Top 10 tips for a junk free picnic

Top 10 tips for a junk free picnic

The sun comes out and we’re embracing the picnic blanket, but eating al fresco doesn’t always mean we put a lot of thought into the food. Picnics are often spur of the moment and see us dashing to the shops and grabbing the nearest ready-made treats you can just break open and thrust into the […]

Roasted Tomato and Basil Filo Quiche

Roasted Tomato and Basil Filo Quiche by Katie Bryson on feedingboys.co.uk

I’m a huge fan of the quiche, but i’m really trying to be mindful of my diet at the moment. Pastry, cream and cheese are delicious, but can leave you feeling bloated and uncomfortable. So i’ve given my favourite pastry dish a lighter makeover, hopefully without compromising on flavour. I adore the crispness of filo pastry, […]

Cheese and apple quesadillas

Cheese and apple quesadillas by Katie Bryson for Parentdish.co.uk

After school snacks are essential in my house, if calories don’t get injected into my boys as soon as they’re out of the playground we get meltdownage, and I mean BIG TIME MELTDOWNAGE ON A THERMO NUCLEAR SCALE. Arlo is still adjusting to his first year of school, and being a summer baby the tiredness […]

Leek and cheddar quiche with coleslaw

Leftover Lunches: Leek and cheese quiche with crunchy coleslaw

A comforting lunchtime treat of shortcrust pastry tart filled with buttery leeks and mature cheddar with a light crunchy coleslaw on the side. I’m still on a mission to banish boring lunchtimes, and have been working in association with Vouchercodes.co.uk to develop a recipe for under £10 that not only perks up a dismal January […]

Asian turkey picnic wraps

Asian turkey picnic wraps

I’ve been challenged to use fresh turkey as an ingredient in a family picnic-friendly recipe that costs under £10 by the Lean on Turkey campaign. Turkey is well suited to a nice soak in a marinade of an evening, it tenderises the meat and infuses flavour. So for my recipe I opted for a Japanese-style […]

Toddler friendly picnic recipes

toddler friendly batch baking recipes

Parentdish asked me to come up with some baby-friendly recipes aimed at parents weaning their little ones and also finger food for toddlers. I’ve moved on a bit from this stage with my strapping 4 and 7 year olds, but these recipes are equally at home in summer picnic bags… bake a batch, fill your […]

Rhubarb and orange mini loaf cakes

Rhubarb and orange mini loaf cakes

I love cooking with rhubarb – it’s such a beautiful ingredient that brings a mouth whalloping tang along wherever it goes. I don’t have a super sweet tooth, so really enjoy the sourness of rhubarb in desserts. Sara Buenfield’s recipe for rhubarb and orange cake in May’s Good Food Magazine has been on my to-bake list […]

Quick quesadillas recipe

Cheese, ham and tomato quesadillas

This quesedilla lunch recipe is so quick and easy it’s ridiculous. It’s a cross between a wrap and a toasted sandwich – and is great for a speedy lunch for kids, but also good for filling lunchboxes the next day if you’ve made a big enough batch. As long as you’ve got a bit of […]

Packed lunch mini quiches

Mini quiches

It’s  all about making lunch interesting in my kitchen this month, as you may have gathered from my last few posts. This time i’ve been fiddling about with mini quiches. Too much faff? Well no it really doesn’t have to be, especially if you use shop bought ready rolled pastry like I do. I made […]

Lunchbox bake: Carrot and pineapple muffins

muffins

I spotted these gorgeous fellas in this month’s Good Food Magazine and immediately thought they’d be perfect for Sam’s lunchbox and also for post-school munchies. They’ve got mashed cooked carrot in, along with pineapple chunks and juice and a healthy scattering of sunflower seeds so you can feel quite virtous eating them despite the fact […]