• 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…

  • 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…