Iced Apple and Mint Tea

By Camille Gibson This tea is wonderfully refreshing and the kids also love it (it’s a great alternative to commercial, sugary drinks). The original recipe calls for Ceylon tea-which complements the mint well, but I also make this with green tea and it is delicious! Serves 4  Ingredients 3 tbsp fresh mint leaves Zest of one […]

Pomegranate Vinegar!

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Lavender and Rose Syrup- Budget Friendly Christmas Gift!

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Goats Cheese In Olive Oil and Herbs- Beautiful Christmas gift!

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Homemade Kahlua. A perfect Christmas Gift!

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Home Made Spiced Hazelnut Biscotti!

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Frozen Banana Snacks: 4 ways!

By Camille Gibson Bananas are cheap and versatile and without doing very much to them at all can be transformed into something healthy and something decadent.    As the weather heats up for us, these make some lovely chilled snacks to cool down with in the afternoon.  Ingredients 5 bananas Chopped mixed nuts Desiccated coconut […]

Grilled Polenta With Melted Blue Cheese and Pears

By Camille Gibson I am a huge fan of polenta. I keep slices of it in the fridge to use in my lunch box on work days. A slice of this will also keep tea time munchies at bay! The blue cheese and pear in this recipe make a delightful combination. Serve with a green […]

Mixed Bean Salad: Big Batch Recipe! Budget Recipe!

By Camille Gibson This dish looks beautiful on the plate.   It can stand alone or can act as a side at a BBQ with something like Cajun Blackened Tofu This meal is packed full of vegetable based protein, so as well as being delicious, it’s ever-so good for you. Serves 20  Ingredients 400g dry […]

Cajun Blackened Tofu: big batch recipe/meatless dinner!

By Camille Gibson This is great for entertaining and for throwing on the barby this summer.  A great vego alternative to the usual snags and steaks. It is a spicy dish, so if you need to tone it down, omit the cayenne pepper. Serve with quinoa or rice and a fresh salsa. Serves 16 Ingredients 1.6kg firm […]

Chai spiced Porridge: budget recipe

By Camille Gibson One morning recently, (after a particularly tough week!), I decided I needed a properly comforting breakfast. This spiced porridge is what I came up with. It’s silky and sweet, even before you add any honey or sugar. Enough to put a smile on anyone’s face! Serves 4  Ingredients 120g porridge oats 400ml tin […]

Gomashio:Japanese Seasoning

 By Camille Gibson I keep this home-made seasoning with the salt and pepper next to the cooker. It’s often used in Japanese cooking, but I find myself sprinkling it over just about everything. Not only is it super-tasty, but sesame seeds are packed with calcium, zinc and protein. Try it sprinkled over  salads, stir- fries, meat […]

Home Made Calzones: budget/Lunchbox heaven

By Camille Gibson Calzones are Italian pastries made using traditional pizza ingredients.  They are tasty and fun, and have proven very popular with my kids. Serve alongside a green salad for a delicious dinner. Alternatively, you can make miniature versions of these, and freeze them to use in school lunches. The recipe below makes a […]

Baked Ziti: Big Batch! Vegetarian!

By Camille Gibson This is a simple, low budget meal that kids will love. Serve with steamed green vegetables or green salad. What is Ziti? Ziti is the name of the pasta usually used in this dish we, however are using penne in our recipe.  You can use whatever pasta you have and we won’t tell […]

Marinara Sauce: Big Batch!(Slow Cooker option)

By Camille Gibson This is the ultimate in budget recipes.  So good to have a vat of this stored in the fridge and from this post we have some recipes you use it with to make it go as far as possible. What is Marinara Sauce? Marinara (mariner’s) Sauce is a traditional southern Italian tomato sauce […]

Home Made Fresh Tomato Salsa: Big Batch Recipe!

  By Camille Gibson I love salsa. It’s a wonderful way to use up leftover vegetables, herbs or even fruit. Whip it up in no time at all, and dollop it over just about anything to add a lively, fresh kick to your meal. This is my recipe for a simple tomato salsa. If I’m […]

How To Poach A Chicken: Stock Recipe and Meal Ideas

By Camille Gibson Poaching a chicken is incredibly cost effective and simple, and it produces tender, succulent meat that can be used in salads, sandwiches/wraps or sauces. You can freeze any leftovers, and use the stock as a base for your favourite soup or risotto. I keep the shredded chicken in the fridge and use it […]

Chicken (or haloumi) and Salsa Wrap

By Camille Gibson Use home-made tomato salsa in this delicious wrap, and any leftovers from your poached chicken.  It is equally as good if you replace the chicken with a few slices of grilled haloumi. I’ve included approximate measurements with the ingredients as this is mostly down to personal taste. The key is not to overload the […]

Creamy Garlic Pasta with Green Beans and Tomato

By Camille Gibson   Simple. Quick. Delicious.   Serves 4.  Ingredients 300g spaghetti 300g green beans, topped and tailed 6 plum tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped 100g prosciutto ham, torn into pieces (optional) Or use shredded chicken from the poached chicken method 1 garlic clove, chopped 3 tbs basil, chopped 150ml double cream 50g parmesan, […]