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Top chicken recipes

Every month we round up our top 20 chicken recipes and pop them all in one place just for you. From chicken salads to chicken curries, we’ve got plenty of tasty treats to feast on this month.

Whether you’re in the mood for chicken for lunch or you’re looking for a family meal packed full of protein, you’ve come to the right place.

Chicken is so simple to cook and is easy to re-use too if you have leftovers. There’s even a few BBQ faves in this round up – just in case the sun is shining where you are!

If you spot a recipe you like the look of and want to save for later, save in your online recipe book. Feel free to share your foodie pics with us via Facebook or Twitter – we love to see what you’ve been up to in the kitchen.

Click through our gallery to see your top 20 chicken recipes this month.

How not to look like a fat frump when pregnant

You will notice, because you are smart, that I almost never promote anything on this blog. “Oh it’s too much like hard work,” I say to the occasional food person who gets in touch wondering if I’d like a free packet of spelt. “I’m so lazy,” I say. “I’ll never get round to it, sorry.”

But the fact is that I’m not interested in food freebies. (Sometimes I wonder whether I’m interested in food full stop.) If I want something for free I will say to my husband: “I want some rare albino truffle please,” and he will make a phonecall and it will turn up on my doorstep and I won’t even have to write about it.

But clothes? Cloooooothes?? Special nice clothes for preggy ladies that don’t make you look fat or pinch your bump or squish your boobs?

“Do you want some?” asked my friend Celia. “From ME+EM. We want you to be a sort of brand ambassador.”

“FUCK YEAH” I screamed. I didn’t even stop to say “Oh but why me? I’m so shit and fat and ugly. You don’t want me, you want someone more glamorous and interesting.” No, I did NOT say that, I just asked how much stuff I could have. Should I hire a parcel van to drive to the shop? Because I can do one on my Addison Lee app…

Then I immediately started to fret about it, as I always do. That the clothes wouldn’t fit or wouldn’t be nice and I would take a lot and then not wear them but have to be nice about them anyway. And then I would break our special bond, the one where I tell you the absolute truth about absolutely everything and don’t try and sell you anything, ever.

Don’t worry. I am not leading you a merry dance. This shit is for real. It’s amazing. There are dresses here that make you look, if you’re under, say, 20-24 weeks like you’re not pregnant. Especially from the front. And after that, they just expand like magic so even though you look like a Sherman tank, you feel comfy.

Pregnancy wear is mostly so so horrible. Massive floaty things with a big print. But this is all terrifically chic. And THE best long-length jersey vests and long-sleeved t-shirts EVAH.

THERE’S EVEN A SALE ON RIGHT NOW!!!

These are the things I got, which are particularly excellent and I recommend to you, pregnant or not. More original, I think, and better fabrics than Isabella Oliver or Seraphine – though God bless them both, eh? Where would we be without them.

On the ME+EM website they do a thing where they use skinny models for all the clothes, so you can’t really imagine how they would work on a massive pregnant arse and giant blobby tits, so this is my edit for anyone with a blubbery mess to cover up.

Just think of me like a very badass Gwyneth Paltrow, yeah?

Almost all of this comes in different colours and is available HERE. The sizing is very generous. I am 5’6” and weigh in at 10 stone 3.5 and fit into a small.

Crepe swing dress. MAKES YOU LOOK NOT PREGNANT. £104. You will wear it everywhere and it’s crepe so it won’t get bobbles.

Tuck neck swing dress. This is just so cool, such a nice shape. Great with long boots, ankle boots or little slippers. £115. I will be wearing this on Christmas Day.



Extra long layer T. The last word in long-length long-sleeved tops. Soft as a kitten. £42. There are also excellent vests at £19 each. Fucking BARGAIN.

V-neck box pleat dress. Very similar to one at Isabella Oliver but a nicer colour, a more slimming fit and less expensive at £104

An amazing thing. If you only get one thing when you are pregnant, get this. It is sort of drapey and concealing without being heavyweight so you don’t end up looking like a piece of soft furniture. It also has lovely long sleeves. I plan to wear mine until it has holes in it. Knit sleeve 3/4 jacket – £119

And a snood. Because I’ve decided that I hate scarves. Wide rib snood – £68
 

Happy shopping and have a great weekend.

 

Homemade chocolates and sweets

Got a sweet tooth? You don’t have to head to the shops to get your favourite sweetie or chocolates. Learn how to make your own traditional treats with our easy, fun recipes. These deliciously simple ideas will also make lovely food gifts for friends and family.

Whether it’s a special occasion or if you just fancy something sweet, we’ve got some quick and easy recipes for making your very own homemade goodies. From creamy vanilla fudge to rich chocolate peppermint slices, we’ve got plenty of nibbles to choose from.

If you’re looking for a gift on a small budget, making your own food gift is the perfect choice. These chocolate and sweet treats can be enjoyed all year round, from birthdays to Christmas. Treat your mum this Mother’s Day to a box of specially made Turkish delights or wish your best friend a Merry Christmas with some melt-in-the-mouth peppermint creams.

There’s no need to stress for gift ideas when you can make these tasty bites. From white chocolate truffles to candy floss, we’ve got plenty of sweet recipes for you to try. All you need to do is buy is a gift bag or box to wrap the chocs in and you’re ready to go.

See something you like? Add it to your very own recipe book.