snacks and small bites

tomato courgette soup

tomato and courgette soup

Given my obvious love of tomatoes, I get positively delirious at this time of year when they are piling up all around me and at their absolute best. We just got back from a two week holiday to find our garden overflowing with perfectly ripe tomatoes and courgettes (zucchini). Very handy as I came back...

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baked oatmeal

baked oats with berries and banana – perfect weekend brunch

Midweek eats Porridge, or oatmeal, is a pretty much daily breakfast in our house. I make mine with thick rolled oats and flaxseed cooked just with water then finished with a mound of yoghurt and fruit. The baked oats with berries and banana recipe that follows would be a good one to make on a...

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popsicle

you say ‘popsicle’ I say ‘ice lolly’ – 4 healthy easy recipes

It is roasting hot here just now and I have two very hot toddlers pestering me for ice cream from the moment they wake up to the time they lay their sweaty little heads on their pillows to go to bed. Summer is stretching in front of us and a quick (maths isn’t my strong...

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grilled cheese with two of your five a day

This has become a much-requested lunch in our house. It combines healthy, child friendly food with very parent-friendly quick prep so I wanted to share. Cheese on toast is heaven but not the highest on the health charts (although, let’s be fair, not that bad compared to what some companies sell us as children’s food)....

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one ingredient ice cream

one ingredient ice cream, a healthy treat and entertainment in one

I am not the first person to fall off my chair at learning that ice cream can be made in seconds with one ingredient. Blogs galore share this fact. But if you have either read and discarded this recipe before or have no idea what I’m on about, prepare yourself for a revelation. We now...

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pickled vegetables

homemade pâté

This is another of those dishes I probably never would have made had I still been living in England. It is so easy to pick up good pâté in the UK but I find it almost impossible to find pâté here in California. For me, it is such a nostalgic comfort food.  The first bite...

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egg and veggie bake

This recipe comes from a friend of a friend. She claims to have been eating this dish for breakfast for the past year. It ticks lots of boxes – high protein, veggie packed and make ahead. If I feel the need to have a super healthy week, I usually make a lasagna dish full of...

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easy shortbread

easy shortbread

My mum’s easy shortbread recipe This easy shortbread recipe is one that has been a part of my family as long as I can remember. It was always in the biscuit tin when we went on holidays and my Mum made it for many a summer fair, various picnics and parties. We often made it...

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Easter hot cross buns

Ask any Brit what their taste or smell of Easter is and they will go misty eyed over the thought of a hot cross bun. Their appearance in shops (increasingly as soon as the Christmas decorations are packed away) was always a sign that spring was on the way, even if the weather wasn’t suggesting...

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Thai(ish) turkey meatballs

Meatballs are always a great party option and my friend first made these for a party where they were the first thing to be gobbled by everyone. These ones came from a Thai inspired meatloaf recipe – yes I know that is totally in-authentic but they are total crowd pleasers. They are a great make-ahead...

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pulled pork crostini topped with fennel and lemon salad

I always try to come up with new toppings for my party standard of crostini. My inspiration usually comes from food combinations I enjoy for dinner. In this case the inspiration came from my fallback entertaining option of 4 hour roasted pork shoulder, crusted in fennel seeds which I serve with a citrus fennel salad....

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sweet potato bites

These sweet potato bites are easy peasy and a great party alternative for anyone who is gluten-free or vegetarian. I serve them as individual bites but I love the idea of them being part of a taco bar too. Last time I served these at a party, I sliced the potatoes earlier in the day...

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comforting and healthy sweet potato soupy stew

This stew is so hearty and easy to make. One batch will feed 8 greedy people or you can freeze individual portions for a later date.  It is packed full of healthy goodies, has tons of fibre and is low in fat. You could also stir some shredded kale in a couple of minutes before...

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baked tomato and red pepper pasta with eggs and crumbs

I’m a sucker for a runny egg yolk and can’t think of many foods that aren’t improved by a river of amber yumminess running over them. So I’ve been obsessing about any recipes I see that involve eggs baked in tomato sauce. I knew if I served eggs in sauce with no carbs, my husband...

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cardamom scented orange yoghurt loaf. Easy, but a bit ooh la la

The (rather snooty) mother of a French friend of mine once told me that every French Maman can make a yoghurt (yogurt) cake without a recipe for guests at a moments notice. She scribbled down her recipe for me but you don’t really need it written down – the formula is so memorable because it...

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storecupboard lunch for children

Before you disregard the humble sardine please read on. I shuddered when someone suggested I feed my children canned sardines as I had shady memories of them from my youth. However when I realized just how amazingly healthy they are and the fact I can always have them on hand for dinner, I decided to...

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Julie's lentil, carrot, tomato soup

Julie’s lentil, carrot, tomato soup

Growing up this was a pretty-much weekly item on our menu. My Mum, Julie, embraced lentil eating in the 80s along with her perm and shoulder pads. So I’m naming this as Julie’s lentil, carrot, tomato soup for her. The hair and fashions have changed but this remains a favourite in our family. She is...

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Gwyneth’s oatmeal cookies

Gwyneth Paltrow’s oatmeal and chocolate chip/raisin cookies are delish and vegan as well as being gluten-free so I find them a regular fall back for entertaining. I actually measure all my dry ingredients in a bowl and put my wet ingredients in a jam jar the night before if I know I have a busy...

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