Diet Coke chicken

This recipe is really tasty. So tasty in fact that you’ll find it hard to believe that it is syn free on slimming world. It is super easy to make and tastes just as though it has come out of a packet. And with only a handful of ingredients, it’s just as easy. Ingredients 1…

Recipe: Festive chocolate fudge

I’m a bit of an early bird, and love getting ready for Christmas weeks (and even months in advance). I must admit that I started my Christmas shopping this weekend! This festive inspired recipe is the perfect treat to give away as a quick and simple present that doesn’t cost the earth. Even better is that…

Recipe: Alcoholic chocolate brownies

You can probably see that my train of thought of the last few weeks has definately been centered around brownies… I’ve just had a LOT of cravings for chocolate! This one is an adult version, and I think it is fair to say they are they most delicious brownies I have ever tasted: no modesty intended!…

Recipe: Chocolate Brownie Cake

The recipe is pretty much the same as a normal brownie, however the seperation of the eggs and whisking of the egg whites used in this one, however faffy, gives it that perfect brownie gooeyness. I find it easier to serve as a cake rather than pieces of brownie, but you could also use this…

Recipe: Wholemeal banana bread

I love sweet things, particularly banana bread, but have been trying to cut down my calories recently. Disappointed with what the shops could offer I set about making my own ‘healthier’ alternative to traditional banana bread. This one is around 125 calories a slice (I cut my bread into 16ths- width slices x 8 and…

Recipe: Meatball risotto

I have been stocking up on great one-pot recipes for a while now for several reasons. A) less washing up, and B) no wasting any great flavours.

Review: The Big Family Cooking Showdown

Since Love Productions controversially sold the Great British Bake Off to Channel 4 earlier this year, the BBC have been planning their replacement. Last week they unveiled their first episode which I unfortunately missed (not sure how I wasn’t aware it was on) but I did manage to tune into this week’s instalment. Just like…

Recipe: Perfect Afternoon Tea Scones

I made these scones as a quick fix to take away to Norfolk on a family holiday a couple of weeks ago. They’re cheap to make and don’t take a great amount of time, but taste lovely piled high with clotted cream and jam, and served with a glass of bubbly. This recipe makes about…

Review: My Relationship with Food by Lisa Roukin

From first glance, My Relationship with Food looks like any other cookbook. It has great photography and looks clean and slick. But it’s so much more than just that. Written by Lisa Roukin, a Le Cordon Bleu chef, the book not only includes great recipes, but gives an insight into Lisa’s personal challenges around body…

Recipe: Pulled Pork Enchiladas

Although I’m not massively keen on spice, I have always been a fan of Mexican food. It’s versatile, tasty, and a crowd-pleaser. I really love enchiladas, and they make a really easy meal. You can make ahead and reheat too if you want. This recipe includes it’s own enchilada sauce which is particularly yummy and…

Recipe: Blackberry cupcakes

There are loads of blackberries around at the moment on hedgerows just waiting to be picked, and I’ve been looking for a way to use them all up. I made a gluten free version of these by substituting the self-raising flour for wheat free flour. Ingredients 150 g blackberries 100 g baking spread or butter…

Best cocktail bars in Nottingham

Confession… I love cocktails almost as much as baking. Although, I know if you know me well, that won’t come as a surprise! I thought, therefore, that listing my favourite haunts in Nottingham would make a good blog post, particularly as I keep getting asked for my opinions on the matter. That must mean I…