One Month and a Big Thank You


I have just received an email informing me that it is now a month since I started this blog. Wow! That has gone fast. I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone that has read my blog, commented, liked, shared and followed. The photo is me saying ‘Cheers everyone!’

I have plenty more to write about- reviews, recipes, lifestyle, and tips. However, what I have enjoyed the most is reading other people’s blogs.  There is such a diverse range of talents, knowledge, interests, and opinions.

I am looking forward to the rest of the year blogging on here. The mini-mes would also like to say a big thank you for supporting their mum in this new venture:

family pic


Why is Breakfast So Difficult?


NOTE: This photograph is quite clearly not my kitchen as I cannot face the shame of putting up a picture of the scene of devastation left by my kids in the morning! This is a free pic from Google Images chosen simply to represent breakfast. 

With 20 years of parenting experience and plenty of practice making homemade meals every day, you would think I had the breakfast routine pretty much sorted. However, that is definitely not the case and it seems the most difficult meal of the day to organize.

In the evenings, we always sit down together as a family to a homemade meal I have prepared. This usually involves me cooking using a variety of ingredients for approximately an hour before sitting down at the table. To make the meal, I will often have both the hob and the oven on while using an array of pans, dishes, and utensils.

At the same time as cooking, I usually have the dog running around my ankles, my younger children racing through the house, my older son asking about going out with his mates and my daughter ringing me to ask all sorts of ridiculous questions (she has just moved into her own place and realized she needs to function like a normal person). 

Despite these complications and distractions, I am perfectly capable of serving a decent meal to the family, so why can I not function to serve breakfast?

Breakfast at my house is typically either cereal, porridge, toast or a yogurt for the children and a strong cup of coffee for me. To achieve these two ‘meals’, I simply need to chuck a couple of slices of bread into a toaster and pour some cereal and milk into a bowl. Simple enough?

It seems to verge on the impossible to do this some days. Nobody seems to make it to the dining table at breakfast and eats their breakfast wherever they are sitting, I serve the wrong food to the wrong child on a regular basis, I burn the toast and spill cereal all over the kitchen. The minute the food hits the bowls, the children change their mind about what they want and they refuse to eat what you serve. 

Yes, a food blogger and former catering professional is admitting she cannot cook toast and serving cereal is an impossibility. I guess I am just not a morning person! I am just thankful that my husband feeds himself in the morning. 

Blog Name Change


This is just a brief blog to let my followers and readers know that the name of the blog has changed from ‘The Grub Hub’ to ‘The Fruity Tart’. You might notice this change in your notifications.

I was contacted by a company who told me that the name was infringing on their Copyright and that I needed to take action to change. Of course, I responded promptly and took action to rectify the situation.

I spent all of last night checking out different names and word combinations in search engine listings to find a name that would not infringe on any Copyright. I have also spent the morning changing the domain name on here with the support of the WordPress team. 

The content of the blog will change in no way at all. It will still include my recipes, food news, restaurant reviews, helpful tips and many other food-related blogs. The content that was already listed on this blog also remains the same.

I still have a few changes to make so that the blog fits with the new name, but I am looking forward to making a fresh start as The Fruity Tart today and hope that people will continue to visit my blog and enjoy my posts.

The Food Blog Fuzz


This is a new blog and I have so many ideas but so little time to put things into place. I have been a freelance writer and content marketing consultant for seven years now. I first started while pregnant with my third child when I was working full-time in the education sector. It soon became my full-time job.

It has been my intention to have my own blog for several years and I have simply never got round to setting one up due to my heavy workload writing for others and looking after my four children. I have several recipes ready to add today, but I also have my other work, the school run, a trip to the barber’s with the boys, and the housework to do all before teatime. 

Choosing a food blog makes sense as I have worked in the catering industry, I love cooking, and it is what I seem to spend most of my time doing when I am not writing. It is also a topic I have written about for many years for others, so it is about time I started doing it for myself.

The problem is now finding time to implement all my ideas. I almost don’t know where to start. In terms of recipes, I want to get some of the basics in so I can link back to them when I am writing other recipes. I also want to include lots of my own photographs while making things, but I need to remember to take pictures when I am cooking. It is almost like I have so many ideas that they are now swirling round in my head and creating some kind of a food blog fuzz.

If things go well, these are some of the things you can expect from this blog in the future:

  • Recipes- lots of them!
  • Photographs
  • How-to videos
  • Food news
  • Restaurant reviews
  • Blogs about food programs on TV
  • Useful tips and ideas
  • Health and nutrition information
  • Dieting and food budgeting blogs

If you think I should include any other topics in this food blog, please feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!