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Read my tips for getting real food on the table without drama. Learn how to organise and stock your kitchen, where I like to eat out and how to max out the flavour in what you cook without spending long in the kitchen.

kitchen remodel – the finishing touches

I’ve written before about the whole kitchen remodel process I went through. I love how many of you have got in touch with your kitchen plans and how many of...

finishing touches
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throw in the oven meals

These recipes are some of my favourite throw in the oven and leave them meals. Some of them take a little while to prepare but once in the pan, can...

throw in the oven
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ideas for packed lunches and dinners on the go

Does anyone enjoy making packed lunches? Apart from the creators of some of the amazingly beautiful Japanese bento boxes that crop up on social media, I think most of us...

packed lunches
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5 easy dinners in 15 minutes

School starts again for us next week so I’ll back back into flying around with bags full of dirty football and wet swimming kits and starving children to feed once...

15 minutes
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cooking with kids without losing it

I learned to cook because my mum wanted to keep me entertained so she gave me jobs to do in the kitchen from being tiny. That time we spent together...

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sauces to make even the simplest meal taste amazing

If your time to cook is limited, get into the habit of making a few of these easy sauces over the next few weeks. Keep them in the fridge and...

sauces for summer
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Northern Blog Awards – I need your vote!

This year I decided to get a bit braver, to start ignoring the inner voice that tells me to wait until things are perfect before sharing them. One of the...

awards
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breadcrumbs – how to make, store and use

Those of you who have followed me for a while know that I hate wasting food. From planning what we eat to shopping and storing well, to using leftovers and...

breadcrumbs
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stress free summer entertaining

I read this really interesting article in The Guardian yesterday about how eating alone is one of the biggest factors for unhappiness. Lack of time and confidence can make it...

stress free summer entertaining
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Royal Wedding party menu – the best of California and Britain

The first time my mother in law witnessed my love of an over ambitiously themed Royal Wedding party still makes me shudder. Her first visit to us in California coincided...

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where to stay, eat and visit in Barcelona

We’re just back from five fab days in Barcelona with our boys. Traveling with young children can be both amazing and stressful. My two (aged 6 and 8 as I...

Barcelona
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how to cook pasta like a pro

Ask most people what their go-to easy dinner is and they’ll probably say pasta. Even the most clueless cook can usually manage to boil some up. But because we learn...

cook pasta
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3 easy breakfasts for busy families

Breakfast time midweek is pretty stressful for lots of us. Depending on what time you get up, most of us have around an hour to get clean, dressed, fed and...

easy breakfasts for busy families
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My view on the new government eating guidelines

I’m guessing by now you’ve seen the new government report and guidelines from Public Health England to tackle obesity. I saw the report yesterday and was raging at how much...

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The tools that will make you a better cook – my 5 most useful kitchen tools

When the lovely Katie filmed me recently, she asked for my 5 most useful kitchen tools. This is how I replied. These are the items I use at least once...

5 most useful kitchen tools
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how to embrace your freezer and enjoy chilled mealtimes

I feel a bit twitchy if my freezer isn’t stocked with things I can easily turn into a quick meal. The secret is not just knowing what and how to...

embrace your freezer
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how to freeze and defrost safely and easily

In my last post, I shared some of my favourite things to keep in the freezer, along with what I add to those meals to make them extra delicious when...

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a word or few on snacking

Things can go a bit awol over the summer. Or maybe you’re already struggling with a picky eater and have more energy to tackle to the problem over the summer....

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