Showing posts with label Recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Recipes. Show all posts

13 November 2018

Cooking with the boys: Homemade Pizza

Friday night is, more often than not, pizza night in our house. This usually means us buying frozen or fresh pizzas from the supermarket, sometimes creating our own with a choice of toppings. However, now that my eldest had started Food Tech classes at secondary school it’s all changed.

Cooking with the boys: Homemade Pizza

15 October 2018

Easy Recipe: #FreeFrom Flapjacks - Gluten free, dairy free & sugar free

Do you love flapjacks? I love them and so do my boys. I think nearly everyone loves a good flapjack – but sometimes though when we think we are being healthy, we realise we are actually eating a fair amount of sugar, without really knowing it.

So below you will find my recipe for Free From Flapjacks – which are gluten-free, dairy-free and have no refined sugar either. Please note they do contain nuts though.

Easy Recipe: #FreeFrom Flapjacks - Gluten free, dairy free & sugar free

9 August 2018

Seven of the Best Summer Soups

Everyone I know seems to have grown courgettes this year. Requiring full sun to grow I’m not surprised that this summer, with the UK heatwave, has been a great season for courgette growers. We’ve acquired quite a few from a family allotment and have enjoyed quite a few bowls of summer courgette soup, creating a new recipe that is now one of our family favourites.

In fact, so many soups are easy to make from produce that is easy to grow in the garden from tomatoes to peas and rocket. It's not only healthy but frugal too - helping us to keep fit and keep money in our pockets. Read on to discover the recipes for seven of the best summer soups.


27 July 2018

How to make a vegan burger - two easy recipes

Are you a fan of burgers? I have to admit the trend for eating burgers kind of happened after I became a vegetarian, so I'm one of those people who has never tasted a Big Mac, Whopper or Byron Burger, however, I don't object to vegetarian or vegan burgers, as long as they taste good! 

The UK burger market may be worth over £3b, but good vegan burgers are hard to find so this summer I've created my own vegan burger recipes.

How to make a vegan burger - two easy recipes

11 July 2018

30 Simple Summer Vegan & Vegetarian Salads

Salads really don’t have to be boring. There is nothing I like better on a hot sunny day than a crisp tasty salad, as either a light lunch or heartier evening meal. The weather this year has just been amazing for Britain. Some Italian friends at the weekend told me that a UK Heatwave is what everyone else in Europe calls summer – we did laugh but it’s so true.

But that doesn’t matter as this year has been a great year for experimenting with new flavours in the kitchen and here are my favourite veggie and vegan salads. They are tasty, healthy and full of flavour And I’ve also asked other food bloggers for their simple recipes … so no excuses not to have exciting salad dishes on the menu this summer.

4 June 2018

30 Rhubarb Recipes + How to make Rhubarb Jam

We’ve been given lots and lots of rhubarb this year. We don’t grow it ourselves as our kitchen garden is too small but a family member does, and there seems to be so much rhubarb this spring. It's a very popular food to grow in allotments in the UK and has amazing health benefits as well as being a great cooking ingredient too.

I remember easting it simply chopped up with a small bowl of sugar to dip it in as a child, and of course there can’t be many people who have not had rhubarb crumble, however, I went looking for new ideas and decided to make jam and vodka.

30 Rhubarb Recipes + How to make Rhubarb Jam

16 May 2018

20 Top Vegetarian Recipes to Tempt Meat Eaters

It’s National Vegetarian Week 2018 and today we are sharing some of our favourite veggie recipes, but also others that vegetarians and meat eaters alike think are so good that they would tempt the most carnivorous person they know, to give veggie food a try.

Check out our post from earlier this week highlighting our 16 favourites tried and tested places to eat vegetarian food in the North East, and also our top 5 family-friendly vegetarian meals – perfect for quick and easy meals after school or for a lunch.

26 April 2018

Easy homemade kids birthday cakes - recipe and decoration ideas

At this time of year, our family celebrates a lot of birthdays. Over the next few weeks, everyone in our household will celebrate their birthday, plus a few other relatives will too. Me and my eldest son even share a birthday. The other thing we all have in common is that we all love cake too!

I love baking and although I may not be the best baker or indeed the best cake decorator, in the world, I do love baking and making birthday cakes. A homemade cake is one of my favourite birthday gifts to give. So in this post, I'm sharing a tried and tested, very simple sponge cake recipe and method, and also some of the simple birthday cake creations I've made over the past few years, just using sweets and chocolate to decorate the cakes. They may not be award-winning designs but they have always gone down well with my boys and their friends.

Easy homemade kids birthday cakes - recipe and decoration ideas

12 April 2018

How to make Peanut Butter at home

Peanut butter is so popular in many countries. It’s also very popular with my boys. Peanut butter is a food paste or spread made from ground peanuts. It often contains additional ingredients that enhance the taste or texture, such as salt, sweeteners or emulsifiers. 

However, you can avoid these additives if you make your own at home. And it’s so easy to do. You don’t need much more than peanuts and a blender and gives you a massive saving on the shop bought versions of the spread.

How to make Peanut Butter at home recipe

21 March 2018

Fighting Heart Disease with Vegan Mushroom, Fig and Spinach Pizza

I’m certainly not a Delia or Nigella. And I have no ambition to win MasterChef, however, food is one of the topics I really enjoy writing about on this blog. Whether that’s eating out or creating recipes for dining at home. I love cooking with and for my family, my boys like to get in on the act in the kitchen too, especially trying new recipes and foods, and creating dairy-free and meat-free alternatives to traditional recipes.

So I’m really pleased that I’ve been able to donate a recipe to Heart Research UK, a national charity who fund pioneering medical research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease as well as helping communities improve their lifestyles, and this week my recipe for a vegan Mushroom, fig and spinach pizza was published in their Happy Healthy Heart Cookbook.

 Fighting Heart Disease with Vegan Mushroom, Fig and Spinach Pizza

25 January 2018

How to Make Oat Milk & Dairy Free Vegan Milkshakes

Are you someone who can’t drink cow’s milk? Or someone who has chosen not to consume cow’s milk and follow a vegan or dairy-free diet? Do you know how easy it is to make your own plant-based milk at home? 

There are so many non-dairy and lactose-free milk alternatives such as soy milk or almond milk and coconut milk, but to make your own oat milk drink at home you just need two ingredients – oats and water ... and a blender.

18 January 2018

How to Make Chickpea Hummus – Four Ways

Hummus is one of those foods that yes you can easily buy, it’s available in shops and supermarkets everywhere. But it is also a food that is also very easy to make at home, not to mention so cheap too. Here is my easy hummus recipe for making hummus in four different flavours – including chocolate!

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8 January 2018

5 Vegan Ways to Zing Up a Baked Potato and Beans (using items from the store cupboard)

I love a baked potato for lunch, especially during the winter months. It’s warming, tasty and also quick and easy to make if you opt for the microwave version – although an oven-baked jacket is so much better!

There are some great toppings out there to choose from, but not all are vegan.  One of my favourites has always been baked beans. Beans and potato just go so well together, but I’ve always cooked it with butter and added grated cheese. This month I’m trying to be not just healthier after the festive season but also a little more vegan too, it is January and Veganuary this month. 

5 Vegan Ways to Zing Up a Baked Potato and Beans

8 December 2017

How to Make Rudolph the Reindeer Gingerbread for Christmas

Gingerbread is a popular Christmas treat all over the world.  You can even get the wonderful smell of gingerbread from a candle. However if a gingerbread house seems a little daunting try making our Rudolph Ginger Bread Biscuits instead - they are really easy and your children can help too.

How to Make Rudolph the Reindeer Gingerbread

24 November 2017

How to Make an Egg-Free Omelette

There are lots of reasons why people don't eat eggs. Some people have an allergy and follow an egg-free diet, some people follow a vegan lifestyle and others simply don't like them. 

However, I do eat eggs, but this recipe using just chickpea flour is an amazing substitute for people who don't, for whatever reason. It's really tasty, filling, cheap and really quick to make too. And I now often choose to make this dish for lunch rather than use eggs.

How to Make an Egg-Free Omelette

27 October 2017

How to Make Homemade Rocket & Spring Onion Soup


One of the things I adore about autumn is making homemade soup. A bowl of soup is nutritious, filling and packed with flavour, and it really is easier and quicker to make than many people think. 

Some of my families favourite ingredients for soup are tomato, beetroot, sweet potato, lentils, spinach and good old leek and potato. In fact, that soup is always our starter on Christmas Day! 

So here is my recipe for Rocket Soup - which I created after buying the wrong ingredient. 

How to Make Homemade Rocket & Spring Onion Soup gluten free dairy free

13 October 2017

How To Make A Dairy Free Nacho 'Cheesy' Dip


If you are looking for a dairy-free alternative to a cheesy nacho dip then try this recipe. It's basically a carrot and a potato and a few ingredients out of the store cupboard. Honestly, it's that easy. It's also dairy-free, gluten-free and suitable for vegans too.

How To Make A Dairy Free Nacho 'Cheesy' Dip

27 September 2017

How to Make Gluten-Free Pizza Using Chickpea Flour for 25p

Nearly everyone loves pizza. We certainly do in this house. To be fair what’s not to love? Especially now you can get gluten free, dairy free and healthier options too. Do you make your own pizza bases though? 

Now I know it's not quite as convenient as buying them from a shop or having them delivered. But definitely cheaper and healthier. And they really are easy to make. We even make mini pitta bread pizza sometimes. But did you know you can also make gluten-free pizza bases by using chickpea flour?

How to Make Gluten-Free Pizza Using Chickpea Flour

22 September 2017

Baking Biscuits with Our Favourite Cereals - Shreddies & Oats


I love baking and the boys love eating what we bake. For a quick snack last weekend I decided to whip up some biscuits. I had look through some recipe books to see which ones didn’t require any ingredients that we didn’t have in the cupboard. I also wanted them to be a little bit healthy so tried to find ones with oats rather than just butter, sugar and flour.

Baking Biscuits with Our Favourite Cereals - shreddies and oats

15 September 2017

What to Cook with Apples? Three Easy Apple Recipes

*** RECIPES***

We were very kindly offered a bag of apples recently. We don’t have our own tree so apart from those we buy at the supermarket or market we don’t tend to get a glut of apples. However a big bag of apples is too many for the fruit bowl so instead, we decided to make scrumptious new foods using easy apple recipes to eat including Autumn Apple Jam, Apple Muffins and of course it had to be an Apple Crumble.

What to Cook with Apples? Three Easy Apple Recipes