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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 […]

Easy Lamb Korma

Easy Lamb Korma

I seem to be making a different curry every week at the moment. It’s something I really enjoy, and we’re all slightly addicted to my homemade naan bread. We all love curry, so really, everyone is happy, and this week was even better. This week […]

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Casserole

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Casserole

I love a casserole. I know we call them Winter Warmers but honestly, I eat them all year around. After a tough day, there’s nothing better than a yummy casserole in my eyes, no matter how hot it is outside. So, even now winter seems […]

Yummy Blueberry Muffin Recipe

Yummy Blueberry Muffin Recipe

The kids love chocolate muffins. They have them all of the time. I’m not that keen. I like them, but I prefer a fruity muffin. To be honest, I also prefer fruity cheesecakes, tarts and other puddings. But, as parents, we only ever buy things […]

Getting To The Bottom Of Eating Before A Workout

Getting To The Bottom Of Eating Before A Workout

When it comes to eating right, our primary focus is usually keeping healthy. Our bodies are temples, and what we put them into is what we get out. Or something like that. Either way, we focus on avoiding foods we know are bad for us. […]

Slow-Cooked Creamy Beef Curry

Slow-Cooked Creamy Beef Curry

When it comes to making curries, I’m no expert. It’s something that I’ve only been doing for a few months, and while I really enjoy it, and love experimenting with different flavours, I’ve got next to no idea what I’m doing. Sometimes, I stick to […]

My Favourite Toastie Fillings!

My Favourite Toastie Fillings!

Toasties are perhaps one of my favourite things in the whole world. I love yummy pasta dishes, and fantastic fakeaways, I enjoy trying new meals and experimenting with different ingredients and flavours. But, you know what, nothing beats a toastie. Expect perhaps turkey dinosaurs and […]

Marvellous Maltesers Cookies

Marvellous Maltesers Cookies

Maltesers are one of my absolute favourite treats. I love them. They taste great, the texture is amazing, and they’re relatively low calorie compared to other chocolate treats. They’ve got everything going for them. So, obviously, I had to try and make some Maltesers Cookies! […]

Easy Nutella Brownies

Easy Nutella Brownies

I love brownies. I think they are basically perfect. Super rich, but also sweet and gooey. I love them when the middles are so soft and moist, and the tops are cracked and papery. When you move them out of the pan and the top […]

Healthy Five Bean Chilli

Healthy Five Bean Chilli

We are big meat eaters. We’re also big lovers of fatty food and cream! A lot of my recipes seem to feature cream. But, occasionally I like to change things up. When you eat as many biscuits as we do, you need to make the […]


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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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