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.



Creamed spinach

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...

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Chicken, chorizo and sweetcorn soup

I came up with this recipe while looking for something light but warming to feed Mr S when he comes back from his black belt class on winter evenings. It's deceptively filling for soup, especially if you serve it with chunky bread. Unlike many soup recipes, you don't...

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Roasted red peppers with tomatoes

After days of overindulging in rich Christmas food, it feels good to start 2016 with a more healthy lunch.  Quick to prepare and taking just 20 minutes to cook, we love these roasted red peppers for a light lunch or starter at any time of year. SERVES 2 Ingredients 2...

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Tuna pasta bake

We're not big pasta bake fans in our house, except for my daughter who loves them. This tuna pasta bake is her favourite so, as it freezes well, I usually make a big dish of it so it last her a few weeks. It's a simple, quick recipe using ingredients you've probably...

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Santa Dashing for Myton Hospices

I took up running this summer in a bid to get my stamina back.  I was shocked at how bad I was as it was only 6 years ago that I ran the London Marathon. After struggling for nearly a month to complete the first week of Couch to 5K(!), I finally got into the swing of...

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Easy potato wedges

This barely deserves writing down but as I'm teaching my children to cook, here's my approach to making potato wedges.  I use them a lot with grilled meat dishes and they're great to go with a garlic mayonnaise dip if you're making a buffet. Ingredients 1 to 2 large...

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Traditional English scones

I'm so grateful to my son's cookery teacher. Thanks to her, he's discovered a love of baking scones, which is fine with me and the rest of the family especially as the results are really good.  They take less than half an hour to make and bake them and they're best...

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