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Spiced courgette and rice soup

Spiced courgette and rice soup

  The kids and I have been ill . We’ve fallen foul of whatever virus it is that is going about. We’ve been bed ridden at times, with fevers, sore throats – the works. The kids are almost back to their normal selves but I’m still definitely below par but was grateful to be up...
Chicken broth with sweet potato and parsnip dumplings

Chicken broth with sweet potato and parsnip dumplings

  I’m not vegetarian, but I don’t eat much meat. When I do, it’s usually an organic chicken that I roast on a Sunday. I try to eek it out as much as possible which means that I’ll get more than one meal out of it. Soup is one of my favourite things to make...
A healthier take on gingerbread men

A healthier take on gingerbread men

My eldest came back from nursery with a biscuit and I knew there would be trouble. His 18 month old sister doesn’t take kindly to not having the exact same thing that he has, no matter what it is. To avoid toddler Armageddon, I stalled him from tucking into it while I looked around for...
Cheesy cornbread

Cheesy cornbread

This recipe was the love-child of Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and Claire Patak. Both cooks write for the Guardian, but they each took very different approaches to the humble cornbread. Hugh, as you would expect, adopted a no-nonsense approach with very few embellishments. Claire, took an apologetically Southern approach to it – adding egg for a...
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...
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...
Autumn comfort food: spiced red cabbage

Autumn comfort food: spiced red cabbage

I had been looking forward to making my first spiced cabbage of the cold season. I’d expressly made a trip to buy a Bramley apple to go in it and whizzed home to get started. The accidental discovery of the day was blackstrap molasses. Blackstrap molasses are thick, syrupy and not unlike treacle. They are...
Pumpkins: Not just for Halloween (recipe)

Pumpkins: Not just for Halloween (recipe)

You probably haven’t failed to miss it was Halloween today. Like I did. No biggie – you might say. Except when we dropped our 2 year old, G, off at nursery this morning we were greeted by a room full of little mummies, pumpkins, witches and ghouls. I had completely forgotten the nursery’s strict instructions...