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…

Recipe: Homemade pizza

Pizza is always my go to take-away and when I’m feeling lazy I love nothing more than tucking into a massive goey margarita. But ordering one in can be super expensive, so I started experimenting with making my own. I always thought the dough took ages to make and I would never get it to…

Recipe: Strawberry, Prosecco and White Chocolate Cake

Do I really need to say anything about this cake? All your favourite things in one- of course it tastes delicious. Ingredients 125 g butter 125 g caster sugar 3 eggs 125 g self raising flour For the fillingĀ  6-8 tbsp strawberry jam For the frosting 125 g softened butter 330 g icing sugar 6…

Review: Cooking for Family and Friends by Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks has been on the cookbook scene for a couple of years now. His quick, easy and healthy recipes are a godsend when you get home tired from work, and having used all his previous three Lean in 15 books, I couldn’t wait to see what he had in store. The book (priced at…

Recipe: Passion fruit Cheesecake

This cheesecake is a little time consuming to make, but the results are worth it. The finished product is smooth, creamy and the perfect end to a dinner party. Ingredients 250 g digestive biscuits 125 g butter (melted) 500 g cream cheese 170 g caster sugar peel of one lemon (grated) 2 tbsp lemon juice…