THAT Annabel Karmel seems to get everywhere these days. She sorted out the dodgy kids meals at Legoland, Windsor, with great results and she's even managed to overhaul the menus at Butlins.

The Annabel Karmel Family Cookbook is her latest offering and it's a cross between a book and a magazine, called a 'magbook'. At just £5.99 it's great value and is packed full ofyummy recipes to tempt even the most fussy child.

Although I don't have the time or inclination to try some of the time-consuming efforts such as the Funny Face Cupcakes, there are some good family meal suggestions and useful recipes for picnics and barbecues which will come in handy.

The salmon and rice salad was quick to prepare and went down a treat and you've got to admire all the lovely photos and detailed step-by-step instructions for recipes featured in the magbook - even if I won't get round to cooking them all.

Annabel has also usefully convinced her friends at Legoland to offer a special deal for her new magbook.

You'll find a 'kids go free' offer to Legoland in every magbook, so if you were thinking of going to Legoland anyway you might as well buy the magbook to get the voucher.

To get a copy of the The Annabel Karmel Family Cookbook Summer 2009 visit .

While we're talking recipes, has a fab recipe finder on it.

Cathy, one of the Netmums founders, is a 'foodie', and her passion is written all over this section of the brilliant website.

Many of the 300 recipes are contributed by Netmums members and, best of all, under each recipe, other Netmums have posted comments on what they thought of the recipes so you know they are truly tried and tested by other local mothers.

Most of the recipes are fab. I tried the yogurt pot muffins, where the recipe called for a flavoured yogurt.

You then used the pot to measure the other ingredients - so no weighing needed.

But everyone else left really positive comments apart from me - my muffins were like bricks. I think it may have been a lack of skill on my part as the chef, rather than a problem with the recipe. Ho hum.

Cathy recommends

If you're looking for something good to do this weekend, why not visit the funday at Cowley Recreation Ground, High Road, Cowley on Sunday between noon and 4.30pm. There will be fairground rides, a beer tent, street dance, face painting, a disco, giant slides, gladiators and much more.

Two local mums are running the event to raise funds for Cowley Youth Club - I hope the sun shines for them.

Cathy Ranson is editor of Sunshine, the community magazine for families living in Hillingdon. Contact: