Buying gluten free mince pies can be an expensive habit at Christmas so I thought I’d attempt my own. You can make about 18 for the same price as buying a pack of 4 so it’s worth the little effort it takes. Gluten free pastry can end up a crumbly mess. I fiddled about with […]
The latest Sleep Thief Survivor Story is by nutritionist and herbalist Caroline Mentzer. On discovering that her daughter’s very poor sleep was due to food allergies, the 37-year-old turned her life around and went from rock bottom to a radio gig! Caroline’s story: “Early motherhood was a strange phenomenon for me. I’d been used to […]
Even though this recipe is gluten free there’s nothing particularly healthy about it – it’s indulgent and decadent in every way possible – and so it should be – it’s Christmas after all. Not only is it a cinch to make, it’s a complete crowd pleaser for old and young alike. Decorate it with a […]
We all know the power of human touch. As I documented in my post on massage, a mother brought her baby back to life after cuddling her for an hour when doctors pronounced her dead at birth. Babies that receive no or little physical contact fail to thrive and put on less weight than their […]
Recently we had a holiday visiting my sister in LA where I discovered the joys of corn bread. Over there it’s light, sweet and hot with jalapeño peppers and tastes like a gorgeous spicy muffin. I wanted to recreate the same texture but make it a savoury bread that my daughter Melissa would enjoy dipping […]
It’s probably pretty obvious now from the title and content of this blog, that when my daughter Melissa was a baby she was a terrible sleeper. Not only would she wake up frequently for feeds, comfort and company, but when she did sleep it was fitful, restless and lacking in the deep quality of sleep a baby needs to feel fully revived. Furthermore, she hated being on her own and suffered from severe separation anxiety (…)
As Melissa approached 6 months old I started to get very excited about weaning. Would I choose finger food or make delicious inventive puree combinations and freeze them into convenient little ice cube trays? I poured over Baby Led Weaning ideas as well as books by Annabel Karmel and bought cute little bibs and feeding overalls. I fantasised about relaxing family meals together, laughing and enjoying quality time as we nourished ourselves with home cooked meals. I AM SAD, I KNOW, but there’s something so nice about seeing your child eat well, especially if you’re a keen cook like me. In the end Melissa wanted none of it.