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…

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!…

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…

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…