Growing up in a small farming town north of Seattle, I was only sometimes able to tune into NPR (National Public Radio). When I could, I was fascinated by the news, programs and stories. They always left me wanting more. When I finally moved to the big city (Seattle) in 1999, I binged on NPR. I couldn’t get enough! It was quite a few years before I was able to access podcasts off air, so until then I made sure to tune into my radio whenever my favourite shows were on (gosh, I sound so old fashioned! Ha!). I would time any car trips I had to take to coincide with my favourite shows, and would always curse my luck when I had to miss the beginning or end of a good show.
Eighteen years later I am still fan, but I now take full advantage of the fact that I can listen to my favourite podcasts on demand. I listen to them when I jog, when I clean, when I’m in the bath, when I’m on my bike or the tube or a bus . . . I listen to them constantly. A good podcast can turn a crappy task or long commute into something that I actually look forward to.
Here are my top five podcasts. I do go through phases of listening to others as well, but these are the podcasts I return to time after time. Continue Reading…
Next week will be my fiftieth meal plan! How on earth did that happen? Well, actually, I remember quite clearly: my friend Sarah made me start a blog to share my meal plans, and I dutifully obeyed. 🙂
It makes me all kinds of happy that you all join me here on the blog every week. During a time when I felt particularly lost and even a bit useless, this blog helped me focus my energies into something that makes me happy. And it has made me happy. YOU all make me happy (because blogging is no fun if no one reads it! Ha!). So thank you for joining me week after week. (And if you have any ideas of how I could celebrate my fiftieth meal plan, send them my way!)
Potato Leek Soup
Rice and Fish
(Per Charlotte’s request. I’m taking it easy and ordered these.*)
Savoury Apple Pancakes
(Our German au pair is making these and I’m SO curious as to what they are!)
Veggies and Chickpeas in Peanut Sauce
(didn’t get to this last week)
*not an affiliate link
I have known Kim since our kids started at the same school together in 2013. She is perhaps the most genuinely happy person I’ve ever met: her personality is contagiously bubbly and she is inspiringly optimistic. Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about Kim, but this could get long . . . instead, you can see for yourselves how her creativity and genuine love of life shine through via her business called Bumble Box. These “family time kits” are meant to get families moving, learning, and crafting together. Each box is so well though out and creative and perfect for families who want to add some fun and variety to their play together! (It is also great for grandparents, babysitters, and holidays!) Kim has shared some lovely thoughts about cooking for her family, as well as one of their favourite weeknight meals below!
Our new German au pair, Elisabeth, arrived at the end of last week! She is the absolute sweetest thing and we are SO excited to have her with us for the next six months. We spent the weekend getting to know each other and showing her around a bit and today is her first day with the kids. My head is spinning with thoughts of all I can get done! Continue Reading…
This has been one of my favourite meals this winter. Before you think I’ve gone all Goop on you (that’s where the recipe originated) know that this dish does not taste nearly as healthy as it looks. It may look like rabbit food to some, but trust me when I say it tastes quite decadent. Not only that, it is quick and easy to make, is loaded with super foods, and tastes like a million bucks.
I have long been a fan of Little Dish products. When I decided to start advertising on the blog, Little Dish was an obvious brand for me to reach out to. The following is a post sponsored by Little Dish, but all the opinions are mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Hungermama!
While I generally shy away from bland “kid food”, I love that Little Dish makes an effort to introduce bold flavours into their snacks. I also appreciate that Little Dish also makes sure that their snacks are full of good things for kids. Their new nutritionist approved Pop Pops (Arrested Development, anyone?) are made of chickpeas which makes them a good source of protein and fibre.
Pop Pops are also low in salt and saturated fat (especially when compared to other crisps!) and they contain no artificial colours, flavours, or preservatives. That being said, their healthiness doesn’t affect the flavour at all. I’ve been known to steal a bag of these for myself! (I especially like the original flavour, which is a low-salt version of salt and vinegar!)
We don’t normally keep many snacks around the house as I prefer to give the kids whole fruits, or nuts, but we have really enjoyed having Pop Pops around. They come in little bags that have a fun animal sticker to use for resealing the bag (though my kids have never not finished a bag and so just put the stickers on their shirts!).
We have also enjoyed sharing Pop Pops with friends. Often during playdates I worry that our healthy food options are a bore for my kids’ friends. While my kids will happily eat cucumber and carrot as a snack, not all kids are as keen. Having some bags of Pop Pops in the cupboard give us a fun, healthy option that the kids love and I don’t feel guilty about.
Little Dish Chickpea Pop Pops are sold in the Baby Aisle in Sainsburys and Tesco. Be sure to check out their Go Gos while you’re there. We love them as well!
After living with us for the last six months, my niece moved out this weekend. We are all sad to see her go, but we’re also looking forward to our new au pair (Elisabeth) arriving at the end of the week! It is a big transition week for the Hungerford household. We have a lot of tasks to do around the house before Elisabeth arrives (and I’ll have no childcare!) so we are taking it easy in the food department. Two pre-made meals (pizza and lasagna), a semi-homemade meal (falafel), a meal I could make with my eyes closed (salmon) and a slow cooker meal (black bean soup). Continue Reading…
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The newsletter includes links to delicious recipes (from other blogs), links to my favourite recipes from last month, and (my favourite part!) interviews with three mums on what they have in their kitchens, what they cook (or don’t cook), and even what they eat for breakfast (oddly, all three mums eat the same thing!). I would love for you to join in the fun!
I’ve made a new hungerpot! I based the recipe on this one, but as I am wont to do, I changed it quite a bit. The biggest change I made was to cut out the heavy cream. The beauty of these one-pot recipes is that all the starch from the pasta stays in the pot and makes the dish super creamy tasting without any actual dairy product!