Kickin’ Ketchup

Along with a certain chocolate spread, ketchup is one of the substances that I’ve been looking to replace from the supermarket shelf options with a credible wholesome, organic, homemade alternative. I can’t claim that this isn’t a faff compared with simply whipping it off the shelf in Waitrose but it will leave you with a…

Spelt & Citrus Drizzle Cake

Guests arriving and a few children to entertain between the rain showers today…. too early in the day to hit the supermarket so I have to work with what I’ve got in the cupboards to try and inject some healthy elements into my sweet treat. This is another torn out recipe from an every increasing…

Super Soda Bread with Carrots & Walnuts

Our British summer hasn’t let us down this August in Somerset – our warmish days are peppered with torrential rainstorms and thoughts are quietly shifting to Autumn boots and pursuits. Still, the school holidays are in full swing so we prepare some bread for a picnic which is filling and tasty, packed with the good…

Oh So Popular Smoked Mackerel Pate

Absolutely delicious, quick, cheap, easy and bang on nutritionally – what more do you want??? Simply throw all the ingredients together in a mini food processor and present to your kiddies after swimming with some crackers or I add seeds, chilli oil and in this case chilli pepper pearls for a posh convivial side to…

Not-ella

A recent trip to Chelsea, London, passing by the much loved Italian Venchi chocolateria/gelateria inspired me to give a homemade version of chocolate spread a go – they sell a chocolate hazelnut spread which combines nuts with olive oil and I thought I’d give a home made version a go as Son #2 is positively addicted to…

Ditch the Coke for some Jam Packed Drinks!

It never ceases to alarm me how parents calmly pour sugar laden fizzy drinks down their children. The knock on consequences to their (and your) health both short and long term are worrying to say the least, not to mention the reaction to the massive caffeine and sugar hit. It has been said that Coke…

Ruthie’s 2 Way Power Breakfast

  Ruthie Edwards is a mum to two real-food -crazy boys with endless appetites and a passion for rugby and fitness. Her day job is as an Integrative Nutritional Health Coach, on a mission to help the stressed and frazzled tame their busy-ness beast, one healthy, happy lifestyle nudge at a time. Here is her…

Smoked Haddock and Spinach Power Packs

I have never really subscribed to this thing of eating leftovers on a Monday – as if Mondays weren’t dreary enough without rifling through the back of the fridge for cold pasta sauce……. This week the weather isn’t improving as promised here in Somerset and with two mid exam teenagers and a tired swimming child…

Anifa’s Awesome Party Combo

This lovely creature is Anifa.  A Zumba teacher who’s married to a keen cyclist and mother to a former GB biathlete, she know’s a thing about sporty families. And, she’s a rockin’ cook. If she ever invites you over to dinner I strongly advise you to accept. I have begged her for her trademark salsa and…

Beth’s Open Water Brownies

Beth French is an extreme open water marathon swimmer and adventurer. Mother to 8 year old Dylan, they travel the world swimming seas and fighting sharks and the like. One of the upsides to such a lifestyle is that you get to eat like a horse and she has developed a diet that provides the…

A Fish Buying Guide

Why Buy? The reasons to maximise fish in our diets go on and on….. they contain crucial nutrients for development giving Omega-3 fatty acids, protein and vitamin D. It is linked to reduced risk of autoimmune diseases, reduction of asthma in children, improved long term eye sight and better sleep. And that’s just for starters……

Fabulous Fishcakes with Foaming Cream Sauce

This is another exercise in being sneaky with the ingredients but it results in a batch of luxurious fishcakes good enough to serve at a dinner party but a real crowd pleaser with the children. The cream sauce is actually liquidised veg for the most part but if you don’t tell them neither will I….