Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking For Family and Friends.

Polenta Bruschetta with Borlotti Bean and Mushroom Stew

Polenta is a fabulous family friendly food and, now that I’ve found THE best way to grill it, it is popping up on my weekly meal planning menu A LOT! This polenta bruschetta recipe is a perfect foil for so many things; you can find my recipe for wild mushrooms... read more

Apple Muffins – Cooking with Kids

Today marks the beginning of a new series here on Thinly Spread. We, along with several other bloggers, will be sharing our kid friendly cooking recipes and tips with an A-Z of recipes to get everyone Cooking with Kids!  First up we have A is for Apple and Bonus Boy... read more

How To Make Sugar Mice – Cooking with Kids

Bonus Boy is becoming a very keen cook and he helps me in the kitchen most evenings, making suggestions for flavourings to improve the meals we prepare together and ensuring the correct amount of stirring occurs to prevent burning when I am distracted, yet again, by... read more

How to Make Chocolate Spoons

Oh my word – who could resist these little spoons resting in that chocolatey loveliness?! These homemade chocolate spoons are the perfect Christmas gift or why not indulge your Valentine? How to Make Chocolate Spoons You can make these delicious Homemade Hot... read more

Spooky Spider Cookies – Halloween Baking

I have no idea why I thought these were a good idea. I had to be rescued by Mr TS last night after a large spider walked jauntily along my sun visor as I was driving his car to Sainsbury’s. Narrowly avoiding  crashing into a roundabout I swerved into the... read more

Homemade Jam Sandwich Biscuits

I think Friday needs a jam sandwich biscuit, don’t you? And, possibly, a nice cup of tea. I bake a lot when I’m feeling emotional, when something big is happening in our lives or when one of the children is struggling. This Summer we have coped with Bonus... read more

Couscous and Almond Salad – #SnackHappy

Being asked to eat almonds as my snack of choice for three weeks and to see how I felt at the end of it did, at first, seem a bit of a challenge. I do often snack on dried fruit and nuts anyway but I do also browse the cupboards looking for biscuits and cake and, I... read more

Couscous Salad in the Shade of My Apple Tree

The weather was kind this weekend, Mr TS wandered off to Portland to do a bit of essential maintenance on the boat’s bottom, DG disappeared to the river with her chums, BB and I gardened, biked and played and my teen boys revised. Again. It’s endless.... read more

Nasturtium Pesto

When I first made nasturtium pesto I thought I’d had a flash of sheer genius and my name would go down in the culinary annals of history. I was wrong of course, a quick Google brings up any number of variations, but I still think mine is the best! Nasturtium... read more

Crunchy Green Salad with Broad Beans and Mint

Today marks the beginning of this year’s National Vegetarian Week and a recipe or two here on Thinly Spread. I hope we will tempt the tastebuds of those of you who are already vegetarian and that we can persuade those of you who are not to take a step along the... read more

Rosehips on A Kitchen Table – Seasonal Recipes

Emails asking me to review things tend to remain at the bottom of my ‘to do’ list for longer than is seemly. I’m not a gatherer of things so I think very carefully before I agree to anything – this time, however, I pinged a reply back so... read more

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