If you found my banana choc chip muffins easy, then you’ll love these. These were inspired by a handful of strawberries that I had about to go off in the fridge. As you all know, I hate food waste and always looking for leftovers Ingredients: 230g plain flour 100g granulated sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 100 g white chocolate chips 1 egg 4 tablespoons vegetable oil 4 tablespoons milk 1 cup of strawberries, chopped into small pieces Method: Preheat the oven to 200 fan, while you prep the muffin mix. Mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl, add the egg, milk and oil and mix with a fork. Add the dried ingredients. The batter should be loosely combined and still feel a bit sticky. You’ll get a better muffin this way. Line your muffin tin with paper cases, or smear a thin layer of oil if you’re not using them to avoid sticking. Cook for 20 – 25 minutes depending on your oven. They should be slightly “bouncy” when you touch them. If you’ve used muffin cases you can remove them from the tin straight away and leave to cool on a rack or chopping board until you’re ready to eat them. I like to leave them for at least 15 minutes.  

Tired of toast and cereal for breakfast? These quick and easy blueberry pancakes are a great breakfast recipe, although you can service with syrup and whipped cream for a tasty desert too. I love these as it’ a great way of getting fruit into children and using up fruit that’s about to go past it’s best. Ingredients 2 cups self raising flour 2 cups milk 1 egg 1/2 cup sugar (or a tablespoon of Stevia) 1 cup blueberries   Method Add flour to a bowl and make a well in it. Break in the egg and start to combine. Add half the milk – keep beating. Add the other half of the milk. Heat a heavy frying pan on the hob – hottest you can get it! Spray a little oil or rub a little butter over the pan to prevent sticking (I rarely do as my non stick pan is great). Pour in a dollop of batter to the pan. It will spread out but aim for the size of a rim of a cup. I have a small ladle and I find that one of those is enough. The pancake will start to cook quickly on one side, so drop in a handful of the blueberries. Once it’s a light golden brown, flip it over. Got the knack? I can generally fit in about 3-4 small pancakes in my pan and the mixture will make about 8 pancakes altogether.   Get more easy family recipes here.  

Want to know how to cook steak well and make a £4 rump taste like £8 fillet steak? Ever wonder how to get your steaks at home to taste as succulent and tender as the ones you get in a restaurant? I’m going to tell you how I achieve excellent results every time, without splurging on expensive cuts. I like to use rump steak. It’s cheaper than fillet and very accessible. If you shop around you can get a decent sized portion for about £3-£4, which makes it an economical treat. My husband is a hug meat-lover so if he’s telling me it’s the best steak he’s had, then I’m going to take that as a complement. He almost choked when I told him how much I actually spent on the steak! (These steaks cost less than £3.80 each in Aldi) So what’s my secret? It’s all in the preparation. About four hours before you want to eat your steak, take it out of any plastic packaging or wrap so it can breathe and air dry a little. Leave it in your fridge on a plate – raw meat should always be kept on the bottom of the fridge for hygiene purposes. After about two hours you can start to marinate it. You might want to use a dish or container for this bit… My fool proof marinade Season both sides of the steak with salt and pepper. Pour over a quarter of a cup of olive oil, the same of… View Post