My boys are really active boys. They love sports, wrestling and computer games. Of course they enjoy reading but they would much rather be outdoors kicking a football around than any other thing!
But I want them to read more books. I want then to immerse themselves in the pages of a good novel and keep turning the pages until they reach the very end.
They read the books they get from school as homework, but I am always on the search for books they will just adore to read.
So the other day my older son and I came across this wonderful set of books in our local WHSmiths, and they are a winner!
The Books –
Ultimate Football Heroes is a series of biographies telling the life-stories of the biggest and best footballers in the world and their incredible journeys from childhood fan to super-star professional player.
Written in fast-paced, action-packed style these books are perfect for all the family to collect and share.
My son has already read a lot of the books in the series – Messi, Ronaldo, Hazard to name a few. He has told me all about what he has found out. He has got a few more ordered coming soon.
So the key to getting kids to read more is to find books which interest them. Such a great series of books for any football fans out there!
You can buy the series in all good bookshops and on Amazon uk now!
There are some fantastic movies available to watch on Netflix. We had some very snowy days over the past week and it was a perfect opportunity to look at the movies on Netflix more closely.
I love movies which tell a real story, and this was one of those. Amazing actors, super scenery and a story which is gripping from beginning to the end.
The Movie –
Testament of Youth is a story of love, loss and strength during the first World War. Based on the book Testament of Youth written by Vera Brittain, a true story of her life.
Vera Brittain is an intelligent, strong willed young lady from a well to do family. A loving brother, a handsome fiancee, and a place at Oxford University. Then World War changes everything. The men she loves all head to war, and are all lost one by one.
A true story of strength and courage.
I was extremely touched by this movie.
Alicia Vikander plays Vera Brittain amazingly.
After the movie I googled the real Vera. Such a heartbreaking story.
It is now available to watch on Netflix. Not to be missed! I look forward to reading the book.
I have always loved pickles. Not just regular gherkins, but any vegetables pickled. I do understand it is an acquired taste, but I read recently just how good fermented vegetables are for you.
Kimchi is a staple in Korean cuisine, is a traditional side dish made from salted and fermented vegetables, most commonly napa cabbage and Korean radishes, with a variety of seasonings including chili powder, scallions, garlic, ginger, and jeotgal (salted seafood).
The most important fact about Kimchi is that it has been known to be the secret to a long life. South Korea is expected to be the first country where life expectancy reaches 90. Made with cabbage, kimchi is salty and spicy, and full of probiotics, and vitamins A & B. It also contains lots of lactobacilli – a good bacteria found in yogurt and healthy guts. Scientists think it is why South Koreans live so long.
So here is my simple Kimchi recipe my darling mother found in a magazine & tried. If you love pickles and spicy foods you will love it!
1 Chinese Cabbage – quartered
2 tablespoons sea salt
1 small piece of ginger
4 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
2 teaspoons sugar
Remove the stalks from the cabbage. Cut it up into 4cm pieces.
Place in a bowl, sprinkle over the salt. Rub the salt into the cabbage with your fingers.
Cover the cabbage with cold water, cover and set aside for 2 hours.
Sieve the water, rinse thoroughly under water then leave to drain.
Place the garlic cloves, ginger and sugar in a food processor and blend until a smooth paste is formed.
In a large bowl, mix the cabbage. Add in the ginger, garlic paste. Add the chilli powder. Add a little warm water. Mix thoroughly.
Place the mixture in a glass jar with a lid.
Keep at room temperature for one week to ferment.
Then transfer to the fridge.
The Kimchi will keep for up to 3months.
Enjoy with anything really! I love it as a side to my avocado toast!
I am a stay at home mummy to two gorgeous boys. I love to cook, look after my home and make it a haven for my family. I also love to go out and feel the buzz of London.
Healthy living and eating inspires me. Vegetables & fruits, pulses & seeds, juicing & souping – I love to keep up with the superfoods and create things my family will enjoy and that will be good for them.
I love to go out, visit museums with my boys, eat at different places around the city and enjoy the wonders London has to offer.
I hope you love my blog as much as I have enjoyed writing it!