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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...
Spiced baked eggs

Spiced baked eggs

  This dish was one of the first dishes I made post In:Spa last week. It was really simple but exactly what I was craving. It’s very loosely based on the idea of Shakshuka but minus the tomatoes. Tomatoes seem to feature pretty heavily in most interpretations of this tasty middle-eastern brunch dish, and while...
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...
Chickpea crepes

Chickpea crepes

These were surprisingly good. I’ll be honest, I thought they would be rather odd because they contain so few ingredients and no eggs! Shame on me for lacking faith, particularly as they are from this wonderful book, The Voluptuous Vegan by Myra Kornfield. I made these as an experiment for the children. I thought the...
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...
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 forĀ 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...
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...
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...