What is your favourite comfort food?

When I’m feeling in need of a little calorie based comfort I regress to toddlerhood and find myself drawn to all the beige foods – mashed potato, thick white toast with lashings of butter, pasta and cheesy sauces – you know what I’m talking about. Small children really know what they are doing there.

Another of my favourites is cauliflower cheese, which has the added bonus of not being all about the carbs. I’ve put together a very simple recipe that proves that a lack of colour doesn’t have to mean a lack of taste and nutrition – it’s all the fun of wintery stodge but without the guilt.

smoked haddock and cauliflower cheese recipe View Post


There’s nothing I like more than a hamper of delicious goodies and this week I had one delivered right to the door (my best kind) by Asda. They wanted to show off their Christmas meat collection and I was certainly impressed. It didn’t hurt that the meat came in a rather gorgeous wicker basket, surrounded by mince pies and wine. (Again, my best kind.)

Asda Christmas meat

Asda meatI wouldn’t¬†normally think to choose Asda for my festive meats, so I was really pleasantly surprised to see just how fancy and festive they were. Our basket included:

Extra Special 21 Day Bone-In Horseradish Beef, Extra Special Venison Rack and Extra Special Six Bird Roast.

(Are you sensing the theme here?) View Post


I’m not super awesome at cooking, but I have this one soup recipe that I have been making for about 15 years. (Not constantly – on and off. I’m not that crazy.) I don’t know why this one has stuck, but it has – there is just something very tasty about it, plus I have been making it for so long now that even the smell of it makes me happy.

I’ve always made it in a pan as I’ve always imagined that frying up the onion in the butter adds something to the flavour, but in the interests of saving Belle a little bit of washing up and saving myself from splattering hot carrot all over my face when I try to use the hand blender, I decided to give it a go in my new Tower soup maker.

Putting together the recipe was hard as normally I just chuck in what I think are roughly the right quantities and see what happens; I had to pay proper attention and try to figure out what I was actually doing so that I could tell you. View Post


Have you tried Coca-Cola Life yet?

We have.


Coca-Cola Life

Such a pretty ūüôā

In fact I recently got the chance to learn all about Coca-Cola Life, as Coca-Cola were my sponsor for Blogfest. I met up with them for breakfast before the conference to find out more about stevia and the initiatives Coca-Cola currently have running to help people lead healthier and more active lifestyles. View Post


Being the philanthropic celeb baker that I am (!) I¬†am absolutely thrilled to be involved in BBC Good Food’s bake sale to raise money for BBC Children in Need.

I’ve created my very own recipe for Turkish delight chocolate brownies and as tiresome as it was having to cook and eat several trays of delicious chocolate goodness I pushed aside my selfishness and got stuck in.

I don’t think I did a bad job:

Turkish delight chocolate brownies

If you want to know how to make them you’ll have to make a donation to Children in Need to download the recipe. You can give¬†as little as ¬£2 and can then stuff your face knowing you’ve done your bit to help change children’s lives.

If you’re not a Turkish delight fan there are loads of other recipes available to download¬†from real celebrity bakers or, if you can’t spare any money¬†right now. why not¬†share the recipe with your friends and encourage them to download it and bake you some brownies to make you feel better about your lack of cash?

Anything you can do to help spread the word and raise money for this vital charity would be fantastic.

Thank you!