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I’m a terrible mother. Really. Just ask my kids. I have ignored them, fed them junk food, and yelled at them. I have even forgotten to pick them up from school (more than once). Shocking. But unless they can convince someone else to look after them I’m the only mother they have. This blog is dedicated to all the busy parents who are doing their best – with love and just a bit of guilt – to raise happy, healthy children.  Read more…

Darth Vader Vanilla Cookies

Simple Dairy Free Vanilla Cookies

My granddaughter is obsessed with Darth Vader. She thinks he is the bees knees. So when I was looking for a something simple to bake with her, what could be better than easy vanilla cookies cut into the shape of the dark man himself. Read more…

Pumpkin and choc chip slice

Pumpkin and choc chip slice

Pumpkins grow anywhere. Well, that’s my experience anyway. I cut them away – and they come back. And just keep on coming. Which is great – because pumpkins rock. And so does this slice. Read more…

Hot Cross Buns

Not cross buns

Not a lot beats warmed hot cross buns with lashings of butter at Easter. I started this ‘tradition’ a few years ago and now feel that becuase it is a ‘tradition’ I need to make them every year. It’s a burden I have created for myself, I know, but one Im happy to bear 🙂 Read more…

zucchini and cranberry slice

Vegan Zucchini and Cranberry Slice

I like to make something each week (well when I could be bothered) for the kids to take in their lunches as a small treat. This ‘something’ needs to be mostly healthy, low(ish) in sugar and be good enough to share with friends (who apparently have favourites and have started making baking requests.) Read more…

The Best Ever Chocolate Cake

The Best Ever Chocolate Cake

This cake might seem complicated but is well worth the effort, and no electric mixer is required! Gather all the ingredients before you start to make the process easier. Read more…

Roasted Lamb Cutlets with Balsamic Glaze and Red Onions

Roasted Lamb Cutlets with Balsamic Glaze and Red Onions

This recipe is great for a crowd. I used to sear the cutlets in a frypan before baking it all but to be honest, that was just extra work. Now I throw them all into a pan and bake the lot together. Be generous with the onions, tomatoes and rosemary as the leftovers cook down to a lovely ‘jam’. Read more…

Vegan Hummingbird Cake

Vegan Hummingbird Cake with Coconut Cream & Mango Frosting

Apart from writing, I like to cook. And apparently other people like me to cook too. Which was why I was asked to make three cakes for a wedding. While the Red Velvet and White Chocolate Mud cakes were an (almost) easy task to provide, ideas for a nut-free vegan cake were proving more difficult to come by. Until I created this recipe. Read more…

Spiced Apricot and Almond Tagine

Spiced Apricot and Almond Tagine (Slow Cooker)

This recipe works just as well with chicken and/or a selection of vegetables. The apricots are a big part of this tagine – so try and get the organic ones that have not been sulphur dried. They will be a dark colour and not bright orange.  Read more…

Vegan Rice Puddidge

Vegan Rice Puddidge

This was originally made with a large batch of leftover rice as an Indian style sweet rice pudding. The leftovers from that first pudding were then eaten like a porridge for breakfast. Everyone agreed it made a wonderful breakfast – but could do with less sugar. The recipe was refined and the Rice Puddidge was born. Read more…

Banana and Date Bread

Banana and Date Bread

This is one of the best banana bread recipe I have ever tried, plus it has no refined sugar in it at all. It was such a hit with the kids that for a while two loaves are baked each week for lunches, snacks and to give away to family. Read more…

Kit’s Anzac Biscuits

Kit’s Anzac Biscuits

High in fibre, and half the sugar of usual Anzac biscuits these bickies are made with wholemeal flour. While Anzac biscuits are an Australian tradition – you can add sultanas or even chopped nuts for more flavour and eat them anytime of the year.  Read more…

Wholemeal White Chocolate Cookies

Wholemeal White Chocolate Cookies

I love the fact that you just chuck it all into the food processor and it’s nearly done. No creaming butter and sugar, no sifting the bloody flour. Plus I wear disposable plastic gloves when i mix the white choc chips in so i don’t get the mix under my fingernails either (something I really hate.) Read more…