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Carrot and courgette cake

Marketed as a way to get kids to eat veg on the recipe, which I’m not keen on! But I often have these veg to use up! Not tried this yet but I will.


250g butter

200g sugar

3 eggs

250g SR flour

1 tsp bicarb

1 tsp mixed spice

100g grated carrot

100g grated courgette (you could vary these veg amounts to how much you have!


Grease and line 2 round tins

Beat the cake ingredients then add the grated veg

Divide between the tins and bake for 20-25 mins

Make an icing- could be a cream cheese one or recipe suggests using 140g icing sugar and zest and juice of 1 orange

Ice in middle and on top


Recipe says to vary veg to whatever you like!

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Muffin pizza

Not a recipe, just an idea!

Use muffins as pizza base and top with passata, mozzarella and whatever toppings you have- mushroom, pineapple, other cheeses, sweetcorn, meats, peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, salami etc- whatever needs using up

A fun activity for kids!

You could swap the muffin base for naan breads or baguette

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Leftover banana ice cream

Another lovefood hate waste recipe!

Peel your bananas and freeze them

When ready, take them out of freezer and allow to soften for 20 mins

Whizz in food processor until thick and creamy

Either eat straight away or refreeze


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Leftover fruit buns

Got these from the Lovefood hate waste people at the food fair. Made them with rhubarb for the outdoor cinema and they were a big hit so currently got a blackberry batch in the oven, yum yum!!


175g butter

175g soft brown sugar (have just had to use granulated white)

125g SR flour

50g ground almonds (or dessicated coconut) important as will soak up the juices

fruit- equivalent of 2 grated apples- could be apple, pear, rhubarb, apricot, plum, gooseberries, nectarines, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries…

2 eggs

zest of 1 orange (could omit- I have today!)


Beat the butter and sugar together

Beat in the egg (today I had to replace 1 egg with yoghurt)

Add the flour and ground almonds and mix

Add the orange zest and fruit (chopped if soft, grated if hard)

Put in muffin cases and bake for 10-15 mins


You could freeze these and reheat for a few mins in oven to freshen up

The recipe is super-easy and makes 12 buns

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chilli, cheese and garlic mushroom omelette

Another Olive recipe that’s really more of an idea!

150g chestnut mushrooms

2 spring onions

1 red chilli

3 eggs

50g cheddar

Cook the mushrooms in a frying pan

add the spring onion, chilli and garlic for 3-4 mins

remove to a plate

wipe the pan

beat and season the eggs and pour in

When the omelette is nearly cooked, pour on the mushroom mix and sprinkle on the cheese

Flip one side up and serve

519cals, 40g fat



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Fried egg in a hole

More an idea than a recipe!

2 slices sourdough bread

chilli jam (Or chutney I guess)

1/4 avocado

1 egg

brush 1 slice of bread with oil (or spray with spray oil)

fry until golden

cut a hole from the other piece and spray with oil

flip the bread and crack an egg into the hole (apparently you can crack it into a sieve first to get rid of some of the runny white) Fry until cooked

Spread the first slice with chilli jam and avocado and top with the second slice

381 calories and 17g fat apparently


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Easy lemon curd

Not tried this yet but looks easy and yummy… good for showing off! From my old Olive magazines that are being shredded for rabbit bedding

100g butter

200g golden caster sugar

4 lemons, zested and juiced

3 eggs, beaten


Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy

beat in the lemon zest, followed by the eggs

finally beat in the lemon juice- apparently will look like a curdled mess- don’t panic!

Tip into a pan on very low

Keep stirring– like making custard, to avoid the eggs scrambling

Cool completely- if you think the egg scrambled a bit push through a seive

Keeps for 2 weeks in a clean jar in the fridge

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Roasted red pepper sauce

This is handy! A suggestion for kids from recent Good Food magazine


4 peppers

2 onions

2 garlic cloves (skin on)

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 cans tomatoes

2 tsp red wine vinegar

1 tsp light brown sugar


Toss the peppers and onions with the garlic and olive oil in a lasagne dish

Roast for 40 mins

Add the rest of the ingredients and roast for another 20 mins

Tip into a blender and blend until smooth


Reckons to serve 8, used for gnocchi and pasta, but ours did even more portions!

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courgette, lemon and chilli pasta

We make this all the time, although don’t totally follow the original recipe. It is a recipe we got in a Marley Spoon box. We get our artichoke hearts from Aldi where they are way cheaper than elsewhere.

1 courgette

1 onion (don’t always include this)

1 garlic clove

1 red chilli (I often use dried- but be careful not to overdo it!)

1 lemon

75-100g pasta per person

jar artichoke hearts

dried oregano (not sure I’ve ever used this!)

grated cheese to serve


grate the courgette and squeeze in a colander to remove excess water

peel and chop the onion and garlic. Deseed and chop the chilli

Zest the lemon

Cook the pasta

Sweat the onion for 2 mins. Add the garlic for a minute (careful not to burn it)

Add the courgette and cook for 4-5 mins

Add the lemon zest and juice

Drain the pasta (not too well!) and add to the courgette pan

Add the oregano and cheese

Serve with the artichoke hearts on top

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Slow cooked Chinese beef

Another I’ve had my eye on for a while. I will do this in the slow cooker.

750g braising beef cut into pieces

1 bunch spring onions

3 cloves garlic

root ginger, thumb sized, grated

2 sliced red chillies

2 tsp Chinese 5-spice

1 star anise

2 tbsp. brown sugar

4 tbsp. dry sherry (or rice wine)

2 tbsp. soy sauce

shredded greens and rice to serve

360 calories without rice


Put the ingredients in the slow cooker with 200ml water (save a little spring onion and chilli)

Cook on low all day

To thicken the sauce, boil on hob for a bit

Sprinkle the rest of the spring onion and chilli and serve with rice and greens


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