Recipes, lots of them, all delicious


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*.

Tuscan Bean Soup with Pesto and Soda Bread

This is a fabulously healthy meal of a soup, great for cold days and a good way of using up vegetables in your veg box.

Almond Slices

This is a cake from my childhood. A mixture of sweet almond sponge mixed with raspberry jam and sweet shortcrust pastry is the epitome of English Afternoon Tea. Go on try it, it's worth it.

Berry Yoghurt Ice Lollies

Homemade ice lollies, lower in sugar and much healthier than the shop bought ones and just the ticket for this lovely hot weather we're having. The photo is of Rainbow Ice Lollies but you get the idea
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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

Plum and hazelnut mini pavlova or torte

The issue with this recipe is it's so good you don't want to make this when you're trying to cut down your sugar intake and think that your willpower is so good that you can cope with a 'bite', you can't.
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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

Chocolate Coconut Ice Lollies or Popsicles - sugar free, low carb

If you're trying to cut out sugar, reduce your carbs or just want to eat healthily these ice lollies are a great way to get your ice cream and chocolate fix.

Cinnamon Ice Cream with Lotus Biscoff crunch

I warn you, this is not a healthy ice cream recipe and it's dangerous moreish. It would be wonderful served with apple pie or crumble providing you can prevent the children from eating it all straight from the ice cream maker.

Creme Anglaise and Ice Cream Base

This is Creme Anglaise or Custard and is an ideal base to use for making all sorts of ice cream. Serve warm as Creme Anglaise or custard with puddings or chill and add the double cream to make an ice cream base.

Mini Pork Pies

There is a fabulous butchery chain in North Yorkshire called Newboulds who make the best pork pies on the planet, especially their Midgets. These are mini pork pies and I loved these growing up in Redcar, I still buy some when I'm up visiting friends and family