Low-fat tomato sauce | Hello! Hooray!

Low-fat Tomato Pasta Sauce

Before I met Tom, I couldn’t really cook. I could make something that vaguely resembled a stir-fry and I was also good at omelettes, but that was pretty much it. I didn’t have much confidence in the kitchen, and before moving away from home I also didn’t have a lot of time for cooking – I spent most of my time playing the violin! But now, thanks mainly to Tom, I’m much better at cooking. Tom learnt watching his Mum when he was younger, and this tomato pasta sauce recipe is one of their standard family recipes which he has now passed on to me. It’s a great basic tomato sauce which you can use in any pasta dish, and it also makes fabulous pizza topping. We usually make a huge stock pot of this and freeze it in small batches, and it tastes even better after it has been frozen. And to make it even better, it’s both low-fat and low-cost. Yippee!

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Yorkshire Parkin

For me, Yorkshire parkin is the true taste of Autumn. I’m a proud Yorkshire lass and there is nothing better on a chilly evening than drinking a cup of tea and munching on a slab of this wonderful treat. This is a really great recipe that was published in the Waitrose Weekend magazine on 13th September 2012. Make sure that you don’t over-bake it as it does dry out rather quickly. Continue reading…

Pumpkin carrot and bacon soup

Pumpkin Carrot and Bacon Soup

Happy Halloween! As you can see we have been busy here decorating pumpkins – as usual, I avoid the really scary stuff and have made the happiest looking pumpkin ever, haha! We are actually not huge fans of Halloween, so this is about all we do (I guess you could say that we’re Halloween scrooges!) – that and enjoying lots of seasonal food.



I decided to look for a recipe using pumpkin, and after trawling through loads of different recipes on the internet I settled on a soup recipe, but I’ve basically combined lots of ideas from lots of different recipes to come up with this one. I must admit that pumpkin isn’t really a vegetable that I usually use, and I suppose that true for quite a lot of people in the UK. But now I’ve tried this out I’ll definitely be using it every Autumn! You could always leave out the bacon to make a vegetarian version of the recipe – just remember to add some salt if you do! Continue reading…

A very versatile lamb recipe

This is a great recipe for mince and dumplings and it is one of our household favourites. The reason it is versatile is because you can create several different meals simply by substituting a few ingredients. If you use lamb mince and substitute the dumplings for mashed potato the recipe becomes Shepherd’s Pie, or substitute the lamb for beef mince and top with mashed potato to create Cottage Pie. Brilliant! The recipe is very easy to make, and as it takes less than an hour to cook you could even make it during the week. You can make a low-fat version by using lean mince, or even Quorn mince. I usually freeze half of the mince for another day – the amounts below will serve 4 people. Continue reading…

Bake your own bread | Hello! Hooray!

Bake your own bread

Today was the first Saturday that I’ve been at home for a few weeks, so I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to bake some bread. I think that some people are put off making it because they think it might take too long or that it might be too difficult to make, but it is much easier than you think (and also very cheap!). My bread usually has a very homemade look, but for me that makes it even better. It’s so lovely to bake your own bread, and it makes your house smell amazing! 🙂

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Oaty apple crumble | Hello! Hooray!

Oaty Apple Crumble

It has been a lovely, sunny autumn day today, and as the nights draw in I find that I’m craving comfort food! I have to admit that I have a bit of a sweet tooth, and this Oaty Apple Crumble is definitely one of our household favourites. This recipe has developed over time as I’ve added extra ingredients and experimented with others, so see the optional ingredients to create your perfect crumble. I always freeze half of the apple and crumble, but it is really quick and easy to make – even as a mid-week treat!

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