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Relax…Take it easy…

Just an FYI – my blog is tongue-in-cheek for the most part. So please relax. And yes, there are plenty of great nannies, just as there great families and vice versa. One is allowed to have their own experiences… and please stop trolling.

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Sunny May Bank Holiday, Chiltern Firehouse’s courtyard finally opens!

Nothing beats a Sunday Brunch ‘En Famille’ in the sun


Steak Tartare is a pleasure to look at… but unfortunately it’s like an Eastern European model, too skinny and not enough spice, looks win over substance this time….


They even provided toys for M! And a highchair for Baby X


The Kissing Doggies were as much a hit as the Strawberry Sundae…!


All in all, 5 stars for the sunshine, 5 stars for the kissing dogs and strawberry sundae, food and service still to be rated as they are battling teething problems, admitted by the waiter, ‘We opened this Saturday, so that’s why we are running around like head-less chickens. It is like opening a second, separate restaurant’. Which is why they ran out of cutlery and when I asked for a Dashamour I was brought a jalapeño bitter instead of my green juice. (They changed the name without telling me, and the green juice is now called a Green Goddess).

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‘Where am I?’

Saturday: Seaview Skiing…

seaview skiing

Sunday: Snowview Swimming…


** Win a Yotam Ottolenghi Cookbook ‘Jerusalem’ and a fun rom-com DVD filmed in this area if you can guess where both of these photos were taken. Email me at by June 1st. Winners announced by mid June**



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Happy Easter!!!



One of the best restos. Ever.

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Happy Easter!


East End Weekend

Light Jars at Shoreditch House

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East End Weekend


Because I'm Happy....

Happy Balloon made for M’s easter hat parade

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Because I’m Happy….

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Recipe for Madeleines

I was just at a kids birthday party where the highlight was not being in a hotel ballroom transformed into Disneyland (more on that in another blog), nor the quality of the entertainers or goody bags, but of warm home-made sweet madeleines made by the french dad and his daughter. Where do french women find husbands like that? Since I couldn’t change husbands, you see I am quite attached to mine, I asked him for the recipe and how long it took to make them. He replied breezily ‘I just looked ze recipe up on ze internet and it took me 20 minutes to make. 10 minutes to mix and 10 minutes in the oven’. That’s what I call very good foreplay. So for those women who want to impress at the school bake sale with something slightly more sophisticated than brownies and chocolate chip cookies, try this recipe. Or find yourself a sexy French man who will make them for you.


by Michel Roux Jr.


Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Brush the madeleine tray with melted butter then shake in a little flour to coat, tapping out the excess.
  2. Whisk together the eggs and the sugar in a bowl until frothy. Lightly whisk in the remaining ingredients. Leave to stand for 20 minutes before carefully pouring into the prepared madeleine tray.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the mixture has risen a little in the middle and is fully cooked through. Transfer the madeleines to a wire rack and leave for a few minutes to cool slightly. These are best eaten within an hour of cooking.