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Gorgeous White Chocolate and Raspberry Cookies

Gorgeous White Chocolate and Raspberry Cookies

I don’t like raspberries. At all. I can’t eat them on their own; they are just so tart, they make me do the lemon face. I don’t even like them with yoghurt. But, I do love them in sweet things like these gorgeous White Chocolate […]

Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffin Recipe

Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffin Recipe

We usually stick to chocolatey muffins, because the kids like them. But, I recently made blueberry muffins for the first time. They were incredible. So soft and moist. The blueberries were wonderful. This made me want to try something a little different. I love the […]

Homemade Pork Chow Mein

Homemade Pork Chow Mein

Chow Mein is one of my favourites. It’s the noodles. I’m totally obsessed with noodles. Even if we order something different from a takeaway place, we get extra noodles or a plain chow mein, and plenty of my Fakeaways work well with noodles instead of […]

Leftover Lamb Curry

Leftover Lamb Curry

I love Lamb. But, lamb is expensive, so we rarely have a Sunday roast lamb. It’s like, special occasion dinner. So tender and tasty and I’m weirdly obsessed with mint sauce. It’s just wonderful. So, in an attempt to eat more lovely lamb, without crying […]

White Choc Chip Cookies

White Choc Chip Cookies

I’m really funny with white chocolate. I’d never buy it. It’s never my first choice. I do occasionally buy a White Chocolate and Raspberry shortbread from sainsburys. But that’s about it. But, if there’s a white chocolate in a multipack, or someone else buys me […]

Bakewell Flapjack Recipe

Bakewell Flapjack Recipe

This Bakewell Flapjack Recipe has always been one of the most popular on my blog. It gets so many views, consistently all of the time. I’m currently in the process of remaking some of my old favourites, changing the photos and so forth. So this […]

Healthy Paprika Pork with Noodles

Healthy Paprika Pork with Noodles

I love noodles. I absolutely always order them when we have a Chinese takeaway, even if this sometimes means that we’re having rice, noodles and chips (we always have rice noodles and chips!) because I couldn’t bear to be without them. But, at home, aside […]

Easy Orange and Honey Chicken

Easy Orange and Honey Chicken

I love a good Fakeaway. In all honesty, I prefer a takeaway. But only because it’s naughty, and that always has an appeal! You can also get carried away with a takeaway and order everything on the menu. I tend to be a little more […]

The Best Ever Cinnamon Rolls

The Best Ever Cinnamon Rolls

So, I know people say things are the best ever all of the time. Bloggers call everything the best ever as clickbait. It works. But it’s old. These really are The Best Ever Cinnamon Rolls. Honestly. I’ve made them using a few different recipes, and […]

Cheesy Chicken and Chorizo Pasta Bake

Cheesy Chicken and Chorizo Pasta Bake

I love pasta bake. It’s so easy; it’s the pasta version of a one-pan roast really. You just chop everything up, cook some pasta and throw it into the oven. This Cheesy Chicken and Chorizo Pasta Bake is filling, packed with flavours and has absolutely […]


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The Benefits of Cooking from Scratch

The Benefits of Cooking from Scratch

I love to cook. I went through a phase when I rarely cooked. The Boy was two, we were living on our own, I was working late nights, and I was tired. I didn’t think that there was any point in cooking a proper meal just for us. Then, one day I thought, “I like cooking, and we both like eating” so there is a point! So, I started making huge Sunday roasts for my little man and me and experimenting with cooking a lot more. Because I liked it.

That’s probably the first time I did. Before then I’d basically opened packets and jars and put things in the oven or microwave. I could do a little more, like adding some mushrooms to a jar of pasta sauce. But, I’d never really tried. I was quite liberating experimenting with flavours and ingredients without having another adult around to tell me what I was doing. Michael loved everything I made and took my way as the right way without question. I wish he still did that now!

So, since then, I’ve made almost everything from scratch. There are huge benefits to cooking this way, and I certainly hope that some of my recipes can help other families to do the same.

It’s Cheaper

Ready meals can be super cheap. But, let’s face it they are quite often shit, and very small. When you cook from scratch, you can actually save a fortune. Yes, you need to buy herbs and spices, but that one tub of turmeric isn’t going to make one meal. It’s going to make hundreds! You can also batch cook and freeze things, making your money go much, much further.

It’s Healthy

We don’t eat healthy meals as such; we eat tasty meals. But, we know exactly what we are putting into our bodies. Yes, some of the meat I use is fatty, but it tastes great, and if I know it’s going to release lots of fats and juices I’ll cook it in a non-stick pan with no oil. When you know what you are working with you can make compromises and changes elsewhere. You also avoid preservatives and processed foods, and you can substitute lower fat alternatives when you want to.

It’s Fun

Cooking is great fun, and you’ll burn a lot more calories standing to chop than you will sitting on the sofa waiting for the microwave to ping. I like to put some music on, or something on Netflix and leave the kids in the next room. I dance around the kitchen, or clear my mind, and focus on what I’m doing. It’s great fun and a rare chance to take some time for yourself.

You Have all of the Control

As I say, you can substitute ingredients; you can make changes, you can try different things. You’re not tied to the ingredients in a pre-packaged meal; you can do what you want. If you want it spicier, do it. If you hate coriander, skip it. You are in control. As a parent, it can sometimes feel like all control is slipping away. Not in my kitchen!

It’s Limitless

When I first started sharing recipes, I remember saying to Jim “what about when I run out of things to cook?” and he said, “That will never happen!” and you know what, he’s right. It won’t. Not all of my recipes are vastly different, some just feature different quantities or one different ingredient. Some are the same but in different flavours. But, if you cook from scratch, you’ll never run out of new things to try. It’s limitless. I’m not a particularly creative person when it comes to things like arts and crafts, but I can be creative in the kitchen. You also get to test out your problem-solving skills coming up with solutions to things that have gone wrong!

It’s Yummy

Cooking from scratch, and enjoying it, means that you get to try loads of gorgeous foods. Could there be a better benefit than that?

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