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.

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Emergency chocolate cake

or how to make a chocolate cake in 7 minutes from start to finish. It's not going to win any awards for looks but it tastes just like one you've made via the traditional method so it's perfect for those days when you just fancy a slice of choccie cake with your...

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Homemade pizza

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...

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Simple chocolate cake

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...

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Devilled kidneys

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...

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Braised red cabbage

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...

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Apple and Raspberry Crumble

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...

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The best macaroni cheese recipe …

... 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....

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Why George Osborne’s Sugar Tax is flawed

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...

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Easy white chocolate cheesecake

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...

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