginormousbump  #10monthspregnant Amazing customer service from @tatterhood_ to help make sure her framed Mother poem arrived in time for my Mum's 70th birthday.  So many other wonderful poems available as postcards and her new book is also in stock on her website.  Go check her out, she's ace :0)
#motherhood #70thbirthdaygift Roadies.  When your Dad @musicalgeorgemoorey has a gig coming up and doesn't want to keep lugging his kit downstairs it becomes THE place in the room to sit!  #spacesgloucester #gloucesterlife So lush, they've made a den under the table and called for the iPad so they could watch their favourite Netflix episode inside.  #5minutespeaceandquiet
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