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Really Easy Banana Bread

Are you looking for a no-fail, simple, healthy, really easy banana bread recipe?  Look no further!  I have one that is a tried and tested winner.   I have been making this really easy banana bread for years and have perfected it along the way.  It is delicious served warm with butter or yoghurt for breakfast or simply added as…

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4 Tips To Make Meal Plans Easy + A Simple Baked Risotto

Meal plans.  Don’t roll your eyes!  I know, I know, it’s hardly a glamorous way to pass the time but it does make sense and it does work!  Read on to find out how to make meal planning easy and work for you! Family life is busy.  Children’s activities, school commitments and social activities fill our calendars.  It’s easy to…

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Never Fail Chocolate Cake

mamacino-chocolate-cake

I have been using the recipe for this simple chocolate cake since my children were born and it has never let me down yet! Actually, that’s not really true.  It was probably a few years after Lucia, my first daughter was born that I even entertained the idea of making a birthday cake myself!  I remember for Lucia’s first birthday,…

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Finding a gentle rhythm.

It is almost time for my husband to return from his adventures in Antarctica and I have been reflecting on how far I have come in my experiences of sole parenting. I am actually very proud of how I manage things for the long periods of time he is away.  It has taken many years and in some cases, many…

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Zesty Chilli Beans + Eating Cheap

Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart… Beans are not only delicious, nourishing and simple to make, they also give you an opportunity to horrify your kids with tunes from your child hood! Cooking my own beans from scratch is only a recent development in my culinary journey.  I have always relied on tins of organic legumes and indeed, I…

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Leftover lamb shepherd’s pie + eating well on a budget

lamb shepherds pie

This very nourishing and totally satisfying Shepherd’s Pie was a big hit with my family and a wonderful way to use up the left overs of a slow cooked leg of lamb. There is no denying the fact that beginning on the path to better eating can seem expensive and overwhelming at first.  A trip to the health food shop…

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