Food & Drink

Welcome to our family friendly food and drink page where we bring you great recipes that both grownups and children will love to cook together, eat together and stay healthy together.

Family Friendly Recipes 

Vegan Upside Down Fig Cake Recipe

Recipe from Louise Palmer Masterton, founder of Stem & Glory: www.stemandglory.uk/ A recipe for autumn when figs are in season. Choose the fattest, ripest ones that you can find. Serves 8 INGREDIENTS The cake 1 cup Flour ½ cup Almond meal (ground almonds) ¾ cup...

Vegan Dutch Apple Cake

This cake was actually first created by Stem & Glory founder Louise’s daughter Daisy when she was 13, and it was an instant hit. Serves 8 INGREDIENTS 2 cups flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp bicarbonate soda ½ cup + 2 tbsp dark sugar 1 tbsp cinnamon pinch nutmeg 1 ¼...

Vegan Classic Chocolate Cake

Recipe from Louise Palmer Masterton, founder of Stem & Glory: www.stemandglory.uk/ This is a really simple and delicious large cake that can be served in many different ways. You could make a large rectangular cake with a layer of ganache on top. You could also...

Quick & Easy Bruschetta

I'm not sure you can really call this a recipe because it's so simple, but that simplicity is its what makes this bruschetta so special and one of my favorite things to eat. It's little more than some salad on toast really. I did this for our evening meal earlier in...

Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipe

Cooking time: 75 minutes Serves: 12+ slices Ingredients for cake: 200g caster sugar 200g self raising flour 200g chocolate 200g butter (room temperature) 2 tsp vanilla paste or extract 2 or 3 gratings of orange rind 6 eggs  Ingredients for chocolate buttercream: 200g...

Mrs Robin’s Fruit Cake Recipe

Cooking time: 75 minutes Serves: 12+ slices Ingredients: 125g margarine 175g sugar (dark brown, light or white) 175g currents 175g sultanas 50g candied peel 225ml of water 1 level teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda 1 heaped teaspoon of mixed spice 2 beaten eggs 125g...

Microwave Steam Pudding Recipe

Cooking time: 5 minutes Serves: 4 to 6 Ingredients: 100g Soft butter 100g Caster Sugar (or granulated) 100g Self Raising flour ** 2 large eggs 2 tbsp of milk Method: You will need a 1.5 pint pudding bowl - slightly larger will be fine. Beat the butter and sugar...

South African Peach & Parma Ham French Toast

This tasty, satisfying snack is bursting with great flavours! Serves 4 Preparation: 10 minutes Cooking: 5 minutes 2 South African peaches or nectarines, pitted and sliced20g butter4 slices sourdough or crusty white bread20g mascarpone or cream cheese4 slices Parma...

South African Roast Plum, Sweet Potato & Quinoa Salad

Roast South African plums taste sensational in this colourful, healthy warm salad. Serves 4 Preparation: 15 minutes Cooking: 25 minutes 8 South African plums, quartered and pitted 500g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks 2tbsp olive oil 400g can chickpeas,...

Topsy-Turvey Plum, Peach and Almond Cake

Try this upside-down cake made with luscious South African fruit – it’s plum delicious! Serves 12 Preparation: 20 minutes Cooking: 50 minutes 4tbsp golden syrup or honey 6 South African plums, halved and pitted2 South African peaches or nectarines, pitted and...

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Peachy Chocolate Mascarpone Tart

Peachy Chocolate Mascarpone Tart

Use juicy South African peaches or nectarines to create this yummy tart – it’s simple and sensational! Serves 10Preparation: 15 minutesChilling: 30 minutes 4 South African peaches or nectarines, pitted and sliced4tbsp caster sugar125g butter250g digestive biscuits,...

Don’t miss Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food.

Don’t miss Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food.

Channel 4 8pm Friday Night For a good deal on this book click here to see it on Amazon.co.uk I hadn't seen any PR about the start of this new series and actually missed it on Friday night but caught up on Saturday morning using the great new Channel 4 App on our Apple...

Mary Berrys Quick Cooking

Mary Berrys Quick Cooking

The cover of Mary Berry's new Quick Cooking book which accompanies her new series on BBC 2, Monday evenings at 8:30pm. At the time of writing you can get a 52% discount on this book on Amazon UK by clicking here. This week Mary attends her very first music festival...

2019 Childrens Runner Bean Experiment

Each year we grow runner beans from seed and carefully measure and record the results as a fun and educational family activity.

What does 30g of sugar look like? Learn about hidden sugar and how quickly you can consume the recommended maximum of 30gs of sugar a day.

What does 6g of salt look like? Learn all about why we need salt and how easy it is to consume more than the recommend 6g of salt per day.

Notes from Gardeners World

Each week we watch Gardners’ World and publish our thoughts and notes about the programme online.

What makes a good Childrens Menu?

If you run a restaurant or cafē see my advice on creating the perfect kids menu.