Thursday, 29 May 2014

Watercolours For Toddlers

I had to think twice before posting this little tip - it's just so simple that it hardly seems worth it, but it is pretty handy, so for anyone who hasn't thought about it before here it is...

If you have a two year old like me who loves to paint then the quickest way is to set them up with a watercolour set. However, as I found, watercolour paints need LOTS of water, and my little one couldn't quite grasp the concept of putting water on the paint each and every time she went back for more, which led to a frustrated child asking for the 'big paint' - not always an option if you're in the middle of cooking dinner. So to get round this I poured a little pool of water on each pan of colour and voila, constant, vibrant paint with no chance of a water cup tipping, no mess and minimum cleaning up. Painting smock still firmly hanging in the cupboard, child amused for at least 20 mins and dinner on the table. It's a small victory but a good one! 

I picked up our watercolour set for a couple of pounds from Tiger

Monday, 26 May 2014

Rainy Day Muesli

As it was raining after school Zephy and I decided to make some muesli. A lovely afternoon was spent cutting, bashing, grinding, mixing and then tasting our wares.

To make muesli you can add whatever you fancy to oats. 
Our ingredients are as follows

a bag of jumbo rolled oats
a bag of porridge oats
a bag of dried apricots (expertly cut up by Zeph)
some sunflower,pumpkin and flax seeds (ground by Zeph)
some sultanas
soem almonds
some brazil nuts (bashed by zeph)

you could add
some toasted flakes
some goji berries
some cacoa nibs
some cashews
some dates

Zephy really enjoyed cutting the apricots, bashing the brazils and then mixing it all up and sinking his hands into the muesli and enjoying the feel of it slipping through his fingers.

We then decided we should probably try it so we had muesli for supper and both thought it was delicious....mmmmm.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Ottolenghi's Green Couscous

At the weekend we decided to take advantage of the amazing weather and headed for the beach for kids tea. Amongst the other goodies we packed this amazing green couscous from the book Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi. It's a fab salad for hot summers day, just bursting with flavour. On the side we also had Tessa's Chicory leaves with freshly podded peas which are definitely our new addiction! 

Ottolenghi's Green Couscous

Serves 4


150g couscous
160ml boiling water or vegetable stock
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp olive oil 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cumin
50g pistachios, shelled & toasted
3 spring onion, finely sliced
1 fresh green chilli, thinly sliced
30g rocket, chopped

Herb Paste
20g flat-leaf parsley
20g coriander
2 tbsp tarragon
2 tbsp dill
2 tbsp mint
90ml olive oil

Place couscous in a large bowl & add boiling water or stock. Cover the bowl with cling film & let it stand for 10 minutes. 
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over a medium heat & add the onion. Saute for 10 minutes, stirring now & then until golden & soft. Add salt & cumin mix well & leave it to cool.
For the herb paste...
Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor & blitz until smooth. Add the herb paste to the couscous & mix it all together. Fluff it up with a fork. Add the cooked onion, pistachios, spring onions, green chilli & rocket & gently mix until well combined. Serve at room temperature.

Tessa's Chicory and fresh peas
serves 4-5 as a side

2 white or red chicory heads
a bag of freshly podded peas
2 big spoonfuls of capers

for the dressing
some olive oil
apple cider vinegar
(in equal measures)
a teaspoon of wholegrain mustard

Split the chicory heads into leaves with the peas and then add the capers.
Add the oil and vinegar together with the mustard and shake vigorously.
If taking to the beach don't dress the salad until you get there as the dressing makes the chicory soggy and its best lovely and crunchy.
Pears and a hard goats cheese are a great addition to this salad.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Drip Drip Drop Poster


Hooray, our first KidPlayDo poster is all ready to go. It's made from an original collage/drawing by our Kat and you can pick yours up here in our little Etsy Shop.

The original artwork (slightly smaller than the poster) in Kat's first flat, which, if you feel like a nosy, was featured on Designsponge here...

Saturday, 17 May 2014

A Cornish Tale

Just thought we would share a few snaps of our lovely Easter holiday and remember how lucky we are to have such amazing friends and families and how lucky we are to be able to stay in such a beautiful part of the world.
We LOVE Cornwall X.

Friday, 16 May 2014

How To Hide A Lion

A current favorite in our house is this charming and funny book for preschoolers all about Iris and her Lion. Kx

Buy the book here and visit Helen Stephens' website here