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Top Tips For Feeding A Family

Trying to decide what to feed your family on can sometimes be really frustrating. It’s easy to just grab the nearest thing from the freezer and pop it in the oven, but that’s not always going to be the healthy and cheapest option. Most parents want to feed their children a balanced and nutritious diet, but not go over the top on the spending, so to achieve this you are going to have to give it a bit of thought.

Lots of ideas can be found by searching the internet and some sites will enable you to download a family meal planner to help you out. I’d say one of the first considerations to make is the type of food your family like best, as it’s no good spending hours producing wonderful dishes that they turn their noses up at. It’s also a good idea to consider food which is in season which will be cheaper to buy than something that is imported from across the other side of the world. Pasta, rice or potatoes are cheap and filling options and can form the basis of many family meals, and if your children won’t eat vegetables then why not disguise them by adding them to a pasta dish blended into a sauce. They won’t even realise they are eating them.

I find a great way of keeping costs down when food shopping is to sit down at the beginning of each week and make a list of meal ideas. You can then write a shopping list for the whole week’s meals, just buying a few fresh ingredients when necessary. You’ll probably have lots of store cupboard ingredients anyway to keep the cost down. You may think that it’s going to take to much time to do, but over the course of the week then it’s going to be far more convenient than asking “what do you want for your tea?” each day.

Finding the Right Wine

I’m quite happy to admit that my knowledge of wines is extremely limited. I’m not a regular wine drinker and whilst I’ve certainly enjoyed a quite a few types of wine whilst with meals in restaurants, I’ve never really understood what makes certain wines complement certain types of food.

This hasn’t really been much of an issue for me up until now. I have a forthcoming family wedding where I have been asked to provide the catering. It will be quite a low key affair, with only 25 guests invited to the wedding breakfast, I know that I am capable of catering for that number of people; and I know I can put together a good menu that would equal that of any professional caterer. Where I come unstuck is with the choice of Wines.

Researching my topic provided varying results. I found and article that seemed pitched directly at me on the website. Its title is 5 wines you should know and it provided me with some handy information as a starting point. I found a great info-graphic at which really is worth taking a look at it’s also accompanied by a list of 5 guidelines for pairing the right wine with your food.

Ultimately my experience and knowledge of the wines listed is just too limited and getting it right on the day of paramount importance. I’ve decided that I need to bring in specialist help. I spoke to a company that not only has the great knowledge of wines but also specialises in wine delivery.

I was able to discuss the menu with them in detail and they were able to suggest the right wines that would complement the food perfectly. Choosing to hand this over to a specialist supplier was the right decision on this occasion. I can now concentrate on my speciality; the food. The research that I undertook has proven useful and I’ll be trying out a few of these wines to compliment my cooking when there’s not quite so much at stake.


It Doesn’t Have To Cost A Fortune To Eat Healthily

When it comes to eating healthily and eating meals which taste fantastic as well, many people have the common misconception that it’s going to cost them more! For some reason, many people have the idea in their heads that it’s cheaper to eat processed pre-packaged meals than cook up their own healthy grub, however, in many instances, this isn’t the case at all! In fact, we often recommend cooking healthy meals yourself as a method of how to save money for families alongside getting some decent food inside you! It’s amazing how great home cooked food tastes and, thanks to the wealth of food based TV shows, more and more people are realising that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to eat healthy, home cooked meals and that it can also be an awful lot of fun cooking and baking!

Next time you’re tempted to order a takeaway, stop yourself! Instead of ordering a pizza or a kebab, nip to the local shops and buy the ingredients to make yourself a home-made soup or even a spaghetti bolognese. Trust us; you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to cook some of your favourite meals from scratch and how great they actually taste! You don’t need to be the next Heston Blumenthal in order to cook up a brilliant tasting meal and there’s literally thousands of recipes which you can find online at places like the BBC Good Food website to ensure you never run out of ideas of what to cook!

In fact; why not set yourself a challenge. Put together a meal planner for you and your family and see if you can cook all your meals for the next 7 days from scratch…yep, we mean breakfast, lunch and tea! It’s a challenge to switch from purchasing ready cooked food to doing everything yourself, however after completing the challenge, you’ll realise how it’s not only cheaper to make your own meals but that in many cases, it tastes better too!

What are you waiting for? Put together your meal planner for the next week, get yourself to the supermarket to buy all the ingredients you’re going to need and get your chefs hat on!

preparing food


Cooking, although it may seem like a daunting task to some people, is not necessarily difficult and literally anybody can master the basics! However, despite the fact that there are so many simple recipes that can be easily grasped a great deal of people are still quite insistent that they can’t cook!
Seafood is considered by many people, even experienced cooks, as some of the most difficult food to prepare. It’s certainly true that if it’s not prepared correctly some seafood can go disastrously wrong, however if you stick to your recipe you should have no trouble at all! The main problem when cooking seafood is that is can be overcooked quite easily. Prawns, for example, can become pretty rubbery if they’re overcooked, but of course they shouldn’t be eaten undercooked, so getting them just right can be a challenge.

Nevertheless, despite the fact that some seafood dishes can be quite challenging to cook, particularly for an inexperienced chef, you shouldn’t be deterred from having a go at preparing some yourself! There are plenty of seafood dishes out there that are simple enough for beginners and you’ll struggle to go wrong with these.