Cauliflower with greens, masquerading as mashed potato

Cauliflower masquerading as mashed potato

What do you do when you need mashed potato to go with dinner, but you are being visited by someone who will not contemplate calories like that in the evening? Simple, you use cauliflower. It’s also just as good for the soul as potato, not to mention soaking up the juices and sauces from the rest of the meal.

Quick rice pudding

Quick and easy rice pudding

We made this up one morning before school, in an attempt to find an easy hot breakfast that would ‘stick to the ribs’. Some left-over rice and a glut of eggs, et viola! We now have a family favourite for hungry kids before school, after school, any time.

Microwave sponge, served with custard

Microwave sponge

This ‘sponge’ is so easy the kids can make it (and they do). We usually just dish this out straight from the bowl: with boys in the house, it doesn’t last long enough to do anything other than wash up a few minutes later.