nutella and kahlua hot chocolate.

nutella and kahlua hot chocolate

A cosy Christmas drink featuring some of my favourite flavours; Nutella and coffee. Combining the perfect aromas of Kahlua coffee liqueur with indulgent chocolate and whipped cream, this is a real festive crowdpleaser. Top it off with a swirl of cream, edible glitter and a candy cane for and extra Christmassy touch. Divine!

nutella and kahlua hot chocolate recipe

homemade peppermint candy cane gin.

homemade peppermint candy cane gin

I do love a flavoured gin. So when I had some leftover candy canes from Christmas, I thought I'd experiment with some homemade gin myself. This festive favourite is super easy to make, just choose your favourite plain gin, add candy canes and allow it to infuse. This homemade peppermint candy cane gin recipe really is that simple.

homemade peppermint candy cane gin recipe



pigs in blankets mac 'n' cheese.

pigs-in-blankets-mac-and-cheese-recipe

Now we’ve opened the first door of our advert calendar, dropped a few hints about pressies and booked that wreath making class. Is it finally December? The season for all things jolly, decking the halls and jingling bells. With that comes some of the best food back in the supermarkets too. Sprouts? Love them. Chocolate log? Can’t get enough. Pigs in blankets? An absolute must.

pigs-in-blankets-mac-and-cheese-recipe

But when you aren’t conjuring up your Christmas roast, how else can you enjoy some classic pigs in blankets. I’ve created a festive twist on an American classic with this Pigs In Blankets Mac 'n' Cheese recipe. What more could you want in your macaroni cheese than extra little morsels of sausages wrapped in bacon? Bliss. Plus, it’s a great way to use up leftover cheese board too. Not that there is ever any leftover cheese in our household…

parmesan rosti and poached eggs. (+ hamper giveaway)


I love a good brunch, especially on a lazy Winter weekend. So what better time than Christmas to plan an indulgent breakfast with a piping hot coffee and fresh orange juice. This homemade parmesan rosti recipe is made with Parmigiano Reggiano; a hard Italian cheese with a slightly salty, fruity and nutty aroma. It's perfect for adding a hint of something extra to a crisp potato rosti, which is perfectly complemented by an inviting poached egg with bright, runny yolk. 

Parmigiano Reggiano is a PDO product, exclusively produced in Parma, Modena and Reggio Emilia, on the plains, hills and mountains enclosed between the rivers Po and Reno. With nine centuries of excellence, the Parmigiano Reggiano is aged for its beautiful taste and distinctive crystals. It's delicious just sliced off and sampled on its own, but it really works for this recipe too. 

I've teamed with Parmigiano Reggiano to host a special Christmas hamper giveaway. Scroll down to read the recipe and how you could be in with a chance of winning...



how to create the ultimate cheeseboard: video.


A strong cheddar, a creamy blue, a crumbly white; everyone has their favourite cheese. Cheeseboards can be pretty personal too. I love a smoked cheese or a rich Brie, as well as dunking warm bread into freshly baked Camembert. It's true Christmas isn't complete without a cheeseboard. And since you might have guests coming over to share it (whilst we all wouldn't mind a cheeseboard to ourselves), I've created what I think is the best cheeseboard spread to give you a few ideas.

Scroll on for the video as well as details of the beautiful cheese on offer this year at Central England Cooperative...

parmesan cheese scones with parmesan butter and cranberry sauce. (+ hamper giveaway)

Parmesan Cheese Scones

Perfect for lunch, a festive spread or as part of a savoury afternoon tea, a warm plate of fresh cheese scones are always a welcome addition. This scone recipe in particular premium twist with a hint of festive cheer in the form of luxury Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano infused butter and sweet and tangy cranberry sauce.

One of the world’s oldest and richest cheeses, its no surprise this PDO cheese is often referred to as the King of Cheeses. A hard Italian cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano, sometimes referred to in the UK as parmesan cheese, is still produced today as it was nine centuries ago. With a very special make-up and recipe, the product is only be allowed to be made in particular areas of Italy, with specially selected dairies and producers of the highest quality. This makes it a real treat all year round, but especially in the festive season when it's time to indulge in some delicious cheese.

In fact, I've teamed with Parmigiano Reggiano to host a special Christmas hamper giveaway. Scroll down to read the recipe and how you could win...


mince pie christmas freak shake.

Mince Pie Freak Shake

It's beginning to look like... I want to eat all the Christmas food. This creamy, cinnamon spiced, chocolately Christmas freak shake is the most inviting treat to enjoy whilst watching those festive films. Whizzed up mince pie is met with a good quality ice cream, milk, cinnamon and cocoa powder before being stacked with mini mince pies and striped candy canes. Indulgent! Do you think you could devour this mince pie freak shake? Go on... I challenge you. It's Christmas, after all.

Mince Pie Freak Shake Recipe

walnut and white chocolate spiced cookies.

walnut and white chocolate spiced cookies

These colder days are giving me the urge to bake. And the cosy evenings with blankets and candles are making me want to eat sweet treats with a cuppa or hot chocolate. So the temptation to whip up a fresh batch of cookies, when they only need cupboard essentials and less than 30 minutes is strong. This spiced cookie recipe has a delicious and warming base, with sweet half melted white chocolate against crunchy walnuts. Dreamy!

walnut and white chocolate spiced cookie recipe

chocolate and chestnut brownies.

Chocolate and Chestnut Brownies
Chocolate and Chestnut Brownie Recipe


An autumnal inspired brownie recipe that’s perfect to enjoy curled up with a cup of tea. These indulgent chocolate brownies combine the rich flavours of dark chocolate, sweetness of milk chocolate pieces and nutty hints of chestnut. 

Chocolate and Chestnut Brownies Recipe UK
Co-op Chocolate and Chestnut Brownies

I’ve used the Co-op Irresistible 70% Dark Chocolate for this recipe, which has both floral and spicy notes. Plus they’re individually wrapped in beautiful gold paper, so you can enjoy them as an occasional, but decadent, treat. The Irresistible Milk Chocolate lived up to its name too. Made with carefully selected Peruvian cocoa, it has a smooth and creamy taste which makes it perfect to scatter into a brownie mix as a sweet contrast against the intense dark chocolate. 


aubergine, paneer & sweet red pepper curry.

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A super easy curry to make-ahead as a midweek meal, or simmer away on a weekend. This medium spiced vegetarian curry doesn't really have an origin as such. I was influenced by Indian and Thai flavours but on the whole it's pretty made up - why not eh! With a tomato base, the paneer and deliciously softened vegetables are flavoured with the likes of lime, red chillies, ginger, garam masala and fresh coriander. The dish is finished off with a crunch of peanuts and extra lime juice. I ate it with chopsticks just because it made the paneer fun to skewer, but there really are no rules here. If you're a fan of tikka masala and red Thai curries, you might just like this too.

aubergine-paneer-sweet-red-pepper-curry

reece's peanut butter cup macarons.

reece's peanut butter cup macarons

Some tasty little macarons made to taste just like your favourite peanut butter treat. Creating a Reece's Peanut Butter Cup style buttercream, which tastes like chocolate peanut butter, I've made some mini Reece's inspired macarons. Good luck trying not to eat the frosting right out the bowl... believe me it will be worth it.

reece's peanut butter macarons
reece's macarons recipe

my ultimate comfort bolognese.


A comforting Italian inspired bolognese recipe, ideal to batch cook for an easy midweek meal. Combining pork and beef mince, this hearty recipe goes towards your five a day with sweet, softened red peppers and slightly salty black olives. Serve up with your favourite pasta and a good grating of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Though for me it has to be spaghetti. Classic.


easy pumpkin cinnamon buns.


An easy cinnamon bun recipe which is perfect for the pumpkin season. One of my favourite things about Autumn is the excuse for all things hygge. Pronounced hoo-gah, hygge is the concept of cosiness, hailing from Denmark and Norway. Friends, family, fun and loved ones around doing things that you love. Although it's an all year round thing, it perfectly ties in with the Autumn and Winter want to curl up with a blanket with a cuppa and candles.

I'm actually off to Copenhagen for my 30th next week. But for now, I thought I'd satisfy my appetite for all things hygge and Scandi with this Autumn inspired pumpkin cinnamon bun recipe.



pressure cooker tandoori lamb with coconut and turmeric rice.


From paellas to puddings and risotto to ribs, who knew there was so much you make in a pressure cooker? Long gone are the days of noisy pressure cookers squealing on your Granny's stove; they've come a long way since then. Safe and smart, the Prestige Smart Plus Pressure Cooker include a visual pressure indicator that raises to indicate when the cooker is at pressure, as well as a directional pressure regulator to ensure safe release of steam away from you.

They're a real time saver too, usually knocking off a third of your usual cooking time. The results are impressive too, keeping meat and seafood delicate and tender, rice fluffy and vegetables flavoursome. The lid seals in nutrients too, which is always a bonus.


Inspired by the Prestige and Stacey Solomon collaboration, I've come up with my own creation. A spicy tandoori lamb recipe with coconut and turmeric rice, all made in the slow cooker. All in less than15 minutes. #NoPressure.

pumpkin spiced baked doughnuts.


HELLO AUTUMN! Anyone else as excited as me? Shame about the lack of Summer and that. But now it's October I'm truly embracing being an Autumn baby and getting involved with ALL of the Autumn leaves, cosy accessories and obviously a million PSLs. (Pumpkin spiced lattes, by the way). Over on my Instagram I couldn't resist a Boomerang throwing up some leaves and sharing my newest scented candle. So are you surprised I've been baking pumpkin spiced everything too? First in line are these heavenly pumpkin spiced baked doughnuts. Think cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg with a topping of maple sweetened pecans and syrup. But I can't promise I'm stopping here...



homemade sweet chilli salmon fishcakes with poached egg, smashed avocado and tomato and chilli chutney.


We all love brunch these days, don’t we? With menus packed to the brim with smashed avocado, delicate smoked salmon and scrambled tofu, there really is everything for everyone, specifically between the hours of 10am-12pm. For me, I’m a real seafood and fish lover, often opting for the likes of Egg Royale, smoked kippers and spicy kedgeree.


Recently, I was lucky enough to be invited to the sauciest of brunches for seafood fans, hosted by The Saucy Fish Co. With four courses of delectable dishes to show of their seafood selections, I really was in my element, in particular the Lime and Coriander Salmon Breakfast Wrap and Smoked Haddock Kedgeree with Cheddar and Chive Sauce. 

Inspired to create my own brunch at home, I’ve used the Saucy Fish Sweet Chilli Salmon Fillets with Tomato and Chilli Chutney to create a stacked up breakfast treat with fresh avocado and a runny poached egg. Plus, the panko breadcrumbs and sesame seeds give that extra texture and crunch. How do you have yours?


taking on the lunch time challenge with weight watchers.


Did you know 1 in 3 of us eating the same lunch every day? I'm definitely a creature of habit when it hits midday. I may get creative in the kitchen, go out for Instagram-able dinners and seek out beautiful brunches on the weekend and evenings, but in the office I'm definitely more al desko than fresco.

Jacket potatoes are my vice. And although I get creative with the toppings, I have them at least three times a week. I'm also pretty good with leftovers and sometimes do prep ahead some healthy alternatives in my bento lunch boxes. Most of the time though, I can feel pretty uninspired and could do with some serious office lunch inspo.

When Weight Watchers got in touch with their #WWLunchTimeChallenge I couldn't wait to to shake up lunchtimes, swapping standard sandwiches for something new from their chilled prepared meals range. So what was on the menu?


Spicy Mac & Meatballs 
Red Thai Curry and Sticky Jasmine Rice 
Lincolnshire Sausage and Root Vegetable Mash 
Hearty Cottage Pie 
Chilli Con Carne and Potato Wedges

All of their meals are low in sugar, less than 400 calories and contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. From British favourite Chicken Tikka Masala to Italian inspired Bolognese Al Forno, there really is something for everyone. Developed by their chefs in conjunction with nutritional experts, their meals are designed for the time poor who are looking for a healthy option come lunch time.

First up is the Spicy Mac & Meatballs, which incidentally ended up being my favourite. A real kick of chilli met with macaroni and juicy meatballs made this a real treat. Mixing pasta, meatballs and Mexican flavours, what's not to like?


Comfort food for under 300 calories? You can't go wrong the Lincolnshire Sausage and Root Vegetable Mash. The heartwarming root veg mash with a hint of mustard was a great alternative to regular potato. Whilst the sausages were tasty and chunky whilst still being lean and delicately seasoned. I think this will be a favourite in the aisles for the Autumn months.


Another dish set to be a crowdpleaser is their Chilli Con Carne and Potato Wedges. Seasoned with 
oregano, coriander, cumin, smoked paprika and black pepper, this was a very warm and welcome lunch for a cold day. You could even add some coriander, a sprinkle of strong cheese and some low fat yoghurt for a low calorie Mexican treat.


So whether you're looking for comfort food, a fakeaway or to shake up your own lunch hour, the latest Weight Watchers range is definitely something to watch out for.  Unlike fad diets and quick fixes, Weight Watchers are proud to provide a flexible and balanced approach to leading a healthier lifestyle without giving up the things you love. As a real foodie, I can confirm that their flavours are great and definitely didn't feel like a low calorie option. 

Will you be forfeiting that fifth cheese sandwich and giving them go? Find them online or in the chilled aisle of leading supermarkets, from around £2 a pack. 

In collaboration with Weight Watchers

roasted basa in black bean & garlic sauce with udon noodles.

LKK Basa Recipe

Create an array of authentic Chinese favourites in a flash with the latest stir-fry sauces from Lee Kum Kee. If, like me, you’re strapped for time in the evenings, these simple stir ins are just the ticket for an easy to use packet sauce that packs a punch. 

The classic stir-fry has long been a quick mid-week favourite and this new LKK range can be paired perfectly with a variety of ingredients including: fish, prawns, chicken, beef and vegetables – giving you a mouthwatering meal in minutes. 


Lee Kum Kee Black Bean Garlic Sauce
Lee Kum Kee Black Bean Garlic Sauce Basa


Lee Kum Kee has over 130 years’ experience in sauce making and from Kung Pao to Honey & Soy, these sauces are ideal for some Eastern inspiration, at just 85p a packet - think how much you could save on takeaways! Ready to make a fuss-free Chinese banquet? Me too

I’ve created one for the seafood lovers - as well as those with very little time. The frozen basa fillets are easy to throw in the oven with the delicious sauce. You can then add your favourite size noodles - from thick udon to skinny vermicelli - to go alongside some colourful veg.