Baby-friendly Curry with Paneer & Spinach

In our household we use this basic curry recipe all the time. Then depending on what ‘s in the fridge I might make it with chicken or make a vegetarian version with chickpea & vegetables but my latest variation is using paneer and spinach. It works really well! Paneer is a mild Indian cheese that…

Ricotta & basil Gnudi with a quick tomato sauce

I only tried Gnudi for the first time recently…and it’s amazing! It’s like nothing else I have ever tasted. A little bit like Gnocchi but made of ricotta instead of potatoes. The word Gnudi comes from the Italian for ‘nude’ and refers to the idea of ‘naked ravioli’. The dumplings are delicate, soft and melt…

1st Birthday party food

It was my little girl’s first birthday a couple of weeks ago. How time flies! One day they are a baby and the next they have grown into a toddler with their very own personality. It was a lovely day; we had a small party in the back garden with a few toddlers, mums, dads…

Poached chicken with Freekeh

I only came across freekeh this year but it has now become a cereal we regularly eat in our household. Freekeh (sometimes spelt frikeh or farik/ farikah) is a Middle Eastern wholegrain. It is green roasted wheat and has a wonderful nutty flavour and it easy to cook. Freekeh is also high in fiber and…

Mango and passion fruit ice lollies (Sugar free)

When we were on holiday my daughter had her first taste of ice cream. She wanted more! As she’s not even one yet I wasn’t keen for her to have too much because of the sugar content. Most ice creams contain 21% sugar with some as high as 26%. Once home I decided to try…

Moussaka

This classic Greek recipe is a family favourite. Traditional Moussaka would be made with layers of sliced potatoes but I find this makes the dish a little heavy. I’ve experimented with many Moussaka recipes over the years but my latest discovery is to add two beaten eggs to the béchamel as suggested by Felicity Cloake…

Slow cooked chicken, apricot & chickpea tagine

It’s not that often that I’m organised enough to prepare dinner in advance using the slow cooker but when I do I’m never disappointed.  Every time I say to myself ‘I should use it more often’. The meat always turns out tender and the sauces taste so flavoursome. I managed to prepare this recipe whilst…

Mozzarella and pesto pita pizzas

This is more of an idea of something to make with the kids than a proper recipe. Pita pizzas are so easy and you can experiment with different toppings. I kept things simple here with mozzarella and homemade pesto. Pitas make a surprisingly good cheat pizza bases and I find it’s nice having little individual pizzas….

Nut-free basil pesto

I love pesto but shop bought varieties can have a very high salt content, which means it’s not actually as healthy as you might think. (See this article). We all know salt is something we should avoid in our children’s diet so by making your own pesto you can watch exactly what goes in it…

Watermelon & Agave nectar pudding

I have to confess this is my boyfriend’s idea. He convinced me to try this one out. It’s a desert somewhere in between a jelly and a pudding. I’ve never been a great fan of jelly but this dessert is unlike anything I’ve ever tried before. You need to give it a couple of spoonfuls…

Baked eggs with ratatouille

Ratatouille is one of my favourite easy recipes. I find it makes a hearty and filling dish even though it is only made from vegetables. I quite often cook a big pan and eat it again and again through the week and it always tastes better the next day! This ‘baked eggs with ratatouille’ recipe…

Crust-free spinach and ricotta quiche

I used to make quiche all the time. It was one of those things I’d make so often I didn’t need to follow a recipe. I especially loved making the pastry but right now I struggle to find the time. There are just too many different steps: making the pastry, letting it rest, making the…