Saturday, February 18, 2017

Easy Vegan Moussaka GF


1 medium onion - peeled and finely chopped
4 cloves garlic - peeled and chopped
I small Aubergine thinly sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup green lentils, soaked overnight and rinsed
2 cans chopped tomatoes
3 tsp cinnamon
4 bay leaves
3 tsp oregano
Salt and black pepper
3 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1 jar (480g) Tesco Freefrom white lasagne sauce


Put the olive oil in a large pan and saute the onion, garlic and aubergine until softened.  Add the lentils,  chopped tomatoes and seasonings. Simmer for approx 30 mins.  Meanwhile parboil the potatoes for 5 mins then allow to cool and drain.
Layer the lentil mixture, potatoes, and white sauce in an oven-proof dish and cook at 180C / gas 6 for approx 20 mins until the top is beginning to brown.

Serves 4

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Want to win a phone?

I have to confess to being very late at getting my first smart phone, having only owned one a few months. I managed with a brick forever.  So I took the plunge but bought a cheap ZTE blade for about £60.  Now that I've used it I appreciate two things - first I NEED a smartphone, how on earth did I manage so long without one?  Second - I need a BETTER smartphone, it does the basics Ok but now that I've got used to using it I can see all too well where it is lacking. The lowly android 4 is incompatible with too many things and the camera is lousy.  So, I am very happy to have found a competition to win a lovely sleek Google Pixel phone. So, I'll let you in on the secret too, you can find the competition HERE

Saturday, January 14, 2017

5 spice cookies - GF DF Refined sugar free

I made these totally by mistake, having picked up the Chinese 5 spice instead of the mixed spice by mistake. We were pleasantly surprised!


60g ground almonds
50g rice flour
2 tso Chinese 5 spice
1/2 tsp bicarb
90g coconut oil
150g Sukrin Gold (sugar substitute)
1egg beaten
2 tbsp almond milk
150g gluten free oats
75g sultanas
50g chopped walnuts

Mix all ingredients together and leave to chill in the fridge for an hour.
Preheat oven to 180C / gas 4 and grease and flour (gf flour) a large baking sheet or line with greaseproof paper.
Place mixture in spoonfulls onto the sheet and press down lightly.

Bake for approx 12 mins till golden brown and cool on a rack.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Slow Cooked Goulash stew (GF)


220g braising steak
1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 red pepper, deseeded and diced
100g button mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp smoked paprika
400g can of chopped tomatoes
100ml of water


Put all ingrdients in slow cooker and cook on low for 7 hours
I like mine served with hasselback potatoes and steamed red cabbage.
Serves 2

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Lamb Hot Pot


500g diced lamb
5 medium carrots, peeles and diced, quite small
1 onion, peeled and diced
Hanful chopped parsley
700ml lamb or chicken stock (gluten free)

4 tsps cornflour and enough water to mix to a thin paste
3-4 large potatoes peeled and thinly sliced

Put lamb, carrots, onion, parsley and stock in a casserole dish and cook in an over at 180C/gas 4 for 2 hrs.
Remove from oven and stir in the cornflour mixture. Layer the sliced potatoes on top. Cook for a further hour until the potatoes are tender and lightly browned.

Serves 4

Friday, September 2, 2016

Chia Breakfast Pudding bowl (GF & DF)

1 cup coconut milk or almond milk
21/2 tbsps chia seeds
1 tbsp maple syrup

Mix the above in a bowl and refrigerate overnight.

Next morning top with fruits of your choice and enjoy.

Serves 1

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Watercress, spinach, rocket, and potato soup (gluten and dairy free)


1 palm-sized potato - peeled rinsed and cubed
2 generous handfuls of leaves from a bag of watercress, spinach and rocket (I got mine from Aldi)
250ml almond milk
salt and pepper to taste


Put all the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 30 mins. Blend and serve.

Serves 1