Cakes for my nan

Today my Nan came over to see my flat and the new bookcases I put up last week (I do love an IKEA flat pack!), so I decided to use the grand occasion to try out a few recipes… Firstly I made her a simple vanilla cupcake with vanilla icing and some raspberry jam inside. … Continue reading

Booooo! Halloween cake fun

I took part in a coffee morning at work last week to raise money for Macmillan Cancer and as it was almost Halloween I thought this comedy cake would be fun!  It was super easy and something that could be done with kids on a Sunday afternoon. I used an old favourite chocolate cake recipe … Continue reading

Healthy King Prawn Fried Rice

So I am trying to eat better in 2016, so I’m reinventing some of my favourite recipes as healthily as I can.  Last night I wanted something that felt like my regular Friday night takeaway but better on the waistline and I came across this recipe for Stir fried prawns with pepper and spinach on BBC … Continue reading

Healthy bacon and mushroom risotto

When seeking out a Saturday afternoon lunch for one, I had a choice between a small risotto with bacon and mushroom or an omelette with the same filling… after considering the number of calories in each, I decided that as each egg is about 90 calories each that a risotto would be much more filling … Continue reading

Christmas cakes

So for Christmas this year I decided to make a few different cakes… Christmas fruit cake (for my Nan), Lemon and Thyme bundt cake, red velvet cupcakes and of course a chocolate log. My Nan always wants an actual Christmas fruit cake so I whipped out my standby favourite fruit cake recipe Felicity Cloake’s PERFECT Christmas … Continue reading

Baked Oreo Cheesecake

I came across this recipe online and thought it just sounded too good not to try !  I did then unfortunately manage to eat almost half of this myself… it is truly delicious and you must try it! I only had a 23cm spring mounted tin but would purchase a 20cm spring mounted if I … Continue reading

Boxing day Lemon & Thyme Bundt cake

Now I have to admit (like the majority of the Nigella loving public) to be a little disappointed by her new TV series Simply Nigella; though there were one or two gems and as I always turn to Nigella for puddings I thought I would give this one a whirl. It did not disappoint!     … Continue reading

Pea and mint soup

It’s been a long time since I last made this soup and I’ve made a few tweaks to make sure there is enough for two portions (one for dinner and one for lunch the next day). Ingredients 1 tsp Olive oil 2 Garlic cloves, crushed 1 Leek, chopped 2 Celery sticks, chopped 300g Frozen peas … Continue reading