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Kitchen sink flapjacks (low sugar)

Kitchen sink flapjacks (low sugar)

I found the Little Grazers website in a moment of panic. My youngest threatened a hunger strike unless she could feed herself. I practically backflipped for joy when my frenzied search for baby-led weaning recipes delivered me the Little Grazers site. It is packed to the rafters of great, healthy bite-sized recipes so it quickly...
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...
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...
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...
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...

Restorative cooking part 1 – Spiced spinach soup

We’ve been a man down this week. Actually, make that a man and toddler down. This got me thinking about foods to restore health and cheer the soul. So far I’ve made a tasty broth with plenty of nutritious veg with kombu and the antimicrobial marvel rosemary. I’ll post the recipe for that another day....
More veg! Courgette soup

More veg! Courgette soup

Mercy, this soup is tasty and quick too! I think that blended soups are a sure – fire way of filling up with veg and saving a penny or two while you’re at it. I added frozen peas to increase the veg content and add some more green. Frozen veg, by the way, is a...
Sweet potato and carrot soup

Sweet potato and carrot soup

One fairly effortless way to increase your veg quota is to eat soup. By making your own you avoid the large quantities of salt that are often found in shop – bought varieties. This tasty soup is has earthy notes of coriander and cumin with the zing of ginger. 2 medium sized sweet potatoes 3...
Sugar-free granola

Sugar-free granola

This granola is sweetened with apple juice. I made it this morning and almost immediately after I’d placed it in the oven the flat was filled with the warming scent of cinnamon. Perfect on such a rainy, miserable day.  The cinnamon is optional but is thought to balance blood sugar and reduce cravings. This granola...