November’s Simple and in Season

Parsnip and nutmeg soup with parma ham breadsticks on Feeding Boys, photo and recipe by Katie Bryson

November is already drawing the nights in, and it’s giving me a craving for slow cooked stews, steaming bowls of soup with crusty bread and hot fruity desserts. Winter might not seem like a colourful season for cooking, but it does bring with it the urge to cosset and comfort ourselves with nourishing dishes. Are […]

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 […]

Courgette and lemon cake with raspberry buttercream

Raspberry frosted courgette cake

A cake that tastes as good as it looks – and I mean it REALLY delivers! We met some friends at the South Bank recently and had an indoor picnic at the Royal Festival Hall. We took our own cake supplies and got the teas in from the cafe. Apparently this is okay – unlike […]

Roasted vegetable tart tatins

Roasted vegetable tart tatin from Feeding Boys

These glistening individual tart tatins were meant to be for a grown up dinner party that fell through due to illness, so I rolled them out for the whole family anyway to see how they’d work out. The recipe is from the fabulous Lucy’s Food by Lucy Cufflin – one of the most useable cookery […]

Spinach, leek and cheese pasta bake

Spinach, leek and cheese pasta bake

I found this recipe in October’s issue of BBC Good Food magazine – it’s the perfect one pot dish for a chilly autumn evening after the kids have got home from a session at the swimming pool. I can’t seem to find the recipe on their website, but as I modified it to suit our […]

Allotment update: March

Daffodils down the allotment

Ah the growing season is upon us again, so I pulled on my wellies and took Sam down the lotters to get some seeds in the ground. The bobbing yellow heads of the daffodils greeted us, and for, oh about 15 minutes it felt like paradise. We sat on our rickety wooden chairs eating cake by […]

Are you cut out for an allotment?

Trug of vegetables

We’ve had our plot for over a year now, so I thought it’d be good to write a round-up of what i’ve learnt from the experience. There have been highs and lows – getting caught up in a tangle of netting in front of a beer-swilling group of guys on a neighbouring plot was perhaps […]

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 […]

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. […]

Sweet potato and spinach lasagne

portion of roasted sweet potato lasagne on a plate

Lasagne is such a family favourite, that when our family became part-vegetarian the search was on for the ultimate non-meat recipe. After much trial and error I found a fabulous version in Lucy’s Food – one of my favourite cookbooks of 2011. Lucy devises menus for Ski World and filled this book with the recipes. The […]