When you become a parent, your dining out experience is only one of the many many things that will change dramatically. Gone are the days when you could enjoy a three-course meal undisturbed and sip on your glass of Sauvignon without a care in the world. Oh no, there is nothing peaceful about going out for a meal with kids. In this instance, I’m talking about small kids specifically. Dining out with a toddler isn’t a smooth ride, but there are ways around and steps you can take to make the whole experience more manageable. Maybe even enjoyable. Ok, perhaps I’m pushing it a bit too far when I say enjoyable. But you can certainly carry it through without losing your mind. With some adjustments and planning, I don’t see a reason why you shouldn’t take your toddler out for a meal.  Here are some tips to help you deal…

I remember my mum always making some homemade bottled food, which would last for months, even a few years to come. Ever since I remember, she would do it year after year. It was just so much cheaper than buying things from supermarkets. Plus, it does taste better, and you know what’s in it. It wasn’t until I left Slovakia that I really appreciated her efforts and how lovely it is to have homemade instead of supermarket bought fruit purees, jams, fruit compotes or pickled gherkins. She would spend her summer days in the kitchen making all these. During our last visit to Slovakia, I have finally decided to start making some homemade preserved food myself. I chose to make applesauce with carrot because I saw how much my little one enjoyed my mum’s puree in Slovakia. Since my baby started eating solid food, we’ve been making an effort to cook homemade food…

Starting with solid foods and getting a baby used to new tastes and textures is a big deal for every parent. We all want what’s best for our children and providing them with the right nutrients carries a tremendous responsibility. We’ve been on solids for some good six – seven months now, and it’s not been the easiest ride, let me tell you. Our baby and veggies are not the best of friends. I’ll put it that way. When I hear my seven-month-old nephew eats anything and everything, keeping his mouth wide open every time a spoon is in his sight, I can’t help it but feel a bit jealous. Our baby was never like that. Ever since we introduced solid foods, things were always a bit complicated, to say the very least. It’s been an up and down experience, one day she would eat something, the next day she wouldn’t touch…

Ever since we moved to our current address, well over a year ago, I’ve been a regular shopper at my nearest supermarket, Aldi. I was sceptical at first, and my initial impression of the store wasn’t great, to be honest. I was so used to shopping at my local Morrisons, which is about ten times bigger than Aldi. It just looked so cheap, basic, small and not appealing to me at all. Nothing visually attractive that would catch my eye.

Once we moved in, I gave Aldi a try, and I was pleasantly surprised with the products and its quality. And the prices, of course. Yes, the selection of food on offer is somewhat limited, compared to mainstream supermarkets, but you can easily do your general shopping there. What’s good about Aldi? I’ve come up with a summary of things I like at Aldi and things I like a little bit less.

When I first arrived in the UK, there were was definitely many things I missed about my home country. Slovak food, especially my mum’s cooking, was only one of them.

Embarking on this new adventure meant that I had to adapt to a new cuisine. Even if you want to cook traditional food of your home country, it’s inevitable that sooner or later, you will have to taste a local cuisine.

When you live here, it’s not just British cuisine you will come into contact with. Over the past decades, immigrants from all over the world have settled here which means new tastes and dishes have also emerged with the arrival of various cultures. Plenty to sample, that’s for sure.