I make a lot of cupcakes, for every family birthday, yearly occasion or sometimes just for the hell of it! I enjoy baking and cupcakes are great to get the kids involved in the kitchen, even if it is just to lick the spoon! This is my basic cupcake recipe, that I then alter as necessary. It’s my fail safe, and it hasn’t failed me yet.
I will often buy a whole chicken to cook as it is often more cost effective and I can get two or three meals out of it for the whole family. Cooking the chicken in the slow cooker takes away all the hassle of roasting it, it’s quick to put on in the morning, and ready by tea time.
There are several recipes for bacon and egg cups circulating on the web, I have tried several, often the egg is too runny or the toast is too soggy. So this is my version, adapted from several recipes and then tweaked to perfection. Perfect for a lazy Sunday morning brunch, and the kids love them too!
This is an old favourite recipe of mine, and I often use it as a starter when we have people round for dinner. Soup as a starter is easy as can be prepared in advance and just warmed through as guests arrive. This recipe is low in fat and it can also be frozen too. Its a bit of a faff skinning the peppers, but well worth it.
Baking cookies makes your house smell gorgeous! This is a really simple recipe that is great to do with the kids, or you can use it to make ‘cookies in a jar’ gifts for birthdays or other special occasions.
I love making soup in the slow cooker. This is one of my family favourites, and I often make it on a Sunday. I start first thing on a Sunday morning (the oven is generally on cooking breakfast!), and get the soup going whilst we take the kids out for the morning. Nothing beats going out to the park or for a walk on a mild winter’s or autumnal day and returning home to a warm soup for lunch.