Easy Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe

This is called Pizza Pasta Bake because it’s a pasta bake that smells and tastes like pizza, or so the kids tell me. That’s probably because the fillings we use happen to be the kids’ favourite pizza toppings, but once a dish is named in our house there’s no changing…

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Cathal's Creamy Tomato and Chorizo Pasta Bake

Cathal pasta bake

When someone else offers to cook dinner I always accept, so when my five-and-a-half year old asked if he could I thought it would be giving a bad example not to let him. Together we chose a recipe that (a) he would eat and (b) he would be able to…

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17 Summer Dinner Ideas

When summer rolls in nobody wants to be slaving over a cooker or waiting ages for dinner to be ready. I’ve noticed a definite change in what we’ve been eating for dinner as the evenings get longer, and the temperature has risen a little. Summer dinners need to be quick…

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Fluffy Bunny Birthday Cake 

Miss L was very sure what kind of cake she wanted for her first ever birthday party (and second ever birthday) – she declared it would be a “bunny cake” and so, in the family tradition, it was to be. She turns three this week so this post is long…

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One Pot Chicken and Rice Pilaff 

“One pot wonder” is how the Lidl webpage sells this recipe, but it should come with a cautionary note that it’s only a one pot wonder if you own the right pot. Luckily, I do. I’ve made this dish a few times and it always goes down well, mostly because…

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Healthy Coconut Macaroons from The Happy Pear 

Like the whole world I’m trying to eat less crap, but my sweet tooth is letting me down and I’ve been scouring my “healthy” cookbooks for better for me ideas. I got the Happy Pear cookbook last year and instantly loved the no bake twix bars(link) and the caramel slices…

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19 Healthy Snacks My Kids Will Actually Eat 

Surely my kids aren’t the only ones that are ALWAYS hungry? Sometimes I think that when I’m at home I just feed them, clean up after feeding them and repeat all day til bedtime. When I was off work on maternity leave we’d have lots of visitors so they’d enjoy…

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Our 9 Favourite Family Dinners 

Dinnertime conversation in our house is, well, low brow. It’s punctuated with spilled milk and requests for ketchup. I went through a phase of asking the kids what their favourite meal was to distract them from how much they hated whatever was on their plates at that moment so now,…

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