Bacon and Pine Nut Macaroni Cheese

Cheese and pasta are two of my favourite foods, I eat cheese every day! So you would think macaroni cheese would be my absolute favourite but I have always found it boring, tasteless and bland. Every time I have cooked it I’ve developed and added things until I finally became happy with it. I’ve added pine nuts and crispy bacon for texture. The cheese sauce isn’t a classic cheese sauce, it’s not really suitable for those on a diet!

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Courgette frittata

This is Mr BFM’s favourite meal and he is a big meat lover so it must be pretty good! It’s really quick and easy to make, I’m not sure if this is the way a typical frittata is made but it still works. It’s so easy, that my toddler actually did most of preparing. I had to take over as she got a bit excited about the cheese and fell off her chair (she was fine after having a slice of cheese) but she did the majority of it!

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Get Well Soon Banana and Ginger Smoothie 

A healing cheap smoothie to aid an upset stomach. Great for little ones and adults too.

Eva has been poorly the last couple of days with a tummy ache. It is nearly impossible to get a toddler to take any kind of medication so she wasn’t getting any better. She absolutely loves all fruit so I thought a smoothie would be a great way of getting some extra healthy goodness into her. I couldn’t go out and buy ingredients because at this point she didn’t even want to leave the sofa, so I used just what I had already.

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Baking bread and mental health 

Baking bread is partly the reason why I love to cook. After having Eva, due to having a bad birth, pretending that I could cope and being completely unprepared for parenthood, I developed severe postnatal depression, OCD and anxiety. I suffered in silence for nearly a year. I gave up my job, refused to go outside and I felt like a terrible mother. I finally plucked up the courage to talk to the doctor, just telling one person felt like an enormous weight had been lifted off my shoulders and my world became a little less darker. I told Stephen by text message because I was too ashamed to tell him to his face but with his and other family members support, I began to feel like my normal self again. However, I still felt a bit empty and still not 100%.

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Stromboli

There two things you should know about me:

  1. I love pizza
  2. I love making bread

So I double love stromboli!

As I said before, I love making bread. I understand it is very time consuming and it’s not for every one so you can use pizza dough sheets from the super market.

I make my toddler get involved by letting her have a go at kneading the dough, rolling it out and placing the ingredients into the middle. I find that, the more she helps with preparing the meal, the more likely she is to eat it after wards.

I have included the recipe and instructions for making the dough as it differs slightly from a typical bread dough.

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