Spaghetti Bolognese on a budget

Cooking on a budget is possible when feeding the family. Everything in this dish was already in my cupboard. If you buy dried herbs they last longer, same as a pack of onions over the bigger 3-pack you get in supermarkets. You can use frozen onions and peppers if preferred and all the sauces and…

Channelling my inner 80s child.

Oh hey there… Sorry for my non-made up face, but this face isn’t caring. Because hello there Molly Ringwald kinda waves. I don’t care what you say, but this is pretty cool. It started with my mum coming down for the weekend. Which of course all of us loved, not as much as Emily though….

Time to talk about the worst kept secret.

Argh, what’s she saying? I think it’s time. Time to talk about the worst kept secret. It seems to be the talk in the press recently, but mainly for the wrong reasons. Whilst most brands are shouting from the rooftops it’s perfectly OK to wet yourself, when it isn’t, I for one am happy to…

Pork Ragu

This slow cooked minced Pork Ragu packs a punch with flavour and it’s just yummy. I’ve always made my ragu with beef & pork mince but as I didn’t have any beef mince this little winner was made instead. To be honest cooking a pork Ragu isn’t unheard off, the Italians have done it many…

Soft play on rainy days – what fresh hell is this?

Soft play. It’s two words dreaded by parents but loved by children of all ages. It’s a bizarre place where adults take their children in a desperate bid to exhaust themselves. This is what I did on Sunday. It chucked it down Saturday night and continued to do so throughout the morning. With mum down…

Greek Potatoes

These were delicious. I loved them so much, I’ve made them a few times since and still can’t get enough of them. Preparation: 20 minutes Roasting: 35-45 minutes  Ingredients:  • 1KG Potatoes, peeled, diced • 4 garlic cloves, minced • Salt and pepper to season • 3 tbsp dried oregano • 1/4 cup chicken broth…

Does baby brain still happen 2.5yrs later?

Is this just me or anyone else still carrying on with baby brain a few years since having their child? I’m genuinely interested. If not, I’m still cruising with it and I have no idea why! Before I had Emily I heard everyone talk about ‘baby brain,’ where new mums had the ability to completely…

Irish Sausage with Mushroom and Onion Gravy with Colcannon

 I hate waste, it’s something that’s been instilled in me since I was a kid. There is no need to waste, so why do it? So with my white cabbage, red cabbage, potatoes and spring onions I needed something to cook that will use up all three and what better way than to make the…

What’s with my frump life?

Since having Emily I’ve been guilty of something. I seem to have forgotten how to look after myself. I just don’t do much things for myself like I used to because I have so many other things that I need to do on a daily basis. My hair is always up in a ponytail, I…

Sea Bass with a Greek twist

For years fish never really did it for me. Even though my mum insisted it was healthy, I always said I hated fish. Weirdly a bad experience was for life and all I’d accept fish wise was fish fingers. Strange, seeing as some fish fingers aren’t exactly all fish. But, when I became pregnant, I…

Autumn Bucket List

Whilst the burning sun has refused to quit a few times over the last few weeks (I am not complaining!), I am so happy that autumn is here. The mornings and evenings are darker, crisp fresh air feels your lungs and the besutiful leaves litter the pavements in all their wonderful glory. Autumn is here…

Soy Roasted Carrots & Potatoes

One of my all-time favourite potato side dish recipes, is one that involves soy sauce. They just make the potato is absolutely divine. This is something I can play my mother. Being big lovers of potatoes anyway, adding soy sauce may seem mad, but it’s seriously not. I written before that soy potatoes are a…

I’m really looking forward to Christmas this year…

Emily’s 3 in December. That thought alone reminds me that time flies. It’s crazy to think it’s the last few years have flown in a blink of an eye. But with Emily turning 3, it’ll also mean Christmas will come with excitement, for the first time. Whilst last year she enjoyed it, she wasn’t sure…

Mix-Up Lasagne

A yummy lasagne using a mixture of ingredients with only one layer of pasta. Taking inspiration from Tom Kerridge’s “One Layer Lasagne” dish, I’ve created this yummy lasagne with a home made cheese sauce and delicious courgette as the second layer of ‘pasta.’ Yum, light and easy to make.  Preparation: 10 minutes Cooking: 45 minutes …