Beautifully Moist Banana, Walnut & Raisin Cake

It’s amazing the flavour you can get from one little banana, but that’s all that was in this cake and it is yummy. I was worried when I saw that I only had one banana in the fridge and thought it might not be enough for the cake I had in mind, but if anything more might have been overkill, so I’m pleased that it turned out so well. I went with the canned coconut milk again, I can’t get over how fabulous it is in baking and teamed with the banana it just makes this cake so very moreish. […]

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Spicy Aubergine & Pea Curry with Basmati Rice

It feels like this should be a mild curry, it looks innocent enough, but it’s a cheeky dish and it packs a spicy punch so don’t let it fool you. The coconut milk gives this recipe a beautiful creamy richness that feels decadent and honestly I could eat it all again right now if I had a plateful! It’s so hard to come up with names for dishes sometimes, as I’ve named it Aubergine but it could be Eggplant, or Brinjal, so many names, but I’m going with what I know and sticking with Aubergine. Whatever you call it, make […]

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Unsupersize Me – A real life, no nonsense journey to good health

I think I can safely say that many of us at one point or another have sat down and and watched with wonder programmes like The Biggest Loser, where there seems to be a universal template: Take morbidly obese people, work them ragged all day every day in the gym, make them throw up (because you haven’t worked hard enough if you haven’t thrown up now have you!) then you pit them off one against the other, turning them against each other and showing the world how quickly we will stab each other in the back just to get ahead. […]

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Curry Chickpea Pizza topped with Roasted Green Peppers

With the success of last week’s pizza we decided to do it all over again but this time trying it as a curry pizza. This is the type of thing we would have ordered from a takeaway when we were younger and it would come with a mountain of topping, it was crazy. But this is just the right size for an individual pizza and doesn’t have the oil that I remember so well from the takeaway days, always so much oil! I mixed a little ground coriander through the pizza dough to add even more flavour (plus I couldn’t […]

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Banana, Maple & Sesame Pancakes

We were watching a film last night where there was a family digging into a huge pile of pancakes doused in maple syrup and it must have triggered some kind of craving as we decided that we just had to have some, it’s been ages since I made them and it felt like a nice brunch option for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Martin likes his pancakes with banana and maple where as I tend to go for dried fruits like apricots, dates, raisins etc with a smattering of sesame seeds, maybe a little shredded coconut on top. I think next […]

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Lentil Sloppy Joes with a side of Tomato & Red Onion Salsa and Tortilla Chips

I had no idea what a “Sloppy Joe” was a week ago and now…. well now I think it’s going to have to be a weekly dish in this house. It’s so tasty. I only wish I’d found a ripe avocado to make some guacamole to go with it as that would have finished the dish off beautifully. However, the salsa and tortilla chips were a great side and it was wolfed down pretty quickly! I would never have thought about using this kind of dish inside a burger bun, maybe it’s knowing that I am, at the best of […]

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