rhubarb, blood orange & cardamom crumble

The weather was baltic outside today, with cold sleety snow flurries all day so we decided to make a little baked crumble treat to have after dinner, a healthier version of course!  Yorkshire forced rhubarb is currently in season and I can’t resist their vibrant pink colour. Paired with in-season blood oranges, you’ve not only…

blood orange + almond cake

We all deserve a treat every now and again, and when I saw these stunning Ippolito blood oranges, which are currently in season, I just couldn’t resist. I was going to make a simple orange and poppy seed loaf but that wouldn’t do these beautiful fruit any justice, and I wanted to showcase their amazing…

slow cooked pork rendang 

Not your normal Sunday evening recipe,  but I had kinda messed up with our plans this weekend and had 2 pork fillets that needed to be eaten today. Just don’t tell the boys it is national Yorkshire Pudding day as they will be gutted! Bring on this healthy makeover of a rendang. Even though it…

squash, courgette + ricotta cannelloni 

I was really looking forward to experimenting with this perfect Friday supper. I expected it to be easy, fairly quick but special enough to kick off the weekend!  Unfortunately due to the ‘veg crisis’ I couldn’t get loose courgettes, however I could get both spiralised squash and courgette, which in hindsight was great because it…

lighter swedish meatballs + gravy

I fell in love with these little beauties when I first visited Sweden with work years ago, but never attempted to make them until now.  Of course this is a healthier, lower fat version but still as tasty and easy to make. Best of all we don’t have to visit IKEA anymore for our meatball…

fish, leek + watercress bake

After the decadence and richness of last nights fabulous Burn’s supper which included haggis, cranachan and Drambuie cheesecake, an infusion of lighter food is needed today!  This fish bake can be rustled up quickly and delivers an overdose of folate and flavour!  Served with mash and plenty of greens (I especially love lemon and olive…

piri piri chicken burgers + avocado

This may look dirty but it certainly isn’t! It’s just proper tasty and full of moist marinated chicken, avocado and salad. Not only tasty but filling too and so big you’ll wonder how you’ll eat it, but you will! Comes in at a very cheap 12 smart points too. Perfect for a cosy Friday night…

quickie chicken noodle soup

Brrrrrrr – We are well under the thumb of winter here in Narnia this evening as it’s hitting -6!!  Both boys have been out in it with after-school activities and are in need of a serious warming up before they head on to the next activity! Thursday evenings are crazy and therefore dinner has be…

lighter lancashire hotpot 

I do love Sundays. Nothing better than a little lie-in with a lovely brekkie, followed by a walk in the peaks and a onepot comforting dinner to come home to.  Not feeling it today though as I’m suffering with unwanted leg pain (whether I’m heading towards a relapse or the teeny bit of dancing I…

cinnamon + banana oat pancakes with blueberry compote

A gorgeous Sunday morning breakfast, much needed after celebrating a lovely friends 40th birthday last night!  Full of fuel for a day of entertaining the 7 year old, this is a quick and easy breakfast that all the family will enjoy! Mrs H x Serves 1, smartpoints 6 20 g oats 1 egg 1/4 teaspoon…

chicken katsu + japanese salad

Woohoo it’s Friyay! It has been a very long week and I’ve really been looking forward to getting home and having some time to test this ‘fakeaway’ recipe. I find cooking hugely therapeutic and relaxing, and for me it stirs those busy weekday troubles away. My boys love a fruity curry and they were weaned…

broccoli, spinach + chive soup

Even with the awful forecast for today we just had to escape cabin fever and get out for a quick walk and re-energise. We are so very lucky to have such stunning walks around the Peak District, just minutes away from home and one of our favorites is Macclesfield forest. Even on a cold and wet…