• 2 hour easy bread. No knead and delicious

    I once had a bread maker and made bread twice. Twice. Things are going to change with this 2 hour easy bread though! Cooking and baking are two things I adore, yet I have never made actual, homemade bread. It always seems too long to wait for, too much of a hassle and too many ingredients that I don’t have. 2 hour easy bread Well actually it’s super easy, super fast and the only ingredient that I don’t readily have is yeast (this even uses just regular plain flour!) It’s also really good for kids to get in and make with you, the dough is quite forgiving as Dexter manhandled…

  • Ad -Schwartz recipe mix – easy Chilli

    If you read my blog you’ll know by now that I love cooking. It’s something I really enjoy, especially creating meals for my family or batch cooking to store in the freezer for homemade ready to go meals. I have to admit that I don’t usually use a recipe mix either. One of our staple ingredients is minced beef – especially 5% low fat content minced beef. I can make lots of meals from one pack and I know that my family are getting a good hit of protein as well as something filling and nutritious for a meal. One of our family favourite recipes is Chilli con carne. This…

  • Said dal 1923 hot chocolate

    SAID dal 1923 – Hot Chocolate in London

    A few weeks ago we took Freddie to London and I knew I wanted to get to Said dal 1923 to try one of their amazing Hot Chocolates. The thickest and richest Hot Chocolate in London, made with melted chocolate and not cocoa powder – yes please. We have tried and failed to get there twice in our last two visits, so it was high up on the agenda this time! After getting into London we headed to the Rathbone place shop as this was really near to where we were staying. It was just as I imagined it, a traditional looking gorgeous little coffee shop in the most perfect…

  • 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…