Holly Bell

Sweet Potato, Carrot and Coriander Soup Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 22.11.2016 | 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.

Bacon, Apple and Maple Eggy Brioche Sandwich

Holly Bell | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

Last week I was asked to judge The Great British Bacon Off. Well, given I ate bacon with not one, but two meals on the day before the contest, I reckon I was fit for the job. This recipe, made by Sophie, was the winner.

Thai Spiced Sweet Potato, Squash and Coconut Soup

Holly Bell | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

Madrid was littered with rookie mini break errors. We have just booked Rome. Rome will be different. We will ace Rome. And until Rome I will mostly be eating this soup. Because I really want to look slim and chic in Rome and I reckon this is a delicious way to get there.

Easy Vegetarian No-Meatballs Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 20.09.2016 | 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...

Quiche in a Mug

Holly Bell | Posted 20.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

I love an oven baked quiche as much as the next person but sometimes I have neither the time nor the inclination for making pastry. This recipe is a nifty way to get that quiche flavour; the carby hit usually provided by the pastry, instead offered by the egg soaked bread.

Easy Bourbon Belly Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 08.07.2016 | 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.

Easy Sweet and Sour Pork with Veggie Ribbon Noodles

Holly Bell | Posted 19.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

Here's a recipe for a takeaway classic that's incredibly easy (plus cheaper and healthier) to make at home, whether looking to fill the freezer or just wanting an easy mid-week supper. Serve with the veggie ribbon noodles to get all of your five a day in one meal.

Easy Lamb Koftas, Crunchy Coleslaw and Homemade Hummus Three Ways Recipes

Holly Bell | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

We're set for a heat wave. Did you hear? It starts tomorrow. Let's eat outside and what's more, get the kids making the food. Put that Prittstick away! These three recipes provide lots of short term concentration span activities.

Strawberry and Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 24.05.2016 | 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...

Easy Almond, Cinnamon and Apricot Granola Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

I'll stop being emotional now (and no, I'm not pregnant). Onto the recipe. This is another of my granola recipes. Gosh, if I carry on at this rate I'll have enough for a book. Though I'm not sure anyone would buy '101 granola recipes', what do you think?

Refined Sugar Free Orchard Flapjack Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

Someone asked me for a variant on my refined sugar free banana flapjacks. Well I have always been one to respond to polite enquiries, so here they are. Apple and pear flapjacks no less.

Homemade Oreos Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

Of course as a maker and baker of a lot of kid's cakes I do love Oreos for their ability to imitate soil once whizzed up in a food processor. But these homemade Oreos are not for that. Oh no, they're for dunking and munching. Two noble pursuits in the world of biscuit eating.

Lemon and Coconut Cake Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

Summer is coming so it's time for a lemon and coconut cake. If coconut isn't your thing then make a simple buttercream filling instead. I've kept the coconut away from the main cake as I know some folks aren't keen on it. I however am a coconut fiend.

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.

Homemade Snickers Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

These are not easy to make... It's not that I don't want you to make them. I do. These are good. Oh my, they are GOOD. You could make yourself sick eating the whole lot and still want to go back for more. However, they're a bit of a pain in the backside.

Chocolate Orange Scones for Mother's Day

Holly Bell | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

Mother's Day looms. I already have my gifts; a little cardboard pot coloured in with felt tips and a card shaped like a tea pot with some letters written backwards. These are my riches and I'll keep them until they wheel me into a rest home.

Zingy Lemon and Raspberry Trifle

Holly Bell | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

I may love Easter more than Christmas as Christian school holidays go. I know this might be controversial. Hear me out. (Most reasons are chocolate and present buying related for those wondering if this is a rather unusual Christian themed blog post).

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.

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.

Easy Breakfast Granola Muffins

Holly Bell | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

There's nothing I hate more than a January diet. Apart from dry January bores. For I am a January baby, forever condemned to live out my days attending birthday celebrations where friends toast me with an orange juice. So, in the spirit of ignoring any abstinence I offer you these sunshine granola breakfast muffins.

Easy Egg Nog Truffle Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

I really hate it when people waste 15 precious minutes talking about their stress when they could be tacking their to do list. So I won't. Instead I will just offer up something that is simply amazing. I don't even like egg nog (the drink) but I do like these. Oh yes I do...