The Ultimate Brilliant Brownies

These brownies have several uses – disguising seeds, nuts and fibre into young athletes, feeding friends after dinner parties, making popular picnics, complementing a coffee on a rainy afternoon…. I could go on. But this is a super reliable chocolate fix which pleases all it touches. Use the best ingredients you can, as all shine…

Healthier, Crowd Pleasing, Toad in the Hole

Sigh. Although it’s the middle of June, here in Somerset the rain keeps falling with no end in sight. The log basket is still stocked and heating still on. But hey, an excuse to cook up this warming family favourite, boosted with wholegrain flour and roasted vegetables fragranced with fat garlic cloves. The Yorkshire pudding…

Lemon & Rye Shortbread

This delicious shortbread is quick, easy and scrumptious – a great filler in the lunch box or for a post exercise sweet hit. I use my beloved Kitchenaid mixer for this but you can just as well go the old fashioned way and mix by hand for an extra workout. Lemon & Rye Shortbread –…

A Running Breakfast, Italian Style

This beautiful view was the venue for this mornings family run, hampered by my constant slowing down to take photos of the scenery, cars and other peoples houses, much to my husbands annoyance. However, it makes me happy to bring a bit of Italy back to Somerset, even if it’s on my computer screen. All…

Lemon & Artichoke Hummus Dip

A wet and windy day last November brought a group of my family and friends to Bath for an impromptu trip around the famous Christmas market. We neglected to book a restaurant in advance and found ourselves wandering, starving hungry, pressing our noses up against restaurant windows like starving Victorian street children, watching affluent diners…

One Sporty Mother Food Principles

Below are some thoughts and principles that I like to try and apply to our family nutritional intake and generally thump the children with these thoughts as often as I can……. Food is not food when it comes through the window of your car. ‘Nuf said. Sportsmen and women need a calorie rich diet. But…

One Pan Swift Chicken Roast

I am craving the comfort of roast chicken today but have neither the time nor the inclination to wrestle with all the faff of the veg and accompaniments so I’ve given this a go. It seems to have worked! Prep time 10 minutes flat. The portions can be scaled for whoever many you have around…

Pan Roasted Cod & Chorizo

In a recent clear up of the kitchen I came across a much loved cast iron skillet which I though I’d press into action to recreate an old favourite – pan roasted fish. You will need a thick fillet of cod, monkfish or similar for this – good & fresh. You can leave the skin…

Slow Chicken & Bacon Pies

In full on autumn mode here – ‘have emptied the freezer of all the BBQ supplies and now planning a restock for the colder months. This is an absolutely delicious, easy crowd pleaser which freezes well for busy days and ravenous crowds. The recipe makes enough for two family size pies and a couple of…

High Protein Peanut Butter Cookies

A demand for a sweet treat was aired today so I’ve mashed together a few recipe ideas to put these vegan cookies together – all the taste without the guilt. I’ve used white spelt flour here but you can just as well use rye, oat or similar – they all work just as well. The…