WeightWatchers: the complete kitchen


I’ve owned a fair amount of diet recipe books over the years, but to be honest they’ve never appealed enough to use them very much. The food styling is usually non existent, and the recipes just don’t have any ooze appeal, you know, those tempting pictures in normal cookery books that make you want to […]

Product review round-up

Sainsburys Be Good To Yourself ready meal

Here’s a little round-up of some of the food samples i’ve been sent lately, so you know what they’re like when you spot them in the supermarket aisles… Be Good to Yourself ready meals Sainsbury’s got in touch to ask me to try out their improved range of healthy Be Good To Yourself ready meals […]

Are you cut out for an allotment?

Trug of vegetables

We’ve had our plot for over a year now, so I thought it’d be good to write a round-up of what i’ve learnt from the experience. There have been highs and lows – getting caught up in a tangle of netting in front of a beer-swilling group of guys on a neighbouring plot was perhaps […]

Another easy dessert: lemon possets

Lemon posset in ramekin with lemon zest to garnish

I’m all about make-ahead desserts this month, it’s not very on-trend with the usual winter health-kick, but I’ve had a bit of entertaining to do and ramekin-friendly recipes have won the day. Quite similar to the berry fools, but even simpler. Only three ingredients required – double cream, sugar and lemon juice. It’s incredibly rich […]

Banana, sultana and almond loaf

banana sultana loaf cake

Manky banana alert – why can’t we ever get through the damned things? No matter how green they are when I buy them they ripen in an instant – infuriating. Well only slightly coz it’s always an excuse to bake a cake with them. I’d put a recipe for Banana and Date loaf from Sian over […]

Win valentine lovetub hamper worth £60

Lovetub hamper

I’d not seen these desserts before, but lovetubs are a warm, rich, melt-in-your-mouth pudding which can be found in the dessert chiller in selected Sainsbury’s stores. It’s definitely the kind of baltic weather that makes me crave for a lovely hot pud. Available in both Sticky Toffee Pudding and Chocolate Pudding flavours, lovetub can be […]

January competition winners

Just to let you know the lucky winners of my January competitions are: A selection of unearthed® dips and meat platters Helena Hewett Aldo Zilli’s Fresh & Green Maxine Grant Pippa Ainsworth As ever, thanks to everyone who took the time to enter and congratulations to the winners.

Leek, chickpea and lemon soup

leek chickpea and lemon soup

My home-made soup campaign continues, this one is particularly fragrant with leeks and lemon zest filling the kitchen with fresh aromas. I made it for my marvellous in-laws who are staying for a few weeks to help me with the boys while Matthew is away for work. They deserve a medal, but soup will have […]