Smart and Smoky Fish Tart

A trip to my beloved Italy last weekend has left me missing the flavours of the season back in the UK – walnuts, fish, winter parmesan. Three out of three are satisfied in this great lunch dish. A crowd of people are in and out at all times of the day today – friends, hungry…

Welcome to Autumn – Guilt Free Pumpkin Pie

A summer spent in America has left me inspired to take American classics and add healthy elements. Pumpkin Pie is a Thanksgiving staple and uses seasonal ingredients as a family celebration classic. We in the UK are yet to adopt this as a family favourite but I think it deserves a mention and certainly a…

Pre-Season Baked Potato Soup

It may still be summer but I have a house full of big muddy teenagers who are on pre season rugby camp this week, shaking off the summers lethargy and getting tuned up for another hard season on the field. It is important to stage what your children and teens eat when when they are…

Terrific Teriyaki Pork – Fast and Fresh

This is quick, has OMG levels of flavour and is very popular when it hits the table – filling and veg packed. A much under looked joint in my opinion, pork loin is cheap and low fat. marinated in teriyaki sauce, it takes on a smoky BBQ flavour and it cooks in no time as…

Fast & Tasty Chicken Salad Platter

Lots of faces around the table in the garden this afternoon enjoying the last of the summer sun. None of them much want to come in so I took the food to them. A warm summer salad of roast (or rotisserie if you can’t be bothered) with tiny crispy skin on potatoes, leaned on a…

Start Them Young!

A good time was had by all at the River Cottage HQ in Devon this glorious bank holiday weekend – the sun shone on a fabulous family event where foodies and families mixed to see the best of what this part of the world has to offer. Part of the education process that brings children…

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…