• Fresh Cherry Shortbread Bars

    What I love most about our seasons is the delicious in season fruit and veg that comes with it to be eaten at its best at that time. In summer this means the abundance of cherries. I remember going to the greengrocers when I was little with my mom and coming out with a brown paper bag filled with deep ruby cherries that were lip smackingly sweet. My boys love cherries too, which is fab being as 100g contains 25% RDA of Vitamin C for them! we often sit and enjoy them by the bowlful whilst watching a film, ending with us being covered in cherry juice and lots of…

  • Enjoying an afternoon tea at Halesowen golf club

    Me and my fave gal Twinderelmo  love lusting over delicious, tasty treats and very rarely make a date and do anything about it. However, we ADORE an afternoon tea as it’s a chance to spoil ourselves, over indulge and have a good natter, so when we were invited to Halesowen Golf Club to try their new afternoon tea menu, there really was only one answer! it wasn’t too far a trip for us and it’s quite a pretty one,  The golf club just appears down a lovely wooded lane that is dotted with bluebells, daffodils and of course the beautifully sculpted fairway. I was quite nervous arriving as I have never…

  • Stuffed chicken with garlic carrot fries 5sp weight watchers flex

    Jazz up some chicken breast with this easy stuffed chicken recipe. Ingredients One chicken breast Two spring onions Some cherry tomatoes One cooked smoked bacon medallion 30g of cheddar cheese Two medium carrots Garlic granules Butterfly split the chicken breast, season with salt, pepper and garlic granules and pan fry until cooked. Whilst the chicken is cooking, cut carrots into chip shapes, I went for thin fries so they would cook quicker. Sprinkle with garlic granules and add to a hot oven you they get some nice crispy, coloured edges and then turn down. Mine took about 20 mind at 170oc. When the chicken is cooked, pop the cheese, spring…

  • Creme egg scotch eggs

    I love brownies, I love Scotch eggs and I love creme eggs. Mix them all together and what have you got? Well something disgusting if you use an actual scotch egg! So give these a try.. Make some brownies. Cool. Roll around a creme egg. Dust with chocolate. Done! This is the brownie recipe I used • 140g butter/flora • 300g sugar • 75g cocoa powder • 60g plain flour • 100g dark chocolate • 1/4 tsp salt • 2 tsp vanilla extract • 2 large eggs -Heat the oven to 180c and line a brownie tin wth greased foil. -Microwave together spread, sugar, cocoa powder & salt in short…

  • Dairy free Halloween treats

    Here are a few ideas to add to your Halloween treat table if you have some children coming round who have a dairy free diet or even to try for your own kiddies! This is the first year where Freddie really gets the concept of Halloween but also the fact that it’s going to be a bit of a nightmare with his dairy allergy. This way he can have some treats and ghoulish fun just like everyone else! Kiwi Frankensteins, Hulks or Zombies Peel the kiwi a little, add some dairy free chocolate drops for eyes, here we are using Aldis and cut in some miserable mouths! Mummy’s in bandages…

  • Messy me review & giveaway!

    I can’t say Freddie has an element of tidy to him. He is just so clumsy, guaranteed to make a mess. Even when I preempt it, he beats me to it!! Now add a baby and a holiday in the mix and it’s a sure fire cauldron of messy chaos! Luckily we are working with Messy me designs and they gave us one of their fab aprons and an original messy mat for a full scale test while we were on holiday. You can even win your own Messy Mat with my competition below! The first morning Freddie helped prep breakfast and he was super excited to be wearing his…

  • Mixing Dairy free with Italy!

    As you know, both of my boys are dairy free. It’s become habit of what things Freddie can/can’t eat and we tend to stick to the same things. However this can lack such variety and spontaneity that I used like to add to our family meals. That’s why when I was approached by Ciao Gusto I was SO exited to give Freddie (and us) some lovely dairy free items from Italy. We LURVE Italian food and luckily you can snaffle all your favourite authentic Italian food and drink with the arrival of Ciao Gusto at Ocado. For the first time, a simple tab brings together over 30 of Italy’s most…

  • Monster truck digger cake (dairy free)

    Months before Freddie’s 3rd birthday was even on the horizon he had decided he wasntes a monster truck digger cake, involving all of his favourite toy diggers and lots of chocolate mud. This was relatively easy to achieve as I could adapt my favourite Madeira cake recipe to be dairy free and use dairy free chocolate, cocoa powder and milk free biscuits for the gravel, sand and soil aspect. I used the birthday cake Madeira recipie from She Who Bakes which I use time and time again and is foolproof even when I change to dairy free. It gives a firmer texture cake so it’s perfect for carving and carrying…

  • Dairy free easter

    It’s almost been a year since Freddie’s official CMPA diagnosis and so this Easter was our first dairy free. I was daunted at the prospect really as we spend so much of our time checking labels for hidden milk that I wondered if he would be enjoying much for Easter apart from an extortionate lack lustre egg from a health food shop. However, I was blown away by just how much choice there is out there, Dairy free wise, not just chocolate but fun Easter treats that anyone can enjoy. We managed to get a lovely selection from Home Bargains including Rabbit & chick decorated biscuits, mallow Easter animals, jelly…

  • Dairy free egg free gooey peanut butter cookies

    We have made some indulgent treats for Freddie to enjoy. Buying dairy free goodies from the supermarket can be a bit samey, not to mention expensive, so it’s good to branch out and experiment. Freddie loves helping out in the kitchen and today he picked to make vegan Chocolate cookies. Ingredients  Dairy free spread 125g Caster sugar 125g Flour 200g Vanilla extract to your taste (we like a lot!) Baking powder 1tsp We also added some smashed up dairy free chocolate & 50g cocoa powder to make them really chocolatey. Peanut butter to fill the cookies with Cream spread and sugar together till pale & fluffy Mix in flour, baking…