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Homemade healthy crackers to complement the new Ilchester® Light Cheese Selection Net

    Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Norseland. If you're a cheese-lover or a savoury snack lover, then this is for you! Ilchester®  cheese (who famously brought us the Cheese Advent Calendar in 2018!) have released 3 of their delicious cheeses in a Light Cheese Selection! The net contains Fiery Mexicana®  (my absolute favourite!), Smoky Applewood®  and Creamy Ilchester® . The brilliant news, is that the cheeses are in the perfect portions ...

Herby pork and bean stew

Some friends hosted us for a gorgeous lunch on New Years' Day, and cooked this absolutely beautiful pork dish. The recipe was an Ottolenghi one from the Guardian (you can find the original here). It's a fantastic recipe, but for me, it's more work than I would do for anything other than a very special occasion, as it involves roasting a whole shoulder of pork before making the casserole.  I decided that I would like to make something similar, but that is much more of an accessible ...

Oven-baked chicken cacciatore

Chicken cacciatore is a delicious Italian dish with a rich, rustic sauce. I oven-baked this, as I love it when chicken thighs are fall apart tender, and the tomato sauce has broken down to be rich and dark.  Not only is this a very tasty dish, it's a great way to pack veg into the sauce. On top of what I have used in this recipe, you could add mushrooms, olives, courgette, carrot.... the rich flavours in the sauce can carry all sorts of veg! This is certainly family friendly in ...

Herby lentil & potato stew

A recently published study by the World Health Organisation concluded that eating more fibre reduces the chance of heart disease and early death. I've been conscious of how much fibre my family are getting in their diets since a relative contracted diverticulisis a few years ago following a switch to a low-carb diet.  The recommended daily portion of fibre for an adult is 30g, and for a child (aged 5-11) is 20g a day. That is actually quite a lot of fibre to fit in per day, and I've been ...

Easy chicken, pesto and orzo traybake

If you haven't come across orzo before, it's a very small, rice-shaped pasta that is very quick to cook. This makes it ideal for traybakes because you don't need to leave everything in the oven for ages whilst waiting for the pasta to cook.   This is such a simple recipe, doesn't take a lot of ingredients, and is very family friendly. If you are following Slimming World, the only syns come from the pesto, which usually has around 3 syns per tbsp. The great thing about traybakes ...

Smoky chicken & jalapeño macaroni cheese

Every year in the run-up to Christmas I promise myself that I won’t let it become stressful, that I’ll pace things out so that I can enjoy it, and not leave anything to the last-minute. I’ve failed this year yet again- Christmas is looming closer and I’ve barely done any Christmas shopping, I haven’t thought about what food I need for the day (apart from having ordered the turkey), the last few days of my girls being at school are a flurry of Nativity, Christmas get-togeth...

Meatball pasta bake

Ask any of my old flatmates the dishes that they most remember me for, and I think they would probably say 'meatballs'! I've always loved cooking them (and eating them!). Meatballs and spaghetti was the first meal I ever made for my now husband (although that was a total disaster, I added a whole scotch bonnet chilli and it was HOTTER THAN THE SUN!) , he was so polite and sat and ate it all, the sweat pouring down his face! My old 'classic' meatball recipe had an incredibly rich sauce, ...

Slow-cooker beef brisket with rich onion gravy

I love beef, and particularly when it is slow-cooked- that tender, fall apart texture can't be beaten! Beef brisket is one of the cheaper cuts to buy because it does require a long, slow cook, but you really can't beat it, and it makes a fantastic Sunday roast centrepiece that actually requires very little effort! I picked up a piece of beef brisket in Tesco's a little while ago as it was on special offer, and I really wanted to try something different to anything I had cooked before ...

Apple pie porridge with maple syrup

Porridge really comes into its own in Autumn, it's warming, filling, cheap and doesn't have to be boring! I created this recipe when I was working with a maple syrup brand, and it's become a real favourite- it's a great way to sneak a little bit of fruit into the kids breakfast, the flavours are great for children and adults alike, and it's also a great breakfast to make for house-guests that isn't too labour intensive but looks and tastes delicious! I have specified jumbo porridge oats ...

Slow-cooker Chinese pulled pork

I bought a pork shoulder in Morrisons a couple of weeks ago, intending to make a classic pulled pork recipe- I didn't get around to it, and then a friend threw her husband a 40th birthday party that had an AMAZING hog roast, and then gave me a whole leg that was left over! We were just about to head off on holiday, so I took off the meat and managed to squeeze most of it into my jam-packed freezer (I desperately need a chest freezer- just not sure where to put one!). By that point I had ...