Sunshine Coconut Chicken

My favourite pan in the kitchen is a wide and deep non stick number, big enough to cater large. Today it hosts a one pot supper for the family, with a view to cheering up a rainy and cold autumn evening. High in protein, vegetables and big on flavour, all you need on the side…

Chocolate and Chia Kicking Cake

Yippee, the weekend is upon us! We have a busy one with friends and family in and out so I’ve prepared a crowdpleaser with health benefits for everyone to enjoy. A bunch of hungry rugby players are due to land late tomorrow afternoon so I don’t expect it to last too long. The addition of…

Slow Steak and Chorizo Pie

Some red meat was demanded from the males in the household this week – I can’t imagine they’re short on iron but sometimes only steak hits the spot. Protein packed and rich in iron, zinc and vitamin B12,  I don’t think some occasionally hurts too much. As all is hectic during the day, I assembled…

Make it Better Tomato and Tortellini Soup

   A few days before Halloween and my children are all nursing something – one a cold, one a pumpkin carving injury, the last a broken heart. So something nourishing and comforting required………. Despite my best efforts, my daughters’ go to comfort foods are tinned tomato soup or spinaci e ricotta tortellini so I thought…

Halloumi and Fig Mega Wrap

I totally love figs and try and sneak them into all sorts of things at this time of year. High in natural sugars, minerals and soluble fibre, figs are rich in minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper and are a good source of numerous vitamins. They are naturally sweet and complement so many things…

Super Steak Salad

Quick, filling and heavenly tasty – you can get this on the table in under 15 minutes. My boys love the meaty element to this which creates a good distraction from the greenery which they’re not always keen on. A little steak goes a long way so try and buy the best you can find…

Running on Empty

Our children today are different from previous generations – they are free to aspire to anything they wish, and what a wonderful thing that is.  We are all generally so much more aware of nutrition and lifestyle than previous generations were but now is the time to get with the programme on providing the correct…

Christmas Vodka – Strictly for the Adults!

We are at the start of a rare and blissful empty weekend. The sun is shining on a chilly Autumn morning here in Somerset and all the leaves are turning red and gold. This afternoon promises us a great game of rugby with Son #2 and his wonderful friends before we head home for Strictly…

Roasted Garlic Chicken with Orzo

An easy, tasty crowd pleaser for all the family and friends around the Sunday table tonight. Makes the house smell like a shrine to all things delicious and leaves you hands free to chat and love all around you. Rugby training is tomorrow so an easily absorbed carb is mixed with protein and vegetables to…

Smart and Smoky Fish Tart

A trip to my beloved Italy last weekend has left me missing the flavours of the season back in the UK – walnuts, fish, winter parmesan. Three out of three are satisfied in this great lunch dish. A crowd of people are in and out at all times of the day today – friends, hungry…

Welcome to Autumn – Guilt Free Pumpkin Pie

A summer spent in America has left me inspired to take American classics and add healthy elements. Pumpkin Pie is a Thanksgiving staple and uses seasonal ingredients as a family celebration classic. We in the UK are yet to adopt this as a family favourite but I think it deserves a mention and certainly a…