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…

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….

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…

Nanny’s Scones

Whenever we go and visit Bailey’s Nanny we have got into the habit of baking some scones beforehand, to the point I think she would be very disappointed if we turned up empty handed! Lovely served slightly warm with butter and strawberry jam, and for a real treat some clotted cream too. INGREDIENTS 450g self-raising flour 2 tsps…

Chocolate Shortbread

Sometimes we just need something chocolatey and sweet, and these little shortbreads don’t disappoint. I got this recipe from one of my ‘Great British Bake Off’ cookery books. There are 2 chocolate shortbread recipes I use from these books, this recipe is for individual round biscuits, the other (will post shortly) is to make a…

Nigella’s Sticky Gingerbread

This sticky gingerbread by food guru Nigella Lawson won me a ‘Bake Off’ competition whilst working at Livingetc. John Torode was one of the judges so to say I was chuffed is an understatement. The smells just shout Christmas to me, and this makes a great gift as it keeps for up to 2 weeks. Bailey…