Every month, I interview someone who inspires me for my 'Five Things' Newsletter...

MARCH 2019

Wowzers. So, I don't want to be all girl crush about this, but I've been a fan of Ciara Attwell for a while now. Her moniker 'My Fussy Eater' tells you everything you need to know about her approach to food - she's great at telling her audience what she does at her family table to tackle fussy eating. 

Having grown her blog online with time-lapse and high-speed recipe videos (her hands are very famous now, you know) and a unique and popular recipe app too, she published a very successful recipe book last year that really solidified her monster status in the food blogging world. Not only that, she goes to great lengths to share her personal highs and lows of parenting a child with autism and is a fierce advocate when it comes to shedding light on what still remains a misunderstood topic. 

It goes without saying that I'm hugely inspired by Ciara's work every day, both as a mum and a food blogger, and I'm insanely humbled to have Ciara feature here as part of my work. 

What’s your best tip for teatime with fussy eaters?
Do what you need to do to take the stress out of the situation. If that means serving dinner at 4pm when the kids are not too tired, go with it. If it means allowing them the freedom to get up and down from the table while eating, that's fine. Work out what's the best eating environment for your children and don't worry about what anyone else says!

What’s your comfort food?
Anything involving pasta and cheese! The more the better!

Where in the world do you long to travel?
I really want to take the kids to Australia and New Zealand but maybe in a few years when they're old enough to really appreciate and enjoy it. I'd love to go to Iceland on a mini-break with my husband in the next couple of years.

Which chef would you like to share the kitchen with?
Tom Kerridge or Michel Roux Jnr. I love how relaxed they both seem. They're not your typical shouty sweary chefs and I think they'd have a lot of patience!

What’s your best music for teatime?
Some classic 90s tunes

So - there you go, sounds like Ciara loves a bit of cheese in many areas of her life! Thanks again to Ciara for her input - I think we have a huge amount in common from the sounds of things! 

 

FEBRUARY 2019

This month, I asked the fabulous Charlotte Stirling-Reed to answer five questions so we could all get to know her a little better. It would be easy to hate such a gorgeous AND clever lady, but she's so bloody lovely, it's completely impossible! 

Specialising in maternal, infant and child nutrition, Charlotte is a freelance consultant working with big brands. She makes regular appearances in the media talking about anything and everything that comes up in the news. I caught her on Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast talking about plant-based milks just last week!

Charlotte and I first met through Instagram, where she is a giant amongst UK nutritionists - leading the way with all things #familyfood by sharing her son, Raffy's, meals each day. And, as you'd expect, he's a proper cutie! I have no idea when she sleeps. as Charlotte also produces blogs at a rate of knots. If you have any child nutrition questions, I bet you'll find all the answers you need on her website

Not happy with being chums with Jamie and Jimmie, Charlotte is currently advising the one and only Joe Wicks as he embarks on his weaning journey with his baby daughter, Indie. She's making such a great impression with his audience that he's roped her into helping him write a book on the topic of weaning. I, for one, am very excited to hear a masculine voice in the area of weaning, as it's still such a feminine soundscape.

Huge thanks, Charlotte, for answering our questions for Five Things - Charlotte and I have been talking about a potential collaboration, so watch this space, it won't be the last you hear from her in Five Things!

What’s your favourite recipe book?
I have SOO many but I’ve always loved a bit of Deliciously Ella for plant-based ideas. I obviously love ALL of Jamie’s books too (especially his Italian one) and Joe Wick’s Veggie in 15 is a winner too.

What’s your best music for teatime?
Humm, I quite like keeping it calm with a bit of classical, but more often than not it’s nursery rhymes for Raffy. After dinner is usually a bit of Queen though -I’m a big fan (and so is Raffy now too!!

What’s your worst food memory?
My brother gave me a chilli to bite when I was about 5 – I went to bed with a flannel in my mouth!! I’m still not great at hot foods now, korma is my usual choice at an Indian!

What’s your best tip for teatime with fussy eaters?
Slow it down and make sure you’re eating too – take the pressure off them and put the attention onto yourself and your own dinner! 

What’s your best tip for feeding babies?
Have SO much fun with it – it’s all about experimenting!

 

JANUARY 2019

My lovely friend Carol Lumbard has given us an insight into her life in my second Five Things Interview. Carol is the owner of Cookies Kitchen which teaches your tinies how to cook in both Kent and Norfolk. She is also an extremely talented swimming teacher and we first met when she taught my eldest two how to swim a few years ago. I was completely mesmerised by her amazing voice and bubbly manner.

Find out how to book on to a Cookies Kitchen cookery class here:

 

In a FIVE THINGS INTERVIEW, I send a list of questions, and our interviewee picks five questions to answer. Here are Carol' responses! 

Who would you take out for dinner?

2 of my best friends, Tina and Pippa. We have been besties for over 30 years, nothing makes me happier than catching up with them. With work, children and general busy lives it is always so hard to get the 3 of us in the same room so I’d love to take them out for a lovely meal to say thank you for their amazing support and encouragement with everything I do, I would ban phones, clock watching or counting how many glasses of wine we have drunk!

What’s your worst food memory?

Sprouts, any time I have ever been forced to eat the evil little things. I have been battling against my Mum with sprouts since I was about 4, she is adamant that I used to like them until we had a lodger who didn’t and they convinced me to not eat them. We still have this argument and I’m now 39, I try one every year and each time I come to the same conclusion, they just aren’t for me.

How would you spend the Perfect Sunday?

Walking on the beach, I am so lucky to live so close to so many beautiful beaches and there is nothing I love more than blowing the cobwebs away with a long stroll along the sand with family and my pooch. This is normally followed by a trip to one of my favourite pubs for a drink and maybe a roast then I like to come home and snuggle on the sofa with a movie, bliss!

Where in the world do you long to travel?

Anywhere and everywhere, I love adventure, I love to explore and to experience new places. Next on my list is to spend my 40th birthday in New York later this year, this is a bit normal as far as my travel wishes go but I have travelled with a backpack so many times that this time I fancy going and living it up a little. After this I’ll get back to more adventurous trips, I’d like to experience Asia so that maybe the next travel goal.

My biggest talent in the kitchen is…

Making a mess! I love to use every pot, pan, knife, bowl and gadget going, I then serve up a delicious meal that wins over my partner so that he is then happy to put the kitchen back together again. I am the worst at clearing up after myself, I’ve lost interest in being in the kitchen by the time I’ve dished up, I have no idea how Pete copes with me, I’m never like it when I’m teaching so why I can’t apply the same discipline when I’m at home is beyond me.

xxx Huge thanks to Carol for such interesting answers xxx

DECEMBER 2018

The very first FIVE THINGS interview is with the lovely Laura from Power of Mum - she's been a vocal supporter of Feed the Brood on Instagram and I'm chuffed to bits that someone as lovely as Laura has agreed to be part of my brand new newsletter!

Laura is a clarity, confidence and communication coach with a passion for music and supporting women. She's also a professional singer, music teacher and mum of two. 

Find her on Instagram here.

In a FIVE THINGS INTERVIEW, I send a list of questions, and our interviewee picks five questions to answer. Here are Laura's responses! 

What’s your favourite recipe book?

Delia Christmas - I love so many recipes in there - and just looking at the cover makes me feel tingly and excited about my favourite time of year!

What’s your best music for teatime?
Classic FM or 70s funk and disco!

What’s your best tip for teatime with fussy eaters?
Whatever you do they’re going to be fussy - the more you fuss the more an issue it becomes - so (and I know how frustrating it is) - praise a brave approach and remain calm when the response to your lovingly cooked meal is “argh, yuck. Where’s the sausage?!"

What’s your comfort food?
CHOCOLATE - dark only please. Nuts. Chocolate…..

What’s your best tip for eating out with children?
Go earlier than you think you need to, because it always takes longer than you think, and helps to avoid a meltdown. Talk to them and play games like I Spy! Go somewhere that likes children!

xxx Huge thanks to Laura for her answers to my weird and wonderful questions xxx