Oven’s, the outlet for culinary creativity! Well, until they go wrong that is, that’s what’s happened to ours. Imagine coming in late from work, thanking your other half for preparing you dinner for getting in late. You turn on the oven to warm it up…….


The electric box trips and you are left in complete darkness. We now don’t have an oven to cook in and need to get a new one……….We are at a stage now where we cant cook an elaborate dinner…….or so you would think!

The key to success

That’s where this bad boy comes in.

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I can not recommend these enough, turn the timer for the desired time then the temperature and you have instant heat. No warming period, no preheating. BOOM, direct heat straight away and you can cook anything in them and I mean anything. They are also easy to clean, fill the kettle pour all of the boiled water in the halogen. Squirt a generous portion of washing liquid and use the self clean function. After 10 mins pour it all out, give it a wipe and your ready to go again.

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I would strongly recommend getting one with what they call, an ‘extension ring’. No it’s not some kind of marital device that comes free, it allows you to create more space. You place it on top of the bowl, lift the cooking lid and close on top of the ring. This allows more space and the ability to ‘stack’ the foods you are cooking.

A practice far removed from Italy 

Don’t do what my step son did………

H. How do you do the time for this halogen? The pizza box says 15 mins but it’s blitzed it on 5

Me. I don’t know, it’s never done that before. If you get another one to do just keep an eye on it.

We later found out that he sacked 2 pizzas but didn’t put the extension ring on. The heating element was no more than a few inches away from the pizza. Effectively GRILLING the pizza! 🙄 Less said the better I think, apart from that they are something that I recommend in any kitchen. And doing a joint in there, well it comes out so succulent words actually fail me.

When you buy one you get a small round tray, a rack and a little lifting device. The rack can be placed in to either grill food (but not pizza) or upturn it to ‘oven’ cook the food. I cooked ‘slimming world’ roast potatoes in it, I have to say they were so so nice.

So……get yourself one, you won’t regret it. Having said that I still want my oven back.

However……now we have over used it due to not having a proper oven, our halogen has also now failed! This post ends here, head in my hands with a groan that would wake sleeping beauty.

What cooking gadgets have you got in your kitchen? Which one do you swear by?

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A Full Tummy On Overnight Oats

We should all have breakfast in the morning, or at least that is what we are told anyway. Me? I do, i never leave home without it…..nope, not a visa card! But something in my tummy, it sets me up for the day. And this is one thing i have come to enjoy recently since losing weight and going for the healthier lifestyle.


35 grams of porridge oats
Muller light yogurt of any flavour you wish
Handful of either frozen fruit of chopped fresh fruit
1 airtight glass spring top jar





  1. Place the weighed porridge oats in the jar (I am on a plan that only allows 35g, you can add more if you wish)
  2. Place either the yogurt or the handful of fruit that you have on top of the oats (we use frozen as they tend to last longer than fruit left in a fruit bowl)
  3. Pour on the yogurt over the top and coat well (DO NOT MIX AND STIR AT THIS POINT)
  4. Place the lid on the jar and place in the fridge overnight.
Divide your fruit into handful portions
Divide your fruit into handful portions


Finished jar to be place in the fridge for the morning
Finished jar to be place in the fridge for the morning



These will fill you up and is a great breakfast to start on, porridge oats are a good source of slow release energy. I sometimes just have strawberries with them, whatever you do, do not use bananas it does not come out nice.
Tony Martin brainfood





CHRISTMAS: The start of summer?

Now I love Christmas I really do, I never used to I have to admit and the reason for that will become clear soon to you especially if you follow this blog. But at present and for the last few years I love it but, whilst that is now where I am with it something is beginning to bother me.

I was in one of the big supermarket leaders the other day and already they are stocking Christmas produce both of the food type and the type to make your house look like santas grotto in a style that even he would not allow. The shelves are being stocked in line with the Halloween stuff as opposed to last year it was slightly later than the afore mentioned.

My question(s): is the the anticipation of Christmas being stolen away from us in a bid for the supermarkets to increase their profits? Is Christmas fast becoming more materialistic? Is the pleasure of the secrecy in buying presents and presenting a supervise feast for visiting relatives being put to one side in the name of having more of what someone else has not? Is it going to get to the point where we are shopping for Christmas produce ( not presents) earlier and earlier, in July or August for instance?

Below is my theory on what I think is happening, watch it don’t watch it the choice is yours?

But please, please, remember that Christmas isn’t about how much food you have or how many presents you THINK you should try and buy your children then post the pictures for all to see on Facebook in the hope that someone will comment “wow you have done well this Christmas”. Isn’t doing well at Christmas having your family round, especially the ones you don’t get to see a lot and filling the house with love and laughter?

Here is my theory.