Lock Down – great time to get kids cooking!

Before I say anything more – I know lots of parents are currently buried. Trying to keep full time jobs going, home school, cook, clean etc. One more suggestion of what to do with this wonderful extra family time could get me a bit of a virtual slap in the face! But really, getting the…

Stir fry chicken noodles – store cupboard style

Day 3 of lockdown. The request was chicken noodles. The freezer provided some chicken thighs and some frozen finger. The cupboard provided noodles, a generous squirt of tomato puree and lots of spices and soy sauce. It turned out pretty good. There was no recipe so I am attempting to capture it here for you….

Store Cupboard Curry

Curry is delicious and it makes the house smell amazing. It can also be made with store cupboard ingredients. Canned chick peas, coconut milk, frozen spinach and spices served with rice. I have used fresh potatoes but you could used canned. You can swap the fresh sweet potato for frozen or use frozen pumpkin or…

Gut health and fermented foods

Fermented foods are quite a thing at the moment. They have become very trendy and certainly on the shopping lists of those who are following the latest health trends. Fermented foods have been with us for thousands of years. Fermentation was a way of increasing the life of a food before the days of fridges,…

Fibre February – eat more!

This month, @AfNutr will be talking all things fibre. We are not the only ones focusing on fibre this month. The Flour Advisory Bureau are running #fibrefebruary to encourage people to eat more fibre and provide information on fibre containing foods. Fibre has a reputation, it stops constipation and can give you wind. Lots of…

Batch cooking – Mexican style!

There is nothing quite like a bowl of chilli be it con carne or sin carne. A bowl of comfort right there. And who doesn’t like a shepherd’s style pie with plenty of mashed potato with a crispy crust. So why not have both in the week. Make a big pot of chilli – double…

Campfires and fruitcake! Two of my favourite things.

This weekend, I was in my happy place. I was outdoors with a bunch of amazing scouts and leaders building catapults, leading camp songs around a campfire getting kids to shout really, really loudly, listening to the owls at night and watching the clouds whizzing past the full moon. We were lucky with the weather,…

Italian food – a cooking class!

I was a participant for this class. It was amazing. I ate way too much but it was all so very delicious. It kept me fueled for my evening in the forest with cubs and scouts until late building shelters and geocaching. Two lovely ladies from Puglia ran the class. If you are not familiar…

Muffins don’t have to be sweet!

Try these Onion and Apple Muffins as an alternative to a sandwich or with some soup. They are also delicious with a bit of garlic and herb cream cheese and some salad. It may sound a bit weird but really give them a go. Although best straight out the oven, as with any home baking,…

Another curry class and thinking about leftovers

Last week I did some more cooking at an apartment in Paris. This time we cooked Keralan style veggie curry and spiced vegetable rice. It went down well. We did raita and poppadoms to go with it. As ever it was a pleasant lunch with lovely people. The recipes are simple ones that could easily…