Happy Home Family Cookbook by RICE

I do hope you had a wonderful Xmas and are SUPER ready to style those kids lives up for 2017. And in the true spirit of giving – we at KSJ shall give you the tools to do just that! And this first post of the new year is no exception, with a brilliant new book that is part recipes, part crafts for the family kitchen by the brilliant Charlotte Gueniau founder of fabulous lifestyle brand RICE.


To the uninitiated  – how dare you – and to those who know, know that RICE have been making the most brilliant, bright and bold ethically sourced home accessories for kids (and adults – but we are not bovvered too much about them here) for 20 years!


And now, with her new book Happy Home – Everyday Magic for the Family Kitchen – you can learn how to cook her delicious, easy recipes for your friends and family: Spongy Lemon Cake, Sweet Potato Hummus, Chocolate Kisses, Chicken Curry, and many more. Above, are her Classic Spring Rolls.


And because it’s for family and we all know how good kids are at S.I.T.T.I.N.G. at the table N.I.C.E.L.Y. – it also handily includes some fun, family activities for all ages – because those moments we spend together as a family – whether eating or whatever – are very precious and special (sometimes!!!!). Above, we have her Perfect Pink Starter. Pink, by the way, is all the rage for SS16 don’t you know?


So craft-wise, we are talking, how to make glittery straws, ice cubes with edible flowers, butterfly wallpaper and more, more, MORE. Here we have her ideas for ‘tea’ – Rocky Road and Date Balls. Dribble dribble.


Food and crafts go hand in hand throughout the book – whether making Chicken Curry in a Hurry (I like how she did that) or Pink Sesame Potatoes – you can put the EXTRA into the ordinary by learning how to make her DIY glittery straw decorations or ice-cream garlands to add that extra bit of jjujjjjjjj (how does one spell that properly?!!).


Charlotte lives by the mantra Families that Play Together, Stay Together. This book is her inspiration to us to get ‘doing’ things together. I’m all for quiet kids and stuffing my face so this is a win, win situation for me.


So, there you go. I’m in. For myself and for presents. Happy Home – Everyday Magic for the Family Kitchen is available in English and French for £16.99 from Rice and is available to pre-order from Amazon. Get family busy!

Daylesford Mini Meals

I love to see my kids eat. Maybe it’s because they were such teeny tiny little non-eating buggers as babies. Maybe because I love my food. But either way – it gives me pleasure to see them eat.

However – as we all know – life is busy and who has the time to produce healthy, yummy, organic meals for them. OK smuggies. I don’t. So I was rather happy to see that Daylesford Organic have launched a brand new range of kids meals.

Daylesford Organic Kids Meals New Launch Ocado

All home-made (ish – well made by hand anyway!), each with at least one portion of veg inside and with no added sugar. Plus – each pack comes with a mask for kids to wear. Personally I’m not sure they will want to see what they are eating – but that’s just me.

Available now for £3.29 at Ocado and Daylesford Organic.

Rudolf Jacket Potato Recipe by Annabel Karmel

Now if you think about feeding your child – there’s only one name that springs to mind. Food a**hole. Well, at least that’s the name that sprung to mind when feeding my kids as babies. They were impossible. NO mummy NO. Ugh. Spit. Retch. It was P.A.I.N.F.U.L!

Annabel Karmel Xmas Recipe
Horrid Little Things

And then I discovered Annabel Karmel’s recipes. And when the food was tasty, and the food was fun – the food was eaten. TA DAAAA!

I met the lovely Annabel a few weeks ago and she sent me this recipe for some Xmas cooking fun with your kids! Rudolf Jacket Potato.

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Bento Mental

Oh I just love a bit of Bento action. I’m so bored of kids’ lunch box contents. Can you imagine how our kids feel – same thing day in day out? But wait! We are BUSY mums! Some of us work, some of us don’t. But we all want to best for our kids. And in my case, most stylish. So I make them this…………

Bento Box Kids Lunch Box Inspiration

Actually…….I don’t. Are you nuts? Who has the time?! However, I do have some super duper simple cheat ways to jazz up their little lunch lives.

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