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…

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…

Why can babies not have honey?

My daughter has just turned one and I have to say I had been quite looking forward to her tasting honey for the first time. I even considered making a honey cake for her birthday to celebrate the fact she would be finally ‘allowed’ it but I decided against as there would be babies under…

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…

Blackstrap molasses & blueberry cake

You know you have some days where everything seems to go wrong. Today was one of those days until I sat down with a cup of tea and a piece of this ‘Blackstrap molasses & blueberry cake’. Even whilst I was making it things weren’t going well: the kitchen scales broke, my daughter woke up…

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…