Cooking Archive

Coeliac Disease and the Gluten Free Diet

The term disease is an unfortunate one as there is nothing contagious about this condition, making it difficult for newly diagnosed young people.  The Coeliac UK website explains exactly what this condition is:  “Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease. Gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and

How to hold a fabulous fairy party – part one

Where has the time gone? I am sorry I have been so quiet for such a long time – a small short list of excuses involve trying to sell / buy houses, visiting in laws, visiting friends, poorly parents and occasional sunshine and school fun! I guess

Freshen up your food!

I have just bought a Breville hand mixer, pistachio coloured – which makes me smile every time I look at it. If an appliance makes you happy you’re definitely onto a winner! For its first outing I decided to let the children whizz up their own pizza

Is your summer salad making you fat?

New year’s resolutions a distant memory; another failure chalked up on your board of self depreciation? Side stepping bike riding or taking country walks, preferring to stay indoors snuggled in winter clothes using the unseasonally damp, cold late spring weather as an excuse? “I’ll start once the

Summer Smoothies

This summer, in the UK, we’ve been blessed with some beautiful warm and sunny weather, perfect for barbecues and al fresco dining. When we feel too hot and sticky we often don’t want to eat much yet feel the need for something other than water to rehydrate.

Sunshine on a Plate

‘The woman who puts sunshine on a plate’, is the complementary, and utterly deserved, title given to 2012 MasterChef winner Shelina Permalloo in this month’s (August) edition of Red magazine. Evoking sunshine from a dish draws us closer to pleasurable memories; of warmth, long summers, holidays and

Introducing the Easter smush cookie

Did you have a great Easter? We did, but as usual, it has meant that my kids have now got a CRAZY amount of chocolate to work their way though! I have devised a bit of a cheeky tactic to use some of it up FAST so

10 ways to SPRING into SPRINGTIME!

Finally for those of us here in the UK the temperatures seem to be increasing and Jack Frost is packing his bags and leaving us to get excited and to start enjoying my favourite season SPRING! Yippee!  I love the fact it is lighter in the evenings,

10 Top Tips…to help your kids to LOVE food

Today I went along with the 66 kids which make up Beas reception (kindergarten) class to a local Chinese restaurant. They have all been learning about Chinese new year and brilliantly the teachers thought it would be a fun trip to take the kids to all taste

Don’t forget the baking powder (and other mummy mishaps!)

One afternoon last week, in a whirlwind of floral-aproned domesticity and inspired by a new jar of luxury lemon curd I set about impressing my kids with not one, but two batches of lemon cakes.  Undeterred by the lack of self-raising flour in my cupboard, I continued