Smoky Bacon and Tomato Gnocchi with Zesty Green Bean Side

Smoky Bacon and Tomato Gnocchi with Zesty Beans on

I’m hosting September’s round of Extra Veg for Utterly Scrummy’s Michelle and Fuss Free Helen, to promote eating an extra portion of vegetables with each meal. September is harvest time, so is perfect for enjoying a variety of locally grown produce. My dad recently visited, and as usual stuffed some goodies from his beloved vegetable patch into […]

Video: How to make a quick puff pastry tart

Puff pastry tart

I want to build up a selection of videos showing you first-hand how to make some of my favourite family recipes. I started with home-made pizza, and this week it’s time for the trusty puff pastry tart to make an appearance. It really could not be any easier to put together… and here is the […]

Sticky lime, soy and honey chicken

Sticky chicken

This was a quick meal, thrown on the table in a matter of minutes. The only preparation was done earlier in the day – chopping up the chicken thighs and then lavishing upon them a marinade of dark soy sauce, runny honey and the zest and juice of a lime. Salty and sweet with a […]

Easy kids lunch: savoury croissants

Cheese and ham croissants - easy kids lunch

After having house guests for the best part of three weeks on and off, our fridge freezer is groaning with leftovers. I can assure you that croissants aren’t something we usually host a surplus of. The last one in the packet will be fiercely fought over, the kids win, but then do that annoying thing […]

Simple home made pizza

Christmas Tree Pizzas

I put pizza on the table every week for the boys. It’s one of THOSE foods, you know, the cherished ones that they’ll eat no matter what and takes 10 minutes to cook. For too long though, have I been putting up with the crappy supermarket versions because I’m too befuddled to think about faffing […]

Easy bake sale brownies

Bake sale brownies

This simple brownie recipe is ideal if you need to come up with the goods for a school cake stall but don’t have a lot of time to spare. You can’t beat a slab of chocolate brownie after a long week at school – especially one drizzled with melted chocolate and topped with white chocolate […]

Turkey, brie and cranberry parcels with winter slaw

turkey, brie and cranberry parcels with winter slaw

Sponsored post I’ve been challenged to come up with a delicious meal idea that uses up leftover Christmas turkey by the Lean on Turkey campaign. So after enjoying a slap up roast dinner this week, I squirrelled away the leftover meat and plotted what delights I could create with it. I thought about curry, but […]

Sticky maple and soy glazed salmon

sticky glazed salmon

I made something so simple but so tasty I had to share it with you. I think fish is best cooked without fuss, and this glaze sticks to that rule with just two ingredients – maple syrup and soy sauce. Classic salty and sweet. Teaming it up with oven chips and peas and sweetcorn may […]

Creme fraiche, lemon and pea linguine with soya meatballs

creme fraiche, lemon and pea linguine with soya meatballs

This is super quick to make, it’s very creamy but using half fat creme fraiche means you don’t have to feel too guilty about it. I used Sainsbury’s fake meatballs from their wonderful frozen meat free range. They’re really moist compared to some i’ve tried and you simply bake them from frozen for 20 minutes […]

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 […]