My Mother’s Everyday Scones

A very easy recipe from my mother’s school cookbooks. Just the thing for when you have a few guests descending on you in forty minutes. Ever since I was small, I’ve loved my Mother’s scones. She’s been using the same recipe for nearly fifty years. She got it from her cookery teacher, at the age…

Easy Midweek Paella

A great storecupboard supper that’s ideal for the winter months. Although, having said that, I have made this in the summer and I enjoyed it then too. This is one of those recipes that is easily adaptable to whatever you got in the fridge. I once made this using skinned Cumberland pork sausages, sliced chorizo…

Blueberry Sour Cream Loaf

A lovely loaf cake from the famous Hummingbird Bakery in London. Just because I am on a diet, it doesn’t mean I can’t make or bake things and pass them on, does it? It’s a good plan really, I get slimmer while everyone else gets fatter. (Insert evil laugh here.) The recipe for this cake…

Chilli Chicken Stir-fry

A great tasting stir-fry for two, which I came up with just today. And only two syns a portion on Slimming World. I could quite happily eat stir-fries every day. They are quick and easy, and everyone likes them. As a student I used to make a stir-fry once or twice a week. This one…

My Mother’s Boiled Fruit Cake

A family favourite from my Mother’s notebook, practically the cake of my childhood. This isn’t a Slimming World recipe. Baking has long been a big thing in my family, my late father’s maternal grandfather was a baker from the Black Forest region of Germany, my mother’s maternal grandmother was an exceptional pastry maker, and one…

Pesto Tuna Pasta Salad

Well, this is it, my first Slimming World recipe. A filling pasta salad, based on an idea told to me by my cousin. The point of Slimming World is that it’s a lifestyle choice, not a diet. You can eat things on this, like pasta,and feel full afterwards. Which is great. And you can have…

My Mother’s Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Soup

A lovely soup ideal for a wintry lunch or supper on the sofa while watching something easy on the television. This soup is absolutely wonderful. The colour is just so cheerful at this time of year, and it tastes good too. It is also easily adaptable, I like it with a bit of chilli, added…

Just a Few Words…

Happy New Year. Did you have a good Christmas? I did, I spent it in Essex with my older brothers and their families, and I got a couple of cookbooks, no surprise there,  and a few other things. New Year was spent back at my Mum’s house in deepest, darkest Hampshire. I saw it in…