Who doesn't love a steaming hot bowl of chilli con carne? Whether you are eating a hearty bowl full in the midst of winter, having a movie night sharing platter with it dripping over the nachos or having a lunchtime snack with a jacket potato, chilli con carne is fabulous at any time. It's definitely [...]
Bakewell bites were born from my incessant habit of trying to change EVERYTHING I cook. We all have that one recipe that we all love, and mine is called Coats of Oats. It's a hybrid, a kind of cake and a kind of biscuit. I love them, and I hope you do too! We have [...]
When you think of a children's activity, it can be just another way to fill the hours of a long day with a preschooler in tow. Being a parent/nanny can be tough, the day is long and very often lonely; so if you're feeling housebound, but too nervous to go into new situations, do come and have [...]
This post was going to start out as just a quick carrot soup recipe, but has grown slightly from that which I had planned. "Feeding bellies not bins" is the tag line for Elsie's Pay As You Feel cafe, here in Northampton. The staff at Elsie's intercept perfectly edible food that the large supermarkets would [...]
We have all had so much fun making these Chocolate truffles this Christmas. As promised here is the recipe.
We have had great fun joining up with the Kids Make and Bake Club this week to share our favourite Hallowe'en party food, Witches' fingers! The video showing Louloo making these is at the bottom of this post. To make these revolting looking snacks you will need the recipe below. Witches' fingers 3 oz plain flour1.5 [...]
Next week (and the following week too) our 'hero' will be the pumpkin. An under used ingredient in this country; the vast majority of pumpkins sold will be done so in the week leading up to Hallowe'en, when very few will be used for anything other than jack o' lantern carving. Don't get me [...]
So there you have it - 8 sessions spread across the month, on different days of the week to help those of you who work. As you can see, places can be booked by emailing or ringing me, you can also message me on your favourite social medium. Places will only be confirmed upon [...]
How to make your own butter.
What type of bee can't make up it's mind? A maybe Knock Knock... Who's there? Honey Bee... Honey Bee, who? Honey bee a dear and get me a glass of wine okay I shall stop now. It's been a great week in the Crafty Cooks kitchen, however it didn't start off so great. I [...]
This week on the allotment I have had a good week this week, and have made it to the allotment twice. Tuesday morning was a courgette morning, and Wednesday afternoon I spent a great couple of hours planting out the runner beans and the French beans. I also mulched almost all of the strawberries, but ran [...]
It always seems to be national this or that week, and this week is no different. I wasn't sure that vegetarian week would be one that would hit my radar, as I am without doubt a die-hard carnivore; but it struck me that all of the recipes that we make for Crafty Cooks are vegetarian. [...]
Our star ingredient this week was porridge oats. We learned that the reason so many people eat porridge for breakfast is that the high fibre content makes the oats difficult to digest. This in turn means that you feel fuller for longer. We talked about other breakfast cereals with oats in, and I was astonished [...]
You're not alone with having a fussy eater? As grown ups, we all know that children can from time to time be fussy eaters. Their favourite food yesterday is yucky today. And other foods are always a non starter. They can take some convincing about certain foods. It may be colour, texture, look or smell that has [...]
What would be your ultimate movie and pizza night pizza?
Louloo and Haydn both have different ideas about what makes a great sunflower. Haydn is all about the size, and Louloo is all about the colour. So this year we have bought two different varieties and are growing them in a head to head competition. So on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, as well as planting [...]
One of my biggest bugbears when it comes to getting all the seeds planted at this time of year is that the pots don't sit nicely on the cold frame shelves. ( I know, I know it's not hugely important in the grand scheme of things, but I am a bit clumsy, and am forever [...]
When you run a business like mine, the hardest thing is feeling like you have let people down. This is how I felt on Tuesday when I had to cancel the week's classes. First my children, then I fell prey to a nasty bug. We are all better now, and I must thank all of [...]
After my daughter was born, I used to spend a lot of time with my friend, drinking tea and indulging our shared passion for hobnobs (the homemade version we like to call gobnobs). She has moved away now, but when I found out yesterday that she was going to be visiting today, there was nothing [...]
Grow wild have sent out their seeds now, and we were fortunate enough to get 25 packets. So we have enough seed to cover 50 square meters (about the size of 25 single beds) with beautiful wild flowers. Wild flowers are a really important food source for pollinators like bees and butterflies, and without the [...]