dairy free chicken korma curry recipe

This dairy free chicken korma curry recipe is so easy, a child could do it.

I mean literally, a child did do it – I got Belle to make it for me, as you can see in the video below. I’ve never really understood the whole ‘curry sauce in a jar’ thing, when a simple curry like this is so straightforward. Sure, we’re not crushing up our own blend of secret herbs and spices or anything, but why would you do that when you could let Schwartz do it for you? 

Chicken korma curry is a favourite in our house, as I have bred children with zero tolerance for spice. Belle once refused cucumber sticks on the grounds they were ‘too spicy’ – I kid you not. This korma recipe is flavoursome, without any of the heat, so even the wimpiest of family members should enjoy it. 

Because we have lactose tolerance issues in our household, we adapted this Schwartz recipe to use coconut milk instead of natural yoghurt and cream, but here’s the original in case you fancy making the dairy-tastic version. View Post

We have all kinds of dairy related issues in our family, and Bee and Belle both find that avoiding dairy stops them getting all sorts of tummy related problems, but could lactose intolerance actually be a myth for many people? New research suggests that the symptoms normally associated with lactose intolerance, including bloating and stomach cramps, could actually be attributable to an intolerance to A1 protein – a substance found naturally in some, but not all, cows’ milk. 

Published in the UK based Nutrition Journal, the study led by Professor Sun Jianqin from Huadong Hospital, an affiliate of the prestigious Fudan University in Shanghai, compared the impact on those that drank conventional cows’ milk – milk with the A1 protein – with that of a2 Milk.

A2 milk isn’t processed to remove anything, it just uses the milk from cows that naturally produce milk with less of the A1 protein – it’s nothing freaky, it’s just about selecting different types of cow. The findings could prove significant for the 12 million odd people in the UK who say they have problems with cows’ milk – switching to a2 milk could be an option, instead of eliminating milk entirely, or switching to other processed or artificial alternatives.

If you or anyone in your family experiences issues with regular milk, have a watch of this short video, or visit the a2 website for more information about the research.

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Do you worry that you might be lactose intolerant? 

We’ve been through our fair share of food fads, as most families do, and most of the time I take them with a pinch of salt. A month or so ago for example, Belle decided she was going to become ‘anti-pescatarian’. I don’t even know if this is a thing – she may have come up with the phrase herself – but basically it meant that after donating money to the Marine Conservation Society she had decided that she didn’t want to eat fish anymore.

This posed something of a problem, as she is already rather reluctant in the vegetable, seed, pulse and nut department, but I went with it, and it wasn’t too long before she was back on the fish fingers.

Dairy issues are more enduring in our family however. Bee is lactose intolerant, and in a bid to stop Belle complaining from feeling sick and having tummy cramps seemingly constantly, we tried cutting out dairy products for her too. It worked – she has stopped her night time tummy issues, and generally seems a lot happier.

Of course, we don’t know for sure that it’s a lactose intolerance, and while I’m happy to buy her a different spread and switch to lactofree cheese, it would be sensible I suppose to investigate it properly at some stage. I’m just a bit rubbish at actually getting round to that sort of thing.

What I am going to do though is watch Food Unwrapped on Channel Four tonight, which is going to be looking at a2 milk. Regular cows’ milk contains A1 protein which can be the cause for much discomfort – apparently it can be this, rather than a lactose intolerance, that causes problems for so many people. a2 milk is naturally free from this A1 protein and is proven to ease the symptoms for those with an intolerance.  View Post

You’ve got to love a bit of Angel Delight haven’t you?

For me, it’s the taste of childhood – sweet, comforting, and delicious. And the new Angel Delight Chocolate Mint flavour is no exception. I’ve always been a butterscotch girl, but I think I might have to switch. There’s always something lovely about chocolate mint flavour things – somehow they aren’t quite as sickly, and you can almost kid yourself that mint counts as one of your five a day.

This weekend, Belle and I created our entry for the Angel Delight #DelightfulMovies competition. There are £50 of movie streaming vouchers up for grabs, plus it’s fun to do, so win win really.

I even made do a video clip, because I’m cruel like that. She must really hate me.

Here’s how Belle got on creating her face. Don’t forget to submit your versions of Delight over on the Angle Delight Facebook page, for your chance to win a £50 gift card for a movie streaming service! View Post

recipe turkish delight chocolate brownies


The rain is pouring down, the wind is howling, and it’s dark by tea-time, so you know what you need don’t you? A treat! I originally came up with this recipe for Turkish delight chocolate brownies over a year ago, to raise money for Children in Need. It was available as a download on their website and raised over £300, which I was really proud of. 

I thought it was about time that I shared it – Turkish delight chocolate brownies are not something you should keep to yourself. I warn you though, it’s pretty much impossible not to just stand at the kitchen counter, picking off corner after corner, muttering to yourself ‘I’ll just have one more little bit.’

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Written by my fiancé, because he knows more about drinking than me.

Christmas drinks guide

Christmas is thirsty work.

In 2013, Travelodge quizzed 2,500 adults about their Christmas drinking habits. Their survey established that on average, adults start drinking at 09:05 on Christmas morning. Really?? Certainly not in our house. Okay, there might be a bucks fizz with breakfast, but then that’s it until preprandial drinks. Choosing something new or slightly off the beaten track is a great way to make your celebration all the more special. I’ve hunted high and low, all in the name of research to share some lovely drinks for Christmas 2015.

Purple Moose Merry X-MooseChristmas drinks

Christmas beer is a tricky one. I’m a strong believer in supporting local breweries rather than mass produced beer that tastes like water. My choice this year comes from The Purple Moose Brewery in North Wales. Their festive beer, Merry X-Moose, is a liquid Christmas in a glass. Brewed only at Christmastime, using darker malts and aromatic hops, it punches a full flavour and is a wonderfully rich ruby colour. At 5.0% it’s perfect as a festive drop and works equally well with food or on its own. It might also be worth persuading your children to leave this out to wet Santa’s whistle on Christmas Eve. I’m not advocating driving a sleigh whilst under the influence, but Santa will be grateful. You should also try Purple Moose’s Darkside of the Moose, which took a handful of gongs in the CAMRA Champion Winter Beer of Britian awards.

Christmas drinksRed wine

When it comes to wine for your Christmas meal, I’m a big fan of light red wines. There is so much rich flavour on the table that it’s important to choose a wine that won’t compete for your attention and leave your stomach feeling like two heavy weigh boxers are doing a full ten rounds inside you. For something fun, try Domaine Marcel Lapierre Raisins Gaulois 2014. The Lapierre vineyard was a pioneer of natural wines and continues the same philosophy today, delivering wines with as little human intervention as possible. Wonderfully fruity with little or no sulphur and only local yeast, this is beautifully thirst-quenching and refreshing and is easy to glug.

If you’ve a little more of a budget, I wholeheartedly recommend the 2009 Savigny les Beaune Hauts Jarrons 1er Cru, Domaine de Bellene, which is available from Berry Bros and Rudd. It’s the perfect partner of turkey, with a nose of dark berries and chocolate. That sounds like it might be heavy, but the vineyard’s stony, hillside location keeps the wine nice and balanced. Decant it and enjoy the Christmas drink of Kings.

Don’t ever be intimidated by the thought of shopping for wine at Berry Brothers. Their staff are accommodating, friendly and helpful and will help you choose wine no matter what your budget or knowledge level. 

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So first up, what exactly is sous vide cooking?

Literally sous vide means ‘under vacuum’, but you’ll be pleased to hear that it definitely doesn’t mean you have to seal yourself into an airtight room and attempt to cook a roast dinner in a vacuum, like some sort of horrendous Crystal Maze challenge – only the food needs to be vacuum packed.

The idea behind it is to seal in all the freshness and goodness, so that the food you cook keeps as much flavour as possible. A chef somewhere apparently made a remark about asparagus and how you’d be better off chucking the asparagus in the bin after you’d cooked it, and drinking the water. It’s that.

Sous vide cooking means packing up all of your ingredients into a bag, taking out the air, and then cooking it in a water bath. The water bath is where Clifton at Home comes in.

Clifton at Home are based not far from me in Weston-Super-Mare, and so last week I went along to visit them and find out how it all works. They make their water baths right there in Weston, and have a kitchen on site where they test out recipes and invite chefs to try out the water baths for themselves. They also have a kitchen garden out the back, complete with an orchard and beehives, which you absolutely would not expect in the middle of an industrial estate. View Post