Camp Bestival Planning

Mojitos for tomorrow night and in an ideal world all we would need is three things: Tequila, salt and limes, we wouldn't need anything else to get us through the weekend as no food would be required or remembered. However, we have children so that's not going to happen *sighs wistfully*.

Christmas Gifts - how to save/spend a fortune on useless stuff

I draw the line at utterly ridiculous foodie gifts....no self respecting food lover would ever touch these.
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Gingerbread - low carb, sugar free, gluten free

Not entirely sugar free as there is a tablespoon of treacle in the recipe, hwoever, the gingerbread is soft not crisp and it tastes really good. My husband and children ate it without flinching, said they preferred the original ginger snap recipe but this was good. Praise indeed.
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Coconut Macaroons - low carb, low sugar

I love coconut, good job as it's a fantastic ingredient to use for making low carb and sugar free recipes. This one has the additional of chocolate chips (ups the carb and sugar rating though)
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Black Bean Brownies - low carb, sugar, gluten and dairy free

High in protein, low carbs, low GI, sugar free, dairy free and gluten free but they do contain nuts. They taste fantastic and almost fooled my children
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Raw Chocolate Coconut Bars aka Sugar Free Bounty Bars

I'm trying hard to wean myself off sugar (again) but I have such a sweet tooth it's torture. Therefore I've been experimenting with sugar free, low carb sweet fixes, one of them are these lovely raw chocolate coconut bars

Purple sprouting broccoli and pistachio pesto

Purple sprouting broccoli is in season in the Autumn and Winter in England and it's packed full of vitamins and minerals which are not lost as you don't cook it in this recipe so you have heaps of raw veg which tastes fantastic

Chocolate Lipsticks

My middle daughter is 15 years old tomorrow, so I figured this was a good excuse to have a go at making chocolate lipsticks.

Roast tomato, chicken and lentil soup

This soup was made up from leftovers in my fridge. A few sad looking tomatoes and red peppers, left over chicken from a Sunday roast and some lentils to add extra protein. It was delicious.

Slow Roast Shoulder of Lamb with a Moroccan Twist

This is a fabulously easy meal that is equally good for a midweek family meal, Sunday lunch or supper for friends.

Don't wash raw chicken - Food Safety Week

The most common cause of food poisoning is caused by the Campylobacter bug. You can't see, it taste it or smell it, if you've ever had campylobacter food poisoning you'll never forget it. The groups at the highest risk are children under 5 years old and people over 60 years.