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Festive Gingerbread Stars

Brrrr… it’s so cold.  But it’s the best kind of cold in my opinion… The sky is blue, the air is crisp and the past two mornings there’s been a frost on the ground.  I had a crunchy, frosty walk this morning down by the river which was so idyllic.  The sun was low, most of the trees now bare.  I had a real sense of winter coming, and with it a wonderful wave of festive warmth.  These biscuits are a full expression of that warmth for me.  Making them with the kids, the wonderful smell of them cooking, the heat and buzz of the oven, and their spicy snap when eaten!  Lovely… So here’s a recipe for you.  I’ve used coconut oil instead of butter because that’s what I had (but absolutely go ahead and use the same measure of butter if that’s what you have!)…   Ingredients (makes around 18 stars, depending on your cutter size): 80g Coconut oil 60g light brown muscovado sugar 1 egg yolk 2 tbsp maple syrup 1/2 tsp …

Is it a Salsa? Is it Ketchup? Yes! And it’s Magic Tomata Passata with Hidden Veg

This is a magic sauce, it goes in anything and everything, it keeps in the fridge for around 5 days, or freezes really well.  It’s also possible to hide masses of veg in it that the kids wouldn’t normally eat… Neither of mine are keen on red peppers or beetroot, but hiding it in this sauce… what they don’t know and all that! Ingredients: 1 red onion 2 cloves garlic 1 400g can plum or chopped tomatoes 1 small beetroot (grated) 1 red pepper 1 tsp mixed herbs 1 tsp maple syrup 1/2 tsp paprika salt & pepper Olive Oil (Optional Chilli) Method: 1. Heat 2tbsp Olive oil in a pan on the hob. 2. Finely chop the onions, crush the garlic and soften in the pan for around 10 minutes. 3. Chop the red pepper & grate the beetroot and add to the pan with the mixed herbs, paprika, salt & pepper. 4. Add the tinned tomatoes and a tsp of maple syrup to take the edge of the tomatoes. 5. The sauce is …

Harissa Roast Chicken & Warming Winter Bone Broth

Sundays throughout Autumn and Winter are for roast dinners in our house… It’s a really great time to come together as a family and the kids love the array of food on offer.  It means they eat well because they have control over their portions and food choices, albeit vegetables are compulsory!  But then aside from the meat it mainly is vegetables, in one form or another… We usually buy a chicken, it’s down to me, I just don’t enjoy very rich red meat, and it’s always free-range & organic.  We are so detached from the process of food production on the whole, but I have an underlying sense of responsibility for the quality of life the animal has lived.  Plus, I just don’t fancy eating the antibiotics & hormones pumped in to the non-organic farmed birds.  It’s seems cruel and it’s certainly has no health benefits for me, in fact probably quite the opposite.  So, with our organic chicken ready for the roast, this week I fancied something a little different, and went with …

It’s a Pop Shake “This Milkshake is Bananas B.A.N.A.N.A.S” or “My Milkshake Brings all the Kids to the Table”

My youngest daughter has discovered Gwen Stefani… so bananas can’t be bananas without a soundtrack!  That’s why this milkshake is bananas B.A.N.A.N.A.S it’s a sensible diversion from the original expletive for a 5 year old!  In fact, very many things have a soundtrack in our house.  I have a musical brain, a degree in music and a short career in music behind me… so many words seem to trigger a song… (see Big Pizza Pie That’s Amore)… OK, so soundtracks aside, I had this milkshake for lunch yesterday, but it’d make a great breakfast too… or pudding, and of course its nutritious so you can feel virtuous whilst enjoying it! Ingredients (serves 2): 1 B.A.N.A.N.A (make it a fair trade banana don’t force farmers out of business… support sustainable farming. Click the link to find out more) 1 large can organic* coconut milk (Check the label for the nasty preservatives on non-organic ranges) 1 handful frozen blueberries 4 tablespoons Chocolate Coconut Granola (3 to blend and 1 to top) Method: I didn’t have any frozen …

Celeriac Rostis… or Solero Frosties (if you’re 5)

These are a great alternative to potatoes, albeit a much uglier ‘what do i do with that monster’ veg, but especially good for the carb loving kids!  My daughter asked to if she could have a sticker on her sticker chart for finishing her ‘Solero Frosties’ it took me a minutes to get what she meant!  I think they’ll be Solero Frosties forever more in our house now!  They’re really quick, and simple to make and celeriac are really tasty, so need very little attention.  We had them yesterday with a Harissa Roast Chicken and Chickpea Salad… But on the 5pm dinner scene they’d go well with sausage and veg, or in place of the potato rosti for breakfast or brunch.  Celeriac also makes a great mash, so if you’re looking to hide veg, or increase variety add them to mashed potato! Ingredients (makes 8 rostis): 200g grated celeriac 1 tsp dried mixed herbs 1 egg Salt & Pepper Method: 1. Grate the celeriac in to a mixing bowl, you can use kitchen roll or …

Salty & Sweet, Maple Roast Nuts aka “Mummy I’m huuuuungry”

“Mummy I’m hungry”, “Mummy I need a snaaaaack” My children love these as a snack, and I feel like they’re getting some nourishment in the process… These are fab after school, or at 5pm for me when I’m making the kids dinner… Or part of a picky lunch along with houmous, crudites, sourdough and olives… They’re really easy to do too… Ingredients: 1 handful Raw Cashew Nuts 1 handful Raw Almonds 1 handful pumpkin seeds 1 handful sunflower seeds 1 tbsp maple syrup 1 pinch sea salt Black Pepper Method: 1. Pre-heat the oven to 150C. 2. Scatter the nuts across a roasting tray, cover with 1 tbsp maple syrup, a generous pinch of sea-salt & a crack of black pepper. 3. Roast for 15 minutes, remove and stir, roast for a further 5-10 minutes or until the nuts are gently browning. 4. Remove to a serving bowl to cool.  The nuts will be sticky but as the maple syrup cools, it will become crunchy.  Break apart any large lumps and serve. Delicious! What are …

It’s a Classic… Macaroni Cheese Meets Dijon Mustard and #NotInOurBread

If you read the Flourless Chocolate Brownies post you’ll know it’s been a slow day here… It’s cold & misty outside, so we’ll snuggle down, bake and snuggle some more.  We are all feeling a little worse for wear, following an over indulgent (be it sweets or bloody mary’s) night last night.  So by lunch time I could only think of making Macaroni Cheese… It’s My daughter’s favourite, so much so that I got a love note when she knew I was making it… I think it says more about her love of Macaroni Cheese than me actually! So here’s a rich, carby cheese fest of a meal… Enjoy! Ingredients (serves 4): 100g Butter 100g Flour* 1 1/2 Pints Milk 1 tsp dijon mustard 1/2 tsp nutmeg Black Pepper 350g Organic Pasta 100g Mature Cheddar Cheese for the Bechamel (and extra for grating on top) Method: 1. Put a large pan of water on to boil (this is for the pasta), and pre-heat the oven to 200C. 2. In a large saucepan melt the butter. …

Cacao & Cardamom Lazy Morning Granola

Sweet, Sticky, Morning Goodness… Oh good morning chocolate breakfast hit! Oh indulge me honey toasted oats… Wait, you’re slurping the sweet spicy chocolaty milk from the bowl?  Don’t worry, me too!  It’s half term holidays and we’re enjoying really slow mornings at home!  Making granola this morning in my pyjamas was pure joy for me.  And the smell of it baking was mouth-watering.  Sweet, spicy aromas filled the kitchen as I slurped my morning tea and the children were building Lego, bliss.  Until 10 minutes later and the children are throwing the Lego, my tea goes cold while I intervene and, wait, is that the smell of overcooked granola?  For a minute there though…  I’ve been a huge fan of the chocolate cardamom combination since ‘chocolate cardamom cookies’ in Signie Johansen’s ‘Scandilicious’ cookbook.  And the combination works brilliantly in this granola, so without further ado… I give you Cacao & Cardamom, Lazy Morning Granola… Ingredients to make 4-6 portions:  200g whole rolled oats 50g pumpkin seeds 50g whole almonds, roughly chopped 50g chia seeds 50g raw cacao …

My Boy’s Morning Milkshake

‘Mummy can I make a milkshake’, ‘mummy can I make a smoothie’?  Depending on how tired I am at 6am when he’s asking, my feelings tend to vary from ‘oh the mess’ to ‘milkshake what?’ to ‘wow he’s so creative’!  Either way, he’s keen to be creative with food, which will serve him well in the long term, in fact it serves him well already!  So more recently it’s been ‘mummy can we add it to the food blog’, ‘mummy when can i have a food blog of my own’?  So – this is his post!  He’ll be eagerly awaiting feedback, and no doubt I’ll be checking every 5 seconds that he asks!  Let us know how you like it! Ingredients: 1 handful frozen blueberries 1 handful frozen raspeberries 150 mls milk 150 apple juice Method: 1. Add the ingredients to a blender jug. 2. Blend until smooth. 3. Enjoy! Simple, and very tasty! I’m pretty sure there will be more where this came from too… Enjoy the extra hour in bed everyone…(That’s if you …