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Minty black pudding


Do you like black pudding? Me too! Although it could probably  be the unhealthiest food ever! However I don’t mind having it once in awhile.


Well, so what I have for you this time s a quick recipe to light up the kinda boring regular black pudding and make it actually into a dinner dish, peruvian style! ( Yes, in Peru this is a very popular recipe but using the raw blood! I don’t think I could go that far!).

Let’s get cooking then!


What would you need

  • A black pudding pack
  • ½ cup chopped green (salad) onions
  • Mint leaves ( I will say about 8)
  • Pepper ( I use peruvian pepper but could be any kind to give the heat kick)
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • A bit of vegetable oil for the pan
  • Frozen cassava cooked following the pack instructions to served with the black pudding
  • A sautee pan, a knife, a chopping board a wooden spoon


How to make it

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  • First you need to get your onions, pepper and mint leaves chopped. As thinly as you can.
  • Open your black pudding, all the way, and break it with your hands until it looks like minced beef.
  • Put your pan in the stove and add some oil.
  • Start frying the green onion until brownish. Add your black pudding.


  • Season with salt and pepper and saute until the black pudding is half way cook.
  • Add your mint leaves and pepper. Continue cooking until the black pudding is fully cooked.


  • Taste a little to check the season.
  • Serve immediately! Add some pieces of cassava and enjoy!!! Serves 2 people.


I hope you like this little twist to the black pudding. You can also use this minty black pudding to  make a yummy sandwich ( using ciabatta or baguette bread) with a nice cup of tea or black coffee and have a lovely weekend breakfast!

Broccoli, cauliflower and quinoa muffins

As a snack by themselves

I was thinking on other ways to eat broccoli besides in an omelette, burger or salad. After looking online to several recipes, I came up with my own. All the ingredients that I used are super guilt -free which means that this “muffins” can be eaten as a snack o as part of your meal. I called them muffins because I baked them in a muffin tin but I think they are more like a quiche kind of thing. If you try this recipe, let me know if I should change their name 🙂

So, lets get busy!

What will you need


  1. 1 pack of broccoli and cauliflower florets
  2. 2 medium free range eggs
  3. 1 cup of cooked quinoa
  4. 1 hand full of grated mozzarella
  5. Golden breadcrumbs and mild cheddar cheese
  6. Salt, pepper, nutmeg to season
  7. A pot with boiling water, a bowl, a fork, a muffin tin, a knife, a cutting board and a spoon.


How to make them

Start preheating your oven at 180 F

Open your broccoli and cauliflower flowers and put them to boil until tender


In the meantime, in your bowl, crack the 2 eggs. Season them with salt, pepper and nutmeg


Add 1 cup of cooked quinoa (cook your quinoa following the package instructions. It MUST be cooked for this recipe)


Add 1 handful of grated mozzarella cheese


Once your broccoli and cauliflower are ready, drain them well and cut them really small. Add them to your bowl

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Mix everything really well. Taste a little to check if the seasoning if OK.

Spray your muffin tin with oil really well ( by it I mean REALLY well, so the muffins will come out nicely in one piece).


With your spoon fill the muffin tin with your mixture. I got 10 muffins this time. I think it depends in the amount of broccoli and cauliflower that comes in the package. It varies from supermarket to supermarket.

Sprinkle some bread crumbs on top of each muffins.

Add squares or mild cheddar cheese, or any cheese you like. The size does not madder, the more cheese the tastier! (I love cheese!)


Take your tin to the oven and bake for 30 min.


How to check if they are ready?

Because every oven is different, some of you will find that the muffins are not quite there at 30 min. The easiest way to check is this:

  1. Open your open, using your oven mitten pull the tin half way out
  2. Insert a wooden chopstick to the centre of a couple of muffins. If the chopstick comes out clean (dry) the muffins are ready!



Use a spoon to scoop them out of the muffin tin.

Serve immediately or wait until they are cold to save them in the fridge. They would last maximum 3 days.

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As I said before your can eat them as a snack, or make them part of a main meal. These are some of my serving suggestions.


I hope you like this easy and healthy recipe. They are really yummy! Actually they were approved by my husband, my in laws and a friend. So they must be really good!

You can also make your kids try them, if they like them, you win! You won’t have to fight with them to eat their veggies (at least some of them)

Let me know if you make it! Leave some comments and please, share it with your friends and family!




A fun and easy cake transformation


On Tuesday I was looking for a cake to celebrate my father in law’s 80th birthday. He is going to have a bash back in Peru next week but I wanted to make something for him so my kids could celebrate ( in advance) his birthday here. It was only us and my in laws so I did not need a massive cake.

After looking at all the small cakes in M&S,which are really tasty but kind of plain I got an idea! I remember seeing  an M&M’s bucket cake online before so I though maybe l could do it the ” busy mom way”.


What will you need

  1. Cake.I bought a simple cake from M&S ( they have a good range of small and affordable cakes that are actually really tasty) My new favourite is the St Clements one, which pair perfectly with chocolate, so that one went home with me.


  1. Chocolates for the decorations. I went to Tesco and got 2 four packs of Kit Kats chocolate and a pack of Smarties.

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  1. Ribbon. To go around the cake. I had some at home so I did not have to buy any. ( to buy ribbon by the meter go to Elys second floor)
  2. Frosting (if you get a Victoria sponge type that comes without any).


How to make it

  1. First, open you basic cake and with a small spatula or knife spread the frosting from the top to the sides. Some frosting, buttercream or fudge is necessary for around your cake so the Kit Kats will stick to it. If you get a cake with no cream ( frosting) don’t forget to buy a pot of it.
  2. Open the Kit Kats and break them into single units. My cake was too low for the Kit Kat’s height so I cut them a little. Place the cut part to the bottom of the cake, leaving the nice part to the top ( see pic).
  3. Add the Kit Kats to the side of the cake, one by one, gently to avoid breaking them.
  4. Once you finished with the whole side, wrap your ribbon around your cake ( see pic)
  5. Finally, add your smarties to the top of the cake, covering it completely.

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And voila! You transformed a simple cake into one your kids ( and family) will love for sure! And without spending hours in the kitchen or breaking the bank!


I hope you like this idea, let me know if you make it!



Cake £2.75 ( St Clements M&S)

Kit Kats £2 ( each pack was on sale for £1, Tesco)

Smarties £1 ( 4 tube pack on sale £1, Tesco)

A magical day out


Yesterday, I took my kids to visit and play at the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace. I heard about it a couple of times before but we never have been until yesterday. Well, I have to tell you that we absolutely loved it! It was great fun, the facilities are state of art (it was only open last March 2016) and although it was busy of course because of the summer holidays, we never felt it was crowded or too noisy.

Let me tell you all about our experience and I really hope you get into the mood to go visit yourself soon!


Members of the Royal Palaces are allowed in free, otherwise visitors have to pay £7.50 for adults and £5.00 for children (under 3 go free). Your ticket will allow you to visit the magic garden, all other palace ‘s garden and the maze ( not the actual palace).


How does it works

At the entrance of the Magic Garden you are given a colour coded wristband, that allow to stay in 90 to 120 minutes, depending on how busy the garden is. When there is 20 min left to your time, somebody will announce it through the speaker, giving you plenty of time to alert your kids and get ready to leave. You will be able to revisit the Magic Garden later in the day if capacity allows it.

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 Fun things to explore

You will find a climbing area with several towers and two long bridges which is beautifully constructed. There is a big slide coming down from one of the towers. There is also nice short slopes suitable for rolling down safely. Do not feel overwhelm when you get there, set out to explore before you decide what is suitable for you little ones to enjoy.

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Picnic space

There is lots of space to lay down your picnic blanket and have a nice picnic at the Magic Gardens. Otherwise you can get some snacks and drinks from the small kiosk and  eat in the shelter next to it (difficult to find space there though, during the summer holidays is quite busy!)



The sandpit

My kid’s favourite part of the Magic Gardens was the sandpit. It is a quite large sand pit with racks and water pumps. My little ones spend almost an hour there making sand bridges and just moving the sand from here to there. The only thing is that You MUST remember to bring with you a towel and a change of clothes (including undies) or even better a swim costume. It can get really messy! Thank God I though of that before heading to Hampton Court! I was a well prepared mother, so proud of myself hahaha!


 The Maze

To finish our visit to Hampton Court Gardens, we went to explore the Maze. It took us a bit to find the way to the middle (were Iggy is standing in the picture) and from there we took the short cut to the exit. I had a buggy full of things and a little princess scared of all the people walking pass, so there was NO way that I was going to wonder around again through the maze to find the way out.But, despite all, it was good fun too!


 How to get there

From Wimbledon, we took the Southwest train to Hampton Court (20 minutes ride) But you can also take a bus o drive there, they have plenty of parking at the Palace. For more information on how to get there, follow this link:

 If you are still curious I leave you with this video:

Let me know if you go there, share your pics in our Facebook page or Twitter! We loved it so much we will be back next week (weather permits!)

Let’s be bone strong!


Do you remember the last time you went to the doctors to check your health? What about that pain in the wrist, knee or back that is been bothering you for a while now? I bet you all have been ignoring it, I am the same. Unfortunately, a year ago a bad movement hurt my knee and, since then, I had to take some steps to get it better. I found out that my legs, calf and butty were not strong enough to support all the movements of my body hence my knees had to step up and carry all my weight!

I started a good physio program and improved my supplements intake to get stronger bones, joins and muscles. I did not want to stop playing with my kids, running around and chasing them and I was not willing to give up my gym workout! But most of all I did not want to hear the GP saying ” You have developed osteoporosis” .
May is Osteoporosis month, so I hope you find this little research of mine helpful and stop being so stubborn and pay attention to your health now!


A healthy YOU is what your kids need
Yes, is not just a phrase to make you feel guilty of taken care of your body; It is actually important. And taking care of you bones is even more so! Your bones are the support of your entire body! Imagine what will you do if you have a fracture or are fracture prone and have little children that want to jump around with their mommy. It won’t be fair for them that because mommy only worried about their healthy and not her own; now she cannot spend some time playing fun active games.
Remember that you, their mom, are the most important thing in their lives (even though if you ask your children they will say their dolls, footballs, game or whatever) yes, you are! They need you there for them and they need you healthy and strong! Therefore, it is essential to realize the importance of having a good bone health to avoid risk of osteoporosis.

What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break.
According to the NHS is a condition that affects around three million people in the UK. More than 300,000 people receive hospital treatment for fragility fractures (fractures that occur from standing height or less) every year as a result of osteoporosis. (1)



Taking actions to prevent Osteoporosis

Since some of us are more likely than others to develop osteoporosis for example white and Asian people and postmenopausal women, we all need to take some action! Come on, is not rocket science, do it not only for yourself but for your little ones:

Check your family history: did you know that if you have a parent or sibling who has or had osteoporosis you are more likely to develop it.

Boost your calcium consumption. Calcium is essential for the proper development of teeth and bones.  Increase the consumption of foods that are good sources of calcium like yogurt, cheese, milk, spinach.

Since it is essential to help your body to absorb calcium you also need to increase your vitamin D consumption. Yummy foods like prawns, cereal, orange juice, sardines, eggs (in the yolks) and tuna. If you feel like you actually do not eat enough of these, choose a vitamin D supplement. Moreover, do not forget that your body produces vitamin D when exposed to the sun — 10 to 15 minutes of exposure three times per week will do.


Exercise, exercise, exercise! No more excuses! It is proven that regular exercise is key to keep a good bone health. In fact, living a stationary lifestyle is considered a risk factor for osteoporosis. There are plenty of options for you:  running, walking, going to the gym, practice a sport, swimming, stair climbing you name it! So it is about time, get on moving! Join a gym, a club, take advantage of the local parks, use the stairs instead of the lift, grab your bicycle, but don’t forget that whatever you choose must be fun otherwise, it will become a chore and you will be dreading doing it soon and just quit. Choose wisely moms!


Consume less caffeine. I know what you are thing now,”Yeah right! So how are we (mums) supposed to survived the day then?”. Well, just cut it not dump it, we need coffee!. Even though caffeine does have some health benefits, drinking lots of caffeine can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb calcium. A good cup of coffee a day should be good enough!


Take it easy with the prosecco! However, like caffeine, there’s no need to quit entirely.(thank God!) Remember that heavy alcohol consumption can cause bone loss because does not allow vitamin D to do its job.


Quit smoking. Here you have another reason dump cigarettes. Several studies have shown that smoking can prevent the body from efficiently absorbing calcium, decreasing bone mass.


Have you heard about collagen?

Studies have demonstrated that collagen peptides support bone health through increased bone and mineral density, increased bone size, less brittle bones, and the stimulation of bone growth.

I was actually introduced to collagen by a brand called Hellenia which sells a great variety of healthy products from vitamins, to proteins and of course several types of collagen. Also, all their products are manufactured in Great Britain to ISO 9001 Standard. I have been taking their powder Hydrolised Marine Collagen and the pain I was having in my joints (especially my right knee) has decreased. I was taking glucosamine to help with this before, and Omega 369, but I think collagen was just what the doctor order. Now you know! If you want to find out more about Hellenia’s collagen products follow this link


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Make your kids bones strong now

Children’s bones keep growing throughout childhood. They grow fastest of all very early in life and when children go through puberty. So, especially if you have family history of Osteoporosis, the time to start protecting your little one’s bone health is now! Here you have some example of simple things that you can do:

Give them a healthy, balanced diet which should include:

Fruit and vegetables – remember your 5 portions a day !
Carbohydrates – such as potatoes, pasta, rice and bread (kids love these!)
Protein – such as meat, fish, eggs, beans, nuts and seeds. Beware of any allergies, if you see any reaction, get medical attention right away.
Dairy products, which are rich in calcium– such as milk, cheese and yoghurts (again be careful with allergies)

food for bones

Yes, Vitamin D for kids’ too!

Take them outside to get some sunlight. However, this maybe tricky; here in the UK the sky is mostly grey as a donkey’s belly, so it is hard to get the adequate amount of Vitamin D from our main source: the sun.
Therefore, according to the NHS:
“Children under five are one of the groups that are more likely to have low levels of vitamin D. Because of this it’s recommended that children aged from six months to five years take a daily vitamin D supplement.
If you breastfeed your baby it’s recommended that you give them vitamin D drops from soon after birth. Formula milk contains enough vitamin D to support baby’s’ bone health in the first six months.”


Keep your kids active children

That seem like an easy task when they are little but as they grow, they would like to spend more time in from of the TV, computer, tablet or any other device and become a “coach potato”. Thus, you need to make sure that your children are active enough according to their age requirements.

Again, the NHS recommends: “children under five who aren’t yet walking should be encouraged to play actively on the floor. Children who can walk on their own should be physically active daily for at least 3 hours throughout the day. This should include some bone-strengthening activities, such as climbing and jumping.
Children aged five to 18 need at least 60 minutes (one hour) of physical activity every day, which should include moderate-intensity activity, such as cycling and playground games”
Remember, that Healthy kids are happy kids; hence happy moms 🙂



Well moms, I hope this post helps you to start thinking about your bone health and that of your family. It is not hard, just make the necessary changes to your daily routine and eating habits to avoid a visit to the doctor later!

Follow this link for some leaflets and other resources from the National Osteoporosis Society






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