March 11, 2019

 Have you tried the new pasta range from Genius? It's seriously good and has the added benefit of being good for your gut, which is really important for those of us suffering from coeliac disease or gluten-intolerance. In case you didn't know, gluten can cause long term imbalances in your gut if you are allergic, including reducing the amount of certain types of important bacteria found there. I have certainly noticed a huge c...

January 10, 2019

 This dish is such an easy one to make, and don't worry as you don't need to include mussels in it as the photo suggests (unless you like them that is!). I used to avoid paella as a dish until the kids developed a love for anything with chorizo in it. My daughter also adores prawns, so a paella was suddenly a possibility but definitely not an easy recipe to pop on the table throughout the week. We all really enjoyed this adapt...

October 3, 2018

"But surely such an English classic can't be made without meat?" I hear you cry. Yes it can, and i'd even venture as far to say that you couldn't actually tell it was meat free either, thanks to my new trusty friend Quorn mince. Now, I must be honest here, and admit that there have been many years when I have avoided using Quorn, but now I can't see myself not having a bag in the freezer. It even cooks from frozen, simply add...

September 26, 2018

Perhaps my most important post yet! One of my favourite childhood memories is of talking to my grandad as he cooked a roast. He always made gravy from scratch and any other type just wasn't the same. I might be talking out of turn here, but I think the art of making your own gravy at home is slowly losing popularity now that there are so many instant granules on the market and,  for a long time, I must confess that making my o...

September 13, 2018

I'm sat here today trying to write, but what is mainly occupying my mind is how to give the kids a decent tea in the one hour window we have between getting home from school and leaving for swimming lessons. I want something that can be made in advance and simply warmed through as we walk through the door, will be eaten with minimal fuss, yet still fill them with goodness and stop them from hankering after cakes from the leisu...

June 18, 2018

This Saturday was a bit drizzly where we were. The children had a party in the afternoon and I wanted to rustle up something quick and easy for all the family that was full of colour to contrast with the grey sky,  whilst having the added bonus of packing in lots of goodness. Looking through the fridge for inspiration, I noticed that we had quite a lot of tinned sweetcorn, a few carrots...

June 8, 2018

I almost didn't add this recipe to the blog as I thought it might be a little boring. Yet, when I first started cooking for the kids (long before the days of avoiding gluten), my cooking skills were limited and I know that something easy and nutritious like this pasta sauce would have been a recipe that I would have appreciated. So I hope it is as useful to you.  I have made this recipe so many times that I almost forget that...

May 3, 2018

I am sure most parents  are like me when they suddenly realise that, as the children get older, they find that there is a children's club or sport most nights of the week. It is almost as if it arrives from the sixth birthday onwards and you find yourself juggling work, chores, running a taxi service and feeding the family. Due to a recent progression in swimming levels (yay!) , I now find myself ferrying the kids to something...

April 25, 2018

I am no baker by any stretch of the imagination yet, despite my acceptance of this, I still love to bake and there is something quite satisfying about a slice of lemon drizzle cake with a cup of tea isn't there? This recipe is one that I turn out time and time again, especially if the children need something made for their class cake stall which runs each term. It seems to sell well despite vying for attention with some rather...

April 13, 2018

I thought it would be nice to post a recipe each Friday that you might like to try over the weekend, and what better recipe to start off with than pizza? In our house 'Pizza Friday' *as it is fondly referred to) is an actual thing. It's reached a point where I quake in fear at the thought of suggesting an alternative to my often tired and hungry children at the end of the school week. For us, Pizza Friday comes in various guis...

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