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    Food Life,  Parenthood

    5 pesto meals that your kids will eat

    I’m writing this from Colombia.  So far on our trip around the world, we have been to the USA (New York, Washington DC and Orlando) and Cartagena, Colombia.   The sights we have seen and the things we have done are already incredible, but we are falling short on one goal.   We really wanted to broaden our kids’ experience of food.  Unfortunately, like at home, we have defaulted to the classic: pesto pasta.   In an attempted to get them to eat more “exotic” food, we have found ourselves getting slightly more creative with how we use pesto.   Therefore, in this slightly tongue-in-cheek article, I am going to…

  • gluten free salad from goleka cartagena
    Food Life

    Eating gluten free and travelling

    First up, I haven’t quite made it around the world yet.  But I have learnt a lot about eating in different countries and that eating gluten-free and travelling is possible.   Having coeliac disease was a bit of worry when it came to planning our around the world trip.  I was concerned that I would only be living off fruit for a year.  I like fruit, but with other stuff like ice cream.  Ha!   But, to me, needing to eat gluten-free was not a good enough excuse to not got travelling.  To be fair, there aren’t a lot of reasons that I could think of that would be good…

  • Food Life,  Reusable Journey

    Zero Waste Week

    This week is Zero Waste Week. What do they mean by zero waste? I hear you say. Well it is as simple as it sounds. The aim is to reduce or completely eliminate the amount you throw away. If you spend next to no time actually thinking about how much stuff you do chuck out, when someone tells you it is zero waste week you might be quite disgusted to think about what you do sling in the bin.   The Jessop household has been on the case of this for a while. Emily has reusable nappies and we don’t use wet wipes at all. I’ve made the switch to…

  • Food Life,  Parenthood

    Adventures in Baby-led Weaning World

    Emily’s first encounter with food came when she was 26 weeks old, just two days short of turning six months. This is the recommended age to start solid food and Dan and I have always been keen to listen to the advice offered by people who know their stuff.  Dan booked the week off work and I prepared all the “accessories” that I thought we need for weaning. I bought high chairs, Doidy cups, plastic plates and bowls, bibs and a selection of Tupperware. It was wonderful, guilt-free shopping! Every time the postman would knock on the door to deliver another parcel, I just look at Dan, shrug my shoulders…

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    The Gluten Free Food Prescription Scandal

    According to the Daily Mail yesterday, it is now the Coeliacs that are ruining the country. We officially join their list of people who’d they’d like to shove in a boat and ship off to some far away place where they wouldn’t dream of holidaying. To be honest I’m quite glad to be hated by the Daily Mail, it probably means I’m a nice, normal person. They’ve hated me before, that time for being a teacher and trying to defend my work-life balance. I quite enjoy it. It’s almost a hobby.     Anyway this time they were whining about the fact that I can get food on prescription. Actually they…

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    A sign of my gluten free times

      I have been gluten free for over a year and a half now. As soon as I got my coeliac disease diagnosis I made the change and have not even been tempted to have a sneaky bit of gluten.  Everything at home changed first. I made Dan eat up all the foods that were contaminated with gluten. He didn’t object to this much (until I was asking him to eat things like garlic granules). We doubled toastered for a while but soon realised that it was just easier for us both to eat gluten free bread. All cuttlery, crockery, utensils, bakeware and cooking equipment were scrubbed down and denominated. Our…

  • Food Life,  Parenthood

    Family friendly? You’d better be!

      Being a parent can put a significant strain on your social life.  In order for it to survive it has to adapt and evolve until it becomes more family friendly.  Luckily for Dan and I we have some very understanding friends who are willing to make the change too.  Some are a little too eager and suggest fun trips, such as the beach or picnics.  These people (and they know who they are) just need to hurry up and have their own kids.  They know they want to!   So, on Sunday, we arranged to meet with some of our closest friends for Sunday lunch at Nandos.  Classy eh?  I…