Raw Breakfast Bars with Yoghurt Topping

Heads are down in preparation for the upcoming summer exams but despite my preaching and begging, some teen members of the family are refusing to eat a good breakfast as they just can’t face it before 8am on a weekday morning. Fair enough. However, without a good start to the day, concentration levels will be…

Slow Walnut & Lemon Chicken

This rustic dish feels like you should be serving it to a tribe of cold weather truffle hunters in Northern Italy – slow cooked and aromatic, it fills your house all day with the wonderful smells of lemon and chicken, leaving you free to get on with life. You can take this casserole out of…

Bad Boy Slow Cooked Beef Ribs

We are in the grip of “the beast from the east” here in Somerset – a chill Siberian snow storm that has flattened the first flowers of spring and plunged us into temperatures of minus ten degrees. So, slow cooked beef seems like just the thing and I nipped to the wonderful butcher at Sheppy’s…

Smokey, Cheesey Pasta Bake

 This started out life as a posh macaroni cheese but it developed as I was delving through cupboards and vegetable drawers. So here we have it, a fish and veg packed tray of delicious comfort food…… perfect for a winter fireside night after a long day or as a power lunch before heading out to…

Honey Soy Chicken and Noodles

Asian flavours really hit the spot and the sweet/sour combination are loved by children and teens. This is a favourite post match indulgence, quick and easy to produce with protein, vegetable and bundles of flavour. This also holds if you are all eating at different times – a bowl will keep in the fridge for…

Berry Spiked Chocolate Brownies

Sometimes we need a sweet hit, simple as that. I pilfered the base of this recipe from the Australian food stylist and writer Donna Hay – ‘totally love her fresh and simple approach to food. I’ve amped up the ingredients to make it more nutrient rich and they generally face little resistance whoever you show…

Crowd Pleasing Protein Packed Tacos

Some days call for “fun food” – something they can tuck into without you preaching away about nutrition and calories. This fits the bill for a weekday supper or weekend lunch/supper. Tasty, colourful and convivial, tacos go down well with almost everyone. Extra sides to add to the taco meat filling can include chopped avocado,…

Super Sausage Pasta

I’m sulking this weekend for three reasons. One – a cold, two – I’ve had to take my Christmas decorations down and three – I’ve left Italy this week and all the winter food markets with it. So, I tasked myself to make a comforting dish to please all the family with a hint of festive…

Lazy, Tasty Brunch

Today, a fast and healthy brunch of leftover root vegetable monster mash, a small pan fried fillet of smoked haddock, topped with a poached egg and a side of steamed asparagus. For a luxurious finish, add a light beurre blanc sauce to finish. A proper power meal to last all the way to dinner!

Crunchy Super Salmon Roast

At this time of year everyone wants to pour brandy butter over everything with a side of clotted cream and probably something infused with alcohol, so I think it’s important to keep it light and tasty to keep everyone enjoying their food. This is an easy alternative to the Sunday roast, make ahead and hold…

Smokey Bacon Fish with Baked Hasselbacks

A heavenly mix of taste and textures here – designed to tempt the slouching teenagers to the table as they sniffle and cough through the evening. All can be prepared in advance and thrown in the ovens whilst you enjoy a well deserved slice of peace and quiet. Omega 3’s from the fish, lots of…

Sausages, Monster Mash & Garlic Mushrooms

A tasty and easy weeknight supper which is low carb and high veg, not that they will notice……. Autumn comfort food at it’s delicious best. I’m a bit of a princess when it comes to sausages and can’t bear the though of anything with eyelashes or noses in them (!) so buy the best quality…