Meal Planner

JoCraft & Baking, Family Life

Salad

I was thrilled that so many of you have contacted me to say that you found my weekly meal planner (here) useful, so I thought I would write a second edition. To be totally honest, my meal planning goes from being super organised to being a ‘freezer surprise’ as a friend calls it, but on occasion I do plan in … Read More

Rock Cakes

JoCraft & Baking, Family Life

Rock cakes on wire cooling rack

Ahhh, rock cakes! They take me right back to my childhood. When everyone else was making beautiful biscuits, butterfly cupcakes and marbled flapjack, I was chucking the mix on a baking tray and enjoying the misshapen rock cakes that emerged half an hour later. Over the years I’ve perfected my recipe for these, and now my boys are masters at … Read More

Pea Thing

JoCraft & Baking, Family Life

Peas on bread

Yes, you read that right, I really have decided to call this ‘Pea Thing’. On the back of a conversation with a friend we thought that it was both fitting and memorable. So, here are the ingredients and method for ‘Pea Thing’. Sure to go down well at summer buffets! Ingredients (makes 15 pieces): 200g peas (I use frozen peas which … Read More

Apple and Blueberry Crumble

JoCraft & Baking, Family Life

Apple and blueberry crumble

A favourite for anyone who likes a pudding as much as we all do. Crumble is so quick and easy to make and something that my boys can get involved with putting together as well. Perfect for long summer days or cold winter afternoons. Here’s our recipe: Ingredients For the crumble topping: 175g flour 75g butter 50g soft brown sugar … Read More

Easy-peasy Banana Loaf

JoCraft & Baking, Family Life

Banana loaf, served with freshly sliced banana

We have a method of cooking when we are making things with our children that quite possibly won’t set them up to be rising stars of the culinary scene in years to come, but it works for us in the here and now. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes we are very precise, but with our favourite well-known recipes, our preparation … Read More

Weekly Meal Planner

JoCraft & Baking, Family Life

Uncooked lasagne topped with grated cheese

Meal planners can really help finances stretch, not to mention reduce food waste. I love that by using them my boys get to experience a wide range of food too. I know that planning a week’s worth of interesting meals can be tough to fit in around a busy working and family life though, so I thought that I would … Read More

Apricot Oaty Bites

JoCraft & Baking, Family Life

Apricot oaty bite close up

We love these yummy oaty bites, especially on the afternoon school run during the winter when we are all feeling tired and cold. You can adapt the recipe to suit you (you could use vegan spread for example instead of butter to make these vegan) or use it as we do. You could even add more fruit – dried cranberries … Read More