This week was the school cake sale and as we are pretty much packed to move house I needed a quick cake recipe I could knock up fast in one of the few baking trays I have left in the kitchen. I turned to a trusty friend; my Easy Banana Cake recipe and made a few adjustments to bake a delicious Banana and Choc Chip Tray Bake.
There hasn't been many glimpses of my life over the past few weeks as we've been super busy preparing for the big move. But the girls and I managed to take a break from packing on Friday night to do some baking.
In amongst the chaos of packing for our move we paused to make my signature Carrot Cake Trifle (yes, it really is as good as it sounds) on Friday. The carrot cake was offcuts from my sister in law's wedding cake which I have in the freezer. The girls did a fab job of whisking up some cream cheese frosting to layer with the crumbled cake. Teamwork makes the dream work.
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As the weather transitions into gloomier, shorter, rain-laden days, we can say goodbye to many summer delicacies which gave your menu that lovely rainbow-like colour palette. Versatility is summer’s second name, but autumn can be a tricky time for maintaining a level of diet diversity.
However, this isn’t an excuse to give up on your health goals or lower your diet standards! On the contrary, this dreamy season offers a plethora of healthy bites ideal for keeping you in good shape, cold-resilient and revelling in autumn feasts.
Oil has gotten a bad rap over the past few decades but with the tide turning away from low-fat to good-fat we should all make sure we know which oils are best to cook with while keeping us healthy.
Sugar has become a real problem in our modern diet. The average person consumes around 140 teaspoons a week of the sweet stuff. And it isn't just about how much we spoon into our tea, so much of our sugar consumption is hidden in the foods we buy from cereals to ready meals. Here are some top tips to help you easily curb your sugar intake without too much hassle.
While the committed cook in you might yearn for a brand new kitchen with every new appliance under the sun, installing one that has been professionally supplied is an expensive undertaking, not to mention time consuming and quite disruptive to the household. Instead, why not stick to your budget and get creative about ways to refresh rather than replace what you already have. Here are a few ideas to help you do just that.
It is safe to say this is one of our go to recipes at home. It never disappoints and is really versatile making a great breakfast, lunch or dinner dish.
Kedgeree is traditionally a breakfast dish made with rice, eggs and smoked haddock. We substitute the rice for bulgur wheat which is more nutritionally fence than rice and lower in carbs. You can also use quinoa or a 50/50 mix of bulgur wheat and quinoa. As haddock is off the sustainable fish list we are currently using smokes cod instead - but any smoked white fish will do the job.
Taking kids to eat at decent restaurants strikes fear into the hearts most parents and we are no exception. On a good day we may survive the three courses unscathed but to minimise the risk of social and gastronomic carnage we tend to stick to family friendly restaurants where the food is rather uninspiring (garlic bread and spag bol for two please waiter) but you can almost guarantee the kids will eat it without making a fuss. Plus there will always be another child acting worse that your own.
Giggling Squid in the heart of Reigate town centre is the kind of restaurant we would usually avoid with the kids. It's elegant, minimalist decor and wonderful Thai menu make it perfect for a child free date but, let's be honest, we get about two of those a year so the thought of sampling their culinary delights with the kids in tow was appealing. The launch of their new kids menu sealed the deal. We visited on a Sunday late lunchtime which was surprisingly quiet.
Pretty chuffed with my first effort using our new paella pan. Recipe to follow.
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Artist, Baker and Blogger. Mum to my two beautiful, cheeky girls. Muddling my way through parenthood with equally cheeky Husband.