• Plate of cookies with toddlers hand reaching for one
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    Toddler Approved Banana Cookies

    Dylan has been a bit off his food the last few days due to painful gums from teething so I’ve been trying to cook his favourite foods to try and entice him to eat something. One thing he can’t get enough of is banana so I thought I’d try and create some healthy banana cookies for him. To say they went down well is an understatement. They were so simple to make and Dylan had lots of fun helping me bake them and licking the bowl! For some of our other favourite recipes click here!

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    Kitchen,  Parenting

    Favourite Recipes To Share With Baby

    I love food, Mik loves food and we are so pleased that Dylan also loves food. I thought I would put together a list of our favourite recipes to share with baby. We still love to eat these meals together even though Dylan is definitely now a toddler, not a baby any more. Banana oak pikelets These are great for breakfast, as a snack while out and about or as a quick lunch when defrosted from the freezer. We’ve tried lots of flavours and our favourites are banana and cinnamon, cheese and tomato or cheese and pea. Porridge with plums and almond This recipe isn’t officially a baby/toddler recipe but…

  • Chocolate cake with flowers piped on top
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    Ultimate Chocolate Cake

    Sometimes chocolate cake can be a bit hit or miss. There is nothing worse than biting into a slice of chocolate cake only to find that it’s dry with just a hint of chocolate. A chocolate cake should be moist with a deep chocolatey flavour that punches you in the face and this ultimate chocolate cake recipe delivers on both fronts. It’s not difficult to make the cake itself although it does require an extra couple of steps and ingredients compared to a standard chocolate cake. Believe me it’s worth the extra few minutes! I made a double batch of icing. For the first batch of icing, I used white…

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    How To Make A Rainbow Cake

    Back in July, I made a rainbow cake for Dylan’s 1st birthday party. It took me a long time to decide what kind of cake I was going to make and I’d been looking forward to making him his first cake since pretty much before I got pregnant! A lot of research went into making the perfect cake – I spent hours Googling “how to make a rainbow cake” – and I was so pleased with how well it turned out. Lots of the cakes I bake look amazing in my imagination but I don’t manage to pull them off in real life. Thanks to my extra research, this one…

  • Dark chocolate tart topped with fresh cherries and raspberries
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    Dark Chocolate Cherry Tarts

    I made these indulgent dark chocolate cherry tarts as a date night pudding. Chocolate ganache bursting with juicy cherries sitting on top a buttery digestive biscuit base – are you sold? They are perfect as you can get them ready in advance so don’t need to worry about sorting out dessert in between courses. You do need to be a little bit organised as there is some setting time needed, but each step only takes a few minutes of actual work. There are also minimal ingredients involved and you could easily switch out the cherries for any kind of berries you happen to have on hand. I would recommend using…

  • Cake iced using chocolate butter cream with chocolate and orange ruffles around the edge
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    Recipe: Chocolate Orange Cake

    Is there a better combination than chocolate and orange? I realised recently that it has been absolutely ages since I made a chocolate cake. Of course then I just had to make one, so decided to treat us to a chocolate orange cake. This is a super simple recipe. The cake itself takes just 10 minutes to prep and is out of the oven in 20 minutes. Whipping up the buttercream is a doddle too and you can make the icing as complicated or not as you’d like. I made a double batch of icing so that I would have enough to pipe extra decorations on the top, but you…

  • Chocolate bark topped with dried fruit, nuts and colourful chocolate eggs
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    Recipe: Easy and Impressive Chocolate Bark

    Chocolate bark is one of those things that looks so much more impressive than the amount of time and skill you actually need to make it. It barely even requires a recipe being literally just melted chocolate topped with whatever it is that you fancy, or happen to have in your cupboard. I like making it for family get-togethers and it also works well as a handmade gift. The recipe I’ve included below is for my go-to version made using spicy dark chocolate and topped with dried fruit and nuts. The cayenne pepper used to give the chocolate some heat makes what might be a boring combination taste exciting. It’s…

  • Pyramid of BabyLed sweet spreads
    Parenting,  Kitchen

    BabyLed Spreads

    Dylan loves to eat. I’m not exaggerating when I say that he would happily eat all day long if he could. I’ve never struggled at all to get food into him and he’s been jumping up the centiles since starting solids which is amazing as he was so small for the first few months of his life and we struggled so much with feeding in the beginning. He’s full of joy the moment food is put in front of him and is always up for trying new flavours and textures. One thing I’ve steered away from is giving him overly sweet foods, mainly because I don’t want him to start…

  • Cupcakes topped with yellow buttercream flowers and green leaves
    Kitchen

    Recipe: Honey and Lemon Cupcakes

    It’s been such a long time since I’ve made cupcakes but last weekend I decided to whip up a batch to take to a roast dinner with extended family. It also gave me a chance to test out my Russian piping tips which I was given for my birthday. This was only my second attempt at using them and I definitely need to practise a little more but I do love the effect that they give. These cakes are easy to make and you can make them look as fancy as you like by experimenting with the icing. Easy to make with hit of zesty lemon.

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    A Winter BBQ

    On New Year’s Eve (or Hogmanay I suppose I should say, now that I am living in Scotland), we had family staying at our flat. With my messy cooking style, making dinner for just the two of us can be a challenge in our smallish kitchen, so we needed to find an easy way to cook something tasty for lots of people. That’s where the Teppanyaki Grill came in. It is essentially an indoor BBQ – a temperature controlled hot plate which lets you grill your food safely indoors in a more exciting way than using the grill in the oven! It was much more sociable than being tucked away…