• Creamy anchovy and tomato gnocchi with Ciao Gusto

    One of my great food loves are anchovies. This might be strange to some people as anchovies tend to be difficult ground to tread, my husband can’t stand them for instance! But, I promise if you give them a chance they add the most wonderful dimension to any meal and and such a helpful ingredient. I’m going to make an anchovy and creamy tomato gnocchi with Ciao Gusto Italian Deli at Ocado, who specialise in Italian food products. They have a massive range via Ocado and give a real authentic taste to meals with proper ingredients. These anchovies I am using are stuffed with capers, I absolutely love them because it…

  • #AD – date night at Bodega Cantina Birmingham

    Myself and my husband live in a small town that isn’t too far from Birmingham, yet we have been to London more times than we have been to Birmingham! How does that work? Anyway, the perfect opportunity came for us to go to Brum and try some new food when Bodega Cantina asked us to see what we thought of their new menu. First impressions Walking up the the restaurant and inside was mind blowing, it was totally not what I expected. Vibrant colour, fun decor and amazing lighting filled the high ceiling main strip of the restaurant. There was seating down stairs too and a small waiting area. The…

  • Lamb, garlic and ginger noodles #ad #meatmatters

    This post is an entry for the #MeatMatters Challenge, sponsored by Simply Beef and Lamb. Learn more about the benefits of cooking and eating beef and lamb along with recipe ideas and inspiration here! For me, a meal isn’t a meal if there isn’t any meat. I am carnivorous through and through and my most favourite part of a Sunday roast is choosing what meat we have. We are very much a family that could love of the humble roast, a “cooked dinner” in our household is a gravy dinner with meat, veg and potatoes. All of us would eat one daily but I do keep things mixed up with varying…

  • Syn Free steak & cheese baguettes

    It’s Friday night and I want a gruesomely, filthy and tasty evening meal. What can be better that steak and cheese baguettes with seeet potato fries and side salad AND also be SYN FREE?! Here’s what I did. (Relaxed as always, ad lib what you want, take away or add in your fave things!) this recipie is for the baguette and I served it with home made sweet potato fries and a side salad. This recipe is SYN FREE One Promise gluten free white sub (HExB) Steak (any you like as long as visible fat removed) onions jalepeños (optional) Cheese (I used my HExA for the day) Cut the steak…

  • Slimming world friendly hash brown breakfast tower burger

    I always have to have a good breakfast and it really is the mantra of “the bigger the better” for me. This slimming world friendly hash brown breakfast tower stack has a bit of everything and even some speed veggies! This can be Syn Free to if you use bacon instead of sausage and your HExA for cheese How to make it It’s super easy to make, it’s basically hash browns with all your fave breakfast bits in between. For this reason my “recipe” if it can even be called that is super relaxed. The hash browns are made using Harry Pickards method (for other amazing ideas here is his…

  • 1 syn faggots, chips & peas with onion gravy

    I have done really well on slimming world so far, everything I have fancied have been able to make a Syn Free or low syn version to enjoy. However for the past few days I have been desperately craving faggots – I get them from my local butcher and I adore them but they are so high in fat. I have never made faggots so really wasn’t sure I could emulate that authentic Black Country taste. I gave it a go and I am thrilled with the results! They are the perfect comfort food for an autumnal night or just a healthier version of a Black Country Classic. Teamed with…

  • Preserving Sunshine with Santa Rosa Jams

    One thing I love when it comes to autumn is the sense of comfort I get from food, especially from preserving and foraging, making things last. This is why I love chutneys, pickles and jams, it’s like keeping the summer all over winter. I have been tryin some jam I have never tried before from Santa Rosa, part of the. Ciao Gusto Italian Deli range at Ocado. Over 30 authentic Italian items that are just perfect for addition to any kitchen.   Not just for toast! To get the most out of food items I like to experiment and think out side the box. Jam and preserves aren’t just for toast…

  • Syn free sausage

    An easy way to save some Syns and make your own syn free sausage. I flavour mine as I love pork and tomato sausage. This is a rough guide and you can switch it up how you want, seasoning is key though! 5% pork mince about 200g, tablespoon of mixed herbs (you can adjust this to taste), salt to taste (I add far too much as I love salt!!, any flavourings you want so today I’m adding tinned tomato, about a third to the mixed of pork to make pork and tomato sausage. Mix the pork and all the ingredients together to bind it and make it a smooth mix…

  • Syn free Filthy chunky chips with chilli,bacon & cheese.

    So here’s my first Slimming World recipe after joining today. I loved topped and loaded fries so here is a syn free version, it’s very much interchangeable with whatever you want and you can change amounts to your liking, too. Filthy chunky chips. Ingredients – Two large potatoes, Cut into chunky chips (or small fries if you prefer – just cook for less) – handful of 5% minced beef – one tablespoon of mixed beans – one tablespoon of baked beans – half a can of chopped tomatoes  – one yellow pepper sliced – two medium tomatoes sliced – three roughly chopped spring onions – two smoked bacon medalions sliced…

  • 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…