Meatball lasagne

A most welcome refuel after a gorgeous fam ride 🚴‍♀️this afternoon in the white peak. It sounds idyllic but 4K in and a snapped chain for me 🙈 Mr H had to bike it back home to get the car and bring his mtb for me to ride – so I won’t be able to…

Crispy shredded duck burgers with plum sauce and a cucumber & spring onion slaw

In your face Chinese takeaway, lockdown Saturday nights just got proper lit !!! Slow cooked tongue tingling Sichuan pepper rubbed crispy duck, a totally from scratch unctuous plum sauce and some rather saucy homemade brioche buns or baps 😜 🤣 that teen was not impressed with 😝🙈 who said lockdown saturdays weren’t fun?! The gorgeous…

Sausage, spinach and ricotta cannelloni

Had this one in my head for a while but I knew it meant making fresh cannelloni as absolutely nada chance of buying anything resembling a cannelloni in the shops. Also zero chance of getting ‘00’ flour so was proper winging it with just plain flour and eggs. It was surprisingly easy given the hurdles…

Sourdough pizza base

The boys requested pizza so how could I refuse..so I went about adapting a sourdough recipe to make these beauties. We shared a Fiorentina, a Spanish tapas meat & chilli onion relish one, a Hawaiian one and a margherita and sweetcorn 🤢 one (Max’s!) . All demolished.For the base I used a mix of sourdough…

Spanish stuffed spuds!

A real belleh warmer to soften those early dark night blues. This was a totally yummy protein packed foodie experiment, filled with sunny Spanish favours of chorizo, saffron, paprika and tomatoes. I added chickpeas and red pepper too for that nutritional boost. This would also be ace with sweet potatoes omitting the chorizo for a…

Lighter lentil moussaka

A big mumma win tonight with this veggie delight! Lots of veggies, blitzed or chopped finely so they almost melt into the lentil sauce, with layers of potatoes and a delish low fat feta topping! Perfect for fooling the troops! Did it work? You bet!! clean plates all round! Recipe Serves 4-6, 7 smartpoints per…

Greek pulled pork pittas

In the pink tonight with these delish pulled pork and beetroot tzatziki pittas! Craving sunny flavours on a dire autumn-like summers day, so thought I’d experiment pulled pork with one of my fave summer flavours; Greek lemon and herb. This is a hands-off dish using the slow cooker. Prepped in 5 mins, then left to…

Chilli meatball nachos

‘Nacho usual nachos’!!! sorry for the cheesy mum quote but it is Friyayyy after all, and we’ve survived the ever so hard first week back in work after hols – yay! Looked forward to experimenting and making these meatballs all week and they are super sneaky as they contain grated courgette and a tin of…

BBQ beef brisket, ranch slaw and Tex-Mex chips

‘Ooh get your laughing gear round that boys’ to quote my husband!! The Slow cooker ruled the day today as footy, hairdressers and shopping beckoned! All prepared in 20 mins tops in my dressing gown and then left to cook low and slow all day! All I then had to do was pop it in…

Beef & beer slice

👀Nothing to see here Gregg’s bakery nothing to see 👀… except that my steak bake is bigger than yours!! My boys love a cheeky steak bake so thought I’d treat to them this mahoosive beef and beer slice version! It literally filled the entire baking tray! Made with simple ready made puff pastry and 3.5hr…

lighter greek meatball & jersey royal one Pot

Along with blood oranges, figs, and asparagus, Jersey Royals are one of my  fave fresh produce. So when I saw this recipe in this months bbcgoodfood magazine, I just had to try, adapting it to make it more healthier with hidden veg, and more hands off being oven baked. Super tasty and full of mediterranean…

chilli stuffed jacket potatoes

We love chilli and we love jacket potatoes so I fancied mixing it up tonight with these chilli stuffed jacket spuds! Made with lean mince beef, packed full of beans and plenty of hidden veg this is nutritious but kid friendly with just a hint of heat. The chilli can be made in advance or…