Extra veg, veg sauce

If, like me, you sometimes struggle to get your kids to eat more veg then this is a great trick that I use at least twice a week. Either as a pasta sauce or on top of a pizza baguette, with extra veg of course! 2 carrots1/2 butternut squash1 onion2 handfuls of kale or spinach3…

If you go down to the woods today….

We are so lucky that the village school our children attend has their own forest school. They are a small school on a big adventure and it was one of the reasons we chose it for our kids. It’s Arthur’s turn for the next two terms. Each Thursday they walk to the forest and spend…

Easy rocky road

Is there anything more simple and divine than rocky road. I love that you can play around and add your favourite things. I simply have to make mine with Brazil nuts – chocolate and Brazil nuts are a marriage made in mouthwatering heaven as far as I’m concerned. 200g of chocolate (I use half dark…

Hearty vegetable soup

I love soup and I’m always trying to find ways of getting more vegetables into my children and soup is a great one. Especially when they get to dunk in some buttered crusty baguette.With the leftovers I like to make them into a lovely puff pastry pie (see end note). 1 onion, chopped1 clove of…

Back to school

So that’s it, it’s all finally over now that the kids have gone back to school. I’m not one of those mums that gets excited by this, I find it as hard as the children do. I hate the house being so quiet. No little person following me constantly asking for a snack, no one…

Bread sauce

300g of unsliced farmhouse white bread, cut into thick slices and left to go stale overnight.1 brown onion cut into big bite sized chunks75g of unsalted butter4 black peppercorns6 cloves1 star anise2 bay leaves1/2 nutmeg, freshly grated300ml channel island creamy milkSalt and pepper • start by gently frying the onion pieces in a knob of…

A time for reflection

Now that the celebrations have come to a close I like to take some time to reflect on what worked and what really didn’t warrant the extra work. Firstly, the turkey, the star of the show and wow, for the first time we had a sublime KellyBronze. Over the years I have bought free range,…

A little sparkle

Well it’s New Year’s Eve and the dawn of a new decade. What better way of toasting the chimes than with a poinsettia cocktail. There are a plethora of versions but this is my favourite one. 25ml blood orange Cointreau 50ml cranberry juice 100ml (or until your champagne flute is full) prosecco, cava or your…

Blowing out the cobwebs

By now, even the most ardent christmas supporters (myself included) are probably more than a little tired of turkey and ham leftovers. Either thinking up something new to do with them, eating them or, more than likely, both. So If like me you are still feeling rather stuffed and bloated and your waist line has…