Can food be a hobby? by Samantha King

I’m not sure the rules, so I’m going to vote YES. I’m a huge food lover. Spending hours  in the kitchen isn’t as feasible as it was before having kids. Now my three-year-old and three-month-old have become the priority of my every waking minute… but, a young, growing body depends on nutrition, so I focus on easy meals and snacks packed with nutrients.

We’ve conditioned our three-year-old to love green juices, so the veggies she doesn’t eat on her plate get consumed by tasty liquid. Here’s our favorite green juice recipe:

  • 500mls of pure coconut water (extremely hydrating)
  • 250mls of water
  • 3 Tablespoons of Hemp hearts (high in protein and omegas 3 and 6)
  • Large handful of spinach (high in iron and vitamin K)
  • ¾ cup of frozen mangos (source of vitamin C which aids in iron absorption)
  • Small chunk of fresh ginger root (anti-inflammatory)

*Makes 3-4 servings.

That’s it! I use a highspeed blender to get the smoothest results. I like to blend the liquid with the hemp hearts first and add the other ingredients last. Three-year-old approved!

Okay, so now that I’ve wrongfully convinced you I’m a health junkie, you should know that I love dessert more than food. Chocolate specifically. Who doesn’t? But my body doesn’t handle sugar well, so I make the most delicious vegan, gluten free, sugar-free treats! Here’s a recipe I recently came across and it’s amazing! If you, like most people, assume anything with the word “vegan” means tasteless… give this Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake a try. It looks like a lot of work, but it’s not. And worth every step!

While my daughter would be as thrilled as I to eat chocolate for every meal, let’s be honest… I save the good stuff for bedtime.

Relentlessly twisting, Samantha King’s debut novel is a dark and brilliant slice of psychological suspense in which even the happiest family can awake to a nightmare . . .

Maddie Castle is broken. Ever since the tragedy that struck on her twins’ tenth birthday, she’s been trying to fit the pieces together, to get back to the life she led before. Maddie, her husband, Dom, and their children, Aidan and Annabel, lived in a comfortable home on a quiet street in a London suburb. Life was busy and satisfying. They were happy. Weren’t they?

Now, a disoriented and grieving Maddie floats like a ghost through each day, hardly sleeping, eating, or speaking. It’s easier to stay locked in her own head than to torment herself by reliving what happened. And yet, the harder Maddie tries to pin down her memories, the more they slip out of reach. Is her guilt and remorse justified? Is it Maddie’s fault that everything was ripped apart?

Or could it be that the real terror is still to come?

“A beautifully written, chilling psychological thriller. Taut, tense and very clever with twists I didn’t see coming.” –Claire Douglas, Sunday Times bestselling author

“A completely gripping psychological suspense that had me glued to the pages and rushing through to the end. It’s an edge-of-your-seat kind of read that you can’t put down until it’s done.” –Jenny Oliver