What are you cooking this week? Here’s what’s on my meal plan…

It  would be lovely to be spontaneous about what you eat every day but is that really practical? I find it time consuming and stressful. With busy jobs, long commutes and endless family commitments, serving up and eating an evening meal can often be purely functional. But food is too important to be such a…

Overnight oats – possibly king of all breakfasts?

  It’s rare that I re-blog about something,, it feels like a bit of a cop out. But when you discover something as amazing as this is deserves multiple appearances. This single dish has changed my life, and that is a very bold statement. I make it every night before work and I eat it in the…

Hidden vegetable sauce 

I never thought I’d have to do this. My kids would be good eaters, or that was the plan at least. I would always be positive at mealtimes so they developed a healthy relationship with food. I would follow the much talked about baby led weaning route. Refined sugar would be moderated but not banned….

This month I’m loving…St Dalfour Jam

Ok so no jam is technically good for you but sometimes if you need to find a quick toast topper it’s a useful thing to have and it can be a great way to curb a sugar craving. St Dalfour’s jam is made from an old French recipe using 100% fruit, so there’s no added…

Celebration Cake

A few weeks ago I made my first ever celebration cake. People do these every day so I know it’s not a big deal, but it was a real baking milestone for me. It’s something I had always thought I’d like to do but had been putting it off out of fear and sheer laziness….

Christmas Cupcakes

I am an absolute sucker for Christmas. I have no idea why or when it started, but it’s definitely increased since I’ve had children, but to be fair I think that’s just an excuse to go all out. I agree it is overhyped and over commercialised but I love the build up and all the glamour…

This month I’m loving…Red Lentil Pasta

I have recently discovered red lentil pasta. What a genius idea. Ok granted, it’s designed for people with gluten intolerance but it’s also a fantastic way to make pasta a bit more healthy, particularly for children. With a slightly peppery taste it’s a perfect warmer for the winter weather. Just substitute it into your normal…

Chinese Rice Soup Bowl

Autumn is here! Ok granted, according to CMs learning calendar Autumn actually starts in September and lasts for 3 months, but the weather has been so mild that I’ve had to keep delaying this post – well that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it! Actually the real reason for my blog silence is that…

A watched pot never boils!

How did I not know this before! One of my biggest bugbears a dirty hob. I’m not the tidiest cook, I admit it. Probably because I am generally trying to do things too quickly or often doing other things at the same time, like serving the kids their dinner, so rather than clear up as I go,…

Cauliflower rice and Quinoa Paella

I eat almost anything. The credit for this definitely goes to my child minder who followed the policy ‘if you don’t eat what’s on your plate there’s nothing else’. I know it sounds harsh but actually she was the loveliest lady and in hindsight I’m so glad she was firm about food. But interestingly, there’s one thing I’ve…

Tadka Daal (Lentil Curry)

Sometimes I wish I could just press the reset button. It amazes me how life can be ambling along merrily and then suddenly I am drowning in a sea of things to do. I used to pride myself on how organised I was but lately I don’t feel in control of very much. Everything needs attention…

Prawn, Serrano and Chilli Tapas

I hate Mondays. I find them far too stressful. I think it’s the jolt back down to earth after having a lazy unscheduled weekend where I can often sneak a cup of tea in bed in the morning (it’s amazing how such a small thing can make me so happy) and I don’t have to be…