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…

Joining the juice gang

I know, I’m a little late to the juicing party. But I’ve just been given a Nutribullet for my birthday, and I haven’t been this excited since, hmm, since I got a Nespresso machine. The last thing the internet needs is another blog about the virtues of juicing, but I just have to say, I…

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…

Chicken & black bean tacos

Happy new year! Good to be back and blogging about everyday food again, rather than working out how much to bolus for an afternoon binge on Quality Street! So here’s a recipe that I dished up for a Christmas holiday sleepover. It reminded me that the reality with T1D is that meals can’t (and shouldn’t) always be regimented with…

Prawn & pancetta special fried rice

I love special fried rice, and here’s a recipe that’s particularly easy to love on every level: Quick and easy? – tick Protein & veggies? – tick Blood sugar nice and stable after a couple of hours? – tick again. Basmati rice is low GI and a great option for my sporty boy to refuel with carbs,…

Baked turkey schnitzels

This is a delicious, healthy way of cooking either thin turkey escalopes, or strips of chicken or fish. It’s so quick and easy that it’ll make you think twice before buying chicken nuggets or fish fingers again! It’s also a good one to prepare in bulk and store in the freezer: just prepare up to step 4,…

Slow-cooker roast chicken with herby couscous

I have officially hit middle age. I love my slow cooker. There are a few reasons for this: I’ve never been brilliant at cooking meat. Stews, casseroles, roasts: sometimes the meat stays tough, or looks cooked on the outside and stays raw in middle. And with no rhyme or reason why it’ll work in one recipe and…

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…

Elly’s cookies vs Millie’s cookies: the snack battle continues

“Can we go to Millie’s Cookies?” asked the boys, when we in the midst of school shoe shopping hell. “Er, no,” I said. “They’re greasy, sugary and expensive.” “But they’re soooo good” pleaded the boys. “I’ll tell you what. When we get home I’ll bake some cookies, and you can have those.” Compromise agreed. I’ve…

Mum vs the tuck shop: let the snack battle commence

I remember reading a parenting book when the boys were tiny (way before diabetes came into our lives) where a mum had asked the author how to stop her children from eating so many chocolate biscuits. The answer was simple: stop buying chocolate biscuits.  And while they’re little, it’s easy enough to follow. As a parent…

Back to school curry

After a couple of months of no timetables and long, lazy suppers, it’s back to school tomorrow and time to dig out some quick and easy midweek meals again. This one’s also a perfect student dinner, so if you’re heading off to uni this Autumn and want a cheap, simple, carb-counted curry, here you go. “Chickpeas!…

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…