Food and Drink

Family friendly chilli con carne

Despite the current testing times, one thing we are...

Independent’s riding the storm…

And it has been said we are all in the same COVID 19 storm, but in different boats.  Very...

Gadget of the month

Generally in my house there are two types of gadget, The excited to buy one, used extensively for about...

Chicken soup

Still thinking about recipes suited to lock down that use only a few ingredients, are quick and tasty, made...

Quick treacle sponge

It is a funny old time for everyone, maybe you have lots of extra family members at home, with...

Bread…with….Ben….simple!

We know there are some fantastic artisans delivering their baked loveliness far and wide but what a fantastic time...

Pistachio, cranberry and white chocolate florentines

With Mother’s Day nearly upon us and food sources limited, these Florentines can be made from a few store...

Simply easy, Simply Cook

Cooking for kids is a nightmare or is that just in my house?? I can name on one hand...

Easy traditional pancakes

It’s Pancake day next week, always a favourite annual date in our house, although pancakes don’t only need to...

The Pig & Pastry

Open since 2008, and with it’s reputation preceding it, you may well have heard of this amazing … ‘Neighbourhood...

Chinese lemon chicken

Seeing all the Chinese New Year celebrations found me reminiscing back to the takeaways we used to have when...

Raspberry & whiskey cream shortbread tower

  This weekend celebrates both Burns Night and Chinese New Year! Two very different cultures showcasing very different cuisines....

Veganuary……with kids??!!

Veganuary! This phrase seems to be everywhere we look at the moment, with lots of articles written about it,...

Halloumi and bacon canapés

Christmas is such a social time of the year, works dos, out with friends, seeing family and then if...

Leek and potato soup

Leeks are in season now right through until spring, peaking in January. They are such a versatile vegetable, so...

Caramalised figs

It’s British Fig season, Figs are one of my favourite fruits, they are so versatile and can be used...

Toffee apples

Toffee apples are a real treat and one which remind me of this time of year and crisp Autumn...

Necterine Tarte Tatin

Traditionally a dish with apples this can be made with many different fruits following the same principle for an...

Zero waste shopping

So we’ve done plastic free July and the family have easily adapted to the changes we’ve made . As...

Simple sponge

It’s the beginning of the Summer holidays, time for a few weeks of fun with the children, lots of...

Banana Flapjack

Flapjack is a childhood favourite of mine and something I often make for my boys, especially if they have...

Halloumi fries and dip.

Who doesn’t love fries, they can be triple cooked, oven baked, cooked in goose fat and in many restaurants...

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