A half-term trip to Jamie’s Italian

The Nottingham restaurant is set in a beautiful old building which was actually a merchant's townhouse and has three floors including the cellar which houses the toilets which have been done up with period features.  We were sat at a round table for 8 people in a semi-private room off one of the main rooms.  This was great for the kids as it meant that when they had finished eating they could get up and walk around without bothering other people eating.  

Lentil Ragu – 3 Meal Ideas

This recipe serves two adults and two children as an accompaniment to pasta for one meal with at least three portions left over for other meals. I served this with brown rice spaghetti to make it a gluten-free vegan meal but you can use normal wheat pasta. I used nutritional yeast to give the sauce more flavour, if you don't have this and are not avoiding dairy or dairy intolerant you can stir in some parmesan cheese before serving.

Cooking with Kids – Homemade Pizza

As we only have a small kitchen we don't have room for a lot of gadgets, I literally have room for my kettle and (smoothie) blender that I use every day, add some post, a lunch box, two fruit bowls and some water bottles and it's more than cluttered!  If you're lucky enough to have a bigger kitchen than us and have a bread maker you can do the first bit of this recipe in it, saving some time.

Stuffed Courgettes

We're having a bumper crop of courgettes at the minute thanks to some amazing sunny weather and lots of rain too. I've also had two rather large marrows because I missed them underneath all the huge leaves and didn't go down to the vegetable patch for two days because of the rain.  I came up with this recipe and it worked really well, Oliver asked me as soon as he'd finished when i could make it again so I consider that a win!