Almost moussaka

It’s been a crazy few months in our house – hence no blog posts for a while. Since June, we’ve managed to move house, move schools and start on the pump, so both cooking and blogging have taken a back seat. This recipe is the result of running out of time and discovering that shortcuts can be…

Is it rice or is it pasta?

“This is nice rice,” said Josh, the first time I served up a dish of Orzo. “Actually, it’s pasta,” I said. “No it’s not”, said Ollie. “It’s definitely rice”. “No, really, it’s pasta. It’s called Orzo. It just looks like rice.” “So it’s Rasta!” declared Josh. Orzo has endless possibilities and is brilliant as an…

Best burgers ever

“These are the only home-made burgers I’m going to eat from now on!” declared Ollie. “Mmm, so yummy!” added Josh. That was the verdict on this unbelievably easy and healthy recipe for pesto turkey burgers by the fabulous Waitrose. It’s from one of their recipe cards this month – I have stashes of them in a folder and they…

Spicy Sausage Jambalaya

Here’s a recipe that’s long been a family favourite, but I’d found it tricky to calculate the carbs by weight as rice, vegetables and sausages are all in one dish.  I’ve started using a brilliant new app that really helps to record your own favourite recipes and provide an accurate carb-count for them – Cook & Count Carbs….

Mid-week lasagne

I’ve come to realise that there’s cookery book life, and there’s real life. In cookery book life, I’d be slowly simmering a pork and beef ragu, while whisking a home-made bechamel, and pre-soaking lasagne sheets.  While that’s definitely the route to the perfect lasagne, it’s hard to fit in to real life. It’s easy to…

Delicious diabetic-friendly pizza

  Early on after diagnosis, I was warned about the ‘pizza spike’ in blood sugar levels.  Even if the carb-count is within range, many diabetics seem to struggle with pizza, and we were no exception. Tough when you’re 10 years old and it’s pretty much your favourite food.  So this has to be my best…

Apple and blackberry wholemeal muffins

I’ve always loved baking with the kids, but even before the diabetes diagnosis, I wasn’t a big fan of the whole elaborate cupcake thing.  I’ve always preferred the cake itself to the icing, and vast swirls of novelty sugar and butter frosting are now even less appealing.  But let’s face it, cakes are yummy, and…