Easy Stuffed Peppers

A good lunchtime fix this one, easy to assemble from leftovers and the store cupboard at short notice. A bit of eye rolling was experienced before the family actually tasted them but afterwards, no complaints. I have used spelt instead of the usual rice but you could use lentils, wild rice, couscous – whatever you…

Super Smoked Scotch Eggs

Cricket season is upon us again and my mind turns to two things at this time of year – how am I going to get the grass stains out and how am I going to feed them something nutritious on the sidelines? It’s iGCSE time so brains are bursting with revision and cramming for exams….

Chocolate Chia Cookies

I stole the base of these cookies from a recipe in Olive magazine (April 2018) but have changed some of the ingredients to boost the nutrients. These are easy but require a 3-4 hour wait while the dough cools in the fridge half way through. I manage to sneak chia seeds into so many things…

Comfort Cider Chicken

Oh, for goodness sake, this is ridiculous. Here in Somerset, England, we are looking forward to yet another wet weekend as we look forward to Spring starting. Soon we hope! However, not today so I’ve set about preparing a veg packed meal for the slow cooker that we can enjoy after a rainy day activity…

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…