Pear Tarte Tatin (refined sugar-free)

We have a pear tree in our garden that never stops to amaze me at how much fruit it can produce.  They are deliciously sweet conference pears and at this time of year I always have to find ways to use them up. In the past, I have made jars of mulled pears, chocolate & pear…

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…

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….

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…

Cheesy baked polenta chips

My daughter is mad about cheese. I don’t mind giving it to her occasionally but as it is has a high salt content I prefer not to give it to her all the time! I have enjoyed cooking with polenta for a while. I like using the fast cook grain rather than the ready made…