• Meat Free Monday

    #Meatfreemonday: Tasty vegetarian options the whole family will enjoy

    Cooking for a four and seven year old can be demanding, and most of the time one of them will refuse to eat or ask for something different. We’ve recently introduced ‘Meat Free Monday’ into our home and the girls have really taken to it. It’s been a great way of getting them to help choose our meals, teach them about the environment and also the importance of a healthy diet. The official #MeatFreeMonday website is packed full of nutritious recipes, from celebrity chefs to tried and tested family favourites from the McCartney family. One of my favourites has got to be Jamie Oliver’s pumpkin, chickpea and coconut curry. The sweet…

  • Tuna potato pasta

    My girls love pasta and tuna and all their combinations. So one day when I was watching Food Network I think I saw how this italian lady was boiling potatoes and pasta together and than combining them with tuna. My eldest saw a glimpse too and then she also asked: “Mummy can you cook that for us too?”. And of course I did. I love a challenge. I looked up the recipe but I didn’t have all the ingredients. I was missing the peas and the basil – the most important flavour one will say but I still made it. The girls and husband loved it though so I continue…

  • Watermelon Drink

    Watermelon lemonade

    I love watermelon. Is one of my favourite fruits – every time I eat watermelon I remember about my childhood happy times… How all the family use to gather in the garden in the hot summer evening and just ate watermelon without even cutting it(us kids). I don’t have a picture but if you would like to know what I mean have a look at the one below. It really resembles how I used to it as a kid. My youngest is just like me. She loves watermelon so much that she would easily eat it at breakfast, lunch and dinner. My eldest,Kara, not so much but she enjoys things…

  • Bundt Halloween Party Cake

    Like all the kids my girls love cake and as it’s Halloween week thought I should make them a colourful Halloween cake – black , orange and green! Spooky! Bundt Halloween Party Cake   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 40 mins Total time 50 mins   Bundt Halloween Party Cake Author: Otilia Stocks Recipe type: Dessert Serves: 12 Ingredients For the cake 350g self raising flour 350g soft butter 350g caster sugar 6 eggs 1 tbsp vanilla extract 50g cacao powder Wilton Gel Colour - green, orange, black For the chocolate icing 75g milk chocolate buttons 100g white chocolate buttons 50g of butter 3tbsp of sour cream orange…

  • Strawberry Lemonade

    I know this is the third lemonade recipe I am posting over here but I am sure you don’t mind me sharing this one with you too. Again this is such a healthy option to the pop shop drinks so a lot better for you and your kids.   Strawberry Lemonade   Print Prep time 5 mins Cook time 5 mins Total time 10 mins   Strawberry Lemonade Author: Otilia Stocks Recipe type: Drinks Serves: 2-3 Ingredients 1 ¼ lb strawberries, washed & cut in halves 2 lemons, washed and quartered ½- ¾ cup honey or sugar to taste, adjust based on your preference and sweetness of strawberries (is better…

  • Glorious Chocolate Cupcakes

    If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you probably already saw the photos with the products that I received from MeInCupcake. They were really kind to send me tools to make my job easier when baking. And when my eldest requested cupcakes I said why not and made the above. View this post on Instagram Thank you so much @meincupcake for the fab products you sent! We can't wait to bake! A post shared by Otilia Stocks (@otilia.stocks) on Jun 5, 2015 at 12:06am PDT I still need to use some of the products I received but I did use these very pretty purple flower cupcake cases and the Wilton…

  • Shakshuka

    Shakshuka

    This is a dish I learned about when I started dieting on Rina 90. I no longer keep this diet – well not properly – but keep making this dish at least once a week! It’s different and it still gives you all the proteins you need and it has one of my favourite vegetables in it – tomatoes!   This dish is incredibly tasty and even my girls enjoy eating it although they are not lovers of eggs.   Shakshuka   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 30 mins   Shakshuka Author: Otilia Stocks Recipe type: Main Cuisine: Middle Eastern Serves: 3-4 Ingredients 3-4…