Banana and Almond Breakfast Smoothie

I admitted in my recent recipe for american pancakes that I’m pretty lazy when it comes to breakfast and usually settle for a nice bowl of Cheerios. However, a few weeks ago I decided that this had to stop and I had to become more adventurous with my breakfast efforts. There was three main reasons for this…

I have a tendency to get bored eating the same things day in day out. I need variety in my food and I wasn’t getting it.
I write recipes. Eating the same thing every day for breakfast was simply a wasted opportunity to play with food and come up with new ideas.

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Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry

Chicken and sweet potato curry recipe

When it comes to healthy eating, I’m not perfect. Ask the regular mums at my local parent and toddler group and they’ll tell you that despite my best intentions I’ll usually end up sneaking a slice (or two) of cake to go with my coffee.

I try and make up for this accidental cake eating by making my dinners as healthy as possible – low calorie, and packed full of extra vegetables. Having small children, I also feel a responsibility to feed them healthy dinners to help them grow up big and strong and hopefully not too fussy (a battle I may be loosing with the little one, although I’m still fighting).

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Yorkshire Puddings

When I was growing up, there was an unwritten rule in my household that yorkshire puddings were only made to go with roast beef.

As I’ve grown up I’ve realised that that’s absolute nonsense and they can go with pretty much everything. I’ll often eat them with roast turkey or sausage and mash (or just by themselves as a snack!).

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Building My Blog – December 2014

Food blog traffic and income report

Welcome to my 6th monthly update, all about what I’ve been up to on Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen in December.

In this months report I’ll be talking about:

Improving my blog design and branding.
Improving my photography (crucial to a successful food blog).
Getting rid of the adverts I don’t like.
All the usual numbers – visitors, page views and followers.

I’ll also talk about my aims for February.

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Chicken Chow Mein

Quick and easy chicken chow mien recipe. With detailed nutritional information. Under 400 calories per serving.

Whenever I start thinking about cooking something new I think about all of my family’s favourite foods and work out which ones I haven’t cooked before. Then I start experimenting.

Whenever we order Chinese takeaway my husband will always, always order a chicken chow mein, so this seemed like an obvious choice to start experimenting with.

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Chilli Con Carne

Chilli con carne recipe

What’s not to love about this chilli con carne, it tastes delicious, it’s cheap and simple to make, it’s one of your five-a-day, it freezes so you can make a big batch and save some for another day, and best of all it’s only 181 calories so I can have an ice cream for pudding without feeling guilty.

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#FoodYearLinkup – January 2015

Happy New Year!!

It’s that time again to launch the #FoodYearLinkup for January.

Thank you to everyone who joined in last month, we had some great festive recipes linked up. You can find all of last month’s linkups here if you’d like to take a look (I recommend that you do, and make a note of your favourites for next Christmas).

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Easy american pancake recipe and pancake writing tutorial

Pancake art tutorial

It’s been a while since my first attempt at pancake art, my little Christmas reindeer, so I thought it was about time I had another go. Whilst a pancake that looks like something else is fun, what’s even more important is that it tastes good. So, I thought I’d share with you my simple recipe for perfect american pancakes (don’t worry if you’re not in an artistic mood, these taste just as good as simple round pancakes too).

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