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5-minute Singapore Noodles

  As much as I love to cook from scratch, I'm all for a short-cut every now again, but unfortunately I struggle to find convenience food that is up to scratch for me. Generally I'd rather not have anything than a lot of the convenience food that is around! It's been years and years since I've tried a noodle-in-a-pot type snack- the only time I have ever really done it is when I spent a long, wet, cold British summer working in an ice-cream van on Dartmoor where lunch options were ...

Quiche lorraine with a hash brown crust

Make a quiche using a hash brown crust for a tasty & healthy alternative Quiche makes a fantastic easy lunch or dinner option of you are looking for healthy meals that you can pre-prepare. One of the fantastic things about quiche is that it’s a fabulous way to use up leftovers- most veg/cheeses will go and you can come up with some great concoctions! I adore pastry but I save it for special treats only, and I find that using a potato or sweet potato crust is a great way to ...

Slow-cooker pork & apple stew

I've been embracing all things frozen over the past 12 months, and I love having frozen products stocked up for easy meals! I have to say I've always hated chopping onions, and I love the pre-chopped onions that you can buy! I made this meal on a day where I was incredibly tight for time, but really wanted to still make a nice wholesome dinner for my family- so I took a risk (for me!) and threw a load of stuff into the slow cooker and hoped for the best! I was really pleased with the ...

Chinese Tenderstem broccoli and beef stir-fry

I’ve had a revelation in my kitchen in the past year- frozen ingredients! I’ve only ever really used my freezer to store leftovers and emergency fish-fingers, but I’ve started to see the power of using my freezer to store my everyday ingredients. Not only is it so convenient for  me as, aside from being a very disorganised shopper, I don’t live somewhere where I can just ‘pop’ to a shop; but there has also been a lot of publicity recently about how frozen ingredients are ...

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!  

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 ...

BBQ apple pulled pork

I was given a lovely gift last week- a huge bag of windfall apples! My youngest daughter is not a fruit eater, but she loves stewed apple, and the whole family (apart from me!) love spiced apple cake, so we already have lots of uses for them, but I also remembered that last year I had a go at making a bbq pulled pork that incorporated apple into the sauce to make a really delicious pork dish- the girls both loved it, and it was a fantastic dish that provides meals for days afterwards! I ...

Lentil and bacon soup

Lentils and bacon are just one of those combinations that work so well. I always make a big batch as it freezes really well and is perfect for a quick, filling lunch if you are stuck. I've also found that this is really popular with my children which makes it even more of a winner! I use puy lentils if I can find them, although it's not always that easy to find the boxes of dry ones (Merchant Gourmet do them in Sainsburys, but they are pretty steep at £3.50). The ones I have used here ...