Easy Recipes

Sweet Potato, Carrot and Coriander Soup Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

You may have seen my last takeover of Mummy's writing, anyway, I'm back. She's busy on her phone pretending to work when really I know she's on facebook, looking up people she used to know but didn't like well enough to stay proper friends with. Mothers are funny like that. If I don't like someone I just throw a plastic brick at them. Or bite them. I like to be clear.

Easy Vegetarian No-Meatballs Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

Serve with a simple tomato sauce made by heating chopped tomatoes with a tbsp of olive oil, a little salt, pepper and a teaspoon of sugar for 20 minutes. Add some dried oregano and you're done. These are delicious with any pasta and of course, rice too...

Vietnamese Chicken Pho

Beth Thomas | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Thomas

Proper pho (noodle soup) incorporates all the delicious flavours of Vietnamese cuisine: sweet, sour, spicy, bitter and salty. The beauty of this broth is that all of the accompaniments are mixed in once the dish has been served, keeping the flavours fresh and the vegetables crunchy.

Easy Bourbon Belly Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Place the pork in a large roasting tray and bake for 30 minutes, turning the pork once. In the meantime mix all the other ingredients together and set aside.

Sticky Honey and Sesame Chicken Thigh Wraps With Curryslaw

Beth Thomas | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Thomas

Curryslaw is my twist on British coleslaw, with fresh coriander and lime and aromatic Indian spices. It tastes like classic Coronation sauce, which is why it works so perfectly with sticky honey chicken thighs. I use crunchy and sweet pomegranate seeds, but you can use raisins or sultanas if pomegranates aren't available...

Strawberry and Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

Summer's on the way and it's time to make the most of our beautiful strawberries. I'm not going to suggest you serve them with black pepper. I'm not going to suggest you drizzle them in balsamic. I'm just not in approval of going in that direction...

Weaning Recipe Ideas

Holly Bell | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Parents
Holly Bell

I've been meaning to put all my weaning recipes in one place, but, well I've been busy weaning. Lawrence is now nine months old and eats pretty much what we eat. I have been asked many times since he was born whether I follow baby led weaning or the purée method and quite honestly I've mostly been avoiding the question. It's just so political.

Rye, Spelt and Poppy Seed Freezer Bread Rolls

Holly Bell | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

I've not been well. Nothing quantifiable, just feeling tired all the time, run down; spent. So I made bread rolls. That's what works for me. Regular over the counter remedies never quite hit the spot. There's something therapeutic about all the kneading and cutting and forming of rolls.

Easy Never Fail Pancake Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

I feel I could be in danger of teaching grandmother to suck eggs. But I'm ploughing on through anyway. It's pancake day, or rather Shrove Tuesday. The day to use up all the fat and eggs in the house before the first day of Lent.

Fluffy Sweet Potato Pancakes

Holly Bell | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

I know you like your wafer thin crepes with sugar, lemon, Nutella, jam, caramel, bananas etc, but I wanted to champion the savoury pancake.

Easy Mars Bar Brownies Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

I'm not going to pretend like these are healthy, because sometimes you don't want healthy. Sometimes the kale and the almond milk chat and the steaming rather than frying can give you healthy fatigue. If that's the case then I prescribe something so trashy, so incredibly grubby that it sends you straight back on the wagon.

Three Winter Soup Recipes To Warm Up A Cold Night

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If you're still stuck in winter-mode and not yet ready to embrace the summery salad, then fear not, there are other ways to get your daily vegetable i...

Raw Carrot, Cashew and Pesto Tart

Aine Carlin | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Aine Carlin

This triple layered tart (pie, slice, whatever you want to call it) is a great combination of tangy, herby and subtly sweet - that'll be the carrots for ya - and makes for an impressive little starter or lunch option.

Easy Halloumi, Courgette and Carrot Fritters Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

These fritters are great gobbled up as they are or with an array of dips. Or with some baked ham and eggs. Babies rather like them, though be careful how many they eat as halloumi is rather salty. Basically, they're the most versatile fritter in the world.

Crunchy Piggy Meatballs

Holly Bell | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

These meatballs are easy, they're low carb, they're delightfully crunchy and they contain chorizo which makes them mighty moreish. My sons love them. I love them. Beware the pinkish colour of the inside of the balls post baking - that's just the chorizo. They're not raw I promise. Enjoy.

Christmas Day Cooking: A User's Guide

Holly Bell | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

For anyone who is doing it for the first time, or who feels a slightly sense of dread then read on. Some of this is obvious stuff, but I personally find it very useful to have everything in one place. Here's my plan, for what it's worth...

Easy Orange and Cranberry Loaf Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

This is almost too quick to knock up. Like one of those cake in a cup jobs that leads to 10pm cravings and tighter jeans. This freezes well and is delicious toasted for breakfast with a little butter spread on it.

Easy Caramac and Ginger Cheesecake Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

I am never happy. No, I don't mean I'm a depressive. I think I was depressed for about 2 months back in 1999, but other than that have been lucky on that front. I'm just never happy with my lot. I have this constant suspicion I am missing out on things. I have to try everything once. It's a recipe for disaster. Like poor impulse control in infants.

Easy Cheese and Onion Quiche Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

I have never ever hankered after a daughter. Obviously if one had appeared then I'd have loved her and been very happy indeed. But one never did. And I now find myself in the curious position of being a mother of three sons, still under 35 and yet about to sell all the unisex baby bits on eBay. I'm getting rid of everything.

Bonfire Night Cupcakes

Holly Bell | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

Just back to school and already I'm thinking about the opportunity for wearing thick woollen jumpers, drinking soup and preparing a feast for Bonfire night. There are a few things that must be done on Bonfire night.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Shelina Permalloo | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shelina Permalloo

Traditionally in Mauritius we make this with corned mutton which has a much stronger flavour and Iove it but I love corned beef as well and in the UK this is readily available and easier to get hold of. To be honest with you I love most tinned things, sardines, mackerel, anchovies and I suppose it's mostly out of nostalgia

Easy Peanut and Raisin Oaty Cookies Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

Cream the butter and sugar for four minutes in a stand mixer using the flat beater starting low speed and working up, or six minutes with a handheld electric mixer or about 8 - 10 minutes with a wooden spoon. The mixture will be lighter in colour than when you started and very creamy...

Easy Rosemary and Dijon Chicken Stew Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

This recipe is easy and adaptable so do as you wish with it - add stuff, take stuff out, just keep the rosemary and mustard.

The Biggest Myths About Homemade Lunches

Jules Clancy | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jules Clancy

We all know that a homemade lunch tends to be more nutritious, less expensive and better tasting than grabbing lunch from the work canteen or local cafe. However, there seems to be a few myths lurking that may be holding us back from having a really enjoyable lunch experience.

Lemon, Blueberry and White Chocolate Cupcakes

Holly Bell | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

These cupcakes are something I made for the school fayre. They sold out pretty fast, I'm sure due to their white chocolate dribbleness. The other cakes I made did not sell out fast. It was very stressful watching them sit, lonely and ignored. I won't be making anything other than these for the school fayre, ever again.