Halloween spooky biscuits

Good old Halloween… So exciting when you are a child. We have only just returned from a sunny Barcelona and as there is an inset day at school we are being very lazy (still in pyjamas at midday – what slobs, sometimes you just need it dont you?) so thought we would make a few…

Macaroni cheese bake

Autumn is definitely approaching and what better comfort food to eat than macaroni cheese. Bailey absolutely loves this dish!!! He used to love it with bacon included, now won’t touch it with bacon in it, aarrgghh! But still adores it with home-made chicken strips or just on its own. INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp olive oil 250g…

Bailey’s 9th Birthday cake

Wow the little man is 9 already! Where did those 9 years go to??!! Bailey isn’t usually fond of cake (weird for a kid I know!) but my fab work friends take it in turns to bake cakes for each others birthday, and lovely Hannah baked this Victoria sponge with mascarpone for Emma’s birthday, Emma…

Tuna Pasta Bake

As you probably know by now, we LOVE pasta in our house. In an effort to try to get Bailey to eat more fish, this dish has become a winner as it doesnt take overly ‘fishy’, and has become a failsafe for family entertaining (sorry for guests that are bored of it by now). It…

Apple & Blackberry Crumble

We are very fortunate that we have an old apple tree in the middle of our garden, so at this time of year we have a surplus of apples. This is my favourite classic recipe of what to do with them… apple and blackberry crumble. Lovely and comforting now the evenings are getting cooler (where…

Chicken Tikka Masala Curry

Its Saturday night… Apart from being addicted to watching talent shows like X factor /Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice a Saturday night in has become synonymous with a home made curry in our house. Preferably with home made naan bread (SOOO good!) but definitely a curry in whatever shape or form we fancy. So…

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Chicken and Sausage tray bake

Today we have the return of RECIPE OF THE WEEK. This concept has saved my life from the regularity of cooking the same dishes and helped us add a little variety.  This dish was super easy and all ingredients in one tray in the oven?? Win Win! It really was delicious, we all finished off every mouthful from…

Gingerbread men… (or whatever shape you like)

How much fun is it decorating gingerbread? Everytime I look at this picture the huge chocolate drops Bailey chose for eyes make me laugh our loud! Making gingerbread men is usually synonymous with Christmas in our house, where I will add a tsp of mixed spices or clove to the mix but its the school…

Prawn Jalfrezi Curry

One of my all time desert island dishes would have to be a curry, I love all the spices and interesting flavours of Thai and Indian cooking. I spent a few months travelling around India with my friend Gill when I was young and at college and it truly is a very colourful varied place….

Italian Bread Sticks

I may have mentioned before, Bailey is a bread monster! He loves bread in any shape or form, and these are a firm favourite. Lovely straight out of the oven as a little snack, or perfect as part of a picnic, or even in a packed lunch with fingers of cheese. As with most of…

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Lean in 15 Chicken Fajita Rice

I seem to have been having a break from Recipe of the week for a while, what with holidays and not feeling very inspired, but this week we are back on it with the new dish routine. This weeks dish is from Joe Wicks Lean in 15 cook book 3, and was chosen by myself. Don’t…

White rolls

One of the most homely smells to me is fresh bread baking in the oven. I really don’t think you can beat home-made bread. These white rolls we have frequently, with BBQ’s, picnics or just to make sandwiches for packed lunch. I usually make a mix of seeded and plain but you can add what…