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Easter Eton Mess

Want to wow the kids / your family and friends with an Easter dessert, but got neither the time nor the brain bandwidth to do something fancy? You need Easter Eton Mess. Eton Mess has long been a favourite dessert of mine, both to eat and to make. Well especially to make because, in short,

Mexican Food Fast

Yummy Mexican food definitely a good thing. Soaking beans and chopping piles of chillies and herbs you've let go soggy - very soggy! - at the bottom of the fridge, not so much! I don't know about you, but in my house, Mexican food had become yet another discarded item on the heap of "stuff I did before motherhood" ... ... until that is I discovered this clever trick that really does let you cook Mexican food fast without faff!...

Super Green Soup

Make soup? It comes out of a tin doesn't it? Or a carton if you're lucky. Why on earth bother to make soup I hear you bellow, when you're beyond frazzled and have precisely 10 zillion things to do by yesterday? Well, because this super soup gives you an instant feel-less-frazzled boost. (And that's not just

Quick Healthy School Day Breakfast Ideas

School day breakfast is a big thing in our house, mainly because I'm obsessed, with M going to school with a well balanced meal inside her tummy. To me thats a healthy breakfast, with a good mix of protein and carbs, that's  super low on sugar. Brain-food, to keep her focused in class and swerving blood sugar crashes. That said, it's hard to always come up with the goods at breakfast time. I noticed my repertoire of yummy school day breakfast ideas dwindled towards the end of the last school term. So, I put myself together a school day breakfast cheat sheet, that I can use to keep myself motivated and, hopefully, ahead of the curve for this school year. ...

Save Money on Family Food

How on earth do you save money on family food when it feels like all the family could eat a horse - each! - on a daily basis? It really racks up, doesn't it? And that's before you add in those too-tired-to-cook takeaways and I-just-don't-have-time ready meals. Plus coffee and lunches and snacks and whatever when you're out and about ......

How To Bulk Freeze Mashed Potatoes

Loads of our fave family recipes involve lovely, creamy mashed potatoes. Shepherds pie, fish pie and fish cakes are some of my daughter's top meals. And personally I love stomach lining gnocchi ... home made from a big heap of mashed potatoes ... and slathered in cheese sauce. And mashed potatoes are simple, right?...

Freezer Food Storage

OK I admit it, I am in love with my freezer! I could not get food on the table without it. And it saves me a heap of time AND money. But it's not exactly what you'd call organized. I have some total essentials that get used up quickly but quite a bit goes in there never again to see the light of day. Until I am rooting around and find something 7 months old, am totally unsure whether it's safe to eat so and chuck it out just in case. Hmmm ... so much for saving money! ...

Time Saving Freezer Essentials

Like most mums I have freezer must haves. I bet you do too. And like me, I bet yours include chicken breasts, sausages, fish fingers, peas & ice cream :-) But the last few years I changed how I plan meals ... OK so I didn't used to plan at all ... and now I've got 12 new freezer essentials. These 12 are my new must haves because week in week out they save so much time & money. They are my secret weapsons for getting food on the table fast ... and for totally cutting the amount we waste ... ...

Summer Picnic Food For Kids

Summer is here. My normal meal plans go out the window. I need simple, healthy stuff for all those ... day trip lunch boxes ... ... impromptu picnics in the park ... ... get the gang in for neighbourhood teas ... ... hitting the fab lido at the end of the road ... ... and jeeps I'm just too hot to cook moments! Which means lots of portable, eat with your hands stuff that little ones can wolf down in the few moments they are still. ...

Super Yummy Easy Appetizers

I love putting on parties. But I am my own worst enemy ... ... AND my mum's ... as I always plan too much complicated food and end up crazily cooking at 2am and will have inevitably roped her in. Then not everything gets eaten and I feel horribly guilty about the waste. Appetizers are ... of course! ... the way forward. First off they give the impressions of lots of food and choice without creating too much waste. Second, they let you cheat BIG time! ...

Cake Mix Cheats

My mum has never let a cake mix in her house. She's a purist about baking ... I'm not sure she ever even bought bread until after I'd left home! ... ... and I have to say I feel ever so slightly guilty about the very idea of using a cake mix. But there are days when something has to give! And cheating with a bit of the baking gives you the time to be that bit more creative as this fab collection of over 50 cake mix cheats shows ... ...