Category Archives: Food

Quick, easy and tasty curry

Prawn curry

10mins and perfection

I usually have an issue with home-made curry. It doesn’t taste quite right, has nothing on a great take-away and is a bit of a disappointment. Until this one. It takes ten minutes to make and tastes great. At 222 calories per serving, it’s also great if you’re watching your calories or doing the 5:2 diet – even for a fast day! So – quick and easy prawn curry. Serves 2.


  • 2 tbsp medium or hot curry paste (I use Patak’s)
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 red pepper, halved, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 whole red chilli (or chilli flakes)
  • 1 tbsp mango chutney
  • 3 large, ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 150ml half-fat coconut milk
  • 200g prawns (cooked or raw)
  • 100g baby spinach leaves
  • coriander and lime juice to serve


  1. Heat a large pan and add curry paste, water, onion, pepper, chilli and cook for 4 mins until softened
  2. Add chutney, tomatoes and coconut milk and simmer for 3 mins
  3. Add prawns and spinach, cook for 3 mins until prawns are pink and spinach has wilted
  4. Serve with a squeeze of lime and coriander leaves

And THAT’S IT! Eat and enjoy. By Mimi Spencer for Daily Mail

Gluten and Dairy Free Banana and Chocolate Loaf

cakeThis is no magic recipe, I just adapted the one in my Primrose Bakery book with gluten and dairy free products.

I’ve been finding it hard to find nice, sweet things to have now that I bascially can’t have a lot at all, so I thought I’d take a shot at making something myself…and I’m very glad I did. Of course if you don’t have an annoying allergy, just follow the recipe using normal ingredients. Also if you have no problem with dairy, I’d recommend using proper butter and a good quality dark chocolate.

So here it is!

Makes one loaf (8-10 slices)

125g Pure sunflower spread
250g golden caster sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon good quality vanilla essence
250g gluten free plain flour
2 teaspoons gluten free baking powder
4 ripe bananas
175g dairy free chocolate

One 900g loaf tin


1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C, and grease and line the loaf tin with baking paper.
2. Cream the butter and sugar together, beat in the eggs one at a time and then add the vanilla essence.
3. Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture and stir until combined.
4. Mash the bananas and chop the chocolate into small chunks, then stir them into the mixture.
5. Pour the mixture into your loaf tin and bake in the oven for 50 minutes.
Tastes great served warm or once cooled it can be kept for a few days in an airtight container.