Pear, Parma Ham & Rocket Pizza

This easy pizza is very simple to put together. The juicy South African pears complement the Parma Ham perfectly – a seasonal marriage made in heaven. Plus, parma ham and rocket are two of my favourite things to eat, so it is a dish that is right up my street.

You can of course make your own pizza bases, particularly if you are gluten-free but if you are short on time, ready prepared bases are the way to go as the rest of the recipe is really quick.

South African Pear, Parma Ham and Rocket Pizza

Pear, Parma Ham & Rocket Pizza

  • Servings: 4 (1/2 pizza each)
  • Time: 20 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 2 large pizza bases
  • 4 tbsp green pesto sauce
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 South African pears, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 80g pack Parma ham
  • 2 handfuls rocket
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese shavings

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan oven 180°C, Gas Mark 6.

2. Put each pizza base onto a baking sheet and spread 2 tbsp of pesto sauce over each one. Share the pine nuts between them and arrange the pears on top. Bake for 10 minutes.

3. Arrange the Parma ham and rocket on top of the pizzas, then season with freshly ground black pepper. Add a few Parmesan cheese shavings, then serve.

* Cook’s tip: Kerstin Rogers suggests trying a sweet Chocolate and Pear Pizza. Spoon 4 tbsp of chocolate hazelnut spread over a pizza base, and top with a peeled, cored and thinly sliced South African pear. Bake at 200°C, fan oven 180°C, Gas Mark 6 for 5-6 minutes, then serve, drizzled with melted dark chocolate and sprinkled with a few toasted almonds. Yum!


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Arla Big Milk Launch & Review

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We were recently invited to the launch of Arla‘s new product for toddlers; Big Milk. We had a great afternoon (apart from my two made it look like we never leave the house with some of their behaviour…) and we have been trying out big milk at home.

The idea behind Big Milk is that once babies hit one year, they can make the move to fresh cows milk instead of formula / breastmilk. However, with big milk, it is the first fresh milk that has been filtered for freshness and also has added vitamin D, vitamin A and Iron, that all toddlers need. I know you can get ‘follow-on milk’ for children from one year that has added vitamins but this Big Milk is ready to go, no need for making any bottles up, and is much cheaper than buying formula milk (Big Milk is just over £2 per bottle).

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The afternoon was a great set up with lots of things for the kids to do. Dressing up, colouring and lots of play dough, so Max was in heaven. There was the most amazing face painter I had ever seen – all the little girls had these lovely floral painted faces that looked like works of art. Max wasn’t interested in having it done at first but seeing everyone else with face paint made him want one too. I imagine the make-up artist doesn’t normally get requests for ‘Thomas’ but she did so great and Max was so, so thrilled with it. “Take picture of my Thomas, Mummy”.

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The mums were able to sit down and listen to the brand manager to hear all about Big Milk and we were able to hear from nutritionist Charlotte Stirling-Reed giving us advice on toddler nutrition – always useful as I found Max was never fussy until he hit around 18 months. She even shared some great smoothie and ‘ice-cream’ recipes that we could use, with the Big Milk, and I will definitely be giving them a try. Really like the sound of frozen banana with the milk to make an ice-cream.

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I have been trying out the milk with the kids over the past few days and it has been going down really well – we have huge milk fans in our house as it is but this has been doing well. Goes to show that the taste isn’t altered in anyway – you just get the added goodness. When I’ve had health visitor appointments with Chloe they always stress the fact that she needs vitamin D supplements in particular, so it is reassuring to know that she is getting this from the milk.

Big Milk is stated as suitable for ages 1-5 but obviously anyone over that age can still use it, as I imagine not everyone would fancy buying a separate bottle of milk each week. I would definitely purchase it again!

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Rebecca x

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*Thanks to Arla and Mumsnet for a fabulous afternoon. All opinions are my own.

My Given Name | Review

I was so pleased to have been sent a copy of ‘my Given Name’ for both Max and Chloe. It’s the loveliest book I’ve seen in a long time! It follows the adventures of Bindee, the Stork that can’t fly, as he walks to the Wizards Castle to deliver a birth certificate and collect a newborn, then deliver the baby to its new home. The stork meets lots of different animals on the journey, the first initial of each animal he meets spells out either Max or Chloe (I love personalised things)!

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I really like how the book is so individual for your child and leaves such a positive message. Each animal they meet has a lovely message too – something inspiring, motivational and something to build confidence. It is fairly wordy so would be best from about 4 and up but Max enjoyed having me read it to him and telling me the animals he can see. It was wasted on Chloe… there is time yet though ;)

It would make a sweet little gift for a relative or friend – it is so unique and really cute. Plus, it has the added element of when they are starting to learn letters and recognise their name, they can see it on the pages and the letters that make up their name.

The books retail at £16.99 and can he bought HERE.

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Rebecca x

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*We were gifted the books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own.

Nakd Nibbles | Review

I have loved the Nakd snack bars and other products so I was excited to try out their new fruit and nut nibbles, especially as they are dairy and gluten free. In an effort to lose some weight I am on a gluten-free and ‘kind-of’ vegan diet so these are the perfect snacks for me right now (though you obviously don’t need to be vegan to eat them)!

The ingredients are dates, cashews, raisins and some natural flavouring so its so nice to know there is nothing artificial in them and they only have natural sugars from the fruits in them. There are five new flavours and we loved every single one. Falvours include strawberries and cream, fruit salad and tooty fruity – the nibbles literally taste like sweets but of course are much better for you than eating sweets.

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They are perfect for on the go snacks (especially when I’m feeling disorganised and haven’t prepared any healthy snacks) and the kids loved them. They are the perfect size and softness for Chloe and Max thought they were really tasty – and that is coming from a rather fussy three year old!

They can be found in Asda and retail at 80p each.

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Rebecca x

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*Thanks to Nakd for our hamper. All opinions are my own.