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Oatmeal mess

So. What on earth do you have for breakfast when you’re not allowed sugar and have the capacity to eat the whole kitchen when you wake up? Oats, clearly. My recipe isn’t really the norm but it hits the spot at any time of day…

The addition of the cocoa nibs might not be up your street but seriously give it a go, they give such an unusual taste and texture!

Oatmeal mess



  • 5og oats. (lots. lots and lots.)
  • 20g sultanas (the big sugar debate. if you are a true ‘sugar-free’ please omit these’
  • 10g chopped nuts (texture)
  • 15g cocoa nibs
  • 1 tablespoon honey/maple syrup (NATURAL sugars)
  • 150ml soya milk
  • extra water – if you so wish
  • cinnamon


Yep. The way I like to approach this is to whack the whole lot in a bowl, add a decent amount of water and microwave for around 2 minutes.




I never took a picture of this when it was cooked. I ate it instead




Bolognaise – my style

There’s something about a really good bolognaise sauce that completes a meal. None of that watery rubbish – a proper thick tomato-ey mess full of flavour and comfort.

Bolognaise – my style

they are all very red ingredients. i like that, don't you?

they are all very red ingredients. i like that, don’t you?


This makes enough for around 6-8 people. Or something (I never know cause my Dad has the eating capacity of a lion).

  • 800g minced beef (we go for lean because we’re healthy like that)
  • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
  • Passata and/or tomato puree (again, just interpret this as you like. I get small pleasure from squirting in the puree – not sure if it makes that much of a difference)
  • 2 oxo cubes
  • 1 red onion (or 2 if you like that oniony vibe, finely chopped if you please)
  • Worcestershire sauce (not pictured because it’s a secret)
  • red peppers, mushrooms, carrots, parsnips … vegetables of YOUR choice
  • Seasonings (salt, pepper, herbs…)
  • Big pan
  • Spaghetti, pasta, rice. That thing with which you will eat your bolognaise. I like to use my hands

What next?

Heat a little oil in your big pan and add those onion pieces. Fry until nicely browned and caramelized.

Add your beef, oxo cubes and a good glug of the secret ingredient Worcestershire sauce

Let all this simmer in your pan until the mince is browned and everything is mixed together. It smells amazing. If you’re a sucker for seasoning throw in some pepper, a tiny bit of salt and some of those herbs. If you’re like me and sometimes forget – it still tastes yummy.

Once the meat is ready, chuck in the vegetables, chopped tomatoes and passata (and the puree if you’re a maverick like myself).

Let this simmer for as long as you possibly can. An hour, or two.

For the bake

Spoon this mix over some precooked pasta with a generous spoonful of cheese, and whack in the oven for around 20  minutes (180C/350F/Gas Mark 4).

Enjoy! x

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Super simple sponge (cake)

Happy Easter my cheeky bunnies – although I’m not too happy with having lost an essential   hour of sleep!

Today at 8am, to fit around a busy schedule and of course the sunday morning gym session, I have already been busy in the kitchen making my favourite Super Simple Sponge

It’s a regularly requested bake but doesn’t last long in our house – lucky it takes no time at all to make! Sometimes you just need a timeless classic

Start with collecting together your ingredients. I have to do this because otherwise I would forget something vital, and I think it just helps keep things stress free when you know you have everything out and ready.

i'm so tidy. thanks

i’m so tidy. thanks


  • 250g/6oz self raising flour
  • 250/6oz caster sugar
  • 250g/6oz softened butter
  • 3 eggs
  • vanilla essence
  • an oven, preheated to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4
  • Cake tin. pick a shape. then line it (butter and greaseproof paper)

What next?

Just mix it all together. Cream the butter and sugar into a smooth paste before beating in the eggs (one at a time please!). Then all you need to do is fold in the flour. Done!

I actually took this a step further (considering I’m now a level 2 cook) and decided to make a marble cake. All you need to do is add cocoa powder to half the  mix and splodge it around in your lined cake tin.

super simple sponge - cake mixes

super simple sponge - marbled

It almost looks like a professional did this, don’t you think?

Bake for 26 minutes (check using a knife and see if it comes out clean) and then leave to cool.

super simple sponge - cookedYummy. I kind of took a bite after taking this picture.

Then covered it in buttercream icing.

Definitely one that requires a cup of tea. Enjoy!

super simple sponge - iced

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