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I used to be sceptical about mug cakes since a friend made one which exploded in her microwave. I’ve now mastered them and they’re now my Friday night treat. I plan to discover the ‘healthy’ mug cake eventually, but in the meantime I’ll stick to the cheeky ones. 

In a mug whisk up 1 heaped dessert spoon of Nutella, 1 heaped dessert spoon of peanut butter (I used meridian crunchy), 1 medium egg and 1 dessert spoon of cocoa powder.

Microwave for 70 seconds. 

What to experiment with next?



When it feels like November in August, it’s a casserole kind of day. I had some red wine leftover from the weekend (I know, who has leftover wine right?). This casserole is so easy to make, I love a recipe where I can just chuck it all in and let the oven do the work.

1) dust a packet of lamb chunks with flour and brown in a heavy pan on the hob.

2) add 2 chopped carrots, 1 chopped onion and any other veg you fancy.

3) after a few mins, pour in 500ml of vegetable stock and a good glug of red wine.

4) bring to a boil then pop the lid on and place in the oven at 120 degrees C.

5) take a 4 hour nap/ do something productive.

6) boil some potatoes for mash and serve the casserole with brocolli.

Mmmm winey gravy. 

Running a 10k tomorrow, as you do, so fancied a healthy din dins.

1) peel and cube a sweet potato, drizzle with olive oil, add a grind of black pepper, shake of paprika and dried chilli flakes. Put into oven on a baking tray at 180 degrees c. Cook for 35/40 min overall.

2) chop a shallot and add to a pan of oil, cook til softened. Add a tin of tomatoes and stir, add a sploodge of tomato purée, a shake of basil and a grind of black pepper.

3) simmer tomato pan for 20 min. 

4) after pots have been in 20 mins, put frozen cod in a tinfoil ‘bag’, place on baking sheet with sweet potato. Oven for 25 mins.

5) take cod out and place in pan with tomatoes for 3-5 mins to finish off.

6) boil some broccoli.

Plate up and enjoy. That’s like 4 of your 5 a day one one plate. You are welcome. 

Spent my train journey home umming and aahing what to do with my mince beef. Settled on chilli but with meatballs, pitta and sweet potato fries rather than rice.

1)  peel and chop sweet potato, roll in olive oil, pepper and salt. Add to baking tray and bake on 180/200 degrees C.

2)  grind black pepper onto minced beef and roll into small balls. Brown the edges in a pan. Remove and set aside.

3) fry onions in the meatball pan juice. After 5 mins add mushrooms and red pepper. Cook for 5 mins. Add tin of tomatoes. Add big shakes of: paprika, cayenne pepper, chilli powder, black pepper.

4) add kidney beans to the pan, top up with a bit of water.

5) add meatballs back to pan, lid on and cook on low heat for 20 mins.

6) pop pitta in the oven/toaster.

7) eat like this:

With spinach and the sweet potato fries. And win cuz it’s nom nom.

Got loads for lunch tomorrow as well 👍