[VIDEO] Four brilliant healthy lunchbox ideas

[VIDEO] Four brilliant healthy lunchbox ideas

I did some work with Total Greek yoghurt over the summer and my challenge was to create 9 fun, tasty and healthy new lunchbox treats which would make a change from jam sarnies or salt and vinegar crisps. You have already seen the instant chocolate mousse which I posted earlier on in the week and here are four further delicious recipes. Probably my favourite of the four is my lamb gyro. It’s my take on the classic lamb sandwich, so synonymous with Greece. I had to be careful to ensure that the lamb stayed soft, moist and succulent when cooled down and I can promise you that it does if you follow my technique. Neither of my two kids are of school age but these gyros have become an instant hit in the house. As has the peanut butter dip. After all, Archie loves yoghurt and he loves peanut butter – what is not to like in mixing the two?! Plus it’s a great way to serve fruit slices… The fruit smoothie works brilliantly for breakfast as well as lunch. And the pasta salad uses the yoghurt in place of mayonnaise. A lighter choice, a different flavour – and a lovely snack, enhanced by some moreish crispy bacon. Peanut butter and Greek yoghurt dip This dip takes no time to prepare and is a great accompaniment to fruit. Feel free to slightly up the quantity of peanut butter if you would prefer your dip to be more, well, peanut buttery! Preparation time 5 minutes 3 tbsp Total Greek Yoghurt 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter A sprinkle of ground cinnamon...

Win tickets to Alex James presents Harvest

So what are you up to this weekend?! I will be cooking at Harvest at Alex James’ farm on the main stage on Sunday at midday. It’s an absolutely brilliant food, music and fun festival. Top TV chefs such as Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, Rachel Allen, Richard Corrigan and Valentine Warner will cook on the food stage, while great bands and artists like The Kooks, Athlete and the Futureheads will perform on the music stage. Not forgetting loads going on for the kids, not least Charlie and Lola live and Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox, performed by Opera Holland Park. I have one set of family tickets to give away for Sunday. To enter, simply fill out the form below. I will randomly draw the winning family at 15.00 on Thursday and will inform the winners immediately. This prize does not include accommodation or travel. For more information and to buy tickets, go to the festival website Good luck! [si-contact-form form=’1′] Please note – I am only asking for your phone number so you will be easily contactable on Thursday. I will never pass your details on to any third...

Join me for a picnic at Tower Bridge with Total Greek Yoghurt

So what are you up to this Sunday (28th August)? Do you fancy coming to my Total Greek Yoghurt picnic in Potters Fields? It is literally right next to Tower Bridge (the photo below was taken from Potters Fields) and just over the river from the Tower of London. I have teamed up with Total Greek Yoghurt to create dishes for their back-to-school “I love my lunchbox” campaign. Come to the picnic to enjoy my creations. You can watch me cooking them, there will be park games, cooking activities for the kids, face painting, music from the Yummettes – not forgetting the fun of enjoying a picnic in one of the best locations in town. I have 10 family tickets to give away for readers of this blog. If you want to come along, simply fill out the form below. Closing date for this is 13.00 on Wednesday and winners will be informed on Wednesday afternoon. I’ll be there with Jo, Archie and Matlida and hope to see you on Sunday! (If you already entered by replying to my newsletter, there is no need to enter again here). [si-contact-form form=’1′] (I am only asking for your phone number as it is the quickest way to get in touch. Of course, none of your details will be passed on to any third parties...
[VIDEO] BBC GoodFood Show – No-cook Parma ham carbonara

[VIDEO] BBC GoodFood Show – No-cook Parma ham carbonara

I was thrilled to be invited to cook at the BBC Good Food Show’s event at Westfield London, alongside some brilliant guests like Jose Pizarro, Masterchef champion Tim Anderson (together with Sarah and James from the show too) and Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi. Archie joined me on stage and we cooked three dishes – my no-fry Singapore noodles. no-cook carbonara pasta (recipe below) and my tiffin cakes too. [Apologies for the slightly odd angle of recording of this video! I simply perched my camera on the work surface just before going on stage!] As ever, I had no idea whether Archie would come on stage with me or not but, as you will see in the video, he literally ran on stage to join me. What I find interesting is that, as he gets older, he is much more interested in cooking and preparing his own ideas alongside me (albeit often fairly inedible!), rather than cooking what I am cooking. I really like this show of independence and I see it frequently in my kitchen at home. I chose the three recipes (all from my book) as I wanted to show how cooking fresh and tasty recipes at home needn’t be time consuming or difficult. I love the Singapore noodle recipe as the vegetables are baked in the oven, rather than fried in a wok. This is a perfect twist on the classic dish if you have young helpers in the kitchen. The tiffin remain the most clicked on recipe on this blog and the carbonara is part of a whole chapter of the book of no-cook pasta sauces....

Come see me cook at BBC Good Food Show in Westfield

I’m very excited to be cooking this weekend at the BBC Good Food Show in Westfield, West London. The iconic event comes to London’s most iconic shopping centre. There will be producers exhibiting their food and, of course, a food stage. I will be cooking at 2pm and 4pm on Saturday. Over the weekend you can also see Masterchef champion Tim Anderson and a number of other great guest appearances. You can view the full schedule here. Do come and join us, it should be a really fun day. I will of course be there with Jo and Matilda, as well as Archie and look forward to maybe seeing you...
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