Recipe – Easy Ginger Biscuits

These really are easy with five ingredients and one saucepan. Jack loves measuring out all the ingredients and of course eating the result! For 12 biscuits, you will need: 60g margarine 60g golden caster sugar 60g golden syrup 120g self-raising flour 1 teaspoon ground ginger Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and grease a baking…

Recipe – Chocolate Sandwich Cake

Jack’s favourite food is chocolate cake. He always sasy this when you ask him, before adding sausages and mash, pasta and pies to his list! And in all honesty, who doesn’t like chocolate cake? This is a simple base recipe for a chocolate sponge which I’ve turned into a proper sandwich cake with butter icing…

Recipe – Halloween Ginger Ghost Biscuits

Family baking should always include your favourites and these combine my wife’s favourites of ginger biscuits and marshmallows in a creative twist perfect for Halloween. For 12 biscuits, you will need: 60g margarine 60g golden caster sugar 60g golden syrup 120g self-raising flour 1 teaspoon ground ginger 12 standard sized marshmallows Black food colour gel…

Recipe – Halloween Scary Monster Fingers

Halloween is full of blood and gross stuff, these are no exception but the great thing is that they are a really simple biscuit, it’s the decoration that makes it and kids will love making them look at gross as possible! For around a dozen biscuits, you will need: 130g softened unsalted butter 70g golden…

Recipe – Halloween Rice Krispy Pumpkins

These are great fun, kids loves rice krispy cakes and this version for Halloween is easy but a bit different with the extra decoration needed. For 12-15 you will need: 150g mini marshmallows  50g unsalted butter or margarine 120g Rice Krispies Orange food colouring Black food colour gel pen Orange Matchmakers In a large microwaveable…

Recipe – Family Fish Pie

Fish is so good for us all, especially kids. The right fish can be full of Omega 3 and ‘good oils’, making it proper bones and brain food! But how to get your boys and girls to eat fish without resorting to fish fingers?! This fish pie recipe will suit the whole family, a good…

How To – Roast Chicken

Good roast chicken is incredible. Juicy meat, crispy skin, the whole family love it. But chicken doesn’t have the luxury of layers of fat like beef or pork that would self-baste so with a little effort, you can avoid dryness and achieve brilliant roast chicken every time. I always follow the time guidelines that are…

Recipe – Banana Loaf Cake

I experiment a lot in our kitchen, not always successfully! Obviously I look at recipes online and then adjust them or embellish them to my own taste, however sometimes a recipe is so perfect there is little adjustment to do. We love banana loaf and Mary Berry’s recipe is spot on, so here’s that recipe,…

How To – Mash Potato

Mash potato isn’t hard, but how do you get that amazing mash you get in restaurants or in the US? Well, I have my Aunty Milly to thank for teaching me how the Americans do their mash, which is actually whipped. For a family of four, take 1.5kg of potatoes, peel and boil in a…

Recipe – Chocolate and Coconut Flapjacks

Flapjacks are easy peasy and incredibly versatile. They can be dairy free, you can add any fruity or nutty extras and, like in this recipe, dip them in chocolate for a super treat. There is some hot saucepan work involved but your kids will love mixing up the oats and putting them in the tin….

Recipe – Cottage Pie

It’s that time of year when you want something properly wholesome and warming for your family dinner. You can’t beat a Shepherd’s Pie (made with minced lamb) or a Cottage Pie (made with beef) like this. Serves 4-6. You will need: 750g minced beef 400ml beef stock 2 red onions (or swap for a large…

Recipe – Banana Chocolate Muffins

Do you know, we throw away a lot of our food. Some things, like bread, can see as much as 40% of what we buy ending up in the bin. Bananas are not far behind. In our house, it’s rare we throw away bananas as they make such a fantastic ingredient for a huge variety…