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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Food: Spaghetti Bolegnese

Sometimes I yearn for comfort food. Food that fills me up, tastes delicious and can be popped in the freezer, ready for my next fix. The recipes I turn to at these times are usually tried and tested (and trusted) favourites, generally from the Jamie Oliver cookbooks I first used when I first discovered that I liked cooking. These are generally meals that the kids like eating too, because when I'm in a comfort food sort of mood, the last thing I want to hear is "I don't like it? When are you going to make something we like?"!

This time I opted for Jamie Oliver's delicious Spaghetti Bolognese from Happy Days with the Naked Chef.  You have to try it! The rosemary, smoked bacon and sundried tomatoes bring a wonderfully earthy depth to the sauce. I always enjoy this with a glass of red. Amazing!


Monday, 27 July 2015

Food: Raspberry Jam

The summer berry harvest in my garden is late this year, compared to last, which has meant that we’ve had to visit the local pick-your-own farm to stock up on raspberries and the like. Late July in our household always means berry picking and jam making.  Dissappointingly, our strawberries have not thrived at all this year, which has been a bit of a shame as the kids love seeing them grow. Our favourite is indisputably raspberry jam, and this year, after a particularly successful raspberry picking exercise where we picked upwards of 4kg of berries and saw cherries growing for the first time, we set to work immediately on our return.

Raspberry Jam

Raspberry Jam Recipe

Monday, 13 July 2015

Food: Fast Apricot and Almond Flapjacks (Gluten-Free)

My half-marathon training is going very well thus far, but I'm still finding it hard to work out what I need to eat (and when) to keep my body well-fuelled. I've found that eating something small just before a morning run means that I prevent the inevitable energy slump midway through. Peanut butter toast works really well for me, as do these apricot and almond flapjacks which really give me an energy boost. The problem is that they're so good that I have to fight the temptation of consuming all the calories I've just burned, when I return from my run.

Apricot and Almond Flapjacks (Gluten-Free)

Fast Apricot and Almond Flapjacks

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Food: Black Forest Berry Smoothie (for my Impatient Kids)

When the kids ask if they can cook something, they invariably mean that they want to eat what ever they've made in about 5 minutes. They like baking but lose interest while the cakes or biscuits are in the oven, and then I end up doing the decorating while they're playing. This week they asked whether they could make smoothies, which I thought was perfect for their limited attention span in the kitchen. This proved a great way for them to eat some red fruits they wouldn't generally eat, but obviously they were long gone by the time it came for clean up!

Black Forest Berry Smoothie

Black Forest Berry Smoothie

Friday, 3 July 2015

Food: Red, White and Blue (Fourth of July) Crumble with Strawberries, White Peaches and Blueberries - Gluten-Free

As a nod to the Fourth of July celebrations this weekend in the USA, I decided to whip up a summer fruit crumble in the American colours. Blueberries,  red strawberries and flat, white peaches create a deliciously seasonal trio. While our Scottish strawberries are in season, we've been enjoying them in any guise we can. The Fourth of July provided the perfect excuse.

Red, White and Blue (Fourth of July) Crumble with Strawberries, White Peaches and Blueberries - Gluten-Free

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