Baking, Recipes

Soft & Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

Nothing talks to me more at Christmas than gingerbread. I make these cookies every year as my tradition; I always give a batch to the neighbours with their Christmas card. Now I can promise you that tackling treacle and getting your hands smothered in mixture is so, so worth it. Not only are the spices perfectly balanced, but the soft middle will make you want to eat one after another. So grab an apron and an appetite and be prepared to fill your house with the sweetest smell imaginable.

Soft & Chewy Gingerbread Cookies | The Mother Cooker

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Gift Guide: Cookbooks

To say I am invested in cookbooks is a bit of an understatement. When we recently moved home, I had more boxes of books than anything else. Ok so plates came a close second, but my books are amongst my most prized possessions. I really do have a hefty collection now, but I’m sharing with you a batch that I bought this year. I feel a cookbook is a gift that keeps on giving, and along with a Delicious magazine subscription is all I really ask for. So without further ado, lets tuck in.

Cookbooks Worth Buying | The Mother Cooker

30 Minutes or Less, Recipes

Caribbean Style Stew

This recipe is so frequently made in our house, that it has become a bit of a Gem classic. My brother-in-law buys jerk season in bulk when he flies home from America, as he makes it frequently now too. It’s so easy, packed full of goodness and can suit any leftover meat. It’s a recipe I developed from one I found in a magazine, years ago now. So it was the first recipe I thought of when creating these leftover recipes in partnership with Joseph Joseph. Lyzi made it and I know it has become a firm favourite with her too.

Caribbean Style Stew | The Mother Cooker

Lunch, Recipes

Bahn Mi Turkey Sandwich

Christmas can be stressful, all that build up for one day. However magical and festive it is, I sort of love the calm after the storm. Leftovers are a huge part of that, the stress of cooking for many has gone. Beautiful cold cuts of meat, piled with pickles and cheese. Pickling is one of my favourite things to do around Christmas time, in fact making jars of all different things brings me so much joy. I intend to hand out handmade gifts this year, I’m attempting chilli jam and different chutneys.

Bahn Mi Turkey Sandwich | The Mother Cooker

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Transparency

For a long time, I spilled words on to white pages from the very core of my soul. I would sit up at night and allow the words to fall from my thoughts on to a keyboard, to share with strangers I had never met. My shoulders would feel lighter, my mind clearer. I stopped, I stopped because motherhood clouded my mind, time and confidence. I fell out of love with sharing so much when I felt so, fragile.