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Wiggly Worms and Bolognaise with the Morphy Richards Spiralizer

July 29, 2016
Morphy Richards Spiralizer Express

Is this a healthy dinner, mummy? Is a question Elfie asks me on a regular basis. I’m no health nut (OK, I am a bit) but I do like to make sure the family gets the required amount of fruit and veg daily, and this seems to have rubbed off on Elfie (not Hux, unfortunately) who seems to actively enjoy healthy choices over not-so-healthy choices. Parenting job done here, I think! This is all well and good, but unfortunately I’ve…

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MTT: Easy Bread Recipe

May 9, 2016
easy bread recipe

I‘m a bit of a bread purist. Bread purism is a thing, it really is. When I gave up wheat and therefore bread a couple of years ago I felt amazing – really really amazing – but I missed bread. Put it this way, of you asked me which I missed most, bread or my best friend who lives in New York, it’d be a close contest. And that’s because bread is the best. Crunchy, fluffy, stodgy, beautiful bread. Served warm…

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MTT: Apple, Cinnamon and Salted Caramel Hot Cross Bun

March 14, 2016
Apple, cinnamon and salted caramel hot cross buns

I love Easter. Not for the reasons you might think – I’m not religious and I don’t like chocolate (I feel like I’m failing the sisterhood every time I admit that) – but because of the special get-togethers with family. It’s a time when we take a break from work, sit around a table together and eat something magnificent that my dad has cooked. Lamb, if you’re reading this, please dad ;) It’s also the time of year when I think…

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MTT: Strawberry Sponge Mess #ThanksMum

February 26, 2016
Strawberry Sponge Mess recipe

My dad is the number one chef in our family, but it hasn’t always been that way. When I was little and he was working long old hours at his Marketing job (I always wanted to follow in his footsteps because he had a photocopier and coffee machine in his office – so proud) my mum was the main cook in our family. It was the 90s and she had a brilliantly solid repertoire of food that, at the time,…

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MTT: Leftover Veg Hash with Raita and an Egg

January 13, 2016
leftover veg hash

Winter is most definitely the season for leftover vegetables in this house. Summer is salads, winter is Tuppaware containers of cabbage, carrots and sprouts waiting in the fridge to be creatively used. But ‘leftover veg’ and ‘creatively used’ are two concepts that are usually mutually exclusive. I normally give up after vegetable soups and don’t even think about anything more adventurous. And so the veg festers in those Tuppaware containers, meeting a messy mouldy end in the bin. Food waste…

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MTT: Asian Turkey and Lettuce Wraps with Stir-Fried Broccoli and Mini Sweetcorn (Turkey San Choy Bau)

April 7, 2015
Turkey San Choi Bau

I fell off the health wagon. Somewhere between not sleeping and a bit of boy trouble I totally lost my will to paleo. I’m talking serious discrepancies here: I’ve been eating bread, pasta, Belgian chocolate cookies, fish and chips. I re-discovered what it meant to eat for comfort, to get to the end of the day and crave nothing more than a bellyful of carbs. Special thank-you to my dad (from hereon in known as ‘The Enabler’) for bringing me two…

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MTT: Homemade Squash

February 20, 2015
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When it comes to what my kids eat and drink I’ve always been a bit of a fanatic. I don’t really understand those who simply see food as fuel for their bodies; for my family it has always been a way to celebrate, get together, enjoy each other and eat something lovely. It’s an occasion and I think is evident in my (and by indoctrination, their ;) love of cooking and restaurants. Because of this I’ve always placed an emphasis…

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MTT: Cheesy Toad In The Hole Recipe with Caramelised Onion Gravy

February 19, 2015
Sausages cooking

A Cheesy Toad in the Hole Recipe I‘ve been wondering how to explain the concept of this dish to you. It’s a tricky one, a dish that may well have you pulling faces and asking me if I’ve gone mad (I haven’t! Not this time!!!). When raving about this dish to a couple of friends they’ve been skeptical, but let me tell you now, buddies: it really is up to the hype. This dish was born of a trip to…

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MTT: Fluffy American Pancakes With Maple Bacon

February 8, 2015
American Pancakes with maple bacon

Pancakes were very much A Thing for my brother and I growing up. I remember my mum making them, not just for pancake day but for special treats and to eat as Crepes Suzette at their ever so grown-up dinner parties. My brother and I loved them – we ate them very plainly with only caster sugar, still do – and it was one of the first things I learned how to cook myself. Pancake-eating as a kid is one of…

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Tips To Entertain This January With Tassimo Perfect Host

January 13, 2015
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In my opinion January is the best month for entertaining. December is all about family – my auntie cooking a massive turkey and dad sending me home with tin foil parcels of honey-roast ham – but January is about my friends. Obviously this doesn’t apply to you if you’re doing dry January. Sorry buddies. Unless you fancy being my designated driver, then I’m all over it. Yes, January is an excellent month for entertaining at home. Everyone’s skint and a…

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Stories of Dishwashing, Garlic and Ginger Chicken and WIN a Whirlpool PowerDry!

December 1, 2014

Before Elfie and Hux came along I didn’t have a dishwasher. In the series of small London flats I lived in there didn’t seem the need – or space – for such a large piece of kitchen equipment. But having moved to the big city from a house up north with plenty of space for the godliest of appliances it was a really big adjustment. Cooking roasts, washing dirty dishes, saucepans and all those plates and bowls becomes that much…

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