Quinoa Cookies – no eggs, no flour

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We normally add it to salads or sprinkle on vegetables. Here we decided to try adding quinoa to cookies! Yum and healthy!


Quinoa (cooked)



Ground almonds

Caster sugar




Mix butter and sugar

Add chopped banana and mix well

Add the rest of the ingredients and bake for about 15 min in pre-heated oven at 180-200 degrees


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Potato Spinach Bake

If your little one hates certain vegetables you can “hide”  them  using blender:) Spinach for example! Ben refuses to eat  it, so I decided to try to blend it together with some boiled potatoes etc and bake it.



Boiled potatoes


Fried mushrooms




Boiled carrots


Tomato and cheese to decorate

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Madeira Hearts with Cream and Strawberries

So I’ve been veeeery busy with my newborn photography and it has been so hot, we haven’t really cooked much! I bought Ben a piping bag so he can have some “squeezy” fun and we made this super quick dessert.

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Ingredients all bought in M&S

Madeira Cake

Ready Whipped Cream


Icing sugar – 2-3 table spoons


So we just mixed together cream, mascarpone and icing sugar in a mixer.

Cut madeira cake into slices and used cookie cutter to make hearts.

Then Ben had a lot of fun piping the cream onto hearts and decorating them with strawberries.


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Pain au Raisins

If you want to spend a day (or two!) messing around with a dough – here you go!

I’m not exactly a lover of making pastries, just wanted to test a new mixer with a dough hook:) Last time I’ve tried to make pain au raisins it was a disaster – they were rock hard! This time I made a mistake with the yeast – put it in a very hot water (stupid) and killed it. So the pastries didn’t rise well and were not as soft as my favourite ones from M&S. But way better then last time! And Ben really enjoyed mixing, rolling, adding raisins. He ate one third of raisins in the process:)

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For pastry:

1 cup raisins

3/4 cup water

4 teaspoons instant dried yeast

1/2 lukewarm water

4 cups bread flour

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 cup butter, softened

1 egg

2 tablespoons milk

For frangipane:

2/3 cup ground almonds

1/3 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

3 tablespoons butter, softened

half a pod vanilla seeds

1 tablespoon plain flour


Soak raisins in water



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Mix yest mix, bread flour, milk, sugar, melted butter, salt  on a medium speed for 2 min. If the dough is too sticky keep adding  more flour until it forms a shape.

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Cover the dough loosely and leave at a room temperature for 30 min. Then roll it into 10″x15″ rectangle, cover loosely and allow to rise for 40 min.



Make frangipane in the meantime – mix everything together until creamy paste is formed.

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First time ever Ben broke an egg by himself:)

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Cover the dough with a layer of softened butter

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Then fold 3 times like a letter


Turn it at 90 degrees and roll it out again to the same shape.


Fold it again, cover with cling film and put in a fridge for 1 hour. Then repeat the process one more time.

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Roll the dough into thin 10″x30″ shape (in our  case two “10x”15″) and spread the frangipane.

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Scatter the drained raisins

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Roll the dough into a log and cut it crosswise into slices

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Arrange each slice on a lightly greased baking sheet with 2″ distance in between, cover and leave to rise for 90 min.



Preheat the oven to 180C, whisk an egg with 2 tablespoons of milk to make an egg wash and brush each pastry with it. Bake for 15 min.




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Strawberry Cake

Strawberries are DELICIOUS now! Let’s bake a yummy cake! Very easy to make.




FOR 2 SPONGES (8″ round cake tin)

250g butter

250g sugar

vanilla essence or paste or seeds of half a pod

250 self-raising flour


300g Philadelphia

4 tb sp icing sugar

600 ml whipping cream

700 g fresh strawberries

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Beat butter and sugar

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Then add eggs – one by one


Add vanilla

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Fold in the flour

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Line cake tins and divide the mixture between them. Put in the oven preheated to 200C  for 20 min.

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Make the filling in the meantime

Beat Philadelphia with icing sugar, then add whipping cream and mix well until thick. Chill.

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Sandwich cold sponges together with filling and strawberries inside and on top.

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Tomato Burgers

Well, they are not burgers, just stuffed tomatoes. But Ben insists on calling them “tomato burgers”.

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This is not an actual recipe – we were just improvising:)


Beef mince

Two eggs


Cooked kidney beans



Onion, garlic, thyme, chili flakes, soy sauce, cheese pieces

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Mix eggs, breadcrumbs, kidney beans, chilli flakes, chopped garlic and thyme

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Add soy sauce

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Add mince

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Ben had a bit of a struggle trying to fit it all in:)

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So decided to move the mixture to a bigger bowl

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Mix it all together

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Scoop the tomato flesh out  and stuff them with the mixture. We didn’t have enough tomatoes, so we also made little “boats” using chinese leafs.


Brush the tray with butter, preheat the oven to 180C

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Don’t forget to add cheese!

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Bake for about half an hour or until cooked through. We’ve also boiled some new potatoes and add some fresh cucumbers.


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