If you haven’t had enough chocolate yet… hazelnut and walnut chocolate brownies

Crispy squidgy chocolate goodness As some of you may know, I’m married to a chocolate fiend. My husband has to eat chocolate every day and I’ve never known him not to. So imagine my surprise when this Easter, he told me he didn’t want me to buy him an Easter egg. I thought this was … Continue reading

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My oriental brunch: chicken and egg congee (my way)

It’ll be lonely meals for one for the next 10 days for me! As I post this on Sunday morning, my husband will be in France, driving off to the mountains for a week of skiing with friends. I will miss him and also miss seeing my friends but I opted not to go because … Continue reading

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Butter-free banana, apple and walnut bread (no ‘fun’ doesn’t mean no taste…)

A healthier way is possible Banana bread has to be the most versatile and universally well-loved recipe ever. Every week, I’ll come across someone posting their take on a banana bread recipe. When I got back from Spain recently, my husband asked me if I could make another banana bread because we had 4 sad … Continue reading

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Simple salads: Apple, bresaola and cambozola salad

Changing a lifetime of bad eating habits I am really, really annoyed with myself. I’ve been looking forwarding to making and posting this recipe for some time now, but when I finally made it and took my usual pictures to show you, I forgot to add the toasted walnuts before I took the final snaps. … Continue reading

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Brandy-infused cranberries and a crumble-topped cranberry, walnut and banana cake

On Saturday, I asked my husband if he would like me to make anything for his family as they were coming over for Sunday lunch the next day. Him: “Cake.” he said. Me: “That’s it? Just cake. Any particular cake?” Him: “No, just cake.” And then he wandered off back to his office. Only problem … Continue reading

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Guilty as charged… I couldn’t resist and had to make this again but with strawbs instead :)

Ok, ok, I really have no excuses. I loved my easy lemon cheesecake pots so much that I had to make them again tonight. I actually only made one because husband was taking the high ground and resisting the lure of cheesecake (actually because he was opting for the chocolate pudding I’d made – that … Continue reading

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Easy lemon cheesecake (a healthier one too!)

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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barbecued chicken satay for what might be our last barbecue of the year

For once, the weatherman’s report was spot on today because following a miserable morning of grey, grim and rainy weather, the sun suddenly broke free at about 4pm and it stayed sunny and bright until night set in. I’d been banking on this because I decided yesterday that I really, really, really wanted to make … Continue reading

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a salad that bites back – guilt-free thai sum Tom (with tempeh or chicken)

It’s been a happy, happy few days for the bigfatnoodle and the bigmonster. Our local Thai grocery store in Guildford has started selling fresh green papaya, yippeeee! The timing couldn’t be more perfect. I freely admit it; the last few weeks of thebigfatnoodle have been a teeny bit of food fest. Our livers, not to mention our … Continue reading

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