Recipes

Starters and Appetisers

Italian Vegetable Soup in the Tefal Cook4Me

This Italian Vegetable Soup recipe is a really tasty soup. The sort I love. It's easy, it's quick, it's cheap, it's nutritious and it's oh so delicious.   All you need to do is chop veg. Open bean tin. Chuck it all in the pot. Instruct Cook4Me to cook...

My Simple Food. Cheese and Apple

Probably since I could cut my own chunk of cheese I have loved the combination of a deeply flavoured cheddar paired with a sharp, crisp apple.  A proper aged farmhouse cheddar will do nicely or, if I am feeling like a change, a salty blue...

Rhubarb, Beetroot and Goat’s Cheese Salad

Rhubarb doesn't have to be just for desserts. It's tangy sourness contrasts and compliments the rich, creaminess of the goat's cheese and creates a simple yet delicious starter. One which my husband was hesitant about but actually really enjoyed (he's not keen on...

Curried Rice Salad

With warmer weather hopefully approaching my thoughts turn to enjoying eating outside. Family picnics and BBQs with friends. When we get together this summer I will probably make this recipe for Curried Rice Salad.  It is easy to prepare ahead of time,...

Italian Rice Cakes with Parma Ham, Basil and Mozzarella

Sometimes a recipe can immediately get my tastebuds racing.  Just from simply scanning down the list of ingredients I feel I already know how it will smell, taste and feel.  This recipe for Italian rice cakes was a fine example of...

Green Soup with Cheese

I have always found it hard to do the popular January healthy eating resolution and prefer to wait.  It's usually when I can see Spring, peeping its head around the corner, that I consider changing what I eat.   I think it is something to do with the fresh...

Coconut, chilli and squash soup

The perfect winter warmer. This is a favourite amongst the adults in our family.  Served as a starter or for lunch with bread and cheese.  This can be easily frozen so I have sometimes cooked this in advance and served this on Boxing day. It will freeze...

Broad bean and bacon lardons recipe- sweet, sticky and salty

  As I am now the Facebook community manager for a local fruit and veg delivery company I have had the pleasure of trying out some new recipes with their fresh produce.  Broad beans are in abundance at the moment so when I came across this recipe...

Oven Baked Risotto with Peas, Courgette and Broad Beans

  This vegetarian risotto is quick to prepare and you don't have to constantly stand over a pan stirring it. It's a wonderfully warm and comforting dish and was a big hit with me and Mr Grubby Face.  The kids were less impressed.  As it is so easy to...

Main Meal

Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken Korma

When you want a mild, fragrant curry that the younger members of your family can enjoy this slow cooker chicken korma curry hits the spot.   Enriched with coconut milk, and aromatic spices, this super creamy curry is a deliciously comforting meal. Ground almonds...

Pesto Chicken Risotto Recipe cooked in the Tefal Cook4Me

In my review of the Tefal Cook4Me I explained how impressed I was with the risottos I made in it.  The results are perfectly cooked, moist and flavoursome. You prepare the ingredients according to how many you are cooking for. Sauté onions, veg, meat. Stir in the...

Slow Cooker Beef in Red Wine Recipe

This slow cooker beef in red wine recipe is full of flavour. It is best to use a good-quality dry red wine as substituting it for a cheeky bargain wine will unfortunately taste bad.  Believe me I have made that mistake! This needs to be cooked slowly on...

Broad beans, peas and poached chicken recipe

The fresh greens from the broad beans and peas really make this a lovely light summer dish.  Their soft texture and delicate flavours compliment the poached chicken.  I served the chicken with rice from the new range of Uncle Ben's rice...

Crispy Baked Asparagus Fries

I generally prepare asparagus by lightly steaming and then serving with melted butter and crushed sea salt. I might also add a delicately poached egg.  This recipe for crispy baked asparagus still has some of that simplicity and an added bit...

Slow Cooker Braised Pork in Soy and Cinnamon

I can see this slow cooker recipe for Braised Pork in Soy and Cinnamon becoming a regular meal around here.  It was so flavoursome and the meat so tender. The perky Asian flavours of five-spice, ginger, garlic, and soy make this a cheery dish.  It...

Fast or Slow Chickpea Curry

This curry could also be called ‘Your child will constantly surprise you‘.   At the tender age of one and a half, having only experienced the food I had prepared, my eldest tried this chickpea curry. It was her very first curry and she loved it....

Pretty Ugly Slow Cooker Beef Hash

When I create a meal that everyone enjoys, and wants more of, it feels great.  To be able to add another recipe to my list of family favourites makes me want to punch the air and dance. It also makes me incredibly eager to share the recipe on this blog so you can...

Homemade Chicken Dippers – Gluten Free

I have been wanting to make chicken dippers ever since my eldest started eating solids (five and half years ago) but thought it was too fiddly and time consuming. Boy was I WRONG. It turns out these are very, very easy. They taste good. The kids loved them and they...

Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

This tastes luxurious and creamy and yet it is made with reduced-fat crème fraîche instead of double cream.  This is a firm favourite with all the family and can be rustled up within 15 minutes with very few ingredients.  If you want to inject some...

Broad bean and bacon lardons recipe- sweet, sticky and salty

  As I am now the Facebook community manager for a local fruit and veg delivery company I have had the pleasure of trying out some new recipes with their fresh produce.  Broad beans are in abundance at the moment so when I came across this recipe...

Oven Baked Risotto with Peas, Courgette and Broad Beans

  This vegetarian risotto is quick to prepare and you don't have to constantly stand over a pan stirring it. It's a wonderfully warm and comforting dish and was a big hit with me and Mr Grubby Face.  The kids were less impressed.  As it is so easy to...

Making Homemade Pizza with Children

    We are trying to reduce the amount of meat we eat at home. Due to budget, health and an increasing desire to eat more responsibly farmed meat we think eating a little less animal would be a good thing. Wednesday is to be our meat-free dinner night and...

Mulligatawny Chicken – our children’s favourite family meal

This is a family favourite for all of us. Our children LOVE the mild curry flavour of this recipe and I get great pleasure out of watching them eat something which has a more 'grown-up' taste .   The base of the recipe comes from Annabel Karmel's New...

Nigella Lawson’s Italian Chicken and Sausage Traybake

This Italian traybake recipe was really useful the other weekend.  I was struggling to come up with a dish that would serve; my husband and I, 3 hungry children, 2 sets of grandparents with very different food tastes, was food budget conscious and did not require...

Slow Cooked – Bolognese Sauce

This is what I cook most frequently in my slow cooker. I love to know I have this bubbling away in my kitchen. All the beautiful flavours and ingredients melting into a deep rich tomato based sauce.  It's the perfect recipe for the slow cooker. My children love...

Desserts

Bramley Apple Tray Cake

This homely dessert is warming, delicious and perfect for cosying up on the sofa with. This recipe for Bramley Apple Tray Cake doesn't require any special equipment just simply use a medium-sized roasting tin approximately 30 x 20cm. It is also possible...

Baked Apple, Orange and Almond Pudding

This recipe was created from a lack of flour in my kitchen, a need to cook up some windfall apples and a sad looking orange in the fruit bowl. It has the soft, light fluffiness of the apples topped with a firm, sweet topping.    This can be kept in...

Making Blackberry and Apple Crumble with Children

Every year without fail the first recipe I have to make with freshly picked blackberries is a crumble.  It's a good family favourite and one that can easily be made by children.    Perhaps what I really love about a crumble is that you can't go...

Biscuits, Cakes and Bread

Easter Egg Biscuits from Biscuiteers

Our family have always loved biscuits.  Early childhood memories include eating digestive biscuits in bed on a Sunday morning. Or getting home from school, kicking off our shoes and digging deep into the biscuit tin for...

How to Make Christmas Oreo Lollipops

Following on from my success with these Oreo Lollipops I thought I would try to get a tiny bit fancy and try to give them a Christmas theme. We have cake sales and Christmas parties coming up and I thought it would be nice to see if I could use the same...

How to Make an Oreo Lollipop

Sometimes you just want to make something that looks great but requires a small amount of effort.  Perhaps a child has declared they need something for school tomorrow or you're going to a family party and you've been asked to bring something....

Peach and White Chocolate Drizzle Traybake

This cake was inspired by a recipe in Waitrose's Free Summer Harvest magazine and I have adapted it to what we had in our house. We unfortunately had to use tinned peaches rather than fresh and reduced the sugar by 25g due to the peaches being sweet...

Rhubarb Cake

Ohh rhubarb! I love it but I am having trouble convincing the rest of my family to enjoy it.  I have tried many rhubarb recipes; crumbles, pies, and one my favourites rhubarb fool. However it took this recipe for Rhubarb Cake to finally win them over. This...

Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffin

Following on from the success of the banana and prune muffins we decided to bake them again but this time use chocolate chips instead of prunes. This recipe is simple to throw together and great for a sweet treat. These are best eaten fresh so try to eat them within a...

Banana and Prune Muffins

Last week felt like a tough week.  The children were tired and the daily task of dragging myself and them out of bed, in the dark, was becoming very dull for everyone.  When I collected them from school they were grumpy, argumentative or teary....

Mincemeat Cookies Recipe

Sweet Mincemeat Cookies. These mincemeat cookies can be served as a seasonal afternoon treat with a cold glass of milk.  They combine the warm Christmas sweet spice flavours with a soft oaty cookie texture.  Makes approximately 20.    ...

Blackberry and Apple Crumble Muffins

Another delicious recipe for using this year's glut of blackberries.  This combines a crunchy crumble topping with a fluffy soft sponge muffin underneath.  After the children had experienced making the crumble topping for our blackberry and apple...

Snickerdoodles – gluten free and paleo

  I just love the name of this little treat. Snickerdoodles. I think it sounds like something you would eat at Hogwarts or while climbing up to the top of Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree.  This is a classic American cookie which you can create in less than half...

Apple and Apricot Traybake (Gluten Free and Paleo)

I mentioned in my last post that I helped, Bodice of Holt, a local fruit and vegetable delivery company at the Melksham Food Festival.  As well as manning the stand on the day  I had also made some apple and apricot tray bake which I created for...

Coconut dough balls

These are my treat of choice at the moment. Sweet and a great afternoon snack to combat the 3pm slump.  They are also a great lunch box addition and the children love them.   The best bit is they consist of just 2 ingredients or 3 at the maximum!  It's...

Banana Bread Muffins

It took several goes to perfect this recipe for Banana Bread muffins.  There has been several inedible versions which have been promptly spat out and binned but I was determined to find a healthy, low sugar, non-processed, gluten free, and most importantly...

Chunky Breakfast Bars

I do admire Nigella Lawson's ability to come up with recipes that are easy to throw together and are very tasty.  Her recipe for Breakfast bars are no exception. Easy ingredients, easy to assemble, easy to bake and easy to eat. I enjoyed the amount of...

Spicy Treacle Traybake Recipe

Chase these miserable, rainy days away by baking this spicy, warm, treacle cake. This is great on its own, perfect for freezing and can even be warmed and served with custard, cream or ice cream.  I sprinkled some icing sugar over this batch to give it a little...

Marmalade Cake Traybake Recipe

A favourite breakfast combination for me is a hot pot of tea and marmalade on toast.  I was brought up with the very best marmalade (made by my Mum) and I now enjoy watching my family enjoying the sharp, sweet bitterness of this preserve.  So what could be...

Spiced Pumpkin Muffins

Wowee these Spiced Pumpkin Muffins are good. I have been searching for a freshly grated pumpkin recipe and could only find ones that require tinned pumpkin purée.   So I took a basic carrot muffin recipes, did a bit of research on pumpkin recipes and finally...

Moist Rock Cake Recipe

This rock cake recipe is my 'go-to' when I want cake but haven't got the energy for anything too complicated. Children can make these and apparently they do freeze, although I never have any left over to try.   Sit back and enjoy with a...

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe

This simple, soft and chewy homemade granola bar recipe is perfect for eating at just about any part of the day.  Packed full of dried fruit, seeds, and oats these are full of yummy goodies.  Perhaps add a few chocolate drops into it to jazz it up or...

How to bake a plain white loaf

Previously, when listening to people discuss the bread making process, it had always reminded me of one of my school chemistry lessons. You know the ones where I knew I should be listening, that there was something interesting to learn but it was all a bit too much...

Chocolate Easter Nests – chewy nostalgic yumminess

This ever popular Easter treat is a big hit in our house. This recipe make a softer nest. By adding golden syrup and it gives a chewy quality rather than the solid hardness of those recipes that just use chocolate. We used these pretty silicone cases as they are so...

Comic Relief Red Nose Day Cakes – Coconut Pyramids

Here is a very quick recipe for anyone who is looking to make any cakes for Comic Relief. Of course the cheeky little cherry on top represents the familiar red nose.  With only 4 ingredients, 10 minutes prep and 20 minutes to cook you could make some of these...

Easy Lemon Traybake

When I bake this easy lemon traybake cake not only do I know it is going to taste lovely but I also know it will work hard for my family. This is a cake that: produces lots of portions (21 in total) is quick and easy to make and bake can be frozen and defrosts quickly...

Making Jam Heart Valentine Biscuits With Children

Show that special parent, grandparent, neighbour or teacher you love them with these delicious scrummy, jammy heart biscuits. Ingredients 300g/10oz plain flour, plus extra for sprinkling 150g/50z caster sugar 250g/8oz soft butter, diced 1 large egg yolk 2 tsp vanilla...

Breakfast

Slow Cooker Cinnamon and Apple Porridge

Autumn is a great time to introduce making a warm breakfast to start your day. This recipe for slow cooker cinnamon and apple porridge is so delicious.  It's more than your everyday porridge and one I save for the weekend.  Last Sunday I wondered downstairs...

Banana and Prune Muffins

Last week felt like a tough week.  The children were tired and the daily task of dragging myself and them out of bed, in the dark, was becoming very dull for everyone.  When I collected them from school they were grumpy, argumentative or teary....

Apricot Winter Spiced Compote Recipe

  Give your breakfast a warm winter spiced twist.  This apricot compote goes beautifully with thick greek yoghurt or you may even like to add it to your porridge.   I made this batch in the slow cooker as I like it to slowly simmer with the spiced...

Blackberry Smoothie

The children and I whisked up this smoothie for breakfast the other day.  We really enjoyed it.  The colour was impressive too.  Using blackberries, strawberries, and banana helps make this breakfast a great way of getting fibre,...

Make Your Own Gluten Free Deluxe Granola

  This incredibly deluxe granola has become one of my favourite discoveries. It is so good that I have had to stop myself from eating it all the time.  It is packed with so many lovely goodies and has far less sugar than shop-bought granola.   I have...

Banana Bread Muffins

It took several goes to perfect this recipe for Banana Bread muffins.  There has been several inedible versions which have been promptly spat out and binned but I was determined to find a healthy, low sugar, non-processed, gluten free, and most importantly...

Breakfast Egg Muffins

Once I decided to reduce the sugar and start eating real, unprocessed food I soon realised that breakfast was going to be a challenge. Finding something else to eat rather than cereal or my favourite yoghurt, granola and maple syrup combo was difficult....

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