Meatball pasta bake

Meatball pasta bake - photo by Sharron Gibson for UKTV

This pot of loveliness is pork and beef meatballs nestled into pasta in a roasted vegetable sauce with chunks of torn mozzarella and a crispy herb topping. If you’ve got a crowd coming for lunch over the Easter holidays, then this would be the perfect dish to plonk on a board in the middle of the […]

Video: how to make pizza

Home made pizza

I’ve been making my own pizza every week since I discovered how easy it is to rustle up a couple of generous pizza bases using a packet of bread mix from the supermarket. I wrote a post about it before Christmas, but I’ve now made a little video to show you just how easy it […]

Cheesy potato quorn pot pies

Cheesy potato quorn pot pie

Sponsored post Quorn is something of a hero product in the Feeding Boys kitchen, especially since the firefighter turned vegetarian nearly two years ago. So I was genuinely delighted when the brand got in touch with me to see if I would develop a recipe using their mince. Comfort food is top of the agenda […]

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 […]

Roasted pepper and tomato soup

Roasted pepper and tomato soup

This is a really low fat soup that’s bursting with goodness – perfect for a quick mum-friendly lunch. Make a batch at the weekend then stick it in a lidded jug in the fridge for the week ahead. The peppers and tomatoes produce a beautiful flavour once roasted, so make sure you scrape every last […]

Masterchef Sara’s Pasta alla Norma

pasta alla norma

By far my favourite contestant on last year’s Masterchef was Sara Danesin Medio – the likeable intensive care nurse with a huge passion for Italian cooking. So when I got an invite to travel up to York to her home to have her cook Garafolo pasta for a group of food bloggers, I was properly excited. […]

Pork, chickpea and chorizo stew

tasty protein packed stew

When you have a baby and are stuck in a timewarp of sleepless nights, feeding and changing nappies, cooking meals really are the last thing on your mind. So the nicest present I think you can give a new mum is a home-cooked nutritious meal that they can just reheat and scoff. My friend Sharron […]

Green mac and cheese

Green mac and cheese from Innocent's Hungry book

Macaroni cheese is such a classic family meal, the only trouble with it is it’s a bit lacking in the veg department. So I was eager to try out a version I spotted in Innocent’s new cookbook Hungry? I shall be reviewing the book later in the week, but I really wanted to share this […]

Guest post: Fresh tomato soup


I’m very honoured to be hosting some fantastic guest posts over the next couple of weeks while I escape to France for a fortnight of no internet connection (deep breaths) and lots of good times with my boys. First up is family friend and all round legend, Jan Bailey. I’ve known Jan since I was […]

Storecupboard dinner fix: Roasted tomato and cheddar rice


This comforting dish is similar to a risotto except you’re using less sophisticated ingredients like ordinary long grain rice and cheddar cheese. It’s also less laborious – only needing an occasional stir rather than constant monitoring. It’s a proper store cupboard affair – rice, cheese, stock cube, tomatoes – all very everyday ingredients and pretty […]