Quick roast potatoes

Quick roast potatoes

I’m still not really fully back into the swing of term time living. Arlo’s still settling into his first few weeks at school and it’s not an easy transition for my little mummy’s boy! As i’m not really thinking straight I need shortcuts for the kids’ evening meals, but don’t necessarily want to compromise on […]

Barbecue sides and salad dressings

Quinoa salad for summer sides feature

When you’re throwing a barbecue or need to take a dish along to one you’ve been invited to, it’s good to have some recipe ideas up your sleeve. This was the inspiration for the latest photo shoot for the Good Food Channel website and I came up with a mixture of tasty side dishes to […]

Dreamy creamy dips

dreamy creamy dips for the vitamix

It was time for another tasty meeting of Northfields Cook Book Club last week, and the theme this time was picnic food. It was a Pimms fuelled evening with much swapping of recipes (and hilarious stories). Everyone also agreed that for everyday picnics most people, including myself, usually hit the shops and grab a basketful […]

Summer barbecue recipes

veggie kebabs

Have you been brave enough to roll the barbecue out of the shed yet this ‘summer’? Well just in case you’re contemplating it during one of the brief gaps between torrential downpours and gail force winds, I’ve created a bunch of delicious recipes over at Parentdish. There are Spiced Lamb Koftas with a yoghurty minty cucumber […]

The Daddy takeover: Holy Frijoles!

A recipe fit for cowboys - chaps optional

Today’s guest post comes from Ed Owen, the editor of DaddyBeGood, a website dedicated to fathers who want to be more involved with their kids and are looking for ideas and practical ways to enhance family life. It is written by dads, for dads. I thought it’d be good to give the guys a shout-out and […]

Book review and chance to win: Everyday and Sunday recipes from Riverford Farm


Our allotment is churning out veg at the moment and it’s gathering pace by the week. The beetroots have been the highlight so far – big fat ruby beauties that we’ve really savoured. We’ve used them for healthy juices mixed with carrot, apple, celery and ginger, but also for the more indulgent brownies. But I […]

Broccoli and tomato tart


Regular readers will know I’m a bit partial to a puff pastry tart, especially when all it requires is reaching for some ready-made ready-rolled pastry. Lazy? Me? Too right! It’s a real quickie of a meal, it takes about 30 mins to make, but still manages to feel special and luxurious so is ideal to […]

Cauliflower Gratin – sneaky veg tactics


Cauliflower is SO good for you, but its slightly sour taste and brain-like appearance can make it extremely unappealing to children. My boys adore broccoli, indeed they eat it raw, but somehow cauliflower doesn’t quite cut it. So what do I do to get them to eat it? Well I’ve hidden it in Macaroni Cheese […]

Simple side dish: Peas with shallots and bacon


I’m not hugely into making fancy side-dishes, it’s generally lightly blanched greens in this house. But I felt like breaking out a bit at the weekend and livening up the roast with this cracking little number. It’s super simple and would be ideal if you’re having guests over for lunch this Easter as it takes […]

Yorkshire pudding nirvana


It’s friday, and if any of you are considering making a roast this weekend, how about sticking a few of these on the side? The way to my boys’ heart is definitely batter related. So I puffed my chest out with pride when these magnificent yorkshire puddings emerged from my oven. It’s something of a […]