I spent an amazing few days at my sister’s in Birmingham, jam-packed with gossiping and catching up, play time with my niece, doggy cuddles, delicious healthy food and shopping. I learnt a lot about having little ones. A LOT! So here’s 10 of the important lessons I learnt from looking after my niece…and why I’m not quite ready for my own yet… You can’t even go for a wee without thinking about where’s safe to leave your little one first…and you need to speed pee. I think someone needs to invent a baby sling/holder for the back of the bathroom door so they can be in the bathroom with you and out of harms way. ha.   Pooey nappies aren’t always that bad (OK, I said…

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Shakshuka. Something I didn’t even know existed until a year ago when I ventured to NOPI, one of Ottolenghi’s restaurants for brunch and wanted to order something completely different, something he was well known for. It was seriously amazing. Since then, I always keep a eye out for it on the menu if we’re out for brunch. Recently Alex decided he was treating me to a brunch as a celebration for getting my new job (brownie points??), and so off we ventured all of a 5 minute walk to Chez Bob. Can you believe we’d never been before when it’s so close? With Shakshuka on the menu, I knew it was going to be a great start to the day. Chez Bob is a little…

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With the arctic blast making temperatures drop this week, warming comfort food has been just what I’ve needed. All those flavoursome Autumn and Winter dishes we love so much when the weather is chillier come back on the menu during weeks like this – sausage and mash, stew, chilli, mac ‘n’cheese…but for me, it’s been all about RAMEN. I love a good Ramen. A steaming bowl of rich flavoursome broth, with soft egg noddles, crisp and crunchy vegetables, tender chicken pieces and chillies. I often head out for a bowl of the good stuff, with Wagamama and Bone Daddies being my current hot spots, but decided it was about time I made my own – that way I could have Ramen any day I wanted, and enjoy it…

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It’s funny how the first thing you think of when you hear a word can change over time. If you’d have given me the word ‘notes’ when I was in my late teens/early twenties, I would have immediately thought about music notes – my Grandma is an AMAZING piano teacher and I used to have lessons, as well as learn to play the flute when I was at school – but give it to me now and I immediately think of tasting notes, like in relation to food & drink – bright, tangy, fruit, wine-like flavour, floral notes, you know…all that jazz. And I’m pretty sure, that’s where the name ‘Notes’ came from for the speciality coffee & wine shop in London…but you know, I…

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Whoever invented sharing plates is a genius. I will never get bored of sharing several smaller dishes. After all, you get to try so much more from the menu (I always feel so restricted picking one main), and you’re less likely to suffer from food envy or get bored of your dinner. Win win. Escaping the rain a couple of weeks ago, Kim and I headed into Shackfuyu for dinner and a good old catch-up before the launch event for Henry Holland’s latest Habitat collection (I was lucky enough to be Kim’s plus one). A big fan of Bone Daddies famous Ramen, Shackfuyu had been on my list for a while, and it had also featured on Kim’s must visit list too. It was pretty…

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