Tag: families

Easton Farm Park

| July 29, 2012

We spent a wonderful day at Easton Farm Park when we were on holiday in Suffolk recently.

Easton Farm Park is located near Woodbridge. To get there we drove through beautiful winding country roads, forests and farmland.

There’s a wide range of farm animals for children to see and feed including pigs, rabbits, chickens, goats and horses.

Imogen loved the tractors that are available for children to ride on. She couldn’t reach the pedals so Mummy and Daddy had fun driving her around the farm!

We all rode on a pony and cart which was a delightful experience for Imogen, being her first experience of a pony.

It was wonderful to see Imogen relate to the farm animals. We’ve read plenty of books with stories about farm animals and tractors so Easton Farm Park really brought this alive.

Easton Farm Park is very well organised with timed events giving families the ability to enjoy everything the farm has to offer.

The train ride is lots of fun for parents and children. It took us around the animal yard and past some of the horses in the paddocks.

And if you get caught by rain, as we did, there’s a large soft play centre for babies and children that includes a soft swing, ball pits and slides.

The outdoor play area has swings, slides and a flying fox for older children.

There are pony rides and hug a bunny sessions. Imogen desperately wanted to ride a pony when she saw the older children on them. We compromised and she happily settled for wearing a riding hat whilst watching the children ride the ponies!

It was a great day out and we’ll be sure to go back next time we’re in Suffolk.

Where’s your favourite family farm park?

Pumpkin, Leek & Sprouting Broccoli Quiche

| February 23, 2012

This recipe is for a vegetarian no pastry quiche with ricotta and sweet roasted pumpkin. It’s colourful, tasty and a great way for the family to get 2 of their 5 a day.

It’s packed full of healthy goodness and is versatile for families as it can be eaten at anytime of the day, hot or cold. I use organic vegetables as these taste better and are grown without chemicals.

As an alternative to sprouting broccoli, this quiche can be made with baby spinach.

Pumpkin, Leek & Sprouting Broccoli No Pastry Quiche

Serves 4

Preparation Time 10 minutes

Cooking Time 45 minutes

700g butternut pumpkin, peeled and cut into 2 cm pieces
Olive oil
1 leek, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
100g sprouting broccoli (or baby spinach leaves)
4 eggs
2 egg whites
60ml (1/4 cup) skim milk
80g (1/3 cup) fresh low-fat ricotta
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
Mixed salad leaves, to serve

Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C for fan ovens).

Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Place the pumpkin on the lined tray and spray with olive oil. Bake in oven for 25 minutes or until golden.

Chop the sprouting broccoli into 2 cm pieces. Place in a pan with water and boil for 2 minutes. Drain.

Heat a large non-stick frying pan with a little olive oil over medium heat. Add the leek and cook for 5 minutes or until soft, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute or until soft. Add the sprouting broccoli and stir for 1 minute (or if adding baby spinach, stir for 3 minutes or until the spinach wilts).

Line a 26cm x 16cm (base measurement) baking dish with non-stick baking paper. Spread the pumpkin and leek mixture evenly over the base of the pan.

Whisk the eggs, egg whites and milk in a jug. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the pumpkin and leek. Sprinkle the ricotta evenly over the vegetables.

Bake for 25 minutes or until puffed and golden. Sprinkle with basil.

Enjoy the quiche on its own or serve with mixed salad leaves.

Healthy Eating for Families

| February 7, 2012

As a Nutritional Advisor I’m passionate about healthy eating, nutrition, organic produce and getting back to nature.

Food should be fun, natural and fresh. Healthy eating ensures you get all the right nutrients from your food to provide you with the best possible health and wellbeing.

Riverford is my favourite choice for fresh, organic produce. There’s a fantastic selection of organic produce including veg, fruit, meat, cheese, bread, dairy and more. There’s free delivery on all of Riverford’s fruit, veg and meat box orders. Riverford grow their own and deliver only the best fresh organic produce across the UK.

My baby is in the process of weaning and we’re having great fun experimenting with fruit and veg. It’s hugely entertaining watching the expressions she makes as she tries something new, or if my latest recipe doesn’t taste quite as she expected! One of the great joys of being a parent is helping my baby learn about good nutrition, healthy eating and living well.

Riverford Organics have just launched their brand new iPhone app, with over 770 searchable recipes – inspired by their Field Kitchen restaurant and the recipes they write for their organic vegboxes. Check it out Riverford iPhone App.

Riverford are currently giving away a free copy of their bestselling book Riverford Farm Cook Book RRP £16.99 when you order one of their brilliant veg boxes.

The Riverfood Farm Cook Book is full of original recipes and is a wonderful companion to your veg box, providing delicious recipes to bring out the best in your veg box.