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HOMEMADE OREO

HOMEMADE OREOThose famous American sandwich-cookies were born in 1912! This classic black and white cookie knows a huge variety of flavours so you can alter as you wish with mint, lemon, cinnamon.

Here is the recipe if you fancy making some. I have reduced the sugar content on the biscuit but trying to work on a less sugar loaded filling is a must.

Ingredients:
100g butter (soft)
180g sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tspn Vanilla Extract
180g wheat flour
70g cocoa powder (non sugary one)
1tspn bicarbonate of soda
2 tspn baking powder
1/4 tspn salt

Mix flour, cocoa, bicarbonate, baking powder and salt together.

Whip the soft butter until creamy then add the sugar and whip until fluffy.
Add the egg and the vanilla extract and whip until well combined.
Gradually add the mix of dry ingredients while whipping until all are integrated.

Wrap three small balls of this dough (it will be quite soft) into cling film and keep in the fridge for an hour. 
Shape each ball into a cylinder (width at your fancy) and cut 3mm thick circle with a sharp knife.

PS: at this stage you can even freeze the cylinder for later use.

Place on a baking tray with baking powder and bake in the oven at 180C for 10 minutes.

For the filling you will need to whip 60g of butter with 180g of icing sugar, 1tspn of vanilla extract (or any other natural flavouring you fancy) and 1 tbspn of milk. Whip until nicely combined and pour in between each baked biscuits (once cold from baking).


Created On  14 Sep 2019 13:58  -  Permalink
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WHAT WE GOT UP TO ON OUR SUMMER HOLIDAY





WHAT WE GOT UP TO
 ON OUR SUMMER HOLIDAY 

😋😋😋My beautiful daughter and I visited the world famous glass factory in Biot, France. She was mesmerised by the fact that glass was so soft when hot and made from just stone and water. 😋😋😋

Created On  10 Sep 2019 2:00  -  Permalink
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SWEET TASTE, AND WHY WE KEEP IT AWAY FROM THE OTHER FLAVOURS



SWEET TASTE, AND WHY WE KEEP IT AWAY FROM THE OTHER FLAVOURS 

😋😋😋We've seen before that to eat well is to welcome variety in our diet (see our blog on The Paradox of the Omnivores). That goes for us adults, as well as for our children and babies.

And that journey towards variety starts at the very beginning of life, in the womb, and never ceases to evolve throughout our entire life. And I thank Mother Nature for that, as otherwise I might still be stuck not liking pizza, tomatoes, or avocados, which used to fill me with disgust until my teenage years!

And that appreciation for variety is not innate but acquired, which means it is up to us parents to guide our children towards it. All the more so when we know that the first flavour to be perceived and recognised by the foetus is the sugary one.Otherwise called the sweet one. And we like it. We all do. Because it signals calories, therefore survival.

But nowadays, we do not live in a world where food scarcity is an issue for most. Abundance may have actually become the issue. And more precisely an abundance of sweetness and saltiness.

To help our babies and children appreciate variety, we therefore need to constantly expose them to the other 3 known flavours of sourness (acidity), bitterness, umami, as well as the almost infinite rainbow of in-betweens.

To help our babies and children appreciate variety, we therefore need to contrast all those flavours with something neutral:water, which is the most recommended drink with their meals. Something sugary would hide all the other flavours, as well as meddle with their hunger cues.

As for Ratatou´e, to help your babies and children appreciate variety we never mix sweet flavours with anything bitter or sour. For your babies, our purees will never mix cauliflower with mango, or kale with apple. For your children, we develop meals that will expose them to the whole range of flavours, never adding either sugar or salt, therefore altering the original tastes. We don't say no to sweetness at all, but we always keep it separate. Instead, we create nutrient-rich sweet products such as our 100% fruit compotes, to be enjoyed by the spoonful or used to sweeten porridge and yogurt, or make ice lollies.

Eat well. Grow strong. Live more. This is our motto. And I should also add: variety is our number one priority. After deliciousness off course! 😋😋😋

 

Created On  7 Aug 2019 7:00  -  Permalink
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TIME, OR WHY I STARTED RATATOUIE



TIME, OR WHY I STARTED RATATOUIE

😋😋😋Last night, as I was deep into my other bible, "The Way We Eat Now" by Bee Wilson (a brilliant must-read to navigate how we eat now, why and how we can stop it from damaging our health), I read something that summarised why I left banking and set up Ratatouie. Why I made my mission to make eating well simple for families and help them develop sustainable, healthy eating habits that benefit a lifetime.

Back then, like most of my fellow parents, I often felt that they were not enough minutes in the evening, after a mad day in the office and shuttling Adele here and there, nor any space left in my tired brain to create the lunches, dinners and snacks I aspired to. I felt it strong, despite my love of cooking, my knowledge and creativity in concocting a variety of delicacies to share with my loved ones.

As Bee rightly points out, "a lack of time hovers most of our modern food habits, thwarting our desires and forcing us into compromises we never quite intended". And those compromises are too often made up with ultra-processed, sugar, salt, and oil loaded "convenience" food, even when those claim high and loud that they are "healthy".

So, I said to myself: let's put an end to the compromises. Let's reconcile once and for all home-cooked with convenience. Let's use all my passion, creativity and skills to bring to my fellow parents the nutrient-rich, high quality food they aspire to. Ready in minutes. So, they can spend their precious time sharing that food, even if they do not have the time to plan, prepare and cook it.

I started with their babies, then their older children and moved on to developing recipes and meals that satisfy the whole family, because even mum and dad need to eat well.

Eat well. Grow strong. Live more. This is our motto. And I should also add: zero compromise.

Time is no longer a barrier to eating well, for your babies, children and yourselves. 😋😋😋

 

 

Created On  6 Aug 2019 8:00  -  Permalink
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KEEP YOUR SANITY WHILE SCHOOL IS OUT!



KEEP YOUR SANITY WHILE SCHOOL IS OUT!

😋😋😋 School's out, the sun is out, it's finally summer on the British island and we know (because it is the same for us!) that it is going to get manic. 

Don't panic as we can make it a holiday even for you with our range of high quality and delicious meals that serve your babies, school age children as well as the whole family.

All you would have left to do is select the outings, enjoy the games and create memories with your little ones, safe in the knowledge that those nutritious meals are actually ready. 

And some of you are even taking us on holidays in their suitcases or ordering a delivery directly to their holiday destination. If you are making the most of the beauty of this island this Summer, we can get it to you and you can truly relax with no planning, shopping, preparing and tidying on the horizon.

We have even launched a delicious salad for a quick, refreshing lunch or impromptu picnic in the park.

Today is the last day to order for this week.

We cannot wait to cook for you this Thursday. 😋😋😋

 

Created On  23 Jul 2019 8:00  -  Permalink
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THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS "I DO NOT LIKE VEGETABLES"

There is no such thing as "I don't like vegetables"

😋😋😋 I never understood how some people say they do not like fish when they do come in so many varieties, colours, shapes, textures and tastes. It is a bit like saying "I do not like vegetables" when an aubergine bears no resemblance whatsoever to a carrot or a broccoli.

For some reason, we are all far less categorical when it comes to sweet treats. No one ever says they do not like biscuits if they happen not to appreciate ginger oatcakes, but can't resist one of our Pick Me Up Cookies.
When it comes to chocolate, we all have our preferences. For instance, I tend to totally dislike flavoured chocolate (you'll never get me near them, be it with strawberry, orange or worse, mint!), but would I ever say a definitive "I do not like chocolate" and reject the whole category. Absolutely no way! And I know very few people who would.

So maybe that gives us a clue as to how we could handle our children claiming "I do not like vegetables" or "I do not like fish". Let them name a few they like (because there is always at least one) and immediately reject that restrictive claim. You could also give them a whole list of vegetables and let them choose every week five that they will eat and five that they will not eat, and you stick with those "likeable" five for that week. They must change every week and pick some new ones, with one or two as staples to make your life easier. You might be surprised how suddenly their minds open to trying new ones, as long as they can choose.

From our kitchen to your table, our nutrient-dense, balanced and delicious meals are delivered every week.

Let our kitchen do the work!

Just sit down and share. 😋😋😋

 

Created On  16 Jul 2019 8:00  -  Permalink
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