TMC Family Recipe of the Week Fish Pie

Ingredients

1.5 kg floury potatoes
4 large free-range eggs , optional
50 g unsalted butter
50 g plain flour
2 fresh bay leaves
350 ml quality fish stock
350 ml semi-skimmed milk , plus an extra splash
50 g Cheddar cheese
½ a lemon
1 heaped teaspoon English mustard
a few sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley , optional
300 g skinless, boneless white fish , such as coley, whiting, haddock, cod
200 g skinless boneless salmon
200 g skinless, boneless undyed smoked haddock
200 g baby spinach
extra virgin olive oil
1 whole nutmeg , for grating

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6.

2. Peel the potatoes and cut into 2cm chunks, then boil for around 15 minutes, or until tender. Add the eggs for the last 8 minutes (if using).

3. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed pan over a low heat and stir in the flour. Add the bay, then bit by bit, add the stock and the milk, stirring after every addition until you have a smooth, silky sauce. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, or until thickened.

4. Stir in the mustard, grate in half the cheese, then squeeze in the lemon juice. Pick, finely chop and stir in the parsley (if using), then keep stirring until the cheese is melted. Season with a little black pepper, then remove from the heat.

5. Get yourself a 25cm x 30cm baking dish. Check that there aren’t any stray bones lurking in the fish fillets, then slice into 2.5cm chunks and spread them evenly over the base of the dish.

6. Wilt and add the spinach, then peel, quarter and add the eggs (if using). Remove the bay leaves, then pour over the white sauce and allow to cool slightly.

7. Drain the potatoes well and mash with a little extra virgin olive oil, a splash of milk and a few scrapings of nutmeg. Spoon the potatoes over the pie and scuff up the surface with a fork.

8. Grate the remaining Cheddar over the top and bake in the oven for 45 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through, the sauce is bubbling up at the sides and the top is golden.

Delicious served with lots of green veg.

Tried and Tested Newborn Baby Buys

Having a baby and no idea what to buy? 

Andi Venardos (THE MUM CLUB’S Brand Partnerships Assistant) recently had a baby and these are the items she’s put to the test. 

Anex Air X Buggy - £349
1.
Anex Air X Buggy – £349

This is a great lightweight buggy for when I need to duck out quickly – it’s so compact size and I’m able to fold/unfold it with just one hand. Plus when I finally get to go away, it’s great for travel too.

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DockATot Deluxe+ Dock -  Acanthus - £160
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DockATot Deluxe+ Dock – Acanthus – £160

This is a saving grace! It’s incredibly functional and beautiful too. It’s an essential item that allows me to safely pop bub down to rest and play. It is super handy for travelling with too.

 *Top tip: It’s well worth getting a spare cover so you still use it when messy moments occur.

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Cybex Cloud Z2 i-Size Car Seat - £249.95
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Cybex Cloud Z2 i-Size Car Seat – £249.95

Is it wierd to be obsessed with a car seat? It’s honestly the best. I got it because all my friends swore by it and they are completely right. It clicks into my pram so I don’t need to wake the baby up if he’s slept in the car.

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Baby Glass Bottle Complete Set 110ml - €19.95
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Baby Glass Bottle Complete Set 110ml – €19.95

Not only do they look good, but they are safe for baby. They are made of borosilicate glass which is extremely durable and heat resistant. They also have a round nipple in nature rubber and an anti-colic function.

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Jem + Bae Remy Eco Changing Backpack - £160
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Jem + Bae Remy Eco Changing Backpack – £160

A baby bag that my husband also feels comfortable rocking. It’s sustainably made and the perfect combination of fashion meets function.

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Bambo Nature Premium Eco Nappies - £5.20
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Bambo Nature Premium Eco Nappies – £5.20

I wanted nappies that had no nasties, and are kind to my baby’s bottom and the environment. I love how they have a wetness indicator that changes colour.

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Tommee Tippee UV Steriliser and Dryer - £100
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Tommee Tippee UV Steriliser and Dryer – £100

This is such a good steriliser and means your worktops aren’t full of messy wet bottles. I even use it to sterilise my nipple shields and breast bump attachments.

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Chekoh Baby Carrier - Moss Cord Clip - 219.95 AUD
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Chekoh Baby Carrier – Moss Cord Clip – 219.95 AUD

I’m Australian, so it was a no-brainer to support Australian brand Chekoh when choosing my baby carrier. They have the most gorgeous designs and are so well priced & yes they ship internationally to the United Kingdom.

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Graco Side-By-Side Bedside Bassinet - £79.99
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Graco Side-By-Side Bedside Bassinet – £79.99

Who knew having multiple cots and beds for your baby would be so damn handy. This is also great for travel and currently we keep in the spare room to give me some time off.

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Bugaboo Giraffe Baby Bundle - £317.90
10.
Bugaboo Giraffe Baby Bundle – £317.90

I’ve not used this yet but it’s a fabulous high chair that can see me through the ages of my baby and one that actually looks nice in my house. It’s compact and doesn’t take up much space and can be used as a chair for adults too.

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naturalmat Baby Coco Mat and Stokke Sleepi - £765
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naturalmat Baby Coco Mat and Stokke Sleepi – £765

Yes I’m super organised and I have my cot already. This one will grow with my bub as he gets older and the mattress is 100% natural & chemical-free crafted in Devon. The fact that it is natural, chemical free and sustainable is what I love most and the reason why I had to invest.

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DockATot Nursing Pillow - Emerald Chambray - £80
12.
DockATot Nursing Pillow – Emerald Chambray – £80

An essential item for those late-night and early-morning feeds.

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Elvie Breast Pump
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Elvie Breast Pump

I love how I can discretely pump and go about my day making life as a new mum 100 times easier.

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Theodore & James Linen Luxe Playmat - 350AUD
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Theodore & James Linen Luxe Playmat – 350AUD

Handcrafted from flax linen, it’s not only comfortable for my baby but it also looks good in my home.

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Cubo AI  Sleep Safety Bundle - £399
15.
Cubo AI Sleep Safety Bundle – £399

I’m an anxious person, and being a first-time mum I needed to have that piece of mind that my baby would be safe while they slept.

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Maternity Jeans to Buy Now

All products on this page have been selected by our editorial team, however, we may make a commission on some products.

Jean shopping can be a headache at the best of times. Throw in an ever-expanding bump to the mix and you’d be forgiven for wearing leggings for the duration of your pregnancy.

Well, the good news is, we’ve done the legwork for you so that you can confidently shop maternity denim from the comfort of your own home.

TMC Family Recipe Of The Week: ‘Bad Boy’ Chilli Con Carne

Ingredients:

2 tbsp coconut oil
2 onions diced
2 celery sticks diced
4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
2 tsp sweet smoked paprika
1-2 tsp cayenne pepper add more if you like it hot
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
50ml Worcestershire sauce
2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
200ml beef stock
1kg reduced-fat beef mince
1kg turkey mince
2 x 400g tins of kidney beans drained and rinsed
a small bunch of coriander roughly chopped
a small bunch of parsley roughly chopped
rice to serve

Method:

Melt about ½ tablespoon of the coconut oil in a very large hob-proof casserole dish or saucepan over a medium to high heat. When it is hot, add the diced onions and celery and cook for 4 minutes until the vegetables are just beginning to soften.

Add the garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes.

Reduce the heat a little and sprinkle in the paprika, cayenne, oregano and cumin and fry, stirring almost constantly for 30 seconds. Squeeze in the tomato puree and again fry while stirring constantly for 30 seconds. Pour in the vinegar and let it bubble down to almost nothing, then pour in the Worcestershire sauce, tinned tomatoes and beef stock. Bring slowly up to the boil.

Meanwhile, melt a little more of the coconut oil in a large frying pan over a high heat. When it is hot, add about a third of the meat (totally fine to mix up the turkey and beef) and fry hard, avoiding the temptation to constantly stir. Fry the meat for about 3 minutes, or until browned all over, then tip the browned meat into the main pot and repeat the process with the remaining oil and mince.

Bring the massive pot of chilli up to a simmer and cook with a cocked lid on top for 1 hour 15 minutes, checking every now and then to make sure your chilli doesn’t need a splash more stock to stop it from cooking dry.

Finally, add the kidney beans to the mix and cook for a further 20 minutes, until the meat is lovely and soft and the chilli is nice and thick.

Finish the chilli with the fresh herbs and serve with rice.

Recipe from www.thebodycoach.com

What to Wear This Week

Comfort and warmth are key this season and here is how we do it in style. *Top tip: Cashmere accessories are a great way to add warmth to an outfit without breaking the bank.

The Best Family Holidays to Book Now

Whether you’re trying to think of things to do in the next half-term or just dreaming your way out of this very cold January, we’ve partnered with TUI to bring you some of the best places to book right now.

The Best Place for a City Break

Copenhagen
Copenhagen

Travelling to cities can sometimes feel far from relaxing, but not when you’re in Copenhagen. Not only is it one of the coolest places we’ve been to (pre-kids). But it’s also made for families. Whether you’re visiting the famous Tivoli theme park, tasting great food in the market or experiencing one of the 125 public playgrounds and activities, we’re more than sure you’lll have a great time.

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Our TUI pick: Tivoli Hotel 

Bang smack in the centre. This hotel has everything you need for a successful family break. Not only does the hotel cater for kids with play areas, themed rooms and a playground. But it’s also right next to the Tivoli theme park, and one of its restaurants is Sticks’n’Sushi, so you don’t have to compromise on good food just because your kids are in tow. 

What to Pack for Copenhagen

The Best Place to Soak Up the Sun

The Moroccan Coast
The Moroccan Coast

Fed up of hearing that the Canary Islands are the only place to go for winter sun? Why not try Morocco? Not only is the flight about 2-3 hours, but it’s also very reasonable, and you get a lot for your buck. The coast is becoming hugely popular with families and many areas have surf and yoga chilled-out vibes. Areas like Tagazout (a small fishing village close to Agadir) not only have great hangouts, a beautiful coastline, and things to do. But they’re up and coming, so a lot of the resorts are new and have huge modern facilities created for kids.

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Our TUI Pick: Paradis Plage Resort

This hotel is constantly featured on lists of the best place to stay on the Moroccan coast. Not only is the setting stunning, but it also has a spa, a surf school, a beachfront yoga studio, an outdoor cinema and beautiful decor and rooms.

And if you’re taking the children, there are tons of activities for them too! Plus, there’s also a kids club and babysitting can be arranged.

What to Pack for Morocco

The Best Place to Ski with Kids

Crystal Ski Holidays
Crystal Ski Holidays

Part of TUI, Crystal Ski Holidays offers customers everything they need to ski in one convenient package, making skiing with children seem feasible, as they take care of everything. From lift passes and equipment hire, to ski schools and kids’ clubs. They even have a select number of resorts that offer Pepi Penguin nurseries that care for little ones as young as 6-months.
So what might seem like a logistical nightmare to do with young children, could actually be quite fun!
Apres ski and spa, here we come!

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Our Crystal Pick: La Plagne Ski Holidays

Not only is the resort right next to the slopes, but it also has a spa and is continuously voted as one of the best places for families to ski.

Some activities nearby include bowling, a cinema, an ice cave, ice skating, skidoos and even bobsleighs. The resort also has the Beanie Bear club for children aged 3-8 and the Pepi Penguin nursery for 6 months – 4 years. Meaning you can enjoy some time on your own too!

What to Pack for a Family Ski Holiday

3 Reasons Why We Love TUI

Kids go free

TUI offer thousands of free kids places, even in the summer holidays! They have a handy free kids’ place finder, to help customers find hotels with free kids’ places available.

Find out more here

Single parents pay less

If you’re after a holiday deal for one, or you’re a single adult travelling with children, you can save £100 on holidays departing between now and October. £100 on holidays departing between 1st November 2022 and 30th April 2023 and £150 on holidays departing between 1st May – 31st October 2023.

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They make finding a luxury family holiday easy

TUI’s Sensatori collection features hotels that cater for adults needs as much as kids. With luxury accommodation and dining, adult-only zones and indulgent experiences – you’ll come away feeling like you actually had a holiday.

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What to Wear This Week

We are keeping it comfy and casual this week, adding in some colour to brighten up these grey wintery days. Layer with a mac or warm coat depending on what the weather’s doing.

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The Brands That Look after Your Kids and the Planet

Wouldn’t it be great if all the things you bought for your baby did something to help the environment too?

Well, these brands are doing exactly that.

From carbon-neutral car seats to sustainably created carriers, these brands are helping to protect your kids and the planet!

Britax - Romer KIDFIX i-SIZE £295
Britax – Romer KIDFIX i-SIZE £295

Meet Britax’s first carbon neutral seat!
Not only will they look after your children, and keep them comfy, on every car journey. They are also looking out for Mother Earth, as this seat is also available in their Green Sense soft fabric covers that are made from 100% recycled PET plastic bottles.
And if you buy one, the packaging your car seat comes in is also sustainable. With plant-based bags, recycled cartons and biodegradable tags. They’ve thought of everything!

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Binibamba - Cloud Merino Snugglesuit £89
Binibamba – Cloud Merino Snugglesuit £89

Did you know that sheepskin is one of the hardest wearing natural fibres on the planet? BINIBAMBA products are like modern, snugly heirlooms to be loved on loop. All natural, hypoallergenic, antibacterial and extremely stylish, we’re huge fans of this brand and particularly love their baby snugglers, which are 100% natural, biodegradable and sustainable.

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Naturalmat Baby - The Coco Mat From £85
Naturalmat Baby – The Coco Mat From £85

Naturalmat Baby have had a planet-friendly approach from day one. Their beds and mattresses are all made by them in the UK, in their solar-powered workshop and from materials that are biodegradable or recyclable. They are 100% natural, hypoallergenic and you’ll find no plastics, VOCs or any other chemicals in their products. A brand we wholeheartedly trust.

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Bambo Nature – Premium Eco Nappies £6.67

Want an eco nappy you can rely on? Bambo Nature are as strong and effective as they are safe and sustainable.
Designed specifically for children’s delicate skin. They only use carefully selected and approved ingredients and materials to minimize the risk of skin irritation and to keep your child’s skin soft, dry, and healthy.

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Organic Zoo create timeless 100% organic clothing that’s better for our little ones and better for the planet. They are committed to running a business that cares. And are always looking for ways to improve what they do and to ensure their business is as sustainable as possible.

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Childs Farm and Farmologie’s ethics and values permeate everything that they produce; from ethically sourced suppliers and sustainably sourced naturally derived ingredients, to their 100% recycled ocean prevented plastic bottles and more.

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By 2023, Bugaboo pushchairs will be produced with bio-based material instead of fossil-based plastic. This game-changing innovation upcycles plant-based waste to give it a new life.

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BabyBjorn – Baby Carrier One £175

BabyBjorn aim to make only long-lasting products that can be handed down to be worn by child after child. Just as they have done since the very beginning in 1961. They are constantly working to minimise their carbon footprint on the planet – from how their products are designed to how they’re manufactured and shipped.

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Kit & Kin – Baby Oil £9.99

Who doesn’t love Kit & Kin? Not only are their products beautiful to look at but the ethos behind the brand is all about protecting the planet. There’s no green washing here. They use gentle and natural ingredients that are better for your baby, they give back with initiatives that help the rainforest and fund educational and healthcare clinics. And, they are cruelty free and use sustainable sourced and ethical materials.

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You’ll find no chemical nasties in these wipes, just pure, plant based natural ingredients. Made with bamboo, 99% purified water and 1% aloe vera. They’re also biodegradable. And they’re made from naturally hypoallergenic material and their supply chain is also Carbon Balanced and protects the rainforest and its inhabitants from deforestation.

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9 Laundry Hacks That Could Change Your Life

Who knew that becoming a parent would mean you spend 65% of your time washing and organising clothes!

We also spend way more money on their clothes than on ours. So, when their new very cool sweater gets a stain on it, we’re definitely more annoyed than we should be.

However, we are 100%, not the kind of people who know how to get that shit out (actually that’s a lie, Jess, TMC Franchise Coordinator, is!).

So we’ve leaned on the expert know-how of the Queen of Clean, Lynsey Crombie. Who is the UK’s No. 1 home & lifestyle expert, best-selling author and successful clean-fluencer (yes that’s a thing!). To bring you, and whoever does the washing, some hopefully life-changing tips.

*Oh and there’s also a tip in there from TMC’s Jess.

How to wash your clothes better

  1. You need to stop using hot water
    Using hot water? Stop, says Lynsey. “Most baby food stains are protein based so these are pretty easy to get out, but you must always use cold water as hot water will set the stain even further into the fabric. Reverse the garment and flush under a cold tap to push as much of the stain out as you can using just the water.”
    “Washing up liquid is normally all you need. After the cold flush rub in a few drops of washing up liquid, leave to sit for approx. 15 minutes, rinse, then wash as normal.”
    “If you are finding that most of the babies’ items are stained and don’t have the time to stand and pre-treat each stain, add into the wash a non bio stain remover, I recommend Astonish OXY active non bio stain remover, with this product you just add a scoop direct to the drum before adding in your laundry.”
  2. You don’t need a specific baby wash
    Lynsey says, “Always use a non bio wash because the stain busting enzymes in bio can be too harsh for babies’ skins. But most brands do a non-bio option and you do not need to go for baby specific brands.”
  3. These are the best stain removers
    Lynsey says, “All stain removers tend to work if you follow the instructions, Vanish just tends to be a higher priced stain remover.”
    “For stubborn stains that won’t budge I highly recommend use ACE, treat the stain as soon as you can and then wash as normal. Or add in a Oxy Active non bio stain remover to your wash.”
  4. How to get the whitest wash
    Lynsey says, “To achieve the whitest washing use bicarbonate of soda. Put it into each wash and add a big scoop direct to the drum.”
  5. Hang your clothes near a window to remove stains
    Jess, TMC Franchise Coordinator (and also our resident cleaning expert), says, “Hanging your whites in sunlight after you’ve cleaned them helps to get rid of baby poo and tomato stains. The sun acts as a natural bleaching agent as its UV rays break down the stains molecular structure. Obviously far more effective in summer but one I’ve tried and it definitely works.”
  6. The best way to remove pen marks
    Lynsey says, “For felt pens marks, a mixture of washing up liquid and white vinegar will get these out, rub in together and leave to soak.”

    “For ink, soak in full fat milk overnight and then wash as normal.”
  7. Why you should wash baby clothes before they wear them
    Lynsey says, “Baby clothes can pick up a lot of dust and irritants between the warehouse, the shop, and your home. So, it is a good idea to give them a little refresh as babies have such sensitive skin.”
    Don’t have time? TMC Editor, Lydia House says, “I definitely did this for my first baby and my mum thought I was mad. However, my son’s skin is very sensitive, so I’m glad I did. I didn’t always do it with my second and he was fine. So if you don’t have time, I wouldn’t stress about it too much. You’ll. know soon enough if your baby is more sensitive than others.”
  8. The best way to get out bolognese stains
    Lynsey says, “As this is a protein stain if treated quick will come out easily with a cold flush and washing up liquid.”
  9. Marks on clothes after every wash? This might be why…
    Lynsey says, “If your washing is coming out of your machine with marks on then this is a sign that your washing machine is not clean, it is very important that we look after and clean the things that clean for us. Clean the machine and also empty and clean the filter, to clean the machine there are many great washing machine cleaners available from the supermarkets such as Dr Beckmann and Vamoosh or you can use soda crystals.”
    “Don’t forget to take out the drawer and give this a soak.”

Stylish Items for Baby That Look Good in Your Home

From chic machine-washable rugs to beautiful cots that adapt to your kid’s age.

Meet the practical baby items that won’t make your home look like soft play.

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TMC Family Recipe of The Week: Super Green Shakshuka

A green alternative to one of our favourite brunch dishes.

Ingredients

½ a bunch of asparagus (175g)
½ a head of broccoli (175g)
1 clove of garlic
2 teaspoons harissa (if you have it)
4 eggs
2 tablespoons cottage cheese

Method

1. Take the heads off the asparagus and broccoli and slice the stalks into small to medium pieces and fry gently in a pan.
2. Press and add garlic.
3. Fry for 5 minutes.
4. Add 1 teaspoon of harissa (if you have it) and 300ml of boiling water..
5. Bubble and reduce until ½cm of liquid is left in the pan.
6. Season and then add the tips of the asparagus and the broccoli florets.
7. Cover for 3 minutes to cook.
8. Make gaps in the mixture and crack in the eggs.
9. Cover the pan and cook on a medium heat for 3 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked to your liking.
10. Dollop over the cottage cheese (or use feta), spoon over the remaining harissa and finish with a pinch of black pepper (mint if you’re feeling fancy) and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Original recipe and Image from https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/category/course/one-pan-recipes/

TMC Family Recipe of The Week: Winter Minestrone One Pot

Ingredients

1 Large Onion
½ Butternut Squash
2 Large Carrots
½ Savoy Cabbage
2 Celery Sticks
1 Large Courgette
2 Garlic Cloves
80g Spinach Leaves
400g tin Chopped Tomatoes
400g tin Mixed Beans, drained
2 Vegetable Stock Cubes
50g Tomato Purée
2 tsp Dried Oregano
2 tsp Paprika
½ tsp Ground Black Pepper
Sea Salt
1 litre Boiling Water
50ml Olive Oil

Method

1. Peel and finely chop the onion, squash and carrots.

2. Wipe and then chop the celery finely.

3. Peel and mince the garlic.

4. In a large pan, sauté the onion, garlic and celery in the olive oil for a few minutes, then add the chopped carrots and squash.

5. Add the water and tomatoes, then crumble over the stock cubes.

6. Bring to the boil, stirring as you cook.

7. Add the tomato purée, paprika, oregano and pepper, then season with some salt and cook for 15 minutes.

8. Shred the cabbage and chop the courgette finely, then add to the pan and cook for a further 8 minutes.

9. Add the beans to the pan.

10. Slice the spinach leaves roughly and add to the pan.

11. Cook for another 5 minutes, then serve.

Recipe and image from https://www.aldi.co.uk/c/recipes

More recipes: https://themumclub.com/category/life/food/

TMC Hot List January 2023

Prioritise yourself, get your sex life back, and learn a new skill. Or, just stay in and watch some excellent TV.

Treat Your Face

Celestial Black Diamond Non-Surgical Face Lift - 90 minutes, £240
Celestial Black Diamond Non-Surgical Face Lift – 90 minutes, £240

“Make self-care a priority and book yourself in for a treatment. Get someone else to look after the kids and go! You don’t have to say it’s physio, a doctors apt or the dentist, self-care is a key factor to supporting your mental health and you should never feel guilty about it. I went to this one a few months after having my son, and it was absolute heaven. Whether you want to refresh your post-Christmas boozy face or you’re just f*cking tired, it made my skin look so much better. I looked fresher, and it was lovely to take a moment for myself.”

TMC Co-Founder Lauren Webber

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Book a Couples Trip

The Retreat Elcot Park
The Retreat Elcot Park

It’s bloody hard looking after tiny humans and maintaining a relationship with the person you started this mad crazy journey with. It’s easy to start feeling very disconnected from each other, and sometimes a trip away or a date night is all you need. The kids will be OK, and you’ll be so happy you took out some time for each other. Want some inspiration on where to go? We’ve got our eyes on The Retreat, Elcot Park. It was voted Britain’s best hotel by The Times and looks like the perfect place to relax and unwind. See you there!

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Take the Kids to London

Tiny Hox @ the Hoxton Hotel
Tiny Hox @ the Hoxton Hotel

The Hoxton is fast becoming our favourite place to stay when we visit London.
We love it so much that we had our TMC Xmas party there! And on our last stay, we found out they also offer tons of things for kids (if you decide to bring them). They have cribs, bottle warmers, and natural organic mattresses from Naturalmat – who we love. And they give you a tiny tote with a colouring book and Little’uns breakfast bag. Just tell them you need a Tiny Hox when booking, and they’ll take care of the rest.

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Shop in Peace

Ikea Creche Reopens
Ikea Creche Reopens

Need to do an IKEA haul or look at some kitchen specs in peace? Well, their creches have returned (they shut during COVID). And Reading, Exeter, Warrington, Milton Keynes, Newcastle Gateshead, Southampton, Greenwich, Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham and Warrington are all now open. The supervised non-bookable play area for children aged 3-10 is completely free of charge for 45 minutes. So, you can head into a store and enjoy some shopping while the kids do their thing.

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Learn a New Skill

Marcus Bean Cookery
Marcus Bean Cookery

Want to learn a new skill? Or improve on your already pretty decent cookery skills? Then check out the Brompton Cookery School.
Professional chef Marcus Bean runs it and teaches some of the classes himself. They have tons of classes to choose from, from making stylish vegetarian food (that even meat eaters will love) to pastry masterclasses, bread courses, and more.

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Get Your Sex Life Back

Get Your Mojo Back
Get Your Mojo Back

If your sex life is non-existent, then please don’t think you’re on your own.
We all struggle with our mojo (the word even makes us feel a bit awkward!).
Thankfully this brilliant, insightful, and funny book is coming out this month and is here to save the day.

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Be Inspired and Listen to This

The High Performance Podcast
The High Performance Podcast

If your brain is feeling a little fuzzy and filled with baby-related Qs and issues, then you might like a grown-up chat to tune into that doesn’t involve kids.
We love this podcast and granted we need to be in the right mindset to listen (and have had enough sleep – there’s one on that), but when we’re geared up, it’s a great one to get stuck into.
Power thoughts on those walks in the park, coming home ready to take on the world / make a cup of tea.

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Blow Dry Your Hair Like a Pro

Duck & Dry Blow-Dry Course
Duck & Dry Blow-Dry Course

Ever wonder how hairdressers manage to blow-dry your hair to perfection?
Now you can now learn how to do it yourself. As London hair salon, Duck and Dry offer a very cool blow-dry class.
So, when you get the time, you can recreate that just-out-of-the-salon look.

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His Dark Materials Season 3
His Dark Materials Season 3

If you haven’t already watched this, then we recommend catching up as it’s so blimmin brilliant, and we’re so excited for season 3.

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Firefly Lane
Firefly Lane

Best friends Tully and Kate support each other through good times and bad with an unbreakable bond that carries them from their teens to their 40s.

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Harry & Meghan
Harry & Meghan

It’s one of the most talked about shows atm, and whether you’re for or against them, it’s worth tuning into it, even if it’s just to join in on the What’s App convo.

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Happy Valley Season 3
Happy Valley Season 3

We loved the last two seasons and this one is set to be just as good. If you haven’t seen it, it’s well worth a watch.

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Arrange a Girls Night Out

Lucky Voice's Hottest New Spot
Lucky Voice’s Hottest New Spot

Because it takes about three million years to get your friends in order, we suggest getting a date in the diary now. And the perfect destination is opening this month. Lucky Voice Karaoke bar opens its newest site in Devonshire Square, London, and it’s going to have the most impressive booths for you to let loose in and a large disco wrecking ball that you can sit on and unleash your inner Miley Cyrus. Things are gonna get wild people!

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What to Wear This Week

With all the festive craziness coming to a pause, we are all about comfort. This cashmere set is perfect for a day of lounging and enjoying all the Christmas food!

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