Great British Bake Off

Easy Rye, Spelt and White Blend Loaf

Holly Bell | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

We're back from our summer hols. We went to Suffolk. Southwold to be precise. We always holiday in Suffolk; it's my attempt at creating childhood memories the boys can bore their own kids with. I regularly irritate them with rose tinted tales of crabbing in Cornwall. It's only right I allow them the same pleasurable adult pastime.

Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

I committed the mortal sin of trying to impart my knowledge on her. It's exactly the kind of thing that used to drive me to distraction as a first time mother... Next time I see her I will make her these brownies as way of an apology and stop being such a know it all.

Easy Lemon Button Biscuits Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

My Nanna was a bespoke tailoress. She has tried to teach me to sew and knit over the years but I seem to have haberdasher's dyslexia. I miss stitches, misunderstand patterns, forget crucial knots and stages... These days, this is as close to sewing as I get and my are they things of beauty. Dainty button-shaped biscuits, zesty, pretty, rich and beautiful.

Easy Roasted Cauliflower, Cumin and Bulgar Wheat Salad

Holly Bell | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

The key to a good barbecue side dish? Make it ahead. Don't stress out on the day trying to be superwoman or man in the kitchen. Have it all pre-prepped and then you can don a hat, an apron, brandish those tongs and stay by the fire. Beer in hand.

Easy Cherry and Banana No Churn Ice-Cream Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

I'm not a Mum who treats sugar as the devil. I have a very sensible (well I think so) theory that by saying something's off limits you create all kinds of both negative and exciting connotations. Dieting, giving up smoking, stopping dating unsuitable men... by saying it's off limits all of a sudden we all want it more. So this recipe is a welcome surprise.

Easy Orange Meringue Pie Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

I am reaching the terrified stage. I've done the hypno birthing course. I've re read all my birthing books. I'm trying to keep my feet up. But there's no getting away from the fact I'm basically scared. I don't especially like giving birth. For me, it hurts that bit too much. Admittedly my second son's birth was a positive experience overall. But it still bloody hurt.

Coco Pop Mini Chocolate Eclairs Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

The cronut craze of last year has been and gone. Did you try making them? I didn't. It was probably the thought of both croissant dough and deep frying that put me off. So what's next? Momofuku Milk Bar have their infamous cereal milk ice cream. What about these?

Paul's Business Fails To Rise

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Entertainment

Paul Hollywood is set to close his bread business with debts of just under £60,000, according to reports. While the TV personality is currently e...

Easy Gluten-Free Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

They're less a bread and more a savoury choux bun with a chewy centre. Easily revived in the oven if baked the day before. Cassava flour can be bought from the International aisle of many supermarkets or online and is gluten free...

Easy Brazilian Brigadeiro Chocolate Truffles

Holly Bell | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

Here's an easy recipe that I reckon even mothers of three, with their lack of time, general misery and poor pelvic floor might be able to knock up. These truffles are that easy...

Easy Broccoli, Cauliflower and Pasta Cheese Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

Here's a pasta dish that is a real favourite in our house. I am not sure it will help me lose baby weight (well not in the portions I serve it) but for me it really is the taste of comfort and home.

No Junk Mini Savoury Pancakes Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

I have lost count of the amount of times I've heard intelligent, caring, perfectly competent parents state that they just can't bring themselves to let their kids help in the kitchen due to the mess, time, possible wastage, etc.

Won't Cook, Won't Cook

Nick Abbot | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Nick Abbot

This is weird because the only programmes on television that are not traipsing around looking at homes that people aren't going to buy, are those showing viewers how to prepare dinner.

Easy Banana Berry Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

What's that saying? Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper. I'm not sure we have time in our house to breakfast like kings, we're mostly too busy locating book bags, brushing teeth and discussing the all-important question of which shoe goes on which foot.

Easy Pecan and Hazelnut Granola Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

I want my husband to eat more nuts. I am slightly obsessed with his diet, though sssh, he's not aware of this. I haven't verbalised this concern about what he eats. And it's not as if he eats badly. He doesn't at all! It's just that he's older than me...

Introducing... A Culture of Kindness in TV and Film

Caroline Frost | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Caroline Frost

Does TV and film influence us more than we realise? Probably. Are our brains being shaped by the violence, sex and nastiness we see on a daily basis? Most possibly. Is there a way we can stand up and shout when we see positive, surprising, heartwarming stuff on the screen as an antidote to all of the above? Yes, there is! Read on, and prepare to join in from the comfort of your favourite armchair.

Easter White Chocolate and Cranberry Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

Hot cross buns aren't necessarily hard to make, they're just a little time consuming. The yeasted dough likes to sit about, lazily getting fatter and fatter until it's knocked back down ready for it's second growth. Don't let the hands off time put you off, just choose a day when you're in the house anyway.

Easy Banana and Toffee Muffin Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

I often listen to Radio 4 at my desk, with a hot cup of tea. Is it wrong to be mourning these daily treats already? I'm not naive. I know it'll be mighty busy but do you think there might be time for half an hour a day? Perhaps with one of these muffins? Who am I trying to kid...

Simply Vegetarian Florentine Quiche Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

Is quiche not the perfect, universal crowd pleaser? It seems whenever I make it for a gathering it's Hoovered up way before everything else. I think it satisfies the angel and devil in all of us. Egg rich protein guaranteed to fill us up until the next available meal slot, combined with decadent cheese and cream.

Easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

I really do love this cake, it's almost damp, which isn't an adjective you'll find me use very often, but it is correct. It also has a crunchy meringue like crust that's addictive.

Easy Cadbury Creme Egg Chocolate Flapjack Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

If I see one more creme egg brownie picture in my facebook feed I'll scream. It's time to break out, try something new. I know they're good, I know. But a change is as good as a rest. And these babies are a little less guilt inducing. They've got oats in them for goodness sake. Slow release carbs combined with an Eastery sugar fix.

'Strictly' 2014: Mary Won't Be Getting Her Dancing Shoes On

Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Entertainment

Mary Berry has declared that she definitely won’t be getting her dancing shoes on for the upcoming series of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. The ...

TV Tonight: Bake Off Gets Festive, Lockerbie Remembers

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK Entertainment

I always enjoy the way that every Christmas, year in, year out, TV chefs assume that no one in the land has access to a) recipes that have been handed...

'Bake-Off' Star Admits To Smacking Children

Posted 10.12.2013 | UK Entertainment

'The Great British Bake-Off' judge Mary Berry has spoken of her belief in smacking children. The baking star revealed that she regularly dicipline...

Why All the Fuss About Doctor Who?

Robin Lustig | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Robin Lustig

Is there anyone else out there? Or am I the only living being in the entire galaxy who's been left totally unmoved by the current outbreak of Doctor Who-steria? Don't get me wrong: I have nothing against the good Time Lord... It's just that I don't get it (him).