Cheat’s macaroni cheese

My daughter’s favourite meal is mac and cheese and there’s been an occasion when she’s put in a request and I just haven’t had time to knock one together.  Fortunately, my mother came round and […]

Cheese and bacon savoury muffins

I’ve seen countless savoury muffin recipes and have no idea why I’ve not tried one until now.  Probably because my sweet tooth always associates muffins with sugar.  I’ll confess to not liking sandwiches.  It’s an […]

Faithful brownies

These are my fail-safe emergency brownies.  If I’m having company or have been asked to prepare something for guests at the last minute, this is usually my go to recipe.  It never, ever lets me […]

Brown rice syrup

Brown rice syrup, also branded as rice malt syrup, is a runny sweetener like honey and is sold in jars. It is more generally found in Chinese or health food shops rather than in basic […]

Lush hot chocolate

If you’re a traditionalist you can add some whipped cream and marshmallows to increase the indulgence value.  I’ve recently discovered the wonders of a slug of rum added to hot chocolate (apparently quite popular with […]

Sunday roast one-pan chicken

This is often my preferred alternative to a Sunday roast which is just as simple to prepare and only needs the addition of some greens to beef up the portions.  If, like me, you have […]

Naughty flapjack

Rather like our cookies, these rely on a little coconut oil indulgence.  These are surprisingly healthy flapjacks if you’re trying to avoid dairy and refined sugars but if you find any of the ingredients hard […]

Oatmeal

The oat (Avena sativa), sometimes referred to as the common oat, is a cereal grain plant producing seeds known as “groats”. When these are crushed, or forced through steel rollers, they become rolled oats, or oatmeal, […]

Oatmeal, raisin and coconut cookies

This is the recipe that first turned me on to the wonders of coconut oil.  I’ll confess a liking for the chocolate chip cookie dough that you can get from Pizza Hut (essentially a hot, […]

Sweet potatoes

The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) is native to the tropical parts of North America and is also known in some parts of the world as a yam or a kumara. It is not the same as […]

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