Tag Archives: comfort food

Banana, sultana and almond loaf

Manky banana alert – why can’t we ever get through the damned things? No matter how green they are when I buy them they ripen in an instant – infuriating. Well only slightly coz it’s always an excuse to bake … Continue reading

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A trip to York to meet a Masterchef finalist and eat yummy pasta

By far my favourite contestant on last year’s Masterchef was Sara┬áDanesin Medio – the likeable intensive care nurse with a huge passion for Italian cooking. So when I got an invite to travel up to York to her home to … Continue reading

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Sweet potato and spinach lasagne

Lasagne is such a family favourite, that when our family became part-vegetarian the search was on for the ultimate non-meat recipe. After much trial and error I found a fabulous version in Lucy’s Food – one of my favourite cookbooks … Continue reading

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Lunchbox idea: banana muffins

I had a bunch of manky bananas hanging on my kitchen worktop for longer than I should have – they went black and really started freaking me out so I quickly mashed them up and looked for a recipe to … Continue reading

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Crunchy chicken bites

As a general rule, the more time and effort I spend on cooking child-friendly food, the less likely my boys are to eat it. It’s pretty depressing at times, but I know a lot of my friends feel the same … Continue reading

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Ever so cheesy baked risotto with tomato and mozzarella

I’ve got a new cook book that i’m every so slightly in love with… it’s a vegetarian book by Aldo Zilli called Fresh & Green. I got my mitts on it last month at an event with the Italian chef … Continue reading

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Home-made gift idea: Chocolate caramel squares

This has to be one of my all time favourite sweet treats, something my mum can throw together with her eyes closed after years of providing the WI market stall with it, but i’d never attempted it before. Once again, … Continue reading

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Quick meal: Fluffy omelette and beans

This meal is no looker, but egg and beans are a great combo, especially when you’re in a rush to get some kind of nutritious meal on the table. For us it’s Thursday nights when we’ve got back from football … Continue reading

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Steak and ale stew with mustard and thyme dumplings

I was thrown down the challenge by Morrison’s of coming up with my perfect British beef dish, using fresh seasonal ingredients. It’s to┬ápromote their new range of fresh beef from traditional British breeds including Shorthorn, Hereford and Aberdeen Angus. The … Continue reading

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Lunch fix: Puff pasties

Saturday lunchtimes are a frenzied affair. Sam has swimming and we usually all go for a dip while he has his lesson. So when we get back we’re normally starving hungry and just empty the contents of the fridge onto … Continue reading

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