Flavour Packed Vegetable Stock

I’ve been making my own vegetable stock forever especially in the colder months and this year being colder for longer I’ve made a small batch this weekend. It’s so simple to do and it’s a great way to use up excess vegetables.  Carrots, celery and onion make up the base of my stock and from there I […]

Vegetables in Disguise

I really love tomato based sauces, I can find a use for a tomato sauce in so many dishes that we eat.  The one I make the most at the moment is the vegetables in disguise version for my toddler girl, she eats plenty of fresh vegetables but occasionally when she is fussy this sauce […]

Roasted Parsnip Soup

I know, the title Roasted Parsnip Soup doesn’t sound all that interesting or appetising!  Parsnips have to be my least favourite vegetable, no matter how they are cooked, I’m just not all that keen.  But in a soup, there’s a different proposition. Once roasted with some onions, garlic, tomatoes and spices, drizzled in olive oil, then […]

Roasted Beetroot and Butterbean Soup

Following on from my previous post of the wonders of the superfood Beetroot, I’ve started with Roasted Beetroot and Butterbean Soup. Honestly, I’ve never taken to Beetroots, I don’t mind them cooked with a salad or raw grated in a sandwich or salad.  But they aren’t on top of my list of vegetables I really savour and […]

Warming Chilli, Chickpea and Lentil Soup – 5:2 Diet

Although the weather here hasn’t been all that cold compared to all the snow we had last year, it has been rather damp and extremely windy, the rain doesn’t show any signs of letting up either.  This Warming Chilli, Chickpea and Lentil soup using the  homemade vegetable stock* I made yesterday is wonderfully filling and […]

Halloween Superfood

Halloween is more widely celebrated over here now, but the poor old Pumpkin gets a scary face and a tea light inside and what happens to all that nutritious Halloween superfood!  My own child is far too young to understand the history of  Halloween and much too young to knock on the door of complete strangers […]

Cod and Chorizo Risotto

We eat a lot of fish at our house, Mr ND is a vegetarian and I mainly eat chicken and fish and the little one usually joins in with one or the other. When buying fish I like to take out a small piece and make another separate meal for her, a little plainer as […]