Chocolate & courgette loaf cake

At the risk of becoming a crazy lady who hides vegetables in everything (see last week’s hidden kale smoothie, and my previous post for carrot & pineapple muffins), this week it’s the turn of courgettes (zucchini) in chocolate cake. I’ve also cut the sugar a little by using fruit syrup, and the courgettes help it stay moist without…

Carrot, pineapple & raisin muffins

These muffins are a bit of a triumph given that I’m not a big fan of either carrot cake or raisins. They are truly delicious – moist, moreish and actually very healthy. They’re made with a mix of wholemeal and plain flour, two large grated carrots, a tin of crushed pineapple and 100g raisins. I also…

Cinnamon Banana Bread

Ever pack your kids off to school or sport with a nice healthy banana, only to find it lurking, soft and blackened, at the bottom of the kit bag a couple of days later? Well, banana bread was clearly invented with the sole purpose of giving them new life. So after finding four bananas at death’s door…

Summer Berry Pavlova

Here’s my favourite all time dessert. My wedding cake was a 3 tiered Pavlova, and in our family, it’s also the way we top off Christmas lunch and pretty much any celebration.  I follow Delia Smith’s meringue recipe which never, ever fails, then keep it simple with a topping of whipped cream and summer berries. You might…

The 5:2 diet? Try the 24/7

It feels a long time now since the rush of new year’s resolutions. Back in January, a whole bunch of my friends and colleagues jumped on the latest bandwagon, as they do every year, to go sugar-free, carb-free, dairy-free or, with the 5:2 fasting diet, pretty much food-free. Did they last? No. Do they look much fitter, healthier,…