By Annabel Karmel, global expert in baby & children’s food

Undoubtedly, families all over the world are dreaming of that great escape. A chance to bond whilst in a new and exciting location. A chance for that daily routine to take a back seat.

Instead, many of us face the continued juggle of childcare, work and other competing responsibilities. A far cry from the excitement and replenishment that a trip away can bring.

Yet, among the challenges, something quite remarkable has emerged from the current situation. What we are actually seeing is a positive shift in more families cooking from scratch and eating together during these unprecedented times. The dinner table has become the epicentre of ‘togetherness’; a chance to connect, and to feel comforted and safe. That’s pretty incredible as there are boundless benefits to eating together.

So how can we bring that fresh, feelgood travel spirit to our dinner tables? Here are some of my top tips for enjoying good food together.

Dabble with new flavours – We all know that one of the best things about holidays is eating out and sampling the different cuisines on offer. But you can still do this at home, and getting even the smallest of diners involved will encourage them to explore different healthy foods and dabble with new flavour combinations. And you don’t have to be a seasoned chef to take them on a culinary adventure. For example, I’ve been perfecting a little taste of Morocco with my special Lentil Vegetable Tagine. Children will surprise you when it comes to flavour!

Sombrero Sundays! Turn up the heat at the weekend and swap that traditional Sunday roast for a fiesta! It’s the perfect way to introduce a new culture in an entertaining way. Mexican food is all about hands-on sharing, so why not teach your little party-goers how to roll fajitas, fill tacos and help cook quick and tasty quesadillas. Alfresco or indoors, this is the perfect food occasion to get kids excited about making their own meal with lots of colourful veggies.

Have a picnic party – theme food to different cuisines from around the world. For example, one day why not embrace the tapas style dining experience of Spain?  Some cubes or slices of Spanish tortilla, pieces of cheese or low salt breadsticks are good options. It’s a fantastic way to encourage children to try new flavours and an opportunity to teach them about different country’s delicacies.  Why not get an inflatable globe so you can show them which country the food they are eating comes from? It will double up as a good game of catch post lunch too!

Visit the farmers market – I love visiting local markets wherever I am abroad. It’s a chance to soak up the smells, tastes, sights and sounds of other cultures and traditions. And there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a similar experience on home soil. Farmer’s Markets are a great place for your child to put all their senses into action. They can see and touch brightly coloured fruits and veggies, and explore foods they’ve never seen before. A great way to make a trip to the farmers market a learning experience is by making it a family affair, selecting ingredients and them preparing a meal together.

Include treats – There is nothing better than authentic Italian gelato, but there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy those holiday foodie ‘treats’ at home. I personally like the age-old saying ‘everything in moderation’. Plus, there’s no reason why healthy foods can’t be a treat too. Take my Banana and Strawberry Ice Cream.  It has just three ingredients – bananas, strawberries and a dash of maple syrup.

Picking your own fruit like strawberries is a fantastic outdoor activity that teaches kids about food provenance, and let’s not forget the nutritional benefits of these red juicy gems! Strawberries are a fantastic source of vitamin C and a count towards their 5-a-day!

Cook together – The great thing about holidays is the opportunity to spend quality time together.  And there’s no reason why you can’t do this in the kitchen! Cooking is a good opportunity for children to master new skills, and brilliant for bonding time too. Before the day runs away with you and your inbox starts to call, why not get your little chefs helping with breakfast. My delicious French-inspired crepe recipe is a hands-down winner to get the whole family racing to the breakfast table.

Get the recipes and enter to win a £500 travel voucher!

In celebration of all these incredible ideas by Annabel Karmel, we are sharing several of her holiday-inspired recipes with you. We also hope to inspire you to take your family’s taste buds abroad, with the chance to win a £500 voucher for one of our family adventures. 

Terms and Conditions:

  • The competition will close on the 15th April 2021 and the winner will be notified via email within 7 days of this date
  • Must be 18 or older to enter
  • Only one entry allowed per person
  • Winners will be chosen at random from email addresses submitted
  • Gift vouchers are non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash or used alongside any other promotion
  • Gift voucher is valid until 31st December 2022 and cannot be redeemed after this date.
  • The gift voucher is redeemable against a pre-booked two point four family adventure. These adventures are designed purely for families and are subject to a full set of terms and conditions which can be found here