Recipes and cooking

Yes, I cook! As the main carer for my kids, I have to cook for my entire family. Here you will find recipes and blog posts about my cooking adventures taking in healthy foods, baking and everything in-between.

Home cooking, the HelloFresh way

On the run up to the summer holidays, I was very aware that our diet had become very unimaginative. Mrs Adams and I would eat the same dishes in rotation, as would the kids.

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A HelloFresh delivery. Great recipes and no more supermarket runs!

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Mother’s Day recipe; sweet spiced pulled pork

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Ready to serve; sweet spiced pulled pork. Something special to create for Mother’s Day maybe?

I’ve often considered pork to be an under-rated meat. It’s a very cost-effective to purchase if you’re on a budget and is marvelous in stews and casseroles.

For much of my twenties I was a vegetarian. Only thing is, I had one weakness; it was a café in central Barnsley that sold the most amazing roast pork rolls with stuffing and apple sauce. Every now and again, if I found myself in the area, I would indulge, much to the amusement and chagrin of my friends (yes, okay, I was a bad vegetarian).

With that confession out the way, I was delighted to be approached by Love Pork and asked if I would like to create sweet spiced pulled pork with plum compote. It’s a straightforward recipe dads and kids can cook so mum can have the day off on Mother’s Day (not so simple in my house where I’m a stay at home father but that’s another story!). View Post

My new hobby; home brewing beer

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Here I am, with a few of the beers I have brewed.

I have a new hobby. It’s a hobby purely for grown-ups that gives me quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of family life. This, my friends, is quite important for a stay at home father like myself.

You may have guessed it from a few remarks I’ve made on the blog recently; I have taken up home brewing beer. This short video I’ve made gives you an idea what I’ve been up to and why there are almost 200 pints of beer in my garage.
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Experimenting with the Tefal Cook4me multicooker

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The Tefal Cook4me multicooker

Last week I was writing about my experiences of using a slow cooker. Over the past few days I’ve been experimenting with something entirely different; the Tefal Cook4me multicooker.

I wasn’t entirely sure what to make of the Cook4me when it first arrived. Appearance wise, it reminded me of a small, Soviet-era satellite and it struck me that it was simply a modern take on the pressure cooker. View Post

Feeding the family with a slow cooker

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The VonShef 6.5l Digital Slow Cooker in all it’s glory.

Over the past few months I’ve been taking steps to improve this family’s diet. Mrs Adams and I start each day with a freshly made fruit drink and sometimes the children join us in having some. I’ve started getting more creative with Helen’s lunchbox and made her meals more diverse.

Something I’d always been keen to try out was a slow cooker. I’m going to be blunt here; my aim was to get maximum nutrition and taste with minimal effort. Would a slow cooker enable me to do this? View Post