Easy baked beans via www.clairekcreations.com

Easy baked beans

Mealtimes have become a little bit of a battle around here recently. A certain little man has decided to start asserting his independence in the form of rejecting my food. Dinner time especially is quite the battle but it seems it’s mostly just for my benefit and he’s pretty good with Mum. His other food ‘thing’ is wanting everything that we have.     One morning Will was having baked beans and even though Ollie was happily eating his own … [Read More...]

Lemon and blueberry baked donuts via www.clairekcreations.com

Lemon and blueberry baked donuts

It went a little something like this. Me: ‘I need to think of some good Christmas recipes to make for the blog before the baby comes.’ Will: ‘What about donuts they’re everywhere?’ Me: ‘Ooh good idea but I need a donut pan.’ Will: ‘Do you really need more kitchen things?!?’ Two days later, said donut pan arrives. Three days after original conversation, lemon and blueberry donuts emerge from the oven. Now I see what all the fuss is … [Read More...]

Carrot, apple and banana muffins via www.clairekcreations.com

Carrot, apple and banana muffins

When I was pregnant with Ollie I tried to be super organised. Well as organised as you can be as a brand new parent really not having the faintest clue what’s about to happen to you. I knew that we would be super busy and not have much time but I didn’t really see how a tiny little person could render me incapable of doing anything other than caring for them for the first few weeks. He sure showed me! Luckily, I had cooked a few dinner meals to … [Read More...]

Choc nut biscuits (gluten, sugar, egg & dairy free) via www.clairekcreations.com

Choc nut biscuits (gluten, sugar, egg & dairy free)

There’s a lot of hype about sugar at the moment isn’t there? I watched That Sugar Film a couple of weeks ago and found it so interesting. Did you know sugar is hiding in so so many processed foods, even baked beans? The movie is a bit of a human experiment and it totally blew my mind that this guy’s breakfast of a popular ‘healthy’ breakfast cereal, with some low-fat yoghurt and a glass of juice, contained a whopping 20 teaspoons (that’s 80g!!!) of … [Read More...]

Slow cooker beef pies with wholemeal yoghurt pastry via www.clairekcreations.com

Slow cooked beef pies with wholemeal yoghurt pastry

Meat pies get a bit of a bad wrap I think. The name seems to either conjure up images of dirty looking service station pies, wrapped in plastic sitting in those warmers that you just know have been there for a little longer than they should. Or on the other end of the spectrum the name brings pictures of a homemade thing of beauty. I used to be in the first camp, then I discovered making them for myself and now… I am Claire and I love pies. You … [Read More...]

Gluten free chocolate chip muffins via www.clairekcreations.com

Gluten free chocolate chip muffins

If I admit to something do you promise not to judge me? Alright well I am just going to tell you anyway. I am writing this, with a plate of chocolate crumbs sitting next to me on my desk. You see as soon as I sat down to write it, I remembered that I still had one muffin lurking in the freezer waiting for me to devour it. It may or may not be a selfish coincidence that Ollie, who also loves these muffins, is asleep, hence eliminating the need to share. … [Read More...]

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In my kitchen – August 2015

In my kitchen this month there is a cheeky toddler. When Ollie was sick, he refused to sit in the highchair. We tried so many different ones with no luck. Now we know it was that he didn't want to be around food because it hurt his mouth and it wasn't the highchair at all but we did discover that he loves sitting up at the kitchen bench. We have the Phil and Teds Lobster chair and it's great. It's pretty tricky for him to get out of and he loves being … [Read More...]

Chocolate hommus via www.clairekcreations.com

Chocolate hommus

Wait. Don’t go! I promise the pregnant lady hasn’t totally lost her mind. Chocolate and hommus can go together. Think about it. Have you heard of or had black bean brownies before? See lentils and chocolate - they work. Stay with me on this one. It was out of my comfort zone too. I thought I needed a bit of a kitchen challenge for this month’s Secret Recipe Club when I was assigned to Sid’s Sea Palm Cooking. Sid shares my love of cooking, entertaining … [Read More...]

Lemon cheesecake cupcakes via www.clairekcreations.com

Lemon cheesecake cupcakes with lemon curd

Do you ever hear someone say something that is just what you’ve been wanting to hear so you take it as fact without a moment’s thought and start telling everyone this fact? It can be quite advantageous I find. Apparently, this hasn’t been a very good year for citrus. As soon as someone told me this I took it as pure fact because it gave an excuse for the lack of lemons my tree has produced this year. An excuse that doesn’t include my lack of care for … [Read More...]

Passionfruit and white chocolate friands via www.clairekcreations.com

Passionfruit and white chocolate friands

Until I made these passionfruit and white chocolate friands, I had never made friands before. Don’t get me wrong, I’d eaten and enjoyed them just never made them myself. I think the fact that they usually contain nearly half a carton’s worth of egg-whites has always put me off. Enter homemade ice-cream addiction. If you have a Thermomix and an ice-cream churn, making ice-cream from scratch is easy. Probably too easy really and if you add backyard … [Read More...]