• How to make sloe gin

    It’s that time of year where the berries are starting to flush deep reds and purples ready for picking. My absolute favourite thing to do and something that has turned into my little tradition is to make various foraged berry gins, vodkas and whiskeys. The most famous one must be good old sloe gin. In this post I will show you how to make sloe gin. Getting the sloes It can be a little a little tricky to find the ripe, deep purple sloes unless you have a patch in your local area that has a few sloe bushes. All I can say is look for the long thorns in…

  • Our first family trip to Birmingham

    This is a collaborative post. Even though we live just about an hour from Birmingham, it’s one of those places that we never really explore even though there are plenty of destination space on our bucket list. I have been itching to take the boys because there is so much for them to see and do outside of our pretty little town. You really are spoilt for choice in Birmingham, a vast array of places to eat, traditional and modern takes on bars, children’s activities and numerous hotels to provide a pit stop for a hard days shopping at the bullring – or maybe even you are travelling a bit…

  • Butter making in a jar boredom buster

    The cries of “I’m bored” are enough to send any one stir crazy and of course the 6 weeks holidays is littered with the phrase. I’m still pretty exhausted from having another bout of pericarditis and so keeping the kids occupied whilst trying not to over do it is always the challenge. This butter making in a jar activity is super easy to let them get on with and they are always fascinated by it, not the mention there is something to make yet another snack with at the end! What you will need A really clean jam jar or Kilner jar Tub of double cream, ours was 500ml Salt…

  • 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…