Who needs KFC when you can make a crispy ‘cheep cheep’ chicken at home?

Crispy cheep cheep chicken with a green papaya and carrot salad

Total abstinence is not only impossible, it’s downright silly. I’ve learnt that the more I try and abstain from certain foods, the more I crave them. If I really crave something, I’ve learnt that sometimes it’s good to give in a little, just to get it out of your system so you don’t obsess about … Continue reading

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A recipe for my brother – garlic mushroom spaghetti

We normally make these garlic mushrooms to go with our breakfast fry ups but they're even better eaten with pasta

A recipe for my brother – Garlic mushroom spaghetti I don’t know about you lot but after a week of Christmas/holiday stodge, I really, really, really don’t want to see another potato (roasted, chips, whatever!) or piece of ham or turkey again anytime soon. I hate turkey anyway so I’ve already patted myself on the … Continue reading

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A trip to a French market in Saint-Cloud (western suburbs of Paris)

It's so pretty you almost don't want to eat it.

Happy anniversary to me :) As you read this on a Sunday morning, my husband and I will be driving to Bray in Berkshire to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary. I originally never wanted to show pictures of what I or my husband looked like but it seems silly not to since I keep writing … Continue reading

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Easy lemon cheesecake (a healthier one too!)

Quick and easy lemon cheesecake pots

Make your own crunchy base using toasted oats and nuts instead of biscuits A few weeks ago, I made some calorie-busting banofee cheesecake pots which were insanely delicious but I never stopped feeling guilty about how many calories there were in it. I love cheesecake but there has to be a way to make cheesecakes … Continue reading

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Simple salads: fig, ham and mozzarella salad

Fig, ham and mozzarella salad. Great for lunch. Great for dinner.

Fabulous figs I am LOVING the fresh figs we seem to be able to get hold of at the moment. They’re juicy, plump and packed with flavour. I threw this salad together in five minutes when I unexpectedly ended up working from home yesterday and needed to raid the fridge for something quick and easy … Continue reading

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Get your scary on: mummy dogs

Mummy dogs

Mummy dogs As part of this year’s upcoming Halloween celebrations, my father-in-law is organising a ‘Fright Night’ event for families in his local town. So, for the last few weeks, I’ve been researching various low-cost and easy to make Halloween eats and treats for him that will go down well with adults and kids alike. … Continue reading

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Friday is for fish: red and white quinoa fish cakes

Red and white quinoa fish cakes with tilapia, parsley salad and tartare sauce

Friday is for fish: red and white quinoa fish cakes (made with tilapia fillets) I only discovered quinoa a few months ago in a salad but it was definitely love at first bite again. Ever since that time, I’ve been wracking my brain to come up with a recipe with quinoa but I didn’t want … Continue reading

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It’s pizza time! Homemade pizzas are yum-o!

Might margherita with basil

It’s pizza time! Home-made pizzas If you read my post on Sunday about my disastrous whoopsie pies, you’ll know that I’m not much of a baker. I can cook up a storm but when it comes to baking, I seriously don’t think I have the touch required. That’s why I’ve mostly avoided doing any baking. Until now… … Continue reading

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Friday was for fish: crab linguine with crispy sage and prosciutto

Crab linguine with crispy sage and prosciutto

friday was for fish: crab linguini with crispy sage and prosciutto Bad enough I had to work late but after getting this dish prepared, photographed, eaten and then typed up, I couldn’t get my internet to work properly and now that I’m finally connected, it’s already Saturday! :) It’s been a while since I posted … Continue reading

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Cheesy cornflake crisps

Cheesy cornflake crisps. Oh so moreish!

I’d put in a late night at the office today and as my husband had also been busy, dinner was going to be nothing more exciting than soup out of a box (I know, shocking! and she calls herself a cook…). I love soup. Plus there’s nothing wrong with packet or tinned soup. Of course … Continue reading

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