Author Archives: Vicky

Birthday Cakes by Fiona Cairns

It is National Baking Week and I’ve got hold of the perfect book for this. Birthday Cakes is the new book by Fiona Cairns the creator of Wills and Kate’s wedding cake. Her last book, Bake & Decorate, is one … Continue reading

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The Great British Bake Off

Last year I received an application form for The Great British Bake Off, but there was no way I could take the pressure of cooking for a competition using an unknown oven and with a camera in my face! I … Continue reading

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New Ways to Meal Plan

Normally I write a meal plan and do a big shop,  then the planning and shopping is out of the way for the week. This is my ideal situation, but I have to admit I’ve been extra tight on money. … Continue reading

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My George’s 3rd Birthday

George is now 3. At the end of August we had a family party to celebrate and George was keen to have a postman pat cake. I decided simple and well executed was the best way to go with my … Continue reading

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Quick Work Day Dinner

I’m a stay at home Mum, but if my Dad’s PA is ever ill then I fill in. This week I’ve been working and I invented this recipe so I could cook dinner super fast when I got home from … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Stir Fry

Stir fry is one of my favourite week night meals to cook. My 3 year old, George, loves it and it gets him eating lots of vegetables. I love cooking stir fry because I can always get a meal on … Continue reading

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My Big Brother’s Gnocchi

My big brother Matthew loves to cook gnocchi not only because it is delicious, but he can buy a prepared packet cheaply and it only takes 3 minutes to cook! Since Matt introduced us to gnocchi I found out you … Continue reading

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Book Giveaway Winner

A big thank you to all the people that entered my competition to win a copy of new cookbook Fishy Fishy. My winner is: Emma, from Mummymusings.co.uk Please email me your postal address at victoria@ilovemealplans.com Emma entered via Twitter and … Continue reading

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Fruit Bottomed Yogurts

I love the expensive yogurts with the creamy yogurt and stewed fruit or jam at the bottom. Well I guess they aren’t always too expensive, but I’m always looking for ways to save pennies and I’ve found a way to … Continue reading

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Twenty One Ways To Save Money On The Food Bill

Swap olive oil for cheaper sunflower or rape seed oil when frying. Don’t buy prepared vegetables/salad, a bag of salad costs around the same as two whole heads of lettuce. Weigh each portion of rice and pasta so you have … Continue reading

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