year : 2017 59 results

Turkey rogan josh

Somehow curry is the perfect antidote to the excesses of Christmas day- especially if it's one full of veggies and goodness! I made a slightly different one last year (see it here), and this year I really fancied having a go at a turkey rogan josh. It's nice and easy, all the spices, onion and garlic are blended into a paste and then it's just a case of adding everything together and simmering it for about half an hour. Out traditional Boxing Day dinner is actually turkey, chips and ...

Vegan sweet potato hummus

A couple of months ago I had an amazing weekend away in the Cotswolds with a big group of girls (and inspirational slimmers) that I met through Slimming World- we all met for the first time in 2016 at a bloggers' lunch organised by Slimming World head office, and since become fast friends. I wasn't able to make it to the last meet up, but this time we stayed in an absolutely gorgeous house (Alcester Farmhouse) booked through Kate & Toms, an absolutely brilliant company who have the ...

Best ever cranberry sauce

I would never buy a jar of cranberry sauce from the supermarket as it's so, so easy to make! It only take 5 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to cook! Slimming World- this is the Christmas version, when I would make it with sugar- so therefore the syns are quite high- I'm having a go at one made with sweetener soon and will do a taste comparison and share the recipe if it's good!  

A lot of luxury at Iceland this Christmas

 Last weekend I was invited up to Iceland's test kitchen to try out some of the luxury foods on offer this Christmas. It was a thoroughly festive day- not only did we have demonstrations from Iceland's head chef Neil Nugent on how to cook our Christmas turkey (including a fantastic smoking and salt-baking method), but we were able to sample mince-pie cocktails, have a go at some food graffiti and to pick up some tips on styling our Christmas tables! This was a fantastic chance for ...

Pip’s favourite spaghetti bolognese recipe

  I have posted a lot of bolognese recipes since I started this blog- but I love experimenting to find that magical formula for a really good brew! This is the recipe that I think gives the best all round results every time- it's certainly not a traditional Italian recipe, but I think that the little twists really work to create a rich and tasty bolognese. I always love a dark looking sauce and this one gives you that too. For a more traditional and simple recipe have a look at ...

Oxo roast potatoes

This simple method makes very tasty roast potatoes, moist on the inside and crispy on the outside. A beef stock cube is perfect alongside roast beef, or you can do it with a chicken stock cube!

Pink’n’Whites

 I was first introduced to Pink'n'Whites when I joined Slimming World. My friend Emma said I must buy some, as they make a brilliant low-syn snack, and are great to beat a sweet craving. I bought my first packet in the pound shop, and they were such a saviour to me and my sweet tooth! What are Pink'n'Whites? Pink'n' Whites are made of 2 crunchy wafers, filled with pink & white mallow. They are very low in fat (98% fat free) and are only 50 calories each, or 2.5 syns on Slimming ...

Frylight- a healthy choice for all cooks

Recently I was invited along to a cookery day in London, hosted by Frylight. We were going to be cooking alongside John from Food52, with the lovely and knowledgeable Frylight expert and consultant nutritionist Helen Bond talking through what we were cooking, and enlightening us on some of the truths and myths about fats in our diets! I've been a big fan of Frylight since I discovered it when I joined Slimming World, I love that the spray action controls the amount that you use- rather ...

Iceland Slimming World curry buffet for Curry Week!

I love a curry buffet, I always find it so hard to commit to one type of curry (because I want them all!), so I love being able to pile up my plate with lots of different varieties. Doing a homemade curry buffet, however, is a labour of love because each individual dish is like making a meal in itself, and unfortunately it's just not something that I have time for in my life! Equally, I don't have a decent Indian takeaway near me, and both the cost, and the high fat content would put me off ...

Warm cookie s’mores with Maryland Thins

I've always loved Maryland cookies- the generous chocolate chip to cookie ratio, and the excellent value for money meant they always used to be my cookie of choice! These days, while I'm on my weight-loss journey, I try not to have cookies in the house, as I am not good with willpower, and sweet snacks are my main downfall! I was therefore excited to see that they had released their new 'Maryland thins'- the same tasty chocolate chip cookie, but a lighter, crispy and lower calorie version. ...