Sore throat friendly smoothies

Berry breakfast smoothie

Half term was somewhat blighted by illness in the Feeding Boys house, and for two hideous days my throat was so sore I couldn’t swallow proper food. Now that’s just miserable. End of. But to try and get some nutrition into my germ-ridden self I whizzed up some of these breakfast smoothies in the blender. […]

Frozen espresso, banana and chocolate lollies

frozen espresso, banana and chocolate lollies

Coffee is frankly an essential part of my routine – things get done after i’ve had a shot of espresso. So when coffee experts Lavazza got in touch to see if I was up for a challenge that involved making lots of coffee related recipes, I didn’t hesitate in signing up. Lavazza are sponsoring the […]

Sticky honey, banana and almond cake

Sticky honey, almond and banana cake

Branches of Waitrose seem to be springing up all over the place. The latest one I’ve noticed is in the well-heeled area of Jesmond in Newcastle. We were up there over Easter and I couldn’t resist a little snoop inside the gleaming store. While I was browsing around the shelves, I picked up a recipe […]

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 […]

Lunchbox idea: banana muffins

banana muffin close up

I had a bunch of manky bananas hanging on my kitchen worktop for longer than I should have – they went black and really started freaking me out so I quickly mashed them up and looked for a recipe to use them with. I turned to Nigella’s website and found this recipe – they’re not […]

Squidgy banana blondies

Banana Blondies

Reading this month’s Sainsbury’s Mag, I came across a massive feature on some of Dan Lepard’s amazing looking cakes with enormous glossy pictures of the most tempting array of goodies I’ve seen in quite a while. The squidgy banana blondies looked particularly wanton, and as I had a few manky bananas knocking about I decided […]

Squidgy banana blondies

Reading this month’s Sainsbury’s Mag, I came across a massive feature on some of Dan Lepard’s amazing looking cakes with enormous glossy pictures of the most tempting array of goodies I’ve seen in quite a while. The squidgy banana blondies looked particularly wanton, and as I had a few manky bananas knocking about I decided […]

Banana breakfast muffins

SONY DSC

Facing a long journey to France with the boys in the car is a daunting prospect. While Sam is happy to sit and watch DVDs on his little screen, Arlo cannot bear being in the car for very long and bellows in THE most distressing way. When you’re trapped in a fast moving vehicle with […]

Spiced banana and coconut loafcake

The breakfast of champions - and noisy toddlers

It’s been a week of friends doing me a huge amount of favours with the firefighter being away all week with work. The best way I know to thank people for their kindness is, of course, to bake something lush! Baking is a soothing process. I love looking through my cupboards concocting recipe ideas in my […]

Winter baking with added sunshine: Tropical Fruit Muffins

They're no lookers but they smell lush!

I needed to find comfort in my kitchen this weekend away from the torrential downpours and wild windy weather, so I decided to do some uplifting baking to defy the elements. Leafing through my food mags for inspiration I came across a series of recipes by Australian chef Bill Granger. Is it me or does […]