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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

Baby Shark has joined the bath time routiner

Baby Shark is one more step to house takeover now that his daddy has been introduced to the household. This time, via the bath. Yep, I’ve only gone and done it – I’ve bought one of the toys available online to entertain our mini humans and annoy the older ones. I bought this on Amazon,…

Finger-Lickin’ BBQ Ribs

Sam went a little ribs crazy in Tesco the other day. I love ribs even though they can rarely have much meat in them. But the small amount of meat that is on them are so succulent and delicious, it really needs to be celebrated in every bite. Bank holiday Monday was spoke to be…

Kicky Chicken

Chicken is delicious you can do so much and whip up something so flavoursome with so many different ingredients. I had some chicken breasts I needed to use and the regional plan was to make a few chicken breasts, have one myself with some fries and salad and that would be it. Sam could have…

Laundry – the never ending story

I’m serious. Why?! It’s definitely up there with the sock gremlin that steals the matches to the other friggin socks in this house. It just never ends. There’s no escaping it. Even when you’re think you’re done, you’re not. There’s never just an empty basket of washing. Or if there is, it’s a sick twisted…