Sticky shredded chicken stir-fry


This healthy cook at home alternative is a very simple recipe that uses ingredients that you’ll already have at home. Get the kids involved. One that all the family will love including students on a budget. So put that takeaway menu down!

At home chinese


  • 1 Large Carrot
  • 1 Broccoli
  • 1 Large Onion
  • Chicken (enough for 4 mouths)
  • 4 TBSP Oyster Sauce
  • 2 TBSP Honey
  • Black Pepper
  • Pinch of chilli powder / flakes

– Serve with rice or noodles

Finely cut the carrots into strips. Chop the broccoli into bitesize pieces and the onion into half moon slices. In a large frying pan (or wok if you have one) heat a good glug of oil in the pan evenly coating it. You want the pan smoking hot like Gerard Butler. Chuck in the onions and break then up into strips using your utensil of choice. Once the onions have started to soften add the carrots and broccoli. Stir fry for a couple of mins making sure they are getting a nice colour. Its okay if they start to brown, it adds flavour. Pop the chicken into the pan. I used left over chicken from a roast and shredded it. If you are using raw chicken repeat the same process but add the chicken after the onions. Wait until it is cooked before you add the rest of the veg. Chicken thighs are tender and cheap and would be delicious in this recipe. Add the honey, black pepper and chilli. Stir. Add the oyster sauce. Stir. You should have a nice and shiny, thick and gloopey sauce. Lower the heat. If the sauce gets too thick add some water to loosen it. I didn’t add any salt as the oyster sauce is already quite salty. If you want to add salt, taste first, because you can’t take it out once you have put it in! Serve on top of rice or mix in with noodles. You can add and takeaway any veg dependant on what you have in the fridge. Enjoy 🙂


Scrummy Yummy Hummus

This recipe makes a load of hummus in minutes.

Far better than shop bought (and that stuff is nice!)



  • Can of Chick Peas *Drained
  • Olive oil, Approx 3 TBSP.  (I used basil infused oil)
  • Large table spoon of Tahini or Smooth Peanut Butter (I used PB)
  • 2 Cloves of garlic
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 TBSP of Ground Cumin
  • Few shakes of Chilli Flakes or Paprika
  • Squeeze of lime (optional)

Bung all the ingredients into the food processor. Blitz until your desired consistency. Add more oil if you want it smoother. All Done! Will keep for 3 days, if it lasts that long!

Enjoy with toasted pita, carrot sticks or celery.

Lavender Shortbread

Lavender is one of my most favourite things ever! If you grow lavender in your garden every year and harvest it, this recipe is perfect for you. Here is a simple little recipe to make with just a small handful of lavender. The Smell of baking biscuits with lavender is sure to make everyone’s tummy rumble.




125g of Butter

55g of Caster Sugar (plus extra for coating)

180g Plain Flour (plus a little extra for dusting)

2 heaped tbsp of Dried Lavender (untreated)

Pre heat the oven to 180c/Gas mark 4. Beat the butter and the sugar in a bowl till smooth. Sift the flour into the bowl and stir until it forms into a dough. Kneed the dough on a flour dusted surface for a minute. Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes. Once the dough has chilled for 30 minutes  roll out on a flour dusted surface. Roll to a 5mm thickness. Cut into the shapes of your choice. Place on a lined baking and bake for roughly 15 mins till they are a light golden brown. When they are out of the oven and cooled a little, coat with the extra caster sugar. Enjoy!


Tip: Don’t use lavender from your garden that has been treated with any pest/weed killer!

For tips on growing Lavender visit: Royal Horticultural Society – Lavender

KENWOOD KMix Hand Mixer HM792 Review

The almond kMix Hand Mixer HM792

This hand mixer belongs to the Kenwood kMix range. Compact, clean and designed for everyday use, the kMix HM792 Hand Mixer can be relied upon to help with a variety of food preparation tasks.

kMix Hand Mixer HM792 from Kenwood


The almond kMix Hand Mixer has a powerful 350W motor, and five speeds plus pulse and high quality stainless steel beaters and kneaders for effortless mixing.

The die cast aluminium, ergonomic body has a soft grip handle. The tactile design of this hand mixer makes it both comfortable to use and beautiful to look at.

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I received this electric hand whisk just over a year ago from a wonderful family member for my birthday. I own the kMix Hand Mixer HM792 in Almond/Cream. And i must say it is beautiful! If you like the antique classic style than this colour is a must. There are plenty of different colours to choose from the kMix range, from bright pink to racing green. So there is plenty of choice for everyone. The whisk is light and has excellent grip which is a must! It’s also quite and very smooth. You’ll find that you’re not having to fight against it as some whisks do go a bit crazy. I know it is an expensive piece of kit but if you are looking to invest some money it is worth while. I can see myself making meringues in my wheelchair with this beauty!

This review is not an endorsment.