My first holiday as a fully plant-based eating tourist. How did it pan out?

I’ve recently returned from a self-catering holiday on the North Norfolk coast. We were supposed to be in Greece but, as it turned out, it was one of the loveliest holidays we’ve had as a family. It was energetic yet very relaxing (apart from the incident when we got chased by a feisty horse). We rented a cottage in Stiffkey which is only 1 hour from our home near Norwich. I was a little unsure about where I’d buy my staple vegan-friendly foods from, whilst away, so I packed up the essentials. I also packed extra food for cooking some emergency meals – flatbread pizzas, pasta, chilli and curry. You should’ve seen my husband’s face when I laid out six shopping bags-full and asked him to squeeze them into an already overloaded car.

As we headed off, I was wondering if North Norfolk was geared up to the plant-based/vegan movement? It was time to put it to the test…

We pre-booked a table at The Feathers Hotel in Holt for the first night of holiday. I loved the atmosphere of this place. It was cosy and welcoming but with loads of space for social distancing. I knew what I was going to order because I’d trawled the menus of loads of restaurants in the local area. I liked the fact that they had a separate vegan and vegetarian menu with plenty of options. I went for the “Falafel salad with avocado, pickles and smoked hummus served with a beetroot and chia tortilla.” It was such an attractive plate of food. I loved all the colours. It was delicious and really filling. The falafel (there were 3 of them) were generous in size and lovely and moist. Dry falafel is a pet hate of mine.

We arrived at our cottage. My first job was to unpack all the food and fill the fridge with all my favourite things. I felt at home already.

On Sunday morning we ate breakfast then wandered up the road to Stiffkey Stores for morning coffee. What a brilliant local store! It’s full of wonderful products and serves up fantastic coffee. We ordered three oat milk cappuccinos and an oat milk babycino for my youngest. I spotted two different vegan cakes by Tofurei. I made a mental note to go back one afternoon and treat myself to tea and cake.

On Monday we bravely took the children on a 10 mile walk to Wells and back. We obviously didn’t tell them in advance – we’re not that stupid! Halfway to Wells we stopped for a picnic lunch at a beautiful spot overlooking the marshes. It was so tranquil with just a few walkers ambling along the path. We spotted a kingfisher flashing by. I haven’t seen one in years; what a wonderful sight!

When we arrived in the town of Wells, it was packed with people. We treated the kids to an ice cream at the Wells Ice Cream Company. They make vegan vanilla ice cream, but I really fancied a cup of Earl Grey tea, so I didn’t get to try it. Unfortunately, they don’t offer milk alternatives, so I went to Wells Deli instead. Now this is one of my bug bears – why do you have to pay an extra 30p for milk alternatives? In my mind you’re already paying for cow’s milk. Milk alternatives don’t cost that much more. It really annoys me. I did spot that they had vegan savoury pastry slices to take away. Maybe I’ll try that next time.

That night we went along to the Stiffkey Red Lion. The “Eat Out to Help Out” was still running so we’d pre-booked a table. It’s got a great atmosphere and lovely friendly service. The vegan choices included – Homemade beetroot burger in a toasted bun with gem lettuce, beet tomato and red onion jam or Superfood salad of mixed leaves, olives, tender stem broccoli, avocado, peas, tomato, red onion & mixed seeds with a home-made dressing.  

I opted for the salad because I’m a sucker for superfoods. The plate was very pretty looking and tasty but I shouldn’t have ordered the large glass of rosé wine to go with it. There were no carbs to soak up the alcohol! When I make a super food salad at home, I always include grains such as quinoa, bulgur wheat or brown rice or serve it with a slice of sourdough. Feeling a bit tipsy I stumbled back to the cottage and made myself some peanut butter on toast.

I love a trip to Wiveton Hall Café when we’re in the area, so we headed here on Tuesday morning for coffees. I loved the show “Normal for Norfolk” with the very eccentric Desmond. It’s such a beautiful setting overlooking the marshes. We spotted eight red kites circling over. What a special place to drink a delicious creamy and frothy oat milk cappuccino.

Next on the route was Cley with a pilgrimage to Pastonacre Bakery which is a well-known sourdough bakery. I’d never been before and couldn’t find it despite walking up and down the high street twice. I checked out their website to find out they were closed for a holiday. I didn’t think to check beforehand and I felt really disappointed. We went to the Picnic Fayre instead which is a fabulous shop full of wonderful local foods. They obviously sell lots of cheeses, pies and sausage rolls but I bought hummus, artisan bread and locally grown tomatoes (which smelt magnificent).

We got up early the next day to beat the crowds and headed to Wells beach for the day. Anyone that knows Wells will tell you that the beach goes on for miles and it’s a long way back to the café. I always take a picnic on days like this because my children are active and constantly asking for food and snacks. I packed up tofu egg-filled pitta breads, loads of chopped veg and fruit, a few treats for the kids and we played on the beach for hours.  

On return to the cottage I picked a load of blackberries in the private meadow which was accessed up the side of the property. I also had some wind fallen apples I’d found the day before. I didn’t take any flour or sugar with me, so I had to get creative! By chance, our welcome pack from Norfolk Cottages included some locally produced foods that I could use to rustle up a crumble. I made a topping with “Crush” chocolate & hazelnut granola with vegan butter and “Norfolk Cordial” blackcurrant & quince cordial to sweeten the fruit. I served it with soya cream. It was totally yummy!

On Thursday we headed to the Art Café at Glandford which specialises in vegan and vegetarian food. They had a big notice on the door which read “closed due to a technical problem.” I’d really looked forward to trying their food but we went next door to the Cley Smokehouse farm shop to buy some lunch items instead. I chose a focaccia with caramelised onions and some smoked olive paste. The two items ate very well together, and I’ve used the smoked olive paste in loads of dishes since.

In the afternoon I made a beeline for Stiffkey Stores to treat myself to that vegan cake I’d seen earlier in the week. Horror upon horror – the cakes had sold out! I had to hide my bitter disappointment and settle for an Earl Grey tea with soya milk instead.

On Friday we made a trip to the Tuscan Farm Shop in Burnham Market. I’ve been following them on Instagram for some time. I was overjoyed to find that they had fresh borlotti beans! What a result.

We popped into Number 29 (bar, restaurant & rooms) for a quick coffee. They have a gorgeous courtyard around the back. I had a rather strange conversation with the restaurant manager about barista oat milk. I asked if they had oat milk to make cappuccinos. He said yes but it doesn’t foam very well. I said “do you have barista oat milk?” He replied “yes, we make barista coffee.” I continued to say, well if you had barista oat milk you’d find that it froths properly. It was like speaking to someone in a different language. He didn’t understand what I was talking about, so I gave up! The cappuccino was ok, but it could’ve been better with the proper milk.

We’d booked lunch at The Hoste Arms. They took us through the conservatory to the secluded courtyard at the back. The menu doesn’t make any secrets that it’s now owned by The City Pub Co. There were two plant-based options to choose from – the “Moving Mountains” burger and a house salad with quinoa, heirloom tomatoes, leaves, peppers and courgette. I’d normally opt for the salad but the only option to add was Steak or Chicken so I plumped for the burger. Bizarrely there was a key to explain which items were plant-based. The burger didn’t have “pb” next to it so I don’t know how other vegans would know. According to the waiter he has mentioned this several times to the central City Pub Co. but they haven’t changed it. It was my first taste of a “Moving Mountains” burger and I have to say I was impressed with the authentic taste and texture.

On our last day we stopped at Creake Abbey Farmer’s Market to Saturday to stock up on Rocketship sauces. We bought more hummus (we live off this stuff) and an artisan baguette for yet another picnic.

Looking back over our week away we enjoyed lots of picnics, we cooked four meals in our cottage and ate out three times and we found many places serving dairy free milk alternatives for cups of tea and coffee. I’m glad I went armed with lots of picnic items like falafel, vegan mayo, tofu, cheese and milk alternatives and some meals that we could prepare ourselves. It can be a bit tricky to find plant-based foods when the shops are full of meat, fish and cheese. I eat a mainly wholefood plant-based diet, so my options were a bit limited when eating out. The tide is changing though. Slowly but surely there are more interesting vegan and vegetarian items appearing on menus. Things can only get better.

We loved our holiday so much that we’ve already booked to return to North Norfolk next year!

Farewell to PE with Joe but not goodbye…

This morning we said farewell to PE with Joe but it’s certainly not goodbye. Today marks my 128th daily workout in a row. Not only have I completed every single PE with Joe workout since 23rd March but I’ve also done a session on his days off! On those days I chose a HIIT session from his bodycoach You Tube channel. Some may consider this slightly obsessive behaviour, but I know that it has helped me to get through some challenging days during lockdown. I’m now reflecting on the power of exercise (and plants) to heal but more of that later.

Tuning in to PE with Joe started out to be a little bit of fun and a way to keep the kids fit and occupied during lockdown. I soon started to really enjoy the feelings of positivity and motivation that exercise brings. Most of the time my boys sat on the sofa in their pyjamas, watching me jumping about the room like a lunatic and offering their unwelcome comments. I’d love to know what my neighbours thought of me prancing around performing “silly billies”, “kangaroo hops” and “frog jumps”. I carried on regardless of the comments from my children and looked forward to every session. I soon started noticing how I could keep up with Joe Wicks and I could even do proper press-ups for the first time in my life!

The most amazing transformation has been in the repair of a long-term knee injury. The injury came about after doing a silly dance on a drunken night out in my 20s. Ever since then I had pain in my knee after running and cycling. It didn’t stop me from doing these activities, but I had to be careful and limit the time spent doing impact exercise. Instead I chose to walk everywhere, do pilates and lived an active lifestyle. Now after completing 18 weeks of “PE with Joe” all those squats, lunge jumps, burpees etc. have paid off. I can honestly say that I have no pain in my knee at all and my quads are strong which must be protecting my knee. I feel fitter and stronger than I have ever done before despite being in my late 40s.

However, exercise may not be the whole answer. I turned to a 100% plant-based diet in February this year. It took me a little bit of time to ditch those last few foods that I was clinging onto. The change came after watching a whole host of plant-based movies – Gamechangers, What the Health, Forks over Knives etc. There is loads of sound scientific evidence that a plant-based diet can improve athletic performance and aid recovery. Watch the Gamechangers movie on Netflix if you want to know more. The movie clearly dispels the myth that you need animal protein in order to build muscle. I’m no athlete by the way but the change in diet and exercise has very possibly aided my recovery. No wonder that so many top athletes have adopted this diet – Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams, Lewis Hamilton, Jermain Defoe, David Haye to name but a few.

I know that veganism is controversial and an emotive subject for many. I’m not suggesting that everyone needs to eat in this way but there’s no denying the power of eating more plants, after all they hold powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

So today I’m not saying goodbye to Joe. I’ll continue to tune into his You Tube channel and keep by my mission to stay fit. I thank him for showing me that exercise can be fun, keeping me sane during lockdown and for inspiring me to get stronger and fitter. I honestly thought that I was destined for a knee replacement in my older years but the future now looks bright and pain free!

Longevity tips from my 91-yr old neighbour

I’ve become absolutely fascinated (and maybe a little obsessed) with the Blue Zones recently. Scientists have pinpointed 5 places in the world, dubbed Blue Zones, where people live the longest and are the healthiest: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece and Loma Linda, California. Researchers found all Blue Zone areas share 9 specific lifestyle habits that they call the Power 9. I urge you to read about the habits but, in summary, it’s what they eat (they eat lots of beans), how they de-stress, the importance of drinking wine (I like this habit!), put loved ones first, have a sense of purpose and more.

The Blue Zones concept grew out of demographic work which identified Sardinia as the region of the world with the highest concentration of male centenarians. I don’t know anyone aged over 100 but I do live next door to a sprightly 91-year old called Derek who is still gigging in a band and cycles off to the gym five mornings a week. He seems to have more energy than me so what is his secret? I just had to find out. I popped over one morning for a chat, armed with a list of questions for him.

Q1. How much exercise do you do a week?

I go to the gym four mornings per week and swim once a week. I’m always busy in the garden, planting, weeding, digging, harvesting, watering etc.

Q2. Do you eat 5-A-Day?

Yes, in fact I never eat less than 10 portions of fruit and veg a day. I grow my own fruit and vegetables but some crops haven’t been that successful this year. Everyday I eat an apple, banana and grapes and lots of vegetables.

Q3. What’s your favourite meal?

A veg stew made in a pressure cooker. I eat meat once a week and fish twice a week. I make my own muesli containing nuts, seeds and fruits and I drink red grape juice and goats milk. I drink coffee when I’m doing a gig just to keep me awake!

Q4. Do you ever eat fast food?

Never. Back in the 1950s I was based in American camps. It was the first time I’d seen a burger. I did eat burgers then but I got into healthy eating whilst in my late 40s so haven’t eaten anything like that since.

Q5. What do you think is the secret to a long and healthy life?

Some of it is down to luck, my mother made it to 99. A good diet helps. I don’t mix protein with carbs. I read a book a long time ago called “The Hay Diet, Don’t Eat Foods That Fight”. I’ve been doing this since I was about 50 years old. It suits me. I don’t rush food, I chew it well. I gave up drinking alcohol in 1952. My Wife didn’t like me drinking so I stopped and I’ve never smoked.

I play the saxophone (3 different types – soprano, alto & tenor) and the clarinet. I practice everyday. I’ve been playing now for 76 years. It’s so therapeutic; you can forget about all your troubles. I didn’t retire at 65 like most people. Life and work pretty much carried on as usual from the age of 65-85. I’ve slowed down a bit now. At 84 I went to Go Ape and loved it!

Derek is a great example of someone who has taken charge of his health and actively seeks ways to improve his chances of enjoying a long and healthy life. If you read the Power 9 you’ll see that his habits reflect those of the Blue Zone people. He’s an absolute delight to listen to and I came away from our conversation feeling really inspired. To make it to age 100, you have to have won the genetic lottery (that’s me out!). For the rest of us we could make a few small changes to our lifestyle to improve our chances of making it into our 90’s. Maybe we could all create a little Blue Zone in our own homes. I know I’ve already started.

Juggling motherhood & running a business

I gave up work to raise my family. When I say gave up work, work gave me up. I was on maternity leave when a restructure was announced at work. My name didn’t appear on the new structure. I was over the moon! Perfect timing. I was leaving a joyless job that gave me no opportunity for creativity. The salary plus benefits were good but there’s only so many fabulous shoes you can buy! I needed more. I was starting to re-evaluate my life. I loved being at home with my children but once school was looming for the youngest I knew I needed a plan.

I started my business 15 months ago after 18 months of planning. I’d had an idea that I’d pondered over for some time. Basically it was an itch and I needed to scratch it. It was a leap of faith into the unknown. I had no prior experience in the food industry; just a huge passion for cooking and a desire to build a brand around healthy eating.

It has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It feels like a never ending cycle of highs and lows. Working as a small scale food producer with the challenge of a chilled product is not for the fainthearted. Being a mother of 2 young boys is demanding enough but factoring in all the responsibilities of running a business can feel quite overwhelming at times. As well as working during the week I regularly work at weekends. I miss my children and feel guilty that I can’t be with them enjoying family activities. It’s not all bad. Running your own business allows you plenty of flexibility. I’m able to do the school runs and attend school events without having to beg someone for the time off. That means of course that I end up working in the evening but you can’t have it all.

I’m much less organised than I used to be. I don’t have the time to scan the school newsletters and put important dates in my diary. Recently I sent my youngest son to school in pyjamas on the wrong day. He cried and was so embarrassed. We had to borrow some school uniform but it wasn’t the end of the world. Some would say it’s character building stuff! I missed my eldest’s sports day this year because I hadn’t put the date in my diary but had committed to doing a cooking demo on the same day. I managed to get there for the final relay race where his team scooped 1st place. However I missed the rest of the day including him coming 2nd in two running races. As a parent you’re constantly feeling guilty about something.

No matter how organised you are sometimes events just happen that are beyond your control. This is an example of how everything gets thrown up in the air from time to time. I booked a full day with a photographer to shoot some new photos for my website and recipe cards. The day before I spent the whole day cooking and preparing and felt pretty organised. I went to bed but had a restless night for some reason. I was awoken abruptly at 5am by my eldest son vomitting. Disaster! That meant no school for 48 hours. After sorting him out I crept back into bed but lay there wondering how on earth I could manage this set back. Luckily I have an understanding Mum and she happened to be free so looked after my son for the day. What would I have done otherwise? When it’s your own venture no one else can step in and take your place.

There’s a huge amount of satisfaction to be gained from starting and running your own business. I’m really proud that I’m inspiring my children along the journey. They often talk about what business they want to run when they’re grown up. One son wants to make pies and the other has decided he wants to make hot chilli sauce. The chilli sauce son turned to me recently and said “I want to call my company Chilli Cop” which I think is a rather brilliant name but I initially misheard him and thought he pronounced it with a “c” at the end of cop instead of a “p”. I did have a giggle to myself!

I’m also really proud that my children understand what a healthy and balanced diet is. We all love to sit down together at the end of the day and enjoy a home cooked meal (mostly made from my bace products). My recipes are quick and easy to follow so I’m not spending hours in the kitchen cooking meals. It’s heartening to know that my children are getting lots of veg in their diet along with fibre and protein from the beans and peas. We have a healthy relationship with food so treats are not off limits; our mantra is everything in moderation.

Life is good. It can be fairly chaotic at times but it’s a fun adventure to be on. There’s never a dull moment in our household and that’s the way I like it!

the highs and lows…

I was absolutely thrilled when, on Monday, I received an email congratulating me on becoming a finalist in the Muddy Stilletos award for best Norfolk Food & Drink producer. This news followed a fantastic day on Sunday at the Big Norfolk Sausage Bash in Aylsham. The sun shone, we had loads of fun and sold out of our pots. Don’t be fooled; not every day is so filled with joy. The life of a small scale food producer is fraught with disappointment, burns, endless washing up and not to mention the chilblains from standing outside at events in freezing cold, driving rain and wind. Then there’s the occasions when you spend all week cooking your fresh products to discover that your only event of the week has been cancelled due to bad weather. I persevere with grit and determination all because I’m on a mission to spread the bace love!

I never imagined how hard it would be to get a product launched and then actually sell it. I’ve made it even harder for myself by launching something that is totally unique. Maybe I’m crazy! The hours I spend explaining the merits of my versatile products. It’s a challenging marketplace, healthy eating isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Some people screw their face up when you mention peas and beans. Fortunately others are open to a new way of eating and embrace the idea that plant-based protein could help the future of our planet. I do feel like the tide of change is coming. Peas, beans and lentils are a sustainable option. They use little of the planet’s resources and are a great source of protein, fibre and nutrients.

I’m trying to do the right thing – bringing wholesome convenience to busy people, not adding sugar, keeping salt content very low, using British-grown peas and beans and not adding any nasties. My pots are recyclable and I use WoolCool insulated packaging for my online orders which is also fully recyclable. I receive loads of really great feedback all the time. My customers tell me that my plant-based protein pots offer them convenience, endless meal options and encourage them to eat healthily. They love the recipes that I share on social media, via my website and the recipe cards that I hand out at events.

I’m making steady progress all the time. I feel proud of my achievements and feel positive about the future of bace. It’s a difficult balancing act though. I’ve got two small children so family life is really busy. I feel guilty about the time I spend away from them at weekends when I’m at events. I’m constantly cooking and then I have to fit in all the other work that comes with running a business. On the plus side they’ve seen me starting a business from scratch so I really hope that I’ve inspired them.

Of course I’d love to win. Who wouldn’t? Though I feel privileged just to be a finalist alongside Candi’s Chutney, Crush Foods, Old Hall Farm and All Fudged Up. I know the first three businesses very well and they’ve been a huge support to me; offering advice, guidance and stocking my products. We’re all doing our bit to bring the people of Norfolk (and beyond) top quality food and drink. We’re all Proudly Norfolk members; an organisation led by a group of passionate foodies. It’s great to feel part of that family.

If you think that I’m a deserved winner please vote for me here. I’m really grateful for your ongoing support and custom. Happy voting!

chilli ‘non’ carne


“This veg and protein-packed chilli ‘non’ carne has real depth of flavour. A winner with any chilli lover!”



1 pot of baked beans with benefits

1 tblsp oil

1 onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 pepper, chopped

125g mushrooms, chopped

265g tin cooked lentils

½ tsp ground cumin

1 level tsp smoked paprika

1 level tsp chilli powder

400g tin chopped tomatoes

1 tblsp tamari soya sauce


  1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion, garlic, peppers and mushrooms. Saute gently for 5 mins.
  2. Add the cumin, paprika and chilli powder. Cook for a further 1-2 mins.
  3. Add the pot of baked beans with benefits, lentils, tomatoes and soya sauce. Season with salt & pepper.
  4. Bring to a simmer then cover with a lid. Reduce the heat and cook gently for 1 hour.

minestrone soup


“This soup is super tasty! It’s so easy to make. I use aromatic peas with perks as a base. You just add a load of other veg and let it slowly simmer away while you get on with something else. Add whatever vegetables you like and use frozen veg to make it even speedier. My children love this and always ask for seconds. Serve with hunks of good bread and dive in.”



pot of aromatic peas with perks

1 tblsp oil

1 leek, cut into quarters and finely sliced

1 onion, chopped

2 sticks celery, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

2 carrots, cut into small cubes

1 tin chopped tomatoes

2 tsp dried italian herbs

1 litre veg stock (I use vegan and gluten free)

1 courgette, cut into small cubes

50g spaghetti, broken into small pieces


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan.
  2. Add the onion, leek, carrots, celery and garlic. Saute gently for 5 mins.
  3. Add tomatoes, aromatic peas, herbs & stock. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 45 mins.
  4. Add the courgette and broken spaghetti. Cook for a further 15 mins.

Feeding time at the zoo…

I love being a Mum. I came to parenthood relatively late in life but it wasn’t without trying. The whole process involved lots of heartache so I’m truly thankful every day for my boys’ existence. It’s not easy though; being a parent or carer comes with its challenges. Feeding my children is one of those parental responsibilities that I take very seriously. Sometimes it’s a joy and at other times (when I’m busy and my children are tired and irritable) it feels like feeding time at the zoo. However busy I am the priority is to give them something tasty and nourishing to fuel their little bodies and minds. That’s how bace began because I don’t always have the time to cook from scratch but want to ensure that my children are getting plenty of veg in their diet.

When you think about 5-A-Day experts say that balance should be more in favour of vegetables. 5 is the minimum guideline so we aim higher! These are my tips for smashing your 5-A-Day and making mealtimes an enjoyable experience.

I always serve some chopped raw veg and salad with dinner. Children tend to love batons of carrot, cucumber and celery plus avocado and tomatoes. You could even serve this before their main meal while they’re waiting for it to come to the table. Get them involved in the kitchen chopping the veg if they’re old enough and capable. They’ll need supervision! Take them to your local farm shop so they can choose their own vegetables.

Go for sharing-style meals. It’s much more convivial and less daunting for children. They don’t like their plates piled high with food. Being allowed the freedom to choose what they want to put on their plate gives them some responsibility. You may need to direct them slightly! My children love Mexican style meals with tortilla wraps, beans, cooked chicken or halloumi cheese, salads, rice etc. They love the whole theatre of it! I tend to serve most of my meals in this way. I’ll even take a pot of chilli to the table with the rice so that I can dish up small amounts of chilli and they help themselves to rice and salad. You can always have seconds.

Serve sides in small individual ramekin dishes. This might sounds crazy but bear with me. I serve coleslaw in this way to my children and they gobble it up. Guarantee that if I put a spoonful of coleslaw on their plate they’d leave it or just push it around. You could do the same with portions of peas and sweetcorn and give them a teaspoon. We call this Norwich City veg due to the colour combo. Children can be mysterious little creatures at times.

I remember Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s speaking some years ago about encouraging children to eat vegetables. He said that children will eat any veg if it’s coated in garlic butter. It’s got to be worth a try and much healthier than a pile of dough balls and garlic butter. Chat about where the vegetables were grown and show them on a map if the veg have come from more exotic climes.

My children love any kind of soup. It’s a great way of getting them to eat a pile of veg in one sitting. I either chop the veg really small or puree it once it’s cooked. Sometimes I puree half of the soup and leave the other half chunky. Either way they’ll devour soup and really enjoy dipping hunks of bread into it. The secret to a tasty soup is a good stock and always start it off with some onion, carrot and garlic in oil. Saute gently for 10 mins before adding more veg such as sweet potato, butternut squash, leeks, swede etc. Lentils and beans bulk it out and make it into more of a meal. Remember that pulses count as one of your 5-A-Day.

And finally, I aim to make meal times an occasion; it should be an opportunity to sit down at a table, without any distractions of TV or tech. Eating together as a family isn’t always possible but we make the effort to do it as much as possible. We play our favourite music and everyone has a chance to chat about their day. It’s a good way to check in with everyone. Pure bliss.