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…

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…

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

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…