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Super quick banana cake

Super quick banana cake

When my bananas are so ripe they can get out and walk from the fruit bowl I figure I need to take action. That action is usually to bake something but if I don’t have time I stick them in the freezer in their skins. At any given time I usually have 3 or 4...
Roasted beetroot, feta and walnut salad.

Roasted beetroot, feta and walnut salad.

  My eldest, G, loves beetroot and I made this as a guarantee that he would eat his dinner tonight. I’d had the beetroot sitting at the bottom of my fridge for at least 2 weeks (don’t judge me). Despite being neglected they were still firm to the touch and had no signs of mould. I...
Apple Dutch baby - Moosewood cookbook recipe

Apple Dutch baby – Moosewood cookbook recipe

With a little bit of effort this makes a handsome breakfast. This is a Moosewood cookbook recipe. A Dutch baby is a giant oven – baked pancake. First time I made it I thought of clafoutis so the second time I used frozen cherries. This morning I used apples as the original recipe suggests. Be...
Black bean and smoked spinach burgers

Black bean and smoked spinach burgers

I was on the hunt for a tasty vegan dinner. I’m not vegan and there’s no chance of me becoming fully vegan anytime soon but there are multiple health benefits from the diet which can benefit certain conditions. Hay fever and eczema, old friends if mine, are examples of conditions that can improve by following...
Adventures in baby led weaning

Adventures in baby led weaning

About 2 weeks ago, my 10 month old clamped her mouth firmly shut and swiped my purée laden spoon away with her chubby fist. She then turned her head back to face me and shouted. Yes, at 10 months old she shouts. I scuttled to the fridge and returned with some cucumber batons and sticks...
Low carb coconut and raspberry cake

Low carb coconut and raspberry cake

I made a lovely group of friends during my first pregnancy and have been lucky enough to stay in touch with them. It had been a while since I’d seen them as I’ve returned to work after baby number 2 and am no longer around when they are in the week. I invited them over...
Ceviche

Ceviche

Last night we hosted a Mexican-Off. Basically a group of friends came round bringing their best Mexican dish . We’ve been doing this for a while with Jamaican food (Jerk -Offs much to our amusement) but decided to move on to unchartered cuisines after chums Jamie and Helen’s recent trip to Mexico. I’ve never been...
Juice fast - Day 1

Juice fast – Day 1

It’s been a while. Lots has happened since I last posted: Two bouts of conjunctivitis (kids), one bout of flu (me) and another round of shingles (again, me). It’s felt like a non-stop party of ill health chez-nous. Come on over! Just kidding, course, but it’s made me realise that I need to take far...
Slow cooking extravaganza

Slow cooking extravaganza

I’ve just discovered the joy of slow cooking. I was initially dismissive of it at first. I think I’d filed it away in my brain with the likes of high waisted mum- jeans. Anyway, over the last week or so I’ve conquered my fear and, I’m not ashamed to say, I’ve fallen in love. What’s...
A healthy sweet treat: Apricot and oat bars

A healthy sweet treat: Apricot and oat bars

On Monday I was craving a sweet treat and really needed it to be healthy as I’m still going to the gym in earnest. The recipe is from my favourite cookbook that I picked up, by chance, in a discount book shop in Cumbria. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed reading a cookbook as much...
Day 1: Re-birth [Recipe: Vegetable and lentil stew]

Day 1: Re-birth [Recipe: Vegetable and lentil stew]

The title of this post is sort of tongue-in-cheek. Seven months after baby number two I’ve found myself left with a generous covering of padding. I knew this would be the case as I gained significantly more weight during this pregnancy as I had with baby number one. With my first, people barely noticed my...

Essential fatty acids in pregnancy

Most women know that it is important to take a multivitamin in pregnancy but most women I speak to do not supplement with fish oils or Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). EFAs are beneficial fats, which are essential because they cannot be made by the body and need to be consumed as part of the diet....