Fantastic Ragu Bolognese

It has taken me years to get my other half to start eating bolognese after years of being practically force fed it my his mother (his story, not sure how factual that actually is) and I finally found a recipe which he looks forward to eating.  There is nothing worse to me than jarred sauce for something like bolognese, and this recipe more than fits the bill!

Syns per recipe: 7.5

Serves: 3

Syns per serving:  2.5


  • 50g Parma Ham chopped – 1 syn
  • 2 medium carrots finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks finely chopped
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 100g extra lean minced beef
  • 100g extra lean minced pork
  • 125ml red wine – 4.5 syns
  • 300ml beef stock
  • 4 tbsp tomato puree – 2 syns
  • salt and pepper


  • Heat a pan sprayed with fry light and add parma ham, carrot, celery and onion.  Fry gently for 10 mins.
  • Add the minced meat, stir and break up with a spoon until browned
  • Add the wine and a ladle of the stock  and cook for a couple of minutes to allow the wine to reduce slightly
  • Stir in the tomato puree and reduce the heat to low.  Cover and simmer for an hour, stirring every so often.  Add more stock if the mixture starts to dry out.
  • After an hour season to taste and if required add a little more stock to thin the sauce out slightly.

Serve with spaghetti or tagliatelle and a sprinkling of parmesan, making sure to add the syns accordingly.

Slimming world friendly Ragu Bolognese

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Posted by on November 25, 2009 in Recipes


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Anne Bramley’s Triple Chocolate Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

I was invited round to my friends house for some food and wine and of course I had to make cakes.  It used to be that I always had to make pakora, a recipe for which I will post one day, but recently the requests have run more to a sweet nature.  Now if you have read this blog before you may know that I only seem to make chocolate cakes and this time was no exception.

So I had a look about in the blogosphere and came across a recipe for Anne Bramley’s Triple Chocolate Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes on Design Sponge’s blog.  Now I have to say these looked fantastic so I just had to make them and they didn’t disappoint.  Again I am not going to post the recipe as I followed it word for word and you can find it here.  I urge you to make these, they are fantastic!  Oh and obviously mine don’t look as good as Annes…..

Anne Bramley’s Triple Chocolate Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

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Posted by on November 25, 2009 in Recipes


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Deep Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake

Okay so we had a family gathering where we all brought something to eat and had a kind of buffet, so I decided it was time to make a new chocolate cake.

Now I ALWAYS seem to make chocolate cake and I think it might be because I don’t really like sponge so I tend to look for cake recipes which turn out cakes which are dense like brownies. I thought I would try something different other than my usual tried and tested chocolate cake recipe and I was browsing a blog which I like to check every so often to have a look at the wonderfully fattening cakes that she makes. When I was having a look I came across the recipes for Deep Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake, you can find the recipe here (Not going to re-post it as I followed it word for word).

I have to say, I didn’t like it and only a couple of members of my very greedy family liked it too. It was lovely and dense and fudgy, I just didn’t like the taste. I felt it was a little bit powdery which is unusal since there is no flour in this cake??? But rather than just posting the recipes that I felt worked well I thought I would share the good and the not so good with you, because I am nice like that!

So here is a picture of the cake, I think it looks good. Just a case of not tasting as good as it looks. If anyone decides to make this, please let me know how you found it. I may have done something wrong, stranger things have happened….

Deep dark chocolate fudge cake

Deep dark chocolate fudge cake II

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Posted by on November 25, 2009 in Recipes


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Awesome fresh coleslaw

Hey peeps,

I have been meaning to post for ages but you know what this time of year is like, it is so busy just now and when I do have a spare minute I am normally vegging in front of the TV!

Now this recipe wasn’t created by me, don’t think I have ever created a recipe????  But anyway I have tweaked it slightly to make it more Slimming World friendly and I urge you to try it.  It is so light and fresh, the last time we make it we couldn’t help but eat it right out of the bowl like the pigs that we are…….

Anyway here it goes and it makes alot and is best used straight away so just adjust the ingredients to suit the amount you need.  I also make this using the shred blade on my food processor so it literally takes about 2 mins to put it all together.

You will find the original recipe here, and the picture at the bottom of the page is also from that website (Which I love by the way, their food is always great.  Just a shame most of it isn’t SW friendly).  I will update with my own when I make it next.  I can promise you though that mine won’t look as pretty!

Syns per recipe: 4 1/2

Servings: 4-6 generous portions

Syns per serving: 1 to be safe


  • 180g finely shredded cabbage
  • 180g  finely shredded red cabbage
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 small onion, shredded
  • 24g  finely chopped spring onions
  • 9 tbsp extra light mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons (40ml) white vinegar
  • 1-3 teaspoons sweetner – I would add a little and taste and add more if you need it
  • Salt


  • Stir mayonnaise, white vinegar, sweetner together in a small bowl. Cover bowl and refrigerate until required.  Once needed taste and season accordingly.
  • Mix all the shredded/grated vegetables together in a large bowl and add the dressing when about to serve.  If you mix the vegetables and dressing a while before serving it can make the vegetables go limp so only dress the coleslaw as you are going to serve it.

I urge you to make this, it is really worth it.  Would be excellent with homemade burgers……

Now this isn’t my picture as you will notice straight away, my camera certainly isn’t good enough to take a picture like this.  Come to think of it neither am I….


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Posted by on November 18, 2009 in Recipes


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Slimming world friendly pizza

Hey guys,

Well after Vicky got the go ahead from SW that the wholemeal bread mix from Tesco can be used as a HE (well 57g worth can) here, I just had to make some pizza and rolls.  The rolls were a little heavy but they certainly filled a hole and the pizza was absolutely awesome!!   I used a fail proof pizza sauce recipe that you can find here.

The whole pizza came out at 7 syns as I had 2 HEB worth of base and used my HEA for the cheese, I do Extra Easy, and the base sauce recipe come out at 1 syn because I didn’t use any parmesan.

You can see the various stages of my pizza and ingredients below (The pepperoni isn’t mine):

Pizza ingredients

Pizza sauce

Base with sauce added

Pizza cooking

Finished gorgeous healthy pizza

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Posted by on November 14, 2009 in Recipes


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Friendly warning

Hey guys,

I have decided to try and change the blog about a bit as I don’t just cook “diet” food and want to be able to show all the recipes I make.  So until I can figure out how to segregate the good and bad recipes, so you won’t go off the rails if you are looking for good for you recipes and stumble across one of my devilishly bad recipes, I will keep this warning at the top of the page.

Feel free to have a good look around and remember everyone needs a treat sometimes!!

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Posted by on November 14, 2009 in Musings


Bangers and mash with awesome onion gravy

Oh I had the best onion gravy with my bangers and mash last night, it was awesome.  And even better, there wasn’t a gravy granule in sight!!!!!

I got the recipe from here, but tweaked it to make it more slimming world friendly and it worked out at 3 1/2 syns for 2 servings.  It was gloriously oniony and beefy but it was completely vegetarian, or so I was lead to believe on the website and it was worth the 2 syns that I gave it to be safe!


  • 1 large onion (sliced into rings).
  • 1 clove of garlic (Finely chopped
  • 1 level tbsp of plain flour – 3 1/2 syns
  • 350ml of stock (boiling water poured over 1 veg stock cubes)
  • 1 level tsp of Marmite
  • 2 tsp of soy sauce
  • 1 tsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pinch of decent mixed herbs (my addition)
  • Ground black pepper to taste


  • Heat the frylight in a pot over a low heat and add the onion slices.
  • After five minutes add the garlic.
  • Sautee until the onions are soft and transparent.
  • Add the flour and stir in well. Let the flour get a bit nutty.
  • Add the stock gradually, stirring constantly. Then add the Marmite, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar,  mixed herbs and black pepper.
  • Bring the mixture to the boil and simmer very gently for 10 – 15 minutes. Stir every 5 minutes until the gravy thickens and the flavours blend.

So I had it with M&S Extra Lean Pork Sausages and I have to say they are yummy.  I can be very fussy when it comes to sausages incase I get a grizzly bit but these were lovely and at only 1/2 a syn each totally worth it.  Better than any other extra lean sausages I have had before and not a grain of rice in sight, bleurch!

I also had mashed potato’s which I couldn’t finish and loads of petit pois to go with it.  Yummy yummy get in my tummy.

Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy Slimming World Stylie

And these are the sausages incase anyone is interested, think they were £1.99

The best sausages

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Posted by on November 7, 2009 in Recipes


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