Lemon Crumble Fish with Power Mash

Revision time. Heads are down, tummies rumbling. It is an anxious time for the GCSE and A level students and something about anxiety makes you crave comfort food. This dish fits the bill without much in the way of bad fats and is super tasty. I’ve been generous with the mash as it tends to…

Mighty Meatballs

There’s something American about meatballs which appeals to children. They never seen to pick though the ingredients as they may do with other meals, giving you a great opportunity to sneak in some goodness. These are tasty, studded with sweet hits of fruit, then baked for speed and flavour. Add into a simple vegetable sauce…

Protein Power

Son #1 and I have often been on opposite sides of an argument about the benefits of commercial protein powders and shakes. At 18, he is in the gym every day training for rugby, adding bulk, power and speed. Once your children are in this environment there are any number of powder pimps pushing expensive…

Ultimate Healthy Chocolate Cookies

We are two weeks into the new year now and our resolve is starting to weaken – fruit is getting sniffed at in favour of something a little more interesting for the post swim snack and low fat yogurt is not hitting the spot. So, the search was on to finalise the cookie recipe once…

Sssssh..epherds Pie

It’s freezing in Somerset this week and the new year salads are not looking appealing – tonight we need something meaty, warming and nourishing. I have concocted this recipe to pack in as much protein as possible for those of us who are working out hard with a topping which tastes fluffy and buttery but…

Snag Jam (Smoked Tomato Relish)

A few years ago Son #1 did a school exchange to Australia and his Australian friend arrived with a gift for me of Snag Jam from Spoonfed Foods in New South Wales. Snags are what the Australians call sausages and this gorgeous smoked tomato relish really hits the spot with savoury dishes, cold meats and…

Superior Sausage Rolls with Crackling Crumb

I can’t claim these have any unique health benefits but they are a cut above normal sausage rolls in terms of flavour and content. I have added dried fruit for sweetness and fibre, diluting the meat down and complementing the veg therein. The overall effect is still of succulent “man food”, wonderful warm straight from…

Spiced Winter Super Soup

Having given myself a 72 hour quarantine in the house to see off a persistent cough, I set about getting busy with the comfort food. Son #2 is on rest from rugby for a few weeks following an operation so we’ve bribed him on a redecorating project to keep him out of trouble. Time to…

Scandi Carrot Bread Rolls

I have recently returned from Sweden on business and was struck by their measured and enthusiastic approach to their diets and how different it is from ours. Bread plays an important part in their diet and usually comprises whole grains and seeds. These carrot rolls were served up in the hotel one evening for dinner and…

Fish, Fast.

Winter is coming and work is frantic. Everyone’s schedule is rammed until Christmas and yet still they want feeding…… selfish little blighters. Here’s a dish you can put together in little longer than it’ll take to read this blog. I’m not a great one for buying convenience foods but the food industry is finally catching…