Mummy Lauretta

A family and lifestyle blog by a Mum to identical bilingual twin boys
Lentil & quinoa salad

Lentil & Quinoa Salad

This is a really summery salad.  I love to make it for a summer’s evening barbecue or have it for a work lunch.  I eat it with a big spoon of houmous and beetroot salad.  It would also go great with some warm green veg such as green beans, spinach or tender stem broccoli.

The Siblings Project {May 17}

Last weekend we went to town, we went on the bus and met Matteo after he had finished his volunteering.  I said the boys could take some money from their money box as they had been given some by Matteo’s parents before they left.  Ethan spotted a Power Rangers scooter in TK Maxx so we said he could have it. There was only one but Oliver decided he wanted a Ninja Turtles one so the next day I found one on the Argos website, ordered it and we went to pick it up about an hour later.

Chocolate & Almond Granola

Chocolate and Almond Granola

This granola is so simple and quick to make and you can store it for weeks in an airtight container.  You can eat it straight out the jar as a snack, with milk and/or yogurt for breakfast and you could always add in some fresh fruit, cherries would go great.  I like oat milk and Alpro plain soya yogurt with almond or The Coconut Collaborative plain coconut milk yogurt.

The Siblings Project {April 17}

The last four weeks have been eventful.  Ethan had yet another chest infection but at least he didn’t have to stay in hospital this time and only missed two days of school.  He managed to complete the last week of term and received a certificate for his writing on the last day.  I went to the Premier Assembly and is was so nice to see all the children getting up and being given recognition for their hard work that half term.

Roast dinner with Perfect Yorkshire Puddings

If you were to ask my boys what their favourite foods are their answers would be the perfect mix of English and Italian, just like them!  They love Yorkshire Puddings and Pancakes, Pizza and Pasta.  They absolutely love a roast dinner with gravy.  As an English person it’s such a tradition and I have to say it’s my favourite meal too.  Unfortunately I don’t make a roast very often as I don’t make the time to.  Sometimes it seems like a lot of work and I’m not very creative with the chicken leftovers (I tend to stick to the same two recipes – chicken pie or risotto) but when I do it’s definitely worth it and there is no fuss from the boys and always clean plates at the end of the meal.  Who doesn’t love a Sunday roast?

Chicken & Coconut Risotto

Chicken & Coconut Risotto

This is a great recipe for using up any leftover chicken after a roast dinner. It was inspired and adapted from Deliciously Ella’s Pea and Courgette Risotto from her book Deliciously Ella with Friends.  

Using the coconut milk gives the creaminess that you expect from a typical risotto using white arborio rice.  I used broccoli here but you could use any green veg you have in the house, for example frozen peas or green beans would work well.

This recipe serves two adults and two children with another portion left over for lunch the next day.

The Siblings Project {February 17}

It’s the second Siblings Project of the year and this month I’m sharing some shots from Sunday afternoon at my Mum & Dad’s house. We went for lunch and to drop off the boys for two days as it’s Half Term and both myself and Matteo are working Monday and Tuesday.

Strawberry & Chocolate Muffins

Vegan Strawberry and Chocolate Muffins

These muffins are gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free but so lovely and very quick to make.  They’re inspired by Livia’s Kitchen Raspberry and Almond muffins. The sweetness of the strawberries is complemented by the bitterness of the raw chocolate.  The ground almonds and strawberries keeps them lovely and moist.

The Siblings Project {January 17}

I’ve been using the Siblings Project hashtag for quite a while on Instagram so I’m really excited to be starting our own photo project on this blog to celebrate our boy’s relationship. The twin bond is the most amazing thing to watch.  They’re inseparable, best friends, best brothers, they make each other laugh but they annoy each other too like other siblings do. These two just seem to get closer and closer.  For example, on Thursday I took Ethan for a hospital appointment. We took Oliver to the school gate and before I could even say bye to him, Ethan had grabbed him round the neck to cuddle him and gave him a kiss on the cheek saying “Bye Ollie, see you later!”