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  I find it hard to eat fruit but I always buy it so I have to eat it. I’ve got better with blueberries but I had half a punnet to use up, and since it’s so cold today I thought I’d have them warm. This is so simple, it’s barely a recipe, and I baked it whilst eating my dinner, so I wasn’t waiting around for it to be done. The addition of frozen yoghurt was ridiculously good. 
1) grease an oven proof dish with butter.

2) place a layer of blueberries in the dish and lightly drizzle with honey.

3) in a separate bowl, mix 1/3 cup of oats with 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp ground ginger. I also added a few chopped nuts. 

4) sprinkle the oat mixture over the blueberries, and bake for 45 mins at 160 degrees C.

Enjoy hot from the oven with a spoonful of ice cream/ custard/ frozen yoghurt. Heavenly.


New Year’s Eve is probably not the best time to post a Christmassy recipe, but hey ho, you can enjoy this granola all year. It makes a great present in a hamper and is so easy it’s barely worth calling it a recipe.

1) melt 1 dessert spoon of butter and 1 dessert spoon of golden syrup in pan.

2) in a bowl mix 2 cups of oats, 1/2 cup of chopped nuts, 1 dessert spoon of chia seeds, 1 handful of chopped seeds. Sprinkle over 1 tsp ground ginger and 1 tsp cinnamon.

3) pour over the melted butter and golden syrup. Mix and lay out on a baking tray lined with baking parchment.

4) bake on 160 degrees C for 20 mins. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.

Wait for it to cool and place in a Kilner jar – mine cost £6.99 for 3 in TK Maxx. Wilko also do a great set of smaller jars for £7/£8. 

Before you ask, this lovely mason jar came from Wilko and cost £1.50. I’m no hipster, but I saw it and thought it was pretty, not because all the foodies are using them! I’ve read about overnight oats and thought ‘what’s that about?’ since I have porridge almost every day for breakfast. 

Simply, this is 3/4 cup of oats, 1 small handful of chia seeds, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 drop vanilla essence and 1 cup milk. Mixed and left in the fridge overnight.

I have to say, I just couldn’t deal with it cold. It was super tasty, but it went straight in the microwave! Something about this needed to be warm – maybe it’s the Christmassy flavours, and the fact it’s the 22nd December.

I’ve been waiting patiently for my bananas to ripen so I could make banana bread. It came out lovely. I used this Jamie Oliver recipe and adjusted it for what I had in the cupboard.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees c.

1) mush up 3 ripe bananas in a bowl.

2) in a separate bowl beat 125g butter til soft and then mix in 2 eggs.

3) to the banana mix add 250g self raising flour, a big shake of cinnamon, 2 big sploodges of runny honey and 2 tbsp of water (Jamie said to use apple juice but I didn’t have any).

4) add the butter/eggs mix to the banana/flour mix and fold it all in.

5) transfer to a loaf tin lined with baking parchment and bake for 30-40 mins (mine took more around 30).

Wait to cool and slice. I was surprised at the rich banana flavour, too yummy!

 I’m trying to make healthy snacks at the mo and thought I’d try muffins without the sugar. These were surprisingly good and I didn’t miss the sugar – the blueberries made them sweet enough.

1) mix dry ingredients: 1/2 cup plain flour, 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 tsp baking powder, heaped tsp cinnamon.

2) in a separate bowl mix wet ingredients: 1/2 cup milk, 1 beaten egg, 1 heaped dessert spoon of runny honey and 1/4 cup of melted butter.

3) mix altogether and stir in a punnet of blueberries.

4) place mixture in cake cases (this made 7 muffins), and bake for 25 mins at 180 degrees C.

Perfect for my lunch box.

I’m calling this Moroccan chicken because it has my version of Moroccan seasoning on it – basically what I had in my cupboard after Googling what’s actually meant to be in Moroccan seasoning. Anyway it tasted lovely!

  • Honey
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Cumin seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Salt & pepper

1) rub the mixture of spices onto a chicken breast, leave to marinate for an hour (I went off to hockey training, otherwise I would have just baked it straight away!)

2) chop a yellow pepper and drizzle with olive oil.

3) oven both at 180 degrees C for 40-45 minutes.

4) chop chicken and pepper once cooled and place in tuppaware,

I assembled these at work as not to get soggy pitta bread. I recommend microwaving the pitta for 40 secs so it puffs up and makes stuffing easier. I also added a sploodge of caramelised onion hummus, not homemade in afraid. That is on my list of ‘things to make’.

These cookies are what you might call ‘rustic’… Despite their wonky appearance (which I think makes the more homely anyway) tasted lovely. 

1) in a bowl mix: 1 cup of oats, 3/4 cup of plain flour, 1 tsp of baking powder, 1 egg, 1/3 cup of melted butter and 1 tablespoon of melted honey.

2) fold in a handful of peanuts and raisings and a shake of cinnamon.

3) place cookie batter onto tray lined with baking parchment. Pat flat with the back of a spoon.

4) bake on 160 degrees c for 15 mins.

I tried to make these as healthy as possible with no added sugar. They came out crunchy and scrummy. 

I’ve been craving something gingery all morning. I carried home a huge bag of sweet potatoes yesterday and wondered if I could find a recipe to use them in. Thanks to ‘dinner with Julie’ and this great recipe, it was easy and tastes so yummy. I tinkered with the recipe slightly using part wholemeal flour and swapping the molasses for honey, because I didn’t have any. 

1) roast 2 medium sized sweet potatoes (wash, cut a slit in the stop, place on a baking tray lined with foil and bake on 180 for 45 mins).

2) place roasted sweet potato in food processor with: 1/3 cup melted butter, 1/3 cup milk, 2 eggs, 1 dessert spoon of honey, 1/2 cup brown sugar. Whizz together, it’s quite a wet mixture.

3) in a mixing bowl mix: 1 cup plain flour, 1/2 cup wholemeal flour, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 2 tsp of ground ginger, 1 tsp cinnamon, small shake of salt.

4) mix the wet ingredients to dry and fold together. 

5) line a loaf tin with baking parchment and pour in the batter.

6) bake on 170 degrees C for 50mins.

Once baked, pop on a wire rack and leave to cool, and try your best not to dive in yet.