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Cauliflower and Lentil Curry

We've been eating a lot more veggie meals lately and this Cauliflower and Lentil Curry recipe was one that went down particularly well with the family, even with my fussy soon to be 7 year old. The cauliflower florets are fried first giving them a bit of colour, before adding them into the creamy coconut and coriander sauce. The addition of the red lentils helps to bulk the curry out and make it nice and filling, especially when you serve it like I do with naan bread and rice. I know what you're thinking... double carbs, but you can't have a curry without them can you?
If you fancy making the curry a bit on the hotter side you could add a chopped red chilli along with the onion and garlic in Step 1, but I know my kids wouldn't have appreciated that! Mildly spiced and fragrant is the way to go in this house if you want everyone to eat it. Hubby just chucks on LOADS of chilli sauce to satisfy his cravings. He goes through bottles and bottles of the stuff and even slathe…

Meal Plan 31st October - 6th November 2016

Rory (middle one) turns 7 on Tuesday! Where does the time go? We took him and a few of his friends to a Indoor Trampoline Park in Barnstaple on Friday where they had a fun afternoon of bouncing, followed by a McDonald's. I was hoping they might go for the pizza option for tea but unfortunately not! I think reading Fast Food Nation when I was at Uni put me off for life so I can't say I really enjoyed it (I had a Garlic Mayo Chicken Wrap) - Rory and his friends did though so that's all that matters.

On a more blog related note my new camera lens turned up on Saturday, so in between raking up a mountain of leaves in the garden I managed to squeeze in a bit of photography. It's a 50mm Canon Prime lens and it's going to make a huge difference to me in winter with the poor light. The Brownie picture below was taken at 4pm with no extra artificial light so it will increase my photo taking time considerably (much needed when I only really have weekends to photograph food …

Mission Deli Turning Pink For Breast Cancer Care

I’ve got two delicious recipes using Mission Deli wraps to share with you today, developed by food writer and stylist Rosie Birkett for the Breast Cancer Care's #FriendshipUnwrapped campaign.
For the third year running, Mission Deli has pledged to support Breast Cancer Care by turning their Original wrap packs pink and pledging todonate £50,000 from the sales of their packs to the charity throughout October. As the theme of the campaign is all around friendship, they've partnered with Rosie Birkett to create some lovely sharing recipes, perfect for an evening in with the girls, all with lots of lovely hints of pink.


The recipe's are super tasty so why not pledge your own support to the cause and get the girlies round this Friday night for a catch up and giggle whilst tucking into one of these fab recipes.
SPICED APPLE TART
Using two wraps layered up with butter and baked makes for an ingeniously easy pastry alternative for the base of this tart.


Ingredients 2 apples, cored, quar…

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

This Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken recipe is the perfect dish for feeding a crowd. I'm going to be making a big batch to take to our friends fireworks party on the 5th November, cooking it on low during the day at home and then taking it over (crockpot and all) to our friends house to plug in there. Leaving it on the warm setting it will happily sit there all evening and with some split white rolls and a bit of salad and coleslaw, you've got the savoury food sorted. You might be interested to hear that for dessert I'll be making some more Toffee Apple Candy Tiffin to share, this time WITH the popping candy (I managed to find some over the border in Devon). I'll let you know what reaction that gets from people, especially the kids.

Back to this recipe and the homemade BBQ sauce I make here is really quick and easy, with most of the ingredients already in your kitchen cupboards. However, if you don't want to be bothered with making up a homemade sauce I recently go…

The Search Is On For Britain's Most Fruitful Family

Family time is precious, we all know that, but with parents often exhausted at the end of a working day and children focused on gadgets we forget to spend just five minutes together.  Nature’s Finest is on a mission to find and champion families who use simple solutions or life hacks to ensure time is spent together, through the campaign ‘Britain’s Most Fruitful Family’. The campaign is being run on their Facebook page and is asking families to send in the life hacks that help them to spend more time together as a family, encouraging others to try the same and embrace a fruit-ful lifestyle. The campaign will run from 24th October through to the 28th November and the winning family with the best life hack will receive £1,000 worth of Sainsbury’s vouchers – ideal just before Christmas when food shopping bills get bigger! Make sure you pop along to their facebook page to enter but before you do, let me tell you about my top 5 fruit-ful life hacks.


Top 5 Fruit-ful Life Hacks
1.Changing my wo…

Meal Plan 24th - 30th October 2016

The kids are very pleased half term is finally here as they have been super cranky and tired for the last week or so. Unfortunately I still have to work the day job so hubby and grandparents are doing the childcare duties instead. If hubby is left in charge of cooking meals you can guarantee they will be simple! A couple of years ago he managed to grill my lovingly made lasagne. I returned from work to find him puzzled as to what had gone wrong and I ended up having to scrape the top half of the lasagne off and put it back in the oven (not the grill!) before it was edible.

Rather more exciting news is that I'll be doing some recipe development work with a local cornish company. All will be revealed soon but lets just say I'll be knee deep in eggs, sugar, flour and fudge for the foreseeable future. As ever, I'll be tweeting and Instagramming my endeavours in the kitchen so make sure you're following if you'd like to have a nosy.

Right, here's the plan for the w…

Blood Soup with Cheesy Witches Fingers

If you're like me and... how shall I put this... artistically challenged (see my hilarious attempt at Halloween Skeletons as a prime example), then this is most definitely the Halloween recipe for you! Quick, easy, tasty and fun - it ticks all the boxes and I guarantee your kids will be impressed.

Unfortunately, not only do I lack the patience but also the raw artistic talent to produce anything close to the amazing Halloween foodie creations I see on Pinterest. I can make lovely tasting food, but struggle to make things look aesthetically pleasing, especially when it comes to themed recipes. Judging by my past attempts, Halloween appears to be a particular problem for me! Yeah, go on, give yourself a laugh and look at my Halloween Skeletons again!


So, this year I'm not even going to attempt anything complicated. Instead, I've bought some Halloween themed cupcake cases and I'll make some easy cupcakes with a slime green icing, simply by adding green food colouring to …

Meal Plan 17th - 23rd October 2016

We enjoyed a well earned takeaway on Friday night with friends. We don't have takeaways very often due to living 6 miles away from the nearest, but it had been an incredibly busy week so it was certainly well deserved. The usual Saturday baking was done yesterday including fairy cakes and cookies and then we enjoyed some homemade 'ghost pizza's' for lunch.

Another super busy week so easy meals planned but thankfully we have half term to look forward to next week! Before we know it Christmas will be here....

Monday 17th October
Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne

Tuesday 18th October
Leftover Chilli pasta Bake with Salad

Wednesday 19th October
Homemade Chicken Kievs, Sweet Potato Mash, Peas and Carrots

Thursday 20th October
Bacon and Brie Panini's and Homemade Coleslaw

Friday 21st October
Veggie Stir Fry with Noodles

Saturday 22nd October
Roast Chicken, Cauliflower and Broccoli Cheese, Stuffing, Potatoes

Sunday 23rd October
Leftover Roast Chicken and Pea Risotto

Chocolate Honeycomb Salted Caramel Cheesecake

It's no secret that I'm a sucker for a cheesecake. If I'm eating out and there is a cheesecake on the menu, I WILL make room for it and any ensuing indigestion is well worth it in my opinion. Similarly, if you turn up at my house on a high day or holiday you'll find a homemade cheesecake being served. I just never get bored of them and have been known to polish off a slice for breakfast on occasion. One of my all time favourite cheesecake recipes is a baked raspberry one that gets an outing several times a year at the request of friends and family. Despite my tried and tested recipe, I thought it was about time that I developed something new to add to my cheesecake repertoire.

This no bake Chocolate Honeycomb Salted Caramel Cheesecake was by all accounts a bit of a revelation.... in taste and looks! It's definitely got the WOW factor and I'm very glad I decided to 'branch out'.

The base of the cheesecake is made from crushed milk chocolate digestive bis…

Toffee Apple Candy Chocolate Tiffin

I do love a no bake chocolate slice like this and my Toffee Apple Candy Chocolate Tiffin recipe is going to be your must make sweet treat for Bonfire Night. With all of your favourite flavours of the 5th November in one decadent bite, including toffee apples (with Toffee Crisp bitesize, Werthers Chewy Toffee's and dried apple), ginger (crushed gingernut biscuits), honeycomb (Crunchie bars - my favourite) and lots and lots of chocolate, I guarantee this indulgent and rich chocolate tiffin recipe is going to be the star of the show. Without wanting to blow my own trumpet (modest, me!) it's definitely one of the best no bake sweet treats I've ever made (as good as my Mini Egg version for Easter).... although thanks to the chewy toffee you may want to issue a dental warning with it -  especially to anyone with dentures!




If you're hosting a Fireworks party this year (or going to a friends display) I guarantee this will go down with a bang. If you were really brave you coul…

Meal Plan 10th - 16th October 2016

The weekends seem to roll around very quickly don't they? It was the usual Saturday morning cooking and cleaning yesterday with a trip to the circus in the afternoon, which was actually surprisingly entertaining (I wont lie - I'm not really a circus person but the kids badgered me all week to take them). We sat down to watch the England match when we got home and I had a Home and Away and Neighbours t.v. binge with a few glasses of vino last night - my guilty pleasure! Sometimes you've just go to haven't you....

It's the start of National Chocolate Week tomorrow, so watch out for a few chocolatey recipes appearing on the blog over the next few days! You're going to love them. Here's what's on the menu this week...


Monday 10th October
Minced Beef Cobbler with Peas and Carrots

Tuesday 11th October
Spaghetti Carbonara

Wednesday 12th October
Pea and Cheddar Risotto

Thursday 13th October
Frittata and Sweet Potato Wedges

Friday 14th October
Takeaway with friends

S…

Creamy Cornish Cider Chicken

What a revelation this simple supper was. We actually enjoyed this creamy cider chicken for Saturday lunch last weekend (mainly because I needed to photograph it in the daylight), but whatever time of day you decide to eat it (and it tastes particularly good the next day) I guarantee it will knock your socks off. For such a simple easy meal it packs a punch in flavour, largely down to the cider sauce. I find using cider in savoury dishes a bit like using wine, some vinegar and a pinch of sugar all at the same time! It gives dishes, especially meat dishes, a wonderful richness that you just can't get when using wine alone. Add cream to the mix too and....well, that takes it to the next level of deliciousness.

Living in the glorious south west where cider is most definitely king, I admit to having sampled many varieties in my 33 years, including the 'rough stuff' down at the beach in my under age youth (anyone remember White Lightening?). The cider I used in this recipe tho…