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…

The 5:2 diet? Try the 24/7

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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…

Spaghetti with broccoli, peas & pesto

I’m always up for a Meat-free Monday (and quite often, a meat-free other day if I run out of meat and/or inspiration). Here’s one of our fail-safe storecupboard recipes, perfect for throwing together as a quick energy boost after sport. I don’t understand why broccoli is always seen as a child’s nemesis. I’ve actually never known a…

Chicken, spinach & ricotta lasagne

“What’s for dinner?” “Chicken lasagne.” “Chicken? Why do we always have chicken? We eat chicken all the time! Why can’t we have proper lasagne? I’m going to have toast. I’m starving but I’d rather have toast.” Top marks if you can see where this conversation is heading. Biting my tongue, I pass the glucose monitor as the rage…

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,…

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…