Date & Coconut biscuits (Sugar- free)

My new favourite thing to do with my daughter is to bake biscuits & cookies. She loves it… it’s like Play Dough but she’s allowed to have a  taste and enjoy the results. Predictably her favourite word is now ‘cookie’ but I don’t want her to eat too many sweet treats.  The problem with most…

Buckwheat pancakes with Ricotta & Spinach (Galettes de Sarrasin)

I think Buckwheat pancakes work great as a savoury meal. Using buckwheat flour gives the pancake a slightly heavier texture than your standard crepe, with a robust and earthy flavour that tastes delicious. A traditional pancake from Northern France, these galettes de sarrasin are quickly cooked in the pan for a minute or two, served…

Caponata Aubergine Stew

Caponata is a Sicilian Aubergine Stew that has become one of our regular family meals. It’s on our menu most weeks! It’s so versatile; you can serve it hot or cold and have it with bread, pasta or couscous. We usually have it with gnocchi. Traditionally Caponata would be made with celery as well as…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Broad bean purée and sardines on toast

This recipe has become a firm favourite in our household, on a night when the fridge seems bare and we haven’t got round to doing the food shopping yet. It only uses cupboard ingredients and is quick to make yet so tasty. Best of all, sardines are apparently one of the best fish for your…

Sweet potato with feta and mint

I love sweet potato and so does my daughter. I find that when she’s not too keen on something new; she’ll eat it when I mix in some sweet potato! I always make extra so I can have some sweet potato purée in the freezer. This is such an easy lunch that only requires 3…