Skinny Carbonara

This is a dish that I make when I am on a diet. It’s one of the few things that I will eat with relish because it’s really tasty and it’s pasta and God knows you feel gloriously lucky if you’re allowed to eat pasta when you’re trying to lose weight. I am not dieting…

Not Tupperware

Recently I helped a dear friend move house. It wasn’t under easy circumstances, her husband had just been involved in a horrific traffic accident and was in hospital so she was trying to do it all on her own. Two weeks before Christmas. With a baby. Not. Fun. Times. Anyway I ended up taking some…

Afternoon Tea

I love Afternoon Tea. I love the weeny crustless sandwiches and the scones with clotted cream and jam. I like the dinky pastries and miniature cakes. I like that I can drink an entire teapot’s worth of tea and nobody lectures you about caffeine. They positively encourage it! So I was delighted to skip off…

Eat

Last week my daughter had some appointments that didn’t go so well and her Dietitian has put her on a high fat, high protein, high calorie diet (again). I don’t really know why they bother saying she needs to eat more of this or more of that as generally it appears she just needs to…

Cook

I’ve made a massive mistake. As I sit here, in the sweltering heat in the driveway of my daughter’s Maths tutor, I am trying to think if I have anything I can throw together for dinner tonight. I know I haven’t defrosted anything (forgot) and I can’t remember what we have or don’t have because…

Emergency Pudding 

Sometimes one requires an emergency pudding. We’ve all been there when you just need something sticky and gooey and sugary and there’s NO TIME to make anything.  Or y’know, you’re just feeling really lazy.  That’s where these come in!  Cuppa Bakes (sold in M&S) are brilliant! You mix the pre-prepared ingredients into a mug (with some…

Rocktails 

OK, so these probably aren’t the sort of thing that you’d buy for yourself on a regular basis but they are quite fun and make a great gift – especially if the recipient is partaking in Dry January! Rocktails are a British company who claim to solve the dilemma of what to drink when you’re not drinking….

Flora Freedom

I shop mostly with Ocado. I like the service and most importantly they sell loads of gluten free stuff which we need for Coeliac Daughter. Quite often I get a freebie and this week the freebie was a tub of Flora Freedom.  Bonuses of Flora Freedom are:  Dairy Free Vegan and Vegetarian Society approved  100%…

Cigarillo Celebration Cake 

I’ve made this cake a couple of times and it’s perfect for any kind of celebration and super easy to make! It’s simple but it does take a bit of time so best to make it the day before you need it. Ingredients vegetable oil/oil spray 200g butter, softened 200g caster sugar 4 eggs 140g plain…

Higher Nature Kids

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts my daughter is a fussy eater. At nearly thirteen she’s past the stage of being able to sneak vegetables into food or sauces and seeing as she’s had some issues resulting from undiagnosed coeliac disease I’ve had to ease off on insisting on getting 5 a day.  But perhaps…