Rachel Brady

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Easy Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner can be overwhelming when you are the one cooking it. I know, everyone says “Oh it’s just a Sunday roast with bells on” but there can be a LOT of bells. And when you add into the mix…

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My better living manifesto

So I have had these feelings for a long time, but I keep ignoring them. In a nutshell, I want to live better. By ‘better’, I mean I want to feel good about my place in the world; that I’m…

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6 Christmas gift ideas for an outdoorsy family

If you’re anything like me, you love Christmas but every year you feel slightly nauseous at the over the top commercialism of it all. Gift-wise, we only give to kids in the family. I always do a charity donation usually…

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Sausage and root veg tray bake

I could eat this weekly. I loved it that much. I adore roasted root veg: the colours, the flavours, the caramelisation in the pan, especially when cooked with sausages. As you may know, I am addicted to tray bakes, as…

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Ashford-in-the-Water and Monsal Dale circular 4 mile walk

We are endeavoring as a family to be more active; something that is so much easier as the kids get older (something I fluctuate between sobbing about and enjoying). We still have to drag the kids out, and once on…

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24 hours in Malaga with kids

So I disappeared during half-term – and not just from social media – we went to Spain, where we are lucky enough to have a family holiday home to take advantage of. My in law’s rural finca is an hour…

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Easy chicken tray bake with green beans and tomatoes

Life-saving meal alert! I actually made this before half-term, before we left for Spain and I was soooo busy trying to do vlogtober (failed, well, didn’t fail as such as I gave up and had a complete break from social…

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Finally, I’m proud to be a stay at home mum

The eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that I recently changed my strap-line (the bit under my blog name) to Stay at home mum. And proud. Previously it was Real Family. Real Food. So why’d I do that? I’m…

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Trying out eco products for the home

I’m pretty sure it’s something most people would happily embrace; having a greener, more eco friendly home. Am I right? I mean, as parents we are the custodians of this planet until our kids take over and then it’s up…

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Smoked haddock and cauliflower gratin (bake)

Isn’t it funny how, after almost 6 years of blogging, my food photography has actually got worse!? Ah, never mind. I think I used to labour over it more – when I look back I really did some nice ones!…

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Crispy sea bass with roasted cauliflower pilau and yoghurt

When people say they can’t cook fish, they aren’t telling you the truth. Well, they think they are, but they are mistaken. I thought that too! But it’s really simple. Start with a fillet that is very easy to cook,…

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