Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding 

Now that we are in autumn, it just feels right to give a recipe for this type of pudding. Ever since I was small, I have loved Sticky Toffee Pudding, so much so that whenever we went round someone’s house for Sunday lunch, one would be made in my honour. And it was what I…

Simple Tex-Mex Chilli

Ideal for all these rainy days we seem to be having this summer. Where has the summer gone? It’s July for fuck’s sake. Not bloody April! Anyway,  with Tuesday being a mix of sun and rain, and having to use a package of minced beef from the fridge, I decided to cook a pot of…

Best Ever Bolognese

A healthier version of an Italian classic. Sorry for the flurry of sweet treats on here over the past few months, especially since I’m on a weight loss regime. I shall try to keep these to a minimum these days. Anyway, back to business. One of the first things I did on joining Slimming World…

Easy Chicken and Ham Slab Pie

An old family favourite, straight from my mother’s notebook. Apologies for the long absence. I’ve been unwell, and life has been a bit hectic. But that’s all alright now. Anyway, the other night it was my turn to cook the dinner and I decided to cook one of my favourite quick supper ideas, a chicken…

Risotto for the Lazy

A very tasty supper dish for one. And proof that I do do savoury dishes as well as baking/desserts. I love risotto. I like how comforting it is. But what I don’t like is the tiresome ladling in of stock, and stirring it in. I thought there has to be an easier way, when I…

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…

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…

My Mother’s Pork and Beans

Only one word is needed for this recipe, and that is ‘Wow!’ This Saturday my mother’s cooking the dinner, for a chang, she’s cooking a recent addition to her repertoire, Pork and Beans. This one-pot recipe is actually based on one that she saw being made on an episode of Lorraine, or it might have been This…

My Mother’s Minestrone

A wonderful soup for lunch beside the fire. After so many baking recipes lately, which isn’t good for Slimming World, I’ve decided to focus on a more balanced selection of recipes, starting with this soup. If you were expecting this to be a true Minestrone recipe, I’m afraid it isn’t. It’s my mother’s version, which…

A Simple Carbonara with Mushrooms

A simple idea involving, gasp, a tub of good shop-brought carbonara sauce. Well, if Delia Smith says it’s okay, it’s okay. Now, let’s get to it, we all have a tub or two of ready made pasta sauce in our fridges, whether we like to admit it or not. Personally I like to have a…

School Days Bolognese

This is a recipe from my Mum’s old school books from when she studied for her O Level in Home Economics during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. This is a fantastic recipe. Mum’s made this so many times over the years that she never refers to the book any more. She uses it for…

Roasted Tomato and Thyme Soup

My absolute favourite way of making tomato soup ever. It’s foolproof, and just delicious. It’s also ideal for when you have a tomato glut. The recipe I’m gonna give you today is from Sophie Dahl, the granddaughter of Roald Dahl, my favourite childhood writer and the actress Patricia Neal, who was in my favourite movie…