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devine Meatballs 2013/03/14

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Daddy Dave’s usual thing is to make  meatballs the lazy way Nigella Lawson does it — using Italian sausage meat, but as Italian sausage can be difficult to obtain (we get ours from Dobbie’s), he wanted to try to get as close to his childhood memories of his friends’ nonnas’ meatballs.

This is what he has wound up with. It is a fool-proof, big single pot recipe, a man’s dish. It is simple, yet lipsmackingly good. Enjoy.

Prep Time: 30 mins. (can be prepp’d in 15mins),
Cooking Time: 3 hours,
Serves: 10. (more…)

Mama’s Limoncello 2012/09/16

Posted by Mummy Ruth in Cooking, fun, hacks, Tips and Tricks.
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I have been making bottles of Limoncello as Christmas gifts!

Prep Time: 5 mins.,
Cooking Time: 10 mins.,
Serves: 2.


  • vegetable peeler;
  • small sharp knife;
  • bowl or jug;
  • bottles;
  • Cling film

Shopping List:

  • ten unwaxed lemons;
  • 75ml bottle of vodka;
  • 3 1/2 cups Water;
  • 2 1/2 cups Sugar.


To Make the Limoncello:
The peel is all we need for this recipe, so using the vegetable peeler, get long strips of peel from the lemons. Trim & discard the white pith from the peel using the knife.

Put the de-pithed peel strips into the jug and pour in the vodka before covering with cling film.  Leave alone for four days at room temperature.

Four Days later

Remove cling film and stir, pour into a large saucepan and heat on stove (medium heat) until sugar dissolves (about 5 mins) then let it all cool down to room temperature again.

Cooking Up Confusion 2010/12/14

Posted by Mummy Ruth in baking, Cooking, Musings.
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Yogurt aisle in Sainsbury'sI quite often look up recipes on the internet, but this brings in problems — not just translating between measurements, but also translating what things are called.  To be honest, this drives me crazy at times, and to make matters worse, some of the US American terms can actually be found in supermarkets over here!  For example, I can buy “Baking Soda” right from the shelf, yet it is a North American term for Bicarb!  I have seen Bistro menus in Glasgow using “Zucchini” instead of “Courgette”.  All the British and European supermarkets have signs above the aisles for “Yogurt“, only the American-owned ASDA uses the American spelling, “Yoghurt”. Yet it seems that “Yoghurt” (with the ‘h’) is proper English!

Yogurt aisle in TescoI guess if we were French, we would receive specially translated software, movies, novels and recipes.  The trouble with being British is that we just get the untranslated straight American stuff, and this makes us think we know what we’re talking about when we don’t always — I didn’t know they called Yorkshire Puddings “Pop-overs” until recently, and I have heard of “Scallions” for ages without knowing that this is simply syboes!  So I have decided here to put a table of terms in the hope that it might help someone sometime! (more…)

Titanium! 2010/07/25

Posted by Daddy Dave in Cooking, Reviews, shopping, Tips and Tricks.
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I have a client who raves about the Woll (pron. “v-aw-l” )Titanium pan his wife bought at an Ideal Home Exhibition.  Fat-free frying and delicious food too. I was intrigued enough to track down the following videoclip on youTube: (more…)

Low Fat Cheesecake 2010/07/19

Posted by Mummy Ruth in Cooking, Health.
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Recipe for delicious low fat cheesecake that is perfect for people on a high protein, low fat and low carbohydrate slimming diet.

Prep Time: 5 mins.,
Cooling Time: 15 mins.,
Serves: 2. (more…)

Home-Made Ravioli 2010/04/12

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A few years back I published a post called “Home-Made Pasta” where I described my pasta making routine.  I’ve made pasta like that loads of times — that is until recently.

I have amended my ways.  I have seen the light.  I know the secret to making home-made pasta at last! (more…)

Christmas Dinner Goosed! 2009/12/23

Posted by Mummy Ruth in Cooking, Family, shopping.
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O yeah I had a plan. We’re doing Christmas, it’s the new oven, new kitchen, new dining scenario and all that.  I pre-ordered an ASDA grocery shop on-line on the 12th.  That is to say, AGES AGO. What could possibly go wrong? (more…)

Bulgur Wheat, Feta and Chickpea Salad 2009/06/11

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I saw bulgur wheat on the shelves of our local supermarket and thought I would give it a try! It says on the front of the packet – bulgur wheat is a source of fibre which may help maintain a healthy digestive system. An alternative to rice or in a tabbouleh.

On looking at the cooking instructions it looks the same as cous-cous.  I decided to check on the internet for a suitable recipe and came across this one on channel 4’s recipe website. (more…)

devine Flatbread 2009/06/11

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I love coming across new recipes that are simple! We made these flat breads to go with the devine Rogan Josh and the devine Curry. A great alternative to rice or cous cous. (more…)

Going East 2009/02/01

Posted by Mummy Ruth in Cooking, Family, fun, Reviews.

[picture of live Langoustines in See Woo Supermarket]They’re off again — Charlie and my dad are off to Singapore for three weeks.  Three weeks!   Good grief; they’re not long back from India!

DP adores his papa so much! And Oli is already missing them both. She stayed over with them on Friday night, and when she was dropped home late on Saturday afternoon, she was off colour.

When we dropped Oli off at theirs, Charlie made a delicious Chinese meal — and this inspired us to (more…)

devine Basic Tomato Soup 2008/08/05

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Inspired by my memories of home-made tomato soup, I finally decided to try to have a go at making home-made tomato soup from scratch. As soon as I got home from work, I got started.

Last night, I had checked out recipes from magazines, books and the Internet. Some recipes had a grated potato in there, along with butter, basil, and even things like carrots and celery.  I even saw one with Ritz crackers! I like the sound of those recipes that baked the tomatoes beforehand, but for my first shot, I stuck to the following essential Ingredients of tomatoes; onion; olive oil; one garlic clove; tomato purée; and  chicken stock.

Here’s my basic devine tomato soup recipe:

Prep Time:10 mins
Cooking Time: 40 mins
Serves: 6 (more…)

devine Rogan Josh 2008/07/29

Posted by Daddy Dave in Cooking, Reviews.
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This was Daddy Dave’s first attempt at Indian curry — and while it might not be quite as healthy as Mummy Ruth’s no points devine curry, it is still pretty healthy, inexpensive, easy, and absolutely delicious! It is also pretty authentic, which is impressive in itself.

Prep Time: 5 mins.,
Cooking Time: About an hour and a half,
Serves: 2. (more…)

Really Easy Honey & Orange Glazed Chicken 2007/11/27

Posted by Mummy Ruth in Cooking.

I love recipes that are one pot wonders! So quick and easy – and great for mid week evening meals, delicious. I got this recipe from a great book edited by Linda Fraser… called ‘Best-Ever Chicken‘ .


Frying Time: about 5 mins
Oven Time: about 45 mins
Serves: 3-4 (a breast each) (more…)

The Legendary Vodka Pasta 2007/03/29

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This unusual but authentically Italian recipe is said to have originated as ‘Penne alla Bettola’ from ‘Alla Vecchia Bettolla‘ a popular trattoria on Via Luigi Ariosto, Florence, Tuscany. I found it in Patricia Wells’s book ‘Trattoria‘ (Kyle Cathie, 1993) headed ‘Penne with Vodka and Spicy Tomato-Cream Sauce’.

According to my pencilled scribbles in the recipe book’s margin, I made it for the first time for David and I on 28th October 2005, and it was spicy but delicious and we washed it down with a bottle of Tuscan Red (a Castelliani 2002 — apparently).

Cooking Time: 25-30 mins
Serves: 3-4 (more…)

Nutty Banana Muffins 2007/02/06

Posted by Mummy Ruth in baking, Cooking.

[nutty banana muffins]These Nutty Banana Muffins smell absolutely gorgeous, and are very quick and easy to make. You can substitute the walnuts for pecans, skip the coffee or use a dieting sugar substitute if you prefer; it’s all good.


Prep Time: 5 mins.
Cooking Time: 25/30 mins.
Makes: 12. (more…)

How to Cook the Perfect Rice 2007/01/22

Posted by Mummy Ruth in Cooking, Tips and Tricks.
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I thought I would do a quick post about cooking rice.

I seemed to have difficulty in cooking rice, it was always clumpy and stodgy, stuck to the pot and never seemed to turn out the way I wanted — soft and fluffy and edible — (even though I followed the instructions on the packet). I have picked up some hints and tips from friends and family and it seems to work…

Cooking Time: 10 mins,
(or until rice has absorbed the water)
Serves: 2 (more…)

Home-Made Pasta 2006/11/27

Posted by Daddy Dave in Cooking, Tips and Tricks.

[Picture of WL Pasta Maker]Making fresh pasta is cheap, quick and dead easy. However, fresh pasta is only for Lasagna, Cannelloni, Ravioli etc. The Italians I’ve met insist that dried pasta is best for spaghetti, tagliatelli, twirls, swirls and anything needing to be ‘al dente’. Before I knew this I wanted to impress Ruth by making dinner one night — 100% fresh spaghetti made from scratch — I even bought a WL Pasta Making Machine from OMC Marcato in Italy. It cooked in seconds and was far too soft. What a disaster!

Work Time: 15 mins
RestTime: 30 mins
Makes: 680g (loads) (more…)

Fabby Fruity Fudge! 2006/08/28

Posted by Mummy Ruth in baking, Cooking.
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[Picture of sliced up Fabby Fruity Fudge]Once upon a time I was getting myself all ready to make Mumsie’s Raspberry Fluff when I mistakenly bought a can of ‘Carnation Condensed Milk’ instead of Evaporated Milk. Put this down to a mummy-brain moment! Once I had bought the Evaporated milk and made the Fluff, I was left wondering what to do with this tin of Condensed Milk… then I remembered… Fabby Fruity Fudge! Of course! Obvious really. But for those unfamiliar with Fudgy matters…here’s the secret family recipe (ahem)…

Prep Time: 15 mins.,
Cooking Time: 10-15 mins.,
Makes 750g. (more…)

Indonesian Avocado Smoothie (Alpokat) 2006/08/23

Posted by Mummy Ruth in baking, Cooking.

[Picture of Two Glasses of Alpokat Smoothie]Ever since my dad went to Indonesia he has talked about an avocado smoothie that he adored when he was there a few years ago. He has tried to get the same thing here, and even in America, but to no avail. I decided to have a look on the net and managed to find the recipe. Here it is (thanks to Jonathan Hyatt from the recipezaar website).


Prep Time: 5 mins.,
Cooking Time: 10 mins.,
Serves: 2. (more…)

Best Banana Bread 2006/07/10

Posted by Mummy Ruth in baking, Cooking.
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This is really easy to make as there isn’t much prep or equipment needed — and rather delicious too. It doesn’t last long once it’s out the oven and the smell when it is baking is divine!

Prep Time: 5 mins.,
Cooking Time: 50/ 60 mins,
Serves: 8/ 10 (depending on thickness of the slices). (more…)

Fruit Smoothie 2006/07/05

Posted by Daddy Dave in Cooking.
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[picture of the devine smoothie]This is not really a recipe, just a guide to how we make fruit smoothies — they are different each time BUT they are always fantastic (never failed yet). Baby Olivia ADORES these smoothies — she has been downing them since she was quite small — she also loves the straws. Fruit Smoothies are quick, colourful, fun and very impressive!

Prep Time: 5 mins.,
Cooking Time: 2 mins.,
Serves: 4.


Mumsie’s Raspberry Fluff 2006/06/22

Posted by Mummy Ruth in Cooking.

[fluff with cream and mandarin oranges topping]An old family fluffy mousse recipe handed-down — I loved this when I was a wee girl.

Prep Time: 5 mins.,
Cooling Time: Maybe an hour,
Serves: 4 – 5. (more…)

Frosted Carrot Cake 2006/06/20

Posted by Mummy Ruth in baking, Cooking.
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carrotcake.jpgThis was originally from WeightWatchers main site. Here is my layout of the recipe:

Prep Time: 20 mins mainly due to carrot grating!
Cooking Time: 40 mins
Serves: 8 or 10 on a slimming diet! (more…)

devine Curry 2006/05/15

Posted by Mummy Ruth in Cooking.

This is a firm favourite in the devine household and beyond; everyone who has tasted this quick and simple dish has DEMANDED the recipe!

In fact, it's loosely based on BAKISALMON's 'No Point Veggie Curry' from WeightWatchers (you have to be logged in to see the recipes). Here is my version of the recipe:

Prep Time:10 mins to chop up veggies
Cooking Time: 20-30 mins
Serves: 4 (more…)