Welcome to the Mother Bird blog.
You’ll find lots of articles on getting fit and enjoying life as a mother to older kids. I share my favourite easy meal recipes too.
When my kids wanted to make pizza, I used to buy those pre-made bases from the supermarket, but they were pretty bland. Then I got breadmaker and tried making my own dough - what an improvement and so easy to do! We never bothered with shop-bought bases again. After...read more
A quick and easy to make chocolate cake with a generous helping of buttercream filling. The best thing about this cake is I don't have to make it any more as both my kids are experts on this recipe. MAKES ONE 7 INCH CAKE Ingredients For the cake: 170g caster sugar...read more
If you love kidney, this makes a quick and easy hot light lunch. I usually use pork kidneys but I tried ox kidney today and it worked well, though the kidney was tougher than usual so I may need to experiment with cooking them longer. SERVES 2 Ingredients 4 lambs...read more
Ingredients 1 red cabbage 2 cooking apples 3 medium onions, finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic, crushed Freshly grated nutmeg Ground cloves Ground cinnamon 3 tablespoons caster sugar 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 20g butter salt and pepper Method Preheat the oven to...read more
My daughter's started food and nutrition lessons at school. They can be a mixed blessing - I remember my son's lentil curry less than fondly, not because of his cooking abilities but due to the dire recipe and we're not big lentil fans anyway. But last week's dessert...read more
... and I've tried a lot over the years. I think I've finally perfected it - this is the version my family enjoy anyway. You could just use Cheddar cheese but the combination of the two different cheeses gives it a lovely taste and an appetising depp golden colour....read more
After George Osborne's budget today, the Sugar Tax has made another step towards becoming a reality in the UK. But while it's well intentioned and may well help to cut obesity levels, I feel it's sending out completely the wrong message. Why? Because taxing sugary...read more
This is a really easy, delicious, no-cook dessert that you can make a day or a few hours in advance. If you're not serving it to children, I'd highly recommend the amaretto version Serves 6-8 Ingredients 180g digestive biscuits 70g butter plus a bit extra for greasing...read more
I'm trying to get us to eat a greater variety of vegetables so this week's experiment was with spinach - a creamed version. (The adults skipped the carbs with this meal to make up for the cream!) We love eating creamed vegetables with something plain and pan-fried...read more