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Man v BBQ: Greg Wallace and Jon Culshaw team up to beat Prostate Cancer in hilarious spoof wildlife video

Being a man of a certain age, I know stuff like getting checked for prostate cancer is important (even though I’ll never actually do anything about it, you know, being … Continue reading

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Review: Charlie Bigham’s new posh Indian ready meals

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Nothing on God’s earth, in my humble opinion, beats a homemade curry made from scratch. The chopping, the grinding, the seasoning, the tempering, the sheer effort that equates to love … Continue reading

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Ching-He Huang’s Fried Sweet Chilli Chicken

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  This dish has become a mid-week staple for my three kids. It’s crisp and crunchy, succulent and moist, served with a sauce that has a hot-sweet-sour hit. Finger lickin’ … Continue reading

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Twice-Cooked Ham with Dr Pepper Glaze

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This is a wonderful Christmas ham: sticky and sweet, flaky yet moist. A real winner. It was originally a recipe for glazed ribs, but I’ve adapted it for gammon. And … Continue reading

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A week of living Bart-ishly! Bart’s New Range of World Spice Blends Tried & Tasted

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  I’ve been sent Bart’s new range of world spice blends to try because, as it says in their press release, I like to think of myself as an ‘adventurous … Continue reading

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Watch: For Festive Foodies…A Vegetable Nativity Play!

The Story of the Nativity – as performed by a butternut squash, a courgette, a potato & sprout dog, and a peeled banana as Archangel Gabriel! Christmas doesn’t get more … Continue reading

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Michel Roux Jr’s Recipe for Confit Turkey, Goose or Chicken Legs

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Last week, I wrote about Phil Truin’s free-range chickens and cooked a spectacular crown roast, reserving the legs to confit and have for Sunday lunch the following week. Which is … Continue reading

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Michelin-starred restaurants, masterchefs and masterclasses…a day of culinary heaven at Taste of London 2013

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On Saturday, I ate at five Michelin-starred restaurants, bantered with three of my favourite chefs, took part in masterclasses in the arts of wine tasting and Thai cuisine, and drank … Continue reading

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Cherry Blossom tree at my sons’ school. How beautiful is this?

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  OK, it’s not food, but it’s just as tasty to the eye. This magnificent cherry blossom tree is in the garden at my sons’ primary school. It was rather … Continue reading

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Should you eat that bacon?

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Are you having a dilemma about eating that bacon butty this morning? Hesitate no more. • Thank you to my dear friend Sian for sending this to me. A true … Continue reading

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Love food, hate waste? This fantastic new app can save you £££s

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When I was growing up, my mum was brilliant at making elastic food  – you know, making it stretch as far as possible. That’s a  play on words, by the … Continue reading

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Fancy a break WITH the kids? Try a Luxury Family Holiday in the UK

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Our family holiday last year was a bit of a disaster. We drove to Brittany in France, in a Volvo overflowing with kids and cases, negotiating delay after delay, until … Continue reading

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Everything you could possibly ever want to know about shutters!

  There’s a first time for everything and one such first time has arrived, right here, right now. For this is the first time I have ever written about shutters. … Continue reading

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Why I’m helping to Kickstart my friend’s son’s animation ambitions

As with most developments in modern life, I had never heard of  Kickstarter until a friend’s son told me about it the other day. It’s apparently an American website where … Continue reading

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Come on Dads…make a difference at the MADS!

I am honoured and proud to have been asked to be a judge for this year’s MADS (that’s Mum and Dads) Awards. For this year, there is a cause to … Continue reading

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Caught on camera: Panda makes daring zoo escape on sledge

 

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How to (sort of) carve a Halloween Pumpkin

It’s every child’s dream to have their very own pumpkin to take to bed at night, shine a torch inside, then scare the living wits out of themselves. And it … Continue reading

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Getting run over by an ant! That would be crazy, wouldn’t it?

I took my five-year-old son and a couple of his pals bowling on Saturday. Ear-wigging their conversations in the back of the car was wonderful. The comic genius of the … Continue reading

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It’s my oldest boy’s eighth birthday today….

…my oldest boy. He thinks he’s cool, calls me ‘Dude’ – but he still insists on kissing his old dad on the lips at the school gates in the morning. … Continue reading

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Inside the Olympic Stadium: A family’s eye view from London 2012, Day 10

A year ago, I had a Gold Medal in London 2012 scepticism. Too much money, there’s a recession on, who wants to pay to see a load of young people … Continue reading

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#SaturdayCaption…Brothers-in-Legs

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How to clean, restore and stain decking (with a little help from my sons)

The other week, I nearly broke my neck. I wasn’t skateboarding, or slaloming, or falling off a mountain. I had just set a tentative foot onto our roof terrace decking … Continue reading

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Way past bedtime…but how could we deprive our kids of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony?

Our children are usually in their bedrooms by 8.30pm, asleep by 9pm. But last night was a moment of history we were determined they would witness – whether they liked … Continue reading

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You’ve heard of the Human Caterpillar…meet the Toddler Dragonfly!

I’m not scared of my youngest son. He’s only four and I could take him any day. I just go for his Achille’ heel (not literally) by tickling him. But … Continue reading

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Fifty Shades of Grey? Old hat! Bring on FIFTY SHADES OF PARENTHOOD

I love this idea from Mummy365 – an antidote to a certain over-hyped book that, it has just been reported, shifted more than 600,000 copies in one week. Karin wants … Continue reading

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Our day at the Royal Institute of Great Britain: Why elephants can’t dance, sky-diving hamsters and super-strong ants!

‘Why, Dad, why?’ is one of the most commonly used phrases in our home. Mainly, it is used to challenge the hour of bedtime or the need to consume a … Continue reading

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Middle-Child Syndrome: Is my son destined to turn into a psychotic maniac?

Just lately, I’ve been worried that my oldest son has been suffering from Middle-Child Syndrome. At seven years old, three years separate him from his sister to the north, and … Continue reading

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Getting PAID to shop? Is this too good to be true?

Aside from a visit to the local butchers or farmers’ market, I’m a lazy shopper. I prefer to do all my shopping online, get it delivered, get on with my … Continue reading

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Who’s the imposter with the #BritMumsLive award?

Yes, it’s me. It should have been Ben Wakeling, of course – the brilliantly funny, nay OUTSTANDING, winner of the, er, Outstanding Blogger Award at the BritMumsLive shindig on Friday … Continue reading

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5 uses for (unused) nappies when your kids grow out of them

A more competent parent than I times their child’s transition from nappies to pants with such precision that there won’t be a Pamper leftover in the house. But when my … Continue reading

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