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04 May, 2018

There are a couple of occasions when this easy, lazy houmous recipe comes in handy…

Sometimes I just have a hankering for houmous and loads of yummy veg. Most likely after a period of not eating all that healthily.

Other times, I’ve got people coming over and I’ve forgotten that you’re meant to serve up some kind of hors d’oeuvre. This is both presentable and tasty. Win win.

But a) it doesn’t happen that often so b) I don’t always have tahini in. Or if I do it’s got things growing on it.

This is where this easy, lazy houmous recipe comes in handy…it’s super easy and it’s a total cheat because it doesn’t use tahini. But packed with other flavours like lots of lemon juice and herbs or hot sauce, you really don’t miss it.

And your fridge will thank you for not having another mouldy jar lurking at the back.

Easy, Lazy Houmous Recipe

Houmous Recipe – Ingredients

All you need is:

  • 1 tin chickpeas (drained and rinsed under the tap)
  • 2 tbsp lemon (or more if you like a tang)
  • 3 tbsp greek yoghurt (or more if you like it creamy!)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (you can mince to give your blender a hand)
  • hot sauce/herbs (optional, get creative!)


  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender
  2. Blend
  3. Serve up with your favourite veggies or toasted pitta.

I’ve also snipped on some chives and used more hot sauce because I’m craving spicy food at the moment.

houmous recipe

I ended up taking this over to my friend Jeannie’s house after I made it yesterday and we shared the lot for our lunch. Very satisfying AND healthy!

How do you make your houmous?

I’d love to hear how you make yours and any tips for making it even yummier!

How the Keto diet is helping me

10 Apr, 2018

We’ve been away, lucky buggers, to France for a skiing holiday. The only problem, and I know I’m ungrateful, is I just don’t like skiing very much. A couple of years ago I learnt to ski (and documented it here) and got to the point where I can get down a hill in one piece. But it ain’t totally natural! Or fun for that matter.

I had a lesson on this trip to boost my confidence and while I got on fine, I just don’t like steep hills. So after the 3 hours we were up the mountain my legs were exhausted from bracing at all times! I know I just need more practise and young Hannah would be horrified by my lack of get up and go, but this holiday didn’t seem to be the one it was going to happen on.

Mike has been lovely about it and let me loaf around while the kids get on great in ski school and he goes off on his own exploring.

Loafing around

But loaf is the operative word here and, in between working on my blog, I’ve been left wondering about my relationship with bread and all those other yummy things you find here in France. Because without the skiing, I think I’ve put on about 7 unwanted lbs…

Halton Castle - a visit to this privately owned Castle in NorthumberlandAt home I have learnt to seriously steer clear of pretty much all carby goods. Since giving up drinking 6 months ago, carbs have become my nemesis. A little toast for breakfast and I’ll be craving sugar for the rest of the day. It starts with a 10am sugar crash, which leaves me feeling weird and jittery. It’s all I can think about and I’ve been known to secretly eat 3 kitkat chunkies in one go. I’m ashamed to say it but, much like my drinking became a problem with no off switch, so too has my sugar eating. Rather than full filling my dream of losing weight when I stopped drinking, I put a stone on in the first couple of months!!

So, much as it sounds drastic, for me I know sugar has to go in all it’s carby glory if I’m going to avoid my visions of being hauled out of my house by crane. And this week in France has helped proved that. (more…)

...sneaky veggies for your fussy eaters!

09 Mar, 2016

This is a delicious, nutritious Spaghetti Bolognese recipe with a twist…hidden veggies!

Hidden Vegetables Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

I’m all for introducing whole vegetables to my fussy eater.

I wrote about how we’ve been using a sticker chart with some success to get from NO VEGGIES to licking a pea to eating a carrot, and I think a love of veg is hugely important. I am their biggest fan.

But the going is slow and in the mean time, sometimes (especially on a school night or after a busy week) I just need an easy win and to know my fussy boy is getting something really good and wholesome inside him.

Hence this Spaghetti Bolognese recipe with hidden veg!

Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe with Hidden Veg

Here’s a quick 1 min video to give you an idea of what’s involved and scroll down for full recipe details…



23 Feb, 2016

This easy Banana cupcake recipe post is an updated post from 2 years ago, when Reuben was less than 2.

I still love this recipe because it uses only natural sugar (from banana and honey) and it’s fool-proof!

Nowadays I like to make it with the kids and I’ve updated this post with a quick video giving you a snapshot of the recipe plus some cute fingers for extra ‘awww’ factor!

Carry on reading for the full recipe instructions and more pictures.

Easy Banana Cupcake Recipe – Jan 2014

You might want to sit down for this, but I have been baking!! After my post last week about fussy eaters in which I discovered “pudding is important”, I’ve been thinking about how to make sure Reuben has two courses at dinner times. I found what looked like an easy banana cupcake recipe last night and decided I would give it a go today.

easy banana cupcake recipe (more…)

Halfterm ideas for a trip into Newcastle

16 Feb, 2016

On Saturday I had the best day with my 3 favourite little ladies! My Step-daughter Gabriella, and my nieces, Millie and Olivia. We’d had it planned since Christmas that the girls would have £15 each to spend in Claires and my sister-in-law, Steph, and I would take them for a day out with food. Happily Mantra Newcastle’s finest Thai restaurant, invited the girls to come and try their new Kids’ selection.

We arrived in the midst of a hail storm but soon warmed up in the comfortable luxury of Mantra. It’s a big place but it certainly feels cosy.

Mantra Newcastle - Thai Dinning for little ones

The General Manager of Mantra Newcastle, Sam, had already picked out a selection for the girls to try, so all they had to do was pick the most expensive drink on the mocktail menu!

Mantra Newcastle - Thai Dinning for little ones (more…)

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