Rebecca Moore



    Shrove Tuesday is the sweetest day of the year! It’s time to put your best frying pan forward and create delicious pancakes the whole family will enjoy.

    Here are some of family cooking expert Annabel Karmel’s favourite pancake recipes to make with your kids.

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    BUTTERMILK BLUEBERRY PANCAKES – these fluffy pancakes are perfect at any time of the day


    PANCAKES WITH CARAMELISED APPLE – traditional pancakes go beautifully with sticky caramelised apple


    HUNNY BUNNY PANCAKES – fun to make and super tasty!

      Want to get fit but don’t have time with the kids? British and national wrestling champion, and owner of Right Path Fitness Keith McNiven shows how you can exercise with the help of the children


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      1. PUSH UPS
      Push ups are usually the first exercise that we are introduced to, so it makes perfect sense to do this workout with your little one. Having your child on your back when doing push ups, will help to strengthen your upper body.
      HOW TO DO IT: Begin, by placing your hands underneath your shoulders. Your legs should be straight and extended, and the balls of your feet are firmly on the ground. Your child should now place themselves on top of your back. Keep your core tight and your butt squeezed as you lower your body down until your chest touches the ground. Keep your body in a straight line as you push away from the floor and bring your body back up to the starting position.

      2. LUNGES
      Lunges help to tone your legs and backside, but you need to make sure your form is correct. Incorporating your child into this workout will help to maximise its effects.
      HOW TO DO IT: Most importantly, make sure your body is straight. Step forward with one leg, lowering your hips until both knees are bent at a 90 degree angle. Now extend your arms to grab your child and have them placed on your knee, as you go back to your starting position.


      3. SQUATS
      Squats are the signature exercise when it comes to toning your lower body. Having your child on your back adds a whole new dimension to the workout.
      HOW TO DO IT: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your toes pointed slightly outward. Bend your knees and lower your hips as if you were sitting down. Your child should now climb onto your back, the child should put their arms around your neck and their hands on your chest. You should hold onto your child’s hands to keep them safe and sturdy. Now, you lower your hips until they form a 90 degree bend at the knee. Contract your abdominal muscles, pushing your weight down into your heels. Push straight back up, lifting your hips up and forward.


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      4. SIT UPS
      Sit ups help you to strengthen and firm your stomach. Doing sit-ups with your child, can help you to get those washboard abs even quicker.
      HOW TO DO IT: Lay down with your knees bent and your feet placed flat on the ground. Your child will be bending down opposite you, and have their hands on your knees. Cross your arms over your chest so your hands touch the opposite shoulders. Tighten your abdominal muscles and draw your belly button in to your spine. Slowly sit up, by bringing your head up first and then your shoulders. Hold the position for a second, and then slowly lay back down.

      5. THE PLANK
      Planking helps to improve your core and strengthen your posture. Partnering up with your child adds another dynamic to this straight forward workout.
      HOW TO DO IT: Get into the push up position on the floor, and have your child climb onto your back. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest you and your child’s weight on your forearms. Make sure your elbows are directly beneath your shoulders, your body should form a straight line from your head to your feet. Hold the position for as long as you can. For best results, hold it for two minutes.


      Create the best Christmas treats with these winter-inspired recipes from Annabel Karmel

      Throwing a party this holiday season and in need of some fabulously festive inspiration? Look no further… leading children’s cookery author Annabel Karmel has Christmas well and truly covered, and what’s more, you can get the whole family involved in creating this spread to remember!  From festive puff pizzas to Christmas jumper cookies and hot chocolate snowmen, these recipes are sure to impress your guests. So get those invites out, don your best festive apron and get cooking. ‘Tis the season to get baking after all

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        Santa is putting in an early shift all over London this December, here’s where and how to find him

        Below you’ll find a map that shows all the different locations, opening times and booking information of where Santa will be across the 32 boroughs of London this December. Whether you choose to go low key with a local visit or take on the crowds at Winter Wonderland, watch your little one’s face light up as he tells Santa his Christmas wishes.

        Map Source: Opening-Times


        Create devilish dishes where the kids can get involved too with these six Halloween-inspired recipes from Annabel Karmel

        We may not be quite as shocking when compared to our friends across the pond, but Halloween is becoming quite the occasion in the UK.

        If you’re hosting your own party this year, then it’s important to remember that the spookier the better. Once you’ve decked the halls with the deadliest of décor, it’s time to take to the kitchen to create the spookiest spread with the help of your little horrors. Annabel Karmel, family food expert and best–selling author has put together six recipes that’s bound to make your Halloween bash the best in town.

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          In need of an escape before winter puts a freeze on the fun? Head to Northern Ireland for a break en famille, you won’t even need your passport…



          Galgorm Resort & Spa

          There are plenty of hotel options in and around Belfast city centre but if you’re looking to make your stay extra special, half an hour outside of Belfast you’ll find the award-winning Galgorm Resort & Spa. With over 160 miles of luscious parkland and the River Maine flowing throughout the estate, this setting is unrivalled. The resort is home to 122 guestrooms made of up of deluxe rooms, and junior and signature suites many of which are suited to a family stay with two bedrooms or extra beds – there’s also fishermen’s cottages and riverside log cabins if you fancy being set back from the main hotel.


          The hotel’s grandeur is demonstrated at every corner, from plush soft furnishings to ornate animal sculptures that will capture the attention of children, and adults alike. Retire back to your guestroom where the luxury continues, kids will squeal with delight to find cuddly toy Paul the Penguin, and when winding down to bed time they can kickback in little luxuries such as mini robes and tiny slippers, while the adults peruse the complimentary mini bar… and come morning, head downstairs to Gillies restaurant for a delicious Irish breakfast, aplenty. With an extensive hearty offering of full Irish and continental buffet counters, be sure to grab a slice of the Irish specialty potato bread. Once your food’s gone down perhaps take a dip in the indoor swimming pool with their specific family time swim sessions, or if you’re struggling to get motivated a spa day at the Thermal Village might have more appeal?

          Prices from £140 on a B&B basis. Total based on two adults and one child (under 12) sharing.



          Belfast Zoological Gardens

          Home to more than 130 different species, most of which are endangered or extinct in the wild, a trip to the zoo is a must. Check the website out beforehand for timings on the daily talks and feeding. But remember it’s not just the animals that need feeding, head to either The Treetop Tearoom for some panoramic views and a slice of cake, or The Lion’s Den Restaurant with plenty of hot options for your own cheeky monkeys.

          Children under four go free; four to 16 years £6.50; adults £13



          Belfast Castle and Cave Hill Country Park

          Overlooking the city, Cave Hill is an iconic landmark of Belfast. Home to Belfast Castle estate, situated on the lower slopes of the park, keep your eyes peeled and spot many different species of wildlife, including long-eared owls, sparrow hawks and Belfast’s rarest plant, the town hall clock. Don’t forget to put some time aside for the Adventurous Playground (admission applies), an award-winning park, suitable for three to 14 years. Burn off excess energy on the cradle swings, slides, spring rockers, sand play unit and bicycle roundabout. For older children, there’s a spectacular space net and aerial runway.

          Entry is free, additional charge of £2.50 for the Adventurous Playground.



          Helen’s Bay Beach

          Helen’s Bay Beach is one of two excellent beaches found in Crawfordsburn Country Park, around 15 minutes from Belfast. With guaranteed spectacular scenery and views across Belfast Lough you can easily wile away an afternoon here. Helen’s Bay Beach is gently shelving which makes it perfect for young ones. Look out over Belfast Bay, keep your eyes peeled for seals and porpoises which can sometimes be spotted off-shore depending on the time of your visit.



          Fratellis – Belfast

          Opposite Great Victoria Street train station, you’ll find Fratelli Belfast; a family orientated restaurant filled with rustic Italian charm. Fratelli translates to brothers in Italian, so this informal environment has a real family-focus making it the perfect setting for a feast. Kids can get creative with the chance to become a chef for the day. Kitted out in chef attire with their very own hat and apron, let them create a mini masterpiece as they make their own pizza from the “Little Boars” kids menu. But don’t panic grown ups, you’ll be more than looked after with the A la Carte menu – frutti de mare pizza anyone?

           Words Rebecca Moore



          It’s not just pumpkins you can get creative with this Halloween, for something a bit different, have fun carving out spooky faces into orange peppers.

          Prep: 15 minutes

          Cook: 25 minutes

          Makes: 2 stuffed pepper

          2 orange peppers

          75g long grain rice

          50g butternut squash or pumpkin, finely diced

          1 tbsp sunflower oil

          4 spring onions, sliced

          1 clove garlic, crushed

          1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped

          50g cooked chicken breast, diced

          6 cherry tomatoes, quartered

          20g parmesan cheese, grated

          1 tsp sweet chilli sauce

          1 tsp soy sauce

          1. Cook the rice in boiling water according to the packet instructions and drain.
          2. Cook the squash in boiling water for 5 minutes and drain
          3. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the spring onions, garlic and thyme and fry for 2 minutes. Add the chicken, rice, squash and tomatoes. Fry for 2 minutes. Add the cheese, soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce. Toss over the heat and season.
          4. Slice the tops off the peppers, reserving the lids. Remove the seeds from the inside. Carve scary faces from one side of each pepper using a sharp pointed knife.
          5. Fill the peppers with the rice mixture and put the tops back on


          BAT COOKIES


          The ideal companion to a warm glass of chocolate milk.

          Prep: 1 hour (including 30 minutes chilling time)

          Cook: 10-15 minutes

          Makes: 20 cookies

          100g softened butter

          75g golden caster sugar

          1 large egg yolk

          1 tsp vanilla

          150g plain flour

          40g cocoa powder


          Black, chocolate and caramel icing pens

          White ready to roll icing


          1. Preheat the oven to 160C Fan. Line 2 baking sheets with non-stick paper.
          2. Measure the butter and sugar into a processor. Whiz until softened. Add the vanilla and egg yolk and whiz. Add flour and cocoa powder and whiz until a dough is formed.
          3. Lightly knead on a work surface. Roll out then stamp out 20 Bat cookies. Place on the baking sheets. Chill for 30 minutes.
          4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until firm and slightly puffy to look at. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
          5. Decorate the wings with squiggles of chocolate and caramel icing. Add small balls of white icing and a dot of black writing pen for the eyes.




          A hollowed out pumpkin acts as the perfect bowl for this spiced soup.

          Prep: 15 minutes

          Cook: 25 minutes

          Makes: 4-6 portions

          2 tbsp sunflower oil

          1 onion, chopped

          125g celery, diced

          600g peeled pumpkin, diced

          1 tsp fresh ginger, grated

          2 tsp tomato puree

          1 tsp curry powder

          1 tsp garam masala

          ¼ red chilli (optional)

          600 ml vegetable stock

          100 ml milk



          1. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the onion, celery, pumpkin and ginger. Fry over a high heat for 3 minutes.
          2. Add the spices, chilli and tomato puree. Fry for one minute.
          3. Add the stock, cover with a lid, bring up to the boil, then simmer for 20 minutes until tender.
          4. Whiz until smooth using a hand blender. Stir in the milk and season.



            Purple Dragon, the exclusive private members’ club, opens its Putney doors today

            Today sees the opening of the latest addition to the Purple Dragon family… the team behind the family members’ club in Chelsea launch its new site on Upper Richmond Road in Putney. Members can expect an art lab, music studio, dance space and kitchen, alongside a dedicated space where adults can relax while the kids enjoy all the club has to offer.


            The wide range of experiences on offer are perfect for all ages from six months and young toddlers to tween age! Together with healthy nutritious food served all day and a licensed bar, Purple Dragon offers the perfect balance of adult-friendly child time.

            Membership fees are from £450 for 10 visits.


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