Pancakes are a weekend essential in our flat. If we experiment with different breakfast options one day, we’re bound to have pancakes the next, whether they’re fluffy american style (recipe here) or crepes. Fluffy thick pancakes used to be my favourite. I never used to be a crepe fan. A big stack of thick, light pancakes topped with all manner of toppings, came above the thinner crepe style pancakes any day. But recently, I’ve really got into them. Just as quick and easy to make, with only a few store cupboard ingredients, they’re delicious served with all my fave pancake toppings and have become a regular breakfast option. Whether you enjoy your pancakes with bacon/sausage, or with fruit and yoghurt, these are bound to go down…

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Risotto is one of those dishes which always takes longer to cook than you expect. Albeit dinner is then usually a delicious dish of flavours and spices, and totally worth the wait, like this one was. A tomato based, herby risotto, with a decent chilli kick, packed with sausage pieces and peas, and topped with a good sprinkling of Parmesan. I actually sat down, took my first mouthful and did a little sigh. Well it was almost 9, as I’d been to the gym after work and decided that I really wanted risotto – not a good time for something to take way longer than expected. You normally want something quick and easy on those days. But it was simple. Oh so simple. I love…

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With the arctic blast making temperatures drop this week, warming comfort food has been just what I’ve needed. All those flavoursome Autumn and Winter dishes we love so much when the weather is chillier come back on the menu during weeks like this – sausage and mash, stew, chilli, mac ‘n’cheese…but for me, it’s been all about RAMEN. I love a good Ramen. A steaming bowl of rich flavoursome broth, with soft egg noddles, crisp and crunchy vegetables, tender chicken pieces and chillies. I often head out for a bowl of the good stuff, with Wagamama and Bone Daddies being my current hot spots, but decided it was about time I made my own – that way I could have Ramen any day I wanted, and enjoy it…

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Ok so the brunch wars went on hold for a few weekends whilst I was away visiting family, and whilst we were both ill – you just don’t fancy an extravagant brekkie when dosed up on Lemsip and feeling nauseous. But they’re back! Alex made some more awesome pancakes (I think he’s obsessed!), then I tried to top it, and I’m sure I came pretty close with my latest breakfast – breakfast tacos! We had some leftover standing soft tacos from dinner in the week, which is where my inspiration first came from – I just hate waste! So I got thinking about all the wonderful breakfast toppings I could pile into them, and obviously which would be the best combos because let’s face it…

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Hot cross buns are EVERYTHING at Easter. So, of course I had to experiment with different ways to use them for brunch, another love of mine. I tried all manner of toppings, from simply butter, to jam and strawberries, Malteser spread and PB and banana. Trust me, they were all ah-mazing, but nothing could really beat my Hot Cross Bun French Toast with hidden Nutella pockets. Blowing my own trumpet a little right now, but these were INSANE I tell you, and definitely make the ultimate brunch for this Easter weekend. Pretty simple, they don’t take too long to whip up in the kitchen, and actually work really well with PB instead of Nutella too. Alex was pretty impressed by how quick I managed to…

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