Slimming World Chocolate Cake 

More or less everyone I know is attending Slimming World (apart from myself!), so I thought I would try some recipes and I have been impressed. Recently I attempted to make a Slimming World cake and I found it too bitter so I developed this one which I much prefer. I worked it out as 1 syn per slice but please correct me if I’m wrong!

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Make It Gluten free review 

The last few months I have been experimenting with gluten free baking, it hasn’t gone well! I had more or less given up on the idea of successfully baking anything edible for my family when I was offered the chance to review some gluten free mixes from Make It Gluten Free.

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Homemade Naan Bread

Do you ever get stuck in a rut of just buying something ready made from the shop instead of making it yourself? This is exactly what I have been doing with naan bread! When I found out they were incredibly cheap and easy to make, I haven’t brought any since.

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Will my children know we struggled to feed them? 

After having children it got me thinking about how I was raised. Did my Mum and Dad ever go with out so they could provide for us? Did they ever worry that they weren’t  good enough?  Did they ever struggle to feed us? I have done all these things since I became a mum.

My mum raised 4 children and at times worked 3 jobs so she must have done these things too, surely? I don’t ever remember her struggle, I don’t remember my mum and dad splitting up. I just have happy memories of playing on the moors with my sisters and cousins, having the an occasional trip to Butlins, playing with my friends at nursery and school.

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Sticky Pork

I was actually supposed to be making a dish to fit in with Chinese New Year but didn’t realise I had run out of 5 spice until I started making it (I’m kinda tired)!!
It was pretty delicious without it but if you do want to try it just add 1 tbsp of Chinese 5 spice. I’ve used pork loins but can use which ever cut or even meat you wish.

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Teriyaki Salmon and Noodles 

Last week I picked up some salmon portions in the reduced section for 50p each. We do not eat fresh fish very often as it’s usually so expensive. I asked for suggestions for a dish to cook on my blogs Facebook page and I was not disappointed, I wish I had picked up some more salmon now!

This dish was really simple to make. The rich sticky fish goes really well with the fresh tasting noodles. You may want to add more chilli powder if you prefer spicy food but the amount I put in was perfect for my children and my wussy self!

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

For Christmas I received a slow cooker, I have been meaning to get one for ages but have always had something more important to spend my money on!

My first experiment was pulled pork. It’s a dish that all my family love but I have never attempted to make it myself.

The pork joint leg joint cost £2.80 for 1.9kg and I completely underestimated how much it would make. It gave the four of us (two hungry adults and two toddlers), enough for three different meals.

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Banana and Oat Pancakes 

My children and I love these! They are a perfect way of using up any over ripe bananas, and you can also add additional ingredients like, dried fruits or spices to them. We have them for breakfast, lunch and even as a snack. I have served mine with runny honey and banana but my daughter recommends them with ice cream!

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Eva’s Yorkshire Puddings 

Yorkshire puddings are one of the easiest things to make once you know how. My mum taught me how to make them so I thought it’s about time I show Eva! There is plenty for children to do: weighing/sieving the flour, pouring the milk and, whisking the egg and mixture.

This is the same recipe I use for making pancakes and the batter for toad in the hole.

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Meal Plan Week 5

As Christmas approaches I have to be as thrifty as ever when it comes to our food shop. This week I brought a lot of vegetables for our meals form the reduced section in Asda just so I could buy an extra present or two!

Monday: 

Chorizo and Paprika Potatoes 
Tuesday: 

Tuna burgers

Wednesday: 

Chunky Potato and Bacon Soup
Thursday: 

Pizza Dogs
Friday: 

Mozzarella and Tomato Gnocchi
Saturday: 

Tacos with homemade Quick Salsa and Taco Seasoning

Sunday: 

Leftover Baked Potato Bar