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Easy slow-cooker wholemeal bread

Bread baking isn't something that I have ever perfected, but in our current situation it's definitely going to be a useful skill to have. I have seen a few posts going around Facebook about slow-cooker bread baking and it's definitely one of those things that seems to make the whole process a little easier, which always appeals to me! Really I think you can use most bread dough recipes and bake them in the slow-cooker, but here I have just provided the recipe for a simple wholemeal loaf, and ...

Simple carrot soup

This easy carrot soup recipe is perfect to make when you are low on ingredients but fancy a quick and nutritious meal! Carrots have such a lovely sweet flavour, that with just a couple of other ingredients thrown in they make a silky and satisfying soup. One of the reasons that I make this soup is that my kids love it, and it makes a brilliant quick dinner or lunch when you don't have much in! It's also easy to scale up to make into a big batch for the freezer, and there are plenty of other ...

Asparagus and cheddar quiche with sweet potato crust

Quiche makes such a filling and tasty lunch, but as much as I love pastry, it's better off as an occasional treat! Luckily I have discovered using sweet potatoes as my quiche crust- they make a great base, add amazing flavour, and the whole thing is full of goodness! A sweet potato crust done in this way (thinly sliced sweet potato circles around to cover the dish) doesn't give a crispy crust, but it still holds the whole quiche together and works beautifully. If you want something a little ...

Easy chicken jalfrezi

I love making curry at home, it's a great way to get in lots of portions of veggies and I never tire of it if there are leftovers! The only thing that I find with a lot of the curry recipes out there is that there are a lot of steps, making pastes, and more often than not a lot of oil. I still think that you can make a really delicious curry at home which doesn't need to involve a lot of faffing, and really cuts out that oil to keep it light and healthy. Chicken jalfrezi is one of those ...

Easy chana masala (chickpea curry)

Chana masala is a classic Indian side dish- it's spicy, hearty and warming and this version is also super easy to make and bulked out with extra lentils to make it more than just a side dish. I served this up as part of a big curry feast that I cooked for a group of 16 friends- there's very little work involved in pulling this together, and it's one that you can cook in advance and just reheat when you need it (in fact I think this gives time for the flavours to develop and makes it taste ...

Roasted tomato and red pepper soup

I love the roasting method for soups as not only can you just chop everything, chuck it in a roasting tin and forget about it, but I think that it really gives soup and incredible depth of flavour. Even the fairly sad looking salad tomatoes from the supermarket can be transformed into a richly delicious soup! You could use the pre-roasted peppers in brine for this (they work well), but often you can pick up great value multipacks of peppers in the supermarket that are perfect for soup ...

Easy cheesy garlic mushroom tagliatelle

Disclosure: This recipe was sponsored by Primula. All words, images and opinions are my own During the hectic Christmas period I tend to fall back on easy and quick meals, and batch cooking to try and keep my meals as healthy as I can before and after Christmas day! Primula is one of those ingredients that I always have in my fridge- it has a long life so it makes a great staple ingredient. As well as a healthy snack spread on crackers, or topping for a jacket potato, it has fantastic ...

Easy mushroom soup

Mushroom soup is a real winner because it's so quick and easy to do, but the flavour of the mushrooms gives it an incredible deep and savoury flavour that isn't usually easy to achieve in such a quick soup. I've opted for chestnut mushrooms for this as they have a strong flavour that is perfect for soup. I added a little sage into this, I didn't want it to be an overpowering flavour, just a hint. I love sage as it's so hardy it grows really well out in the garden without any maintenance and ...

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 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 ...