Win a Fabulous Luxury Hamper with DFS

A lot of our life can be spent on the sofa. It could be you watching your favourite sports team with your friends, having a romantic night in for two or binging on Netflix with the family. What ever you are up to, it’s always a good idea to have some go to snacks to make the time that little bit more special. Quite a lot of our date nights are spent in and watching movies and snacks are a must!


There are some standard snacks that we go for, right? Chips and salsa or perhaps popcorn. You need to have at least one tried and tested snack recipe that you know how to prepare perfectly. As long as everyone likes it, you know it will go down a treat! You want something that is perfect for sharing on your sofa.

My personal favourite recipe is Banana Pancakes. I think they are pretty quick to whip up and my whole family loves them. They aren’t super naughty either, so you can enjoy guilt-free. I always find they are great for the days when we have lots of bananas that are going brown. I like to top mine with maple syrup but go for any toppings that you love. Things like chopped nuts, extra bananas, date syrup or berries would go well with them.


Here is what you need to make about 5 pancakes:


But what I want to know is – what’s your own trusted recipe that you go back to again and again? Do you have a traditional family favourite recipe? Or new concoction you discovered?

Let me know, in the comment section below, your top recipe for chilling on the sofa with. My favourite will win a brilliant Fortnum & Mason hamper, worth over £80.

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Good luck – you have until 27th April to let me know your favourite sofa food / recipe.


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  • The competition opening date is 13th April 2016, and the closing date for entries is 27th April 2016
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  • my super speed cherry choc microwave pudding. quick & easy when you need a pud for the kids or just to induldge/satisfy those chocolate craving with on the sofa watching a film 🙂
    100g butter
    100g caster sugar
    2 large eggs
    90g self raising flour
    10g cocoa powder
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    100g cherry (or any fruit/jam)
    cream butter/sugar. add the eggs slowly, beat in flour/cocoa/vanilla. spoon into a dish on top of cherries and microwave for about 5 mins.
    perfect with a big dollop (technical terms of course hehe) of ice-cream!

  • My take on hummus. Liquidise 2 drained tins of butter beans with a good glug of olive oil, lots of garlic and lemon juice to taste. Serve with tortilla chips, vegetable sticks or bread sticks for dipping.

  • I love making some nachos for special movie nights.Top Doritos with Sweetcorn, Chillis, Tomato Salsa, Avocado, Sour Cream Cheddar Cheese and Mozzarella and grill until bubbling!

  • a bowl of chopped red and green apple, raisins, pineapple cubes and very mature cheddar cheese cut in cubes – yum!

  • I like to make vol au vents with various filling. Cheese sauce with shreddedpineapple, ham and mushroom, chorizo and pepper etc. I serve a bowl of cheese dip and homemade spicy wedges alongside.

  • Haven’t made this for a long time (the calories stick more easily now than they used to!), but I love American pancakes heated under the grill, big dollop of ice cream on top, with melted chocolate drizzled over the top. The chocolate hardens on the cold ice cream and goes lovely and chewy. Yum!

  • Malteaser popcorn
    75g popcorn
    2tbsp groundnut oil
    125g butter
    150g golden caster sugar
    1 large tbsp golden syrup
    100g Maltesers, sliced into halves
    30g dark chocolate, melted

    its so easy kids can do it 🙂
    Line a large tray with baking parchment.
    Pop the popcorn by heating a large saucepan with a little of the oil. Add about a third of the popcorn, cover and listen for the pops to start. When the popping starts to subside turn off the heat, transfer the popcorn to a bowl and repeat until all the corn is popped.
    Melt the butter in a pan, along with the sugar and syrup. Let it bubble until the mixture is a light golden brown – this will take about 5-6 minutes – then pour carefully over the popcorn.
    Working quickly, mix well then, with lightly greased hands, bring the mix together into balls about the size of a satsuma, pressing the Malteser halves as you go. Place them on the lined tray to cool.
    Drizzle with them melted chocolate then let them set again.

  • All time fave snack has got to be cheese on toast, a good mature cheddar, red onion and hot sauce…delicious!

  • I love to rustle up some sweet potato crisps! You can cook them in the microwave. Cut them up thinly & remove the skin (I use my mandolin) lie them on some parchment paper & season. I use salt & vinegar seasoning from Amazon, delicious! Microwave for 4 minutes & let them cool for a few minutes more until crispy. Perfect for a sofa night

  • For our family snuggles on the sofa we love to drink homemade banana milkshakes made with real bananas, full fat milk and with a little cream and chocolate sprinkles on top and an all-important chocolate button nestled in there too! It’s the simplest things that bring the most pleasure!

  • ‘Everything free’ choc crispies:

    Warmed in a pan … Almond butter, cacao, maple syrup, coconut oil. Mix with rice puffs and refrigerate.

    I often just lick the warm chocolatey mixture from the spoon when impatient!

  • I scrub sweet potatoes until skins are clean, cut into wedges and brush with olive oil, paprika, garlic salt and chilli flakes. Bake until crispy and dunk into natural yoghurt with lime juice, home made hummus or spicy tomato salsa! YUM!

  • 2 parents
    1 child (me)
    1 bowl of Doritos
    1 salsa dip (never enough!)
    3 cans of Diet Coke
    1 episode of modern family

  • Raw chocolate truffles:

    Nuts, soaked overnight
    Dates, soaked overnight
    Cacao powder
    Orange juice

    Blitz all together with a stick blender, chill, then roll into balls and coat with dessicated coconut

  • I like Spiced Roast Chickpeas – drain and rinse a can of chickpeas, mix with a little olive oil and spices of your choice (e.g. cumin, chilli powder, salt), roast in an oven at 200C for 30-40 mins, until crunchy. Yum.

  • A healthy take on quiche

    One pack of cous cous…make up,with hot water, once cooled spread over the base of a dish- cook for 15 mins

    prep the fillings (I don’t do exact measurements)

    Frozen peppers, onions, veg -cook
    mushrooms and tomatoes

    Cook together throw in some herbs.- drain any excess water
    In a dish mix together 4 eggs and a tub of quark or cottage cheese and then a good handful of cheese… mix together the veg and tha quark/egg mix and then place into dish with cous cous in.

    Once cooked cut into cubes…..this is a healthy recipe loosely based on the slimming world ides

  • Mediterranean Pasta – Fry 2 finely chopped cloves of garlic, add 2 tbs capers, jar of olives and a can of tomatoes (fresh if preferred). Simmer for a few minutes and serve over spaghetti. If vegan eat as it is and if vegetarian add cheese and meat eaters can add anchovies. I adapt this for different friends and my son is a vegetarian with many vegan friends and uses it for a quick supper with his mates. Cheap, tasty, easy and healthy!

  • Mmmmm chocolate crunch tray make <3

    Milk chocolate
    rice krispies

    all bunged into a tray and put in the fridge to set yummy!

  • I make a batch of mini scones of different flavours and keep them in the freezer, they’re perfect for taking out a couple when you feel like a sofa snack with a cuppa. My fave at the moment is parmesan cheese, sun dried tomato and fresh chives from my garden, spread with sea salt butter and served slightly warm! Another tip is to dip them in a cheese fondue, so naughty but so nice!

  • I know they’re not the most healthy snack but they taste soooo nice! Oreo brownies are my favourite indulgent treat to have in front of the TV, they’re really simple to make too!
    Basically mix 2tbsps of butter with a handful of chocolate chips, 4 tbsp of granulated sugar, 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp salt, flour and 20 Oreo cookies crumbled and pour everything in to a baking tray on grease proof paper. Et voila! Little effort needed, but a big gooey chocolatey reward! 🙂

    Jen xx
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  • you cant beat a nice ham n cheese sandwich on soft fresh baked bread with lettuce and as i always have to have something sweet i usually buy bread sticks and a jar of nuttella and me and my son dip in yummy !! fab competition thankyou x

  • This is really yummy:

    Butternut squash & harissa hummus:
    ½ butternut squash (about 400g), peeled and cut into 2cm pieces
    3 garlic clove, unpeeled
    2 tbsp olive oil
    3 tbsp tahini paste
    1 tbsp harissa, plus a little extra for drizzling
    400g can chickpea, drained and rinsed

    Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the butternut squash and garlic cloves in a roasting tin, season well and add 100ml water. Cover the tin with foil and bake for 45 mins, until the squash is really tender. Leave to cool.
    Tip the squash into a food processor with any juices from the tin. Add the garlic cloves. Add the remaining ingredients, season with salt and blend to a paste.
    Scrape the hummus into a bowl. Drizzle with extra harissa before serving.

  • Pretty simple, but I like to make a ‘deconstructed’ cheesecake (a healthier version!). I use quark, add a bit of vanilla protein powder for sweetness, add a tiny bit of chopped bananas and crumble some Nairn’s oatcakes over the top. I then sprinkle with a handful of blueberries and strawberries. So yummy!
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  • My favourite snack is very easy & very tasty, Sundried tomato & chilli pesto ciabatta pizzas with mozzarella, green peppers, mushrooms & green chillies. Just spread the pesto on the halved ciabattas, top with grated mozzarella, dice some green pepper, mushrooms & green chillies & add to the top of the cheese then pop them in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 200 degrees. Why spend a fortune on a pizza takeaway when you can make your own devilishly delicious ones at a fraction of the cost.

  • Winter Wonderland White Chocolate Popcorn
    Popped popcorn 4 cups
    White chocolate 6 ounces (melted)
    Blue sprinkles 1/4 cup
    Candy snowflakes 1/4 cup
    RECIPE:Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    Put popcorn into a large bowl.
    Pour white chocolate over top and quickly stir it and toss it to coat the popcorn.
    Shift onto the baking sheet and immediately toss the sprinkles and snowflakes over top.
    Place the pan on the counter for a few times. This helps to stick candy. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
    Remove and break up into bite size chunks.

  • My favourite is this delicious fudge I created. Clean ingredients but still very naughty. Must be made in advance.


    100g Coconut oil
    15g Cocoa powder
    200g Natural no sugar added peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
    30g Walden Farms Chocolate sauce
    10g Agave
    10g Flaked Almonds (to top)


    Prepare a small tin by lining with foil, this will be going in your fridge to set. Start by melting your coconut oil in a saucepan.
    Once melted remove from the heat, add the cocoa powder and stir until there’s no lumps.
    Add in the peanut butter and mix thoroughly.
    Once combined add the chocolate sauce and agave and mix througly until smooth.
    Pour the mixture into your lined prepared tin, scatter the top with your flaked almonds.
    Put into the fridge to chill for 2/3 hours cut into 20 pieces and serve. Keep well chilled.

  • Cheese Straws
    120g butter, softened
    450g grated Cheddar cheese
    250g plain flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon chilli powder (optional)
    Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas mark 6. Grease a baking tray.
    In a large bowl cream butter and cheese. Stir in flour and salt; mix well. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1.25cm in thickness. Cut into 5cm strips and sprinkle with chilli powder, if desired. Place strips on prepared baking tray 3 to 4cm apart.
    Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until crisp.

  • My favourite would be cheese, courgette and red pepper muffins. They’re delicious and healthy too so almost guilt free!

  • For the fruity salsa dip, that is what we have with crisps.. yum.
    10 cherry tomatoes (or 3 larger tomatoes)
    1-2 spring onions, chopped finely with scissors
    ½ cucumber, chopped
    ½ mango, peel removed by an adult, chopped
    handful of sweetcorn (fresh, tinned or frozen and defrosted)
    small bunch herbs, such as mint, coriander or parsley, chopped (optional)
    1 tsp olive oil
    squeeze lemon juice

  • Chocolate Guinness Cake

    250ml (8fl.oz) Guinness
    150g (5oz) butter
    75g (3oz) cocoa powder
    300g (10oz) dark muscovado sugar
    100ml (3 ½fl.oz) vegetable oil
    2 eggs, beaten
    150ml (5fl.oz) natural yogurt
    2tsps vanilla extract
    250g (8oz) plain flour
    2tsp baking soda
    ½tsp baking powder

    For the frosting

    100g (3 1/2oz) icing sugar, sifted
    125g (4oz) unsalted butter
    300g (10oz) light cream cheese

    Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4/180°C/Fan 160°C. Heat the Guinness and butter in a saucepan until the butter melts. Then whisk in the cocoa powder and sugar, making sure there are no clumps of sugar and stir through the vegetable oil. Leave to cool.

    Stir together the eggs, yogurt and vanilla. Tip the flour, baking soda and powder into a bowl. Pour in the Guinness mixture and stir together. Then gradually beat in the egg mixture until smooth.

    Butter and line the base of a 23cm springform cake tin with nonstick baking paper. Pour in the cake mixture and bake for 45mins or until a metal skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Leave in the tin for 5mins, then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

    To make the frosting, beat together the sugar and butter until very smooth. Then drain any water from the cream cheese and beat into the butter, a tablespoon at a time, until it is light and fluffy. Spread over the cooled cake with a palette knife and serve.

  • i like making fudge and no-bake-cake. Melt chocolate and mix it with small broken biscuit bits and dried cherries. Delicious!!!

  • I make some yummy chocolate chip flap jackets and some hot popcorn with malteasers thrown in its so yummy and sit watching a good movie .Thats are treat night on the sofa

  • My favourite is a platter of humous with cherry toms, cucumber, celery, carrot sticks, apple wedges, cheese cubes (but not too many) and rice cakes! Throw in my man, a fluffy blanket, glass (large) of rose, comedy on tv and a secret stash of choc and we’re sorted

  • I like to make a chicken and chorizo noodle pot with a few vegetables thrown in, a grown up pot noodle lol

  • a bit odd but i love sticky thai pork and lettuce leaves so easy to eat out of one bit bowl and easy to cook in 10 mins in the wok.

  • My husband makes me and our two girls coconut and chocolate pancakes. We go by a normal pancake recipe but use a can of coconut milk instead of cow milk plus we break up lumps of chocolate that we put on the pancakes when the have been flipped. Another good one is frozen banana yogurt pots. These are made with really ripe bananas, a tin of condensed milk and natural yogurt all wizzed up

  • A tall glass of chilled Pimms, with lemonade, plenty of summer fruits floating, and slice of cucumber – delicious 🙂

  • I love a pile of savoury crumpets with perfectly melted grilled bubbling cheese on top followed by sweet ones covered in butter and honey – a delicious treat but definitely requiring a long walk the next day after eating so many calories whilst lazing on the sofa!

  • I love to make raw chocolate truffles. I combine blitzed dates, peanut flour,organic peanut butter, raw cocoa powder, vanilla and any seeds I want to throw in. Then I simply shape them into balls. Sometimes I roll them in coconut for a change. It’s a perfect snack that’s sweet and reasonably healthy that goes wonderfully with a strong black coffee 😉 x

  • I make a chicken and chorizio casserole. Firstly, I coat chicken thighs/legs or wings with spicy paprika and olive oil preferably overnight. I then cook them in the oven large chunks of chorizio, with various different vegetables – carrots, potatoes, sweets potatoes, asparagus, beans, tomatoes and I pour a bottle of passata over it. Delicous!

  • Cream Cheese Pear and Honey Crispbreads
    1 tablespoon Cream cheese
    A sprinkle of Cinnamon
    Crisp breads
    Half a pear, cored, thinly sliced
    1 teaspoon Chia seeds (optional)
    2 teaspoons honey
    Combine cream cheese and cinnamon in a bowl. Spread the mixture evenly over the crisp breads.
    Top with pear slices, sprinkle with chia seeds and drizzle with honey. Family love these, they’re healthy and so easy to make.

  • My recipe is:
    Prepare sofa by adding 1 snuggly throw or blanket
    Add me to sofa,gently add 2 darling granddaughters mix into this some fresh fruit, a bag of quavers and maybe a bit of chocolate.Settle down with a good film ,occasionally add a drink or two.Ensure that two darling granddaughters have agreed on film beforehand !

  • I’ve just finished chilling out on the sofa with a good old fashioned spag bol. Yummy. Just a shame I now have splatter marks on my shirt. Oh well. Guess I’d better get the stain remover out… 😉

  • I love savoury and sweet so I find chocolate granola flapjacks fit the bill plus they’re quick and easy – any granola cereal, golden syrup, Demerara sugar, butter and chocolate (leftover Easter egg works well, if there even is such a thing) – melt the butter, syrup and sugar then stir into the granola. Break up the chocolate and mix in. Spoon into a flat tray and into the fridge they go. They taste delicious and are extremely moreish

  • I’ve loved this for years!

    chocolate bake:-

    100g butter
    25g sugar
    1tablespoon syrup
    3 tablespoons of cocoa or drinking chocolate
    150g digestive biscuits
    150g melted chocolate for the topping (I use cadbury’s!)


    1. Melt the butter, sugar, cocoa in a saucepan.
    2. Crush biscuits in a bag with a rolling pin.
    3. Add biscuits to saucepan and mix well.
    4. Place in a greased tin and pop in the fridge while you melt the chocolate. Spread on biscuit mixture and put back in fridge. Cut into squares.

    They are delicious, my kids love them! Very naughty but a lovely treat!!?

  • Ready Salted Crisps with fingers of Red Leicester. If I’m feeling healthy I’ll add celery sticks as well – not forgetting the pickled onions.

  • Peanut butter & banana French toast .
    3 overripe bananas, 1/4 cup organic creamy peanut butter,1 tablespoon cornstarch,3/4 cup unflavoured soy or almond milk,1tsp vanilla extract, 6-8 slices of bread.
    Mash bananas stir in peanut butter & cornstarch until well blended, add milk and vanilla , stir really well again . Coat both sides of bread with a brush, ( don’t submerge in batter) when coated place in hot oiled pan cook until lightly brown each side, serve with extra sliced banana , maple syrup

  • We like to have nachos and we use all the left over veg and herbs to make different dips to go with the nachos . It turns out different every time . The best dip we’ve made so far is spiced calamata olive and marscapone .

  • Warm home made tortilla chips dusted with garlic pepper and a big pot of home made guacamole: viva la vida patata sofa!

  • A glass or two of red wine and some really strong, tangy cheese cut into little melt in the mouth slivers.

  • we love chocolate popcorn balls,quick & easy to make & very yummy,
    75g popcorn,
    2tbsp groundnut oil,
    125g butter,
    50g golden caster sugar,
    1 large tbsp golden syrup,
    100g chopped maltesers,
    30g melted dark chocolate,
    line a large tray with a baking sheet,
    pop the popcorn and when popping starts to subside turn off the heat,
    transfer the popcorn to a bowl and repeat until all the corn is popped,
    melt butter in a pan, along with the sugar and syrup,
    let it bubble until the mixture is a light golden brown then pour carefully over the popcorn, mix well & with lightly greased hands bring the mix together into balls about the size of a satsuma,
    press the malteser halves in as you make the balls, then place them them on a lined tray to cool, after cooling drizzle with melted chocolate, leave to set for a bit then enjoy!

  • Oreo Truffle Balls. Ok, you’re about to discover chocolate in a whole new light. You have never tasted anything as rich and yummy as these Oreo balls. This is my secret recipe for those nights in: Take one pack of Oreos and crush them up. I use a wooden spoon or a rolling pin and do it in a bowl. Next, mix in one pack of cream cheese. Roll this mixture into balls, (it can get messy!), dip them into melted chocolate and then put them in the fridge for a few hours until hard. Warning: You will be addicted!

  • Sorry must be really old fashioned but I eat meals at the table and do not eat at other times. Makes me a dinosaur I guess……………..

  • I always have home made pizza dough in the freezer. 650ml tepid water with 14g dried yeast, 1tbs sugar. 1000g strong white flour, 1tbs salt.(Makes 6 huge ones or 12 medium) When yeast is frothy add to flour and salt, mix and knead until soft and doughy. I usually leave to rise for 24hrs. Take a ball out of the freezer when defrosted roll to fit frying pan. When frying pan is hot add rolled dough, add passata smear on base add sliced mozzarella, sprinkle of oregano, olives pepper and a sprinkle of olive oil. When base is blackened slightly finnish off under the grill. You can add anchovies, have it with mushrooms, tinned artichokes whatever is your favourite topping. Once you have made the dough it is the simplest tastiest snack.

  • I would get my wife 2 Pain au Chocolat, warmed in the microwave (or a whole box of After Eights!) and a glass of her favourite Lucozade, then get myself a couple of cold beers and a bag of crisps! Heaven!

  • I love to make grilled halloumi and a grilled flatbread with a sweet chilli dip followed by some strawberries, bananas and marshmallows dipped into some melted Nutella 🙂

  • My favourite is cream tea, and it’s not just for afternoons or garden parties. Nothing quite like snuggling up on the sofa with home made scone, jam (especially the Fortnums strawberry stardust one which has a glitter look to it, but I think only sold at Christmas), clotted cream and perfectly brewed pot of tea. To make the scones, I use the following recipe:
    Rub 100g butter into a mixture of 500g plain flour, 15g baking powder, 125g caster sugar. Add 250ml of whole milk and then kneed well and roll. Cut rounds 2.5-3cm thick, pop onto a baking tray, brush with beaten egg and then bake at 200 degrees for about 15 minutes. Scones can be made in bulk and frozen. Add sultanas, chocolate chips, chopped cherries as you wish. I think plain is perfect! Yum.

  • Chilli Con Carne from the slow cooker is the best food for a comfy night in on the sofa in front of the tv 🙂

  • My sofa snack depends on the time of day. In the evening it would be stilton, water biscuits and redcurrant jelly with a glass of port. At tea time it has to be freshly made scones with butter and jam and a cup of tea – ideal for watching a great DVD with the kids.

  • Ready Salted crisps, fingers of Red Leicester Cheese, thin strips of celery and pickled onions. A feast fit for the gods – and me!

  • For me it would be my hubby’ cheese and tomato pizza.There deicious.A large glass of wine,Dvd when kids are sleep. Bilss

  • I find that my ‘Corny Dippers’ always goes down really well. It’s a mix of a tub of cream cheese, a few tablespoons of soured cream (to make it ‘dip-able’) mixed with a very finely chopped onion, a tin of corn, a chopped red pepper and a dash of lemon.
    The raw veggies in it can make you turn a blind eye to the cream cheese and soured cream! It’s gorgeous and everyone always loves it.
    Serve with tortilla chips or crudités.

  • Chicken and mushroom pasta ‘n’ sauce with pea’s, sweetcorn, and hot dogs mix in to it, then plain broken crisp’s on top and a load of cheese on top of that, then under the grill it goes?

  • We like our Nachos. Doritos topped with onions, tomatoes, spicy taco meat, salsa and loads of mature cheddar all melted down.

  • Mine has to be Irish soda bread, which is actually really easy to bake – Buttermilk, white / wholemeal flour, butter, salt and bicarbonate of soda is all you need – topped with more butter and jam – it’s heaven!!! 🙂

  • A light melt in your mouth Cheese Souffle Omlette is my go to snack. Separate 3 eggs, whisk the whites into stiff peaks, gently mix in the yolks and season. Grate a handful of cheese, mature cheddar or my favourite is smoked cheese in thin slices…then mix in the eggs. Butter a pan and pour the mix in, cook for a couple of minutes lifting the edge to check, then finish under the grill , sprinkling with a little more finely grated cheese or parmesan maybe. Butter some crusty bread and proceed to have it melt in your mouth. 🙂
    Works with adding cheese and folding when the base is done, and with other stuff like ham or haddock flakes too, and it awesome with a cheese sauce poured over 🙂

  • I want to try the vegan banana pancakes, they sound delicious. Otherwise we normally have hummus and pitta bread or vegetable crisp

  • I love to make nachos with chorizo, chili, cheese and sundried tomatoes. Put it in a tray, set it on coffee table. Win!

  • I enjoy a comforting bowl of couscous, spiced with ras el hanout, with chick peas, toasted almonds, raisins and chopped preserved lemons and coriander.

  • i like guacamole and nachos. I make my own so it’s not too garlicky and have been know to dip it straight out of my mini chopper/processor (minus the blade of course!) as it’s just too delicious to wait sometimes.

  • my mum’s version of a Victoria Sponge which meant you had to have the old fashioned type of scale, and therefore the recipe was weight of 3 eggs for the SR Flour the sugar and the marg. Mix sugar and marg until it turns white, and flour bit by bit and when adding the eggs do not whisk them but gently add them whole Then the secret ingredient- a spoonful or two of hot water to turn the mixture into a batter. Bake in 2 separate cake tins at 180 for approx 20 mins or until cake mixture leaves side of tin and is firm to touch. When cold sandwich together with raspberry jam

  • I love homemade guacamole with Ryvita thins:
    Blend avocados until smooth, then finely chop red onion and red chilli, chop cherry tomatoes and mix together with the avocados. Add the juice of half a lime and a generous pinch of salt!
    It’s absolutely gorgeous for chilling on the sofa with a good movie in the evening!

  • I love making nachos with cheese, salsa, jalapenos, and sour cream for everyone to share, the whole family love them!

  • A big cup of tea with Rocky Road Rice Krispie Cups.
    Rice krispies, mini marshmallows, mixed chopped nuts, dried cranberries and sour cherries all mixed into melted 70% chocolate and then scooped into muffin cases and chilled. Yum

  • It has to be spicy nachos all the way!! i use goats cheese since I cant eat cows cheese and pile on the jalepenos!

  • for chilling on the sofa, i love making cheese toasties, normally have baked beans and maybe some ham or onion chopped up in them as well. Oh and it has to be white bread. Reminds me of Sunday evening tea at home when I was a kid.

  • It’s about as unhealthy as it comes but we have a speciality toastie. It has chocolate spread, marshmallow fluff and sprinkles in. Toasted. It’s gorgeous. For savory we like to make a spag Bol but have it over nachos with lots of cheese.

  • A classic bruschetta made up of – bread, garlic, tomatoes, fresh basil and olive oil. On the side a nice glass of chilled white win 🙂

  • I make a 5 layer dip. It’s chicken, onion and peppers cooked in a fajita seasoning. Then a salsa layer followed by sour cream, guacamole and finally cheese. Dipping crisps in it, it’s perfect for a night in front of the movie

  • I love Cheese Straws – delicious and really easy to make!
    All you need is a 350g pack ready-rolled puff pastry and Grated Parmesan

    Heat oven to 220c/fan 200c/gas 7. Unroll the puff pastry, scatter over the grated cheese, then fold in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll out to the thickness of a £1 coin. Cut into 1cm strips, then twist the strips 3-4 times. Lay on a baking sheet, scatter over more cheese (you could sprinkle on some black pepper or mixed herbs too) Bake for 12 mins, or until golden. .

  • my patented american breakfast pancake ice cream.

    I whip up vanilla ice cream with swirls of nutella. Chop up some fluffy american breakfast pancakes and mix throughout. Then at the core create a pool of gooey maple syrup. Pure maple syrup doesn’t freeze so it will remain gooey and the ice cream is self-saucing.

  • Easy cheesy nachos
    2 types of nachos
    Monterey jack cheese and cheedar
    Chili powder
    Black beans drained.
    Mix all the wet ingredients and layer on the 2 nacho flavours liberally, cover with the cheese and bake for 12 mins then serve with a bid and sour cream.

  • I like to make a simple dip to dip crisps and vegetable sticks into. I simply get some natural yoghurt (I use fat free as I’m on my ‘wedding dress diet’ at the moment!) and I mix in some finely chopped mint leaves that I grow in my garden. Sometimes I add finely chopped cumcumber or garlic and it tastes delicious!

  • My favourite sofa snack recipe is cucumber, celery, carrot and red pepper sticks with low fat mayonnaise mixed with a TSP oil, garlic and chilli flakes.

  • The good ol’ Crisp Butty.

    Take 2 slice of bread
    Slap some butter on them
    Empty packet of crisps onto one slice
    Shove other slice on top

  • Mine is a nice and simple one….some homade guacamole (avacado, coriander, lime, red onion, cherry tomatoes and some good salt) and some oatackes. It’s not the healthiest, but it’s not the worst either!

    And to follow…some chocolate digestives, with a liberal coating of crunchy peanut butter 😀

  • For us it would have to be a little selection of home made nibbles- cheese straws, home made cheesy veggie pasties (puff pastry wrapped around a selection of finely chopped veg that you have available some cheese), a bowl of nachos (made with deep fried triangles of fajita wraps) with chilli guacamole and sour cream. Delicious 🙂

    • 1 tin of 112g tuna chunks in spring water (if in oil rinse to get rid of oil)
      1 red onion, finely chopped
      1 400g tin of red kidney beans (rinsed)
      tablespoon of white wine vinegar (or a good splash of)
      Mix together well and serve with crusty bread or crackers or even crisps.
      No cooking involved, takes minutes to put together and tastes lovely.

  • We put large marshmallows into a bowl with broken chunks of chocolate, oven bake for 10 minutes, then use digestives to mop up the delicious gooeyness! 🙂

  • Malteser Popcorn Balls – maltesers, popcorn, butter, castor sugar, syrup, melted chocolate Pretty much mix everything together & you’ve got a lovely snack!

  • My Dad always used to make us Eggy Bread as a late night snack when my Mum was at work – it was the only thing he could cook. Still a favourite and brings back lovely memories x

  • My top recipe is melting chocolate and topping roughly chopped fruits and nuts and freezing for half an hour. Serve with ice cream everybody tucks in whilst watching a movie. This recipe is sooooo versatile too and can be adapted for all die try requirements.

  • Kale crisps

    light spray of extra virgin olive oil
    light sprinkling of salt

    Spread kale out on a large baking sheet & spray lightly with extra virgin olive oil. Bake on 180C in oven for 12-15 mins until crispy. Take out & season. Try different spices such as chilli if you want.

    This is a tasty guilt-free snack! 🙂

  • My usual sofa-snacks would be the unhealthy overindulgent kind but lately i’ve been cleaning up my diet and recognising that actually you can make some really really tasty snacks that are packed with good stuff. My favourite at the moment are these little frozen bites that I made by putting some home-made granola into silicone cupcake cases, followed by a dollop of greek yogurt (I reckon coconut cream would also work well for a dairy-free option), then a piece of strawberry or raspberry pressed into the yogurt, a sprinkle of cacao powder and a little scoop of passionfruit. Pop into the freezer for around and hour and they are just perfect little healthy sweet treats to snack on whilst watching your fave stuff on TV.
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  • Cheesy Heats

    It is traditional to buy exotic cheeses at Christmas, but in our household they often get left until well after the celebrations before being eaten. My son, William, (when aged 9) came up with the idea of putting two different cheeses onto a cheese cracker, put another cracker on top to form a sandwich, and then microwave until the cheese has just melted. Great, that’s my son.

  • Having a newborn baby its fab to get the feet up with the kids and hubby and have our munchy night we call it. Crisps dips .cheese .chocs the lot

  • I love nachos but not just the tortillas. I like it with homemade guacamole (like I to add pomegrantes to the mix), sour cream and lots of cheese!

  • When I was little and my dad was in charge we had “sofa suppers” which meant we didn’t have to eat dinner up to the table – that in itself was a treat. The dinner was great because it was often something my mum would of hated us having like burgers or fish fingers and after we always had ice cream sodas which was vanilla ice cream ice cream soda and hundreds of thousands in a beer glass!!!

  • Big bowl of nachos sprinkled with jalapeno peppers and grated cheese blitzed in the microwave. If there’s some spare chili or bolognese sauce knocking around, even better.

  • As I’m dieting I tend to make homemade coleslaw, houmous and have this with carrot sticks, cucumber sticks and a handful of nuts. If I’m being naughty it is always a banana fried in batter with a big glob of chocolate spread, chopped up nuts, strawberries and marshmellows. My son made this concoction up and our whole family loves it 🙂

  • I don’t really have a sweet tooth but I am a cheese monster. I love to oven roast chunks of Halloumi with olives, chopped sweet peppers, red onions and baby tomatoes with a drizzle of chili oil. Add some hummus for dipping and I’m a very happy snacker! Oh, and Kale crisps, always kale crisps.

  • got to be crackers, cheese and picalilli
    yes it good and not so silly
    but then if i’m putting on a spread
    ill go all out and add some bread
    a well made sandwich is the way to go
    Beef and onion eaten real slow
    easy food for lazy days
    that you can have in so many ways

  • An apple and banana covered in greek yoghurt topped with honey and walnut pieces is my favourite sofa food.

  • Delicious “Pan bread” which is a thin glutenfree bread (with baking powder so no time consuming rising) cooked in a frying pan so it’s very quick. It is made with gf flour, ground almonds, cinnamon, rice milk and sultanas. It’s delicious hot or cold and great for picnics as well.

  • Doritos with salsa sharing with friends watching a great film, glass of wine followed by profiteroles and ice cream 🙂 xx

  • Love to close the curtains light candles pour a glass of chilled white wine and anti pasta platter.Then watch a crime mystery like Agatha Christie

  • Chocolate strawberries me and my family love this food strawberries ? dipped in Cadburys melted chocolate used in a fondue set such bliss a great food combination a great comfort food for sitting on the sofa

  • Our favourite sofa nibble is my dairy-free Rocky Road. I am lactose-intolerant so I always make my own using 70% dark chocolate, popcorn, marshmallows, dried fruit including cherries and apricots. We eat way too much of this stuff!

  • we tend to have a mixed selection so we can all choose what we like, so i tend to put out a tray with crisps, dips, popcorn, chocolate and cheese & crackers on and we all just help ourselves as we watch tv

  • I love homemade guacamole . I make it by mashing a large ripe avocado with a finely chopped red onion and a diced tomato. Mix it together with a dash of lime juice and lemon juice and a teaspoon of mild chilli powder (you could use fresh chillies, but we never have them in). Once it’s done in just five minutes you have a perfect sofa dip to have with carrot and cucumber sticks if you’re feeling healthy or tortilla chips if you’re feeling less so ( I know I normally succumb to them )

  • This is our favourite sofa recipe for whipping up at half time on match days in the Six Nations, or between tennis matches – it’s REALLY quick and delicious. My mum brought it back from Canada. I cook, my husband chops, and using American ‘cup’ measures is quicker. Good with garlic bread, if you’re really hungry, and good served on salad leaves, if you have them. 1 packet cheese-filled tortellini, 6oz+ mushrooms, quartered, 1 onion, chopped, 1/2 head broccoli, finely chopped, 1/4 cup white wine, 1/2 cup whipping cream, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1 cup Cheddar, grated, a little butter, black pepper. Melt butter in a frying pan, add mushrooms and onion and cook for about 5 mins, stirring often, or until onion is lightly browned. Meanwhile, cook pasta, drain, and return to its saucepan. Increase frying pan heat to medium, stir in wine, broccoli and black pepper. Cover and cook until broccoli is tender, about 3 mins. Add cream and nutmeg and bring to the boil. Add the mixture to the pasta saucepan, stirring, until hot and cream clings to pasta. Serve sprinkled with cheese, in pasta bowls for perfect sofa cuisine!

  • cookie nachos! Bits of cookies coated in melted chocolate, melted marshmellows and melted caramel. Delicious!

  • My son demands tortilla chips when he is watching a film and I didn’t want to feel like I was eating a load of junk so I created a recipe which I named “Fish and Chips…it keeps him and me happy! Basically its a large plate with tortilla chips around the outside then drain some tinned tuna chunks and mix with a bit of Tabasco and lemon juice. Pile this on the plate and top with mashed avo and some Edamame beans and fresh coriander. Then make up a dressing with mayonnaise, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and some smoked chilli mayo. Drizzle this all over the creation and tuck in! It feels naughty but also has protein and vitamins in there too so you don’t feel like you’ve eaten rubbish…

  • Arrange tortillas on an oven proof plate, dollop on tomato salsa, top with heaps of grated cheddar cheese, grill until the cheese melts, drizzle over sour cream. Serve with large napkins!!?

  • line a ceramic dish with Philadelphia soft cheese then pour on top a spicy salsa. pop it in the fridge for an hour then serve with nachos or other crisps. the soft cheese and salsa combo is surprisingly Moorish x

  • I prefer savoury snacks to share on the sofa. My favourite recipe is so simple – whizz a tub of low fat Philadelphia in a blender with a pack of smoked mackerel fillets, black pepper and a good squeeze of lemon juice. Then serve with celery sticks or my personal weakness, Ritz biscuits. Nom nom!

  • We love fridge cake, especially good after easter when anything goes in it, melt chocolate, butter and syrup, then throw in marshmallows, biscuits and anything else you fancy, our favourite at the minute is crushed mini eggs and popping candy as well

  • When I’m chilling on the sofa I always fancy what I don’t have. So what I do is gather a tray laden with bowls of cheese, biscuits, crisps, chocolates, sweets, and cake so that I can graze without hitting the pause button. The most important thing of all is that there should be no noisy wrappers!

  • Crunchie and digestive fridge bar. You melt butter and golden syrup, then add choc chips, crushed crunchie and digestives and stir. Place in a dish and pop in the fridge for a couple of hours! Dust with icing sugar before serving

  • Our favourites are making tortilla pizzas and making chocolate crispy cakes (great for using up food that may go to waste) then cuddling up on the sofa to watch a Disney movie

  • My favourite recipe to for sofa nights is milk and dark chocolate melted over a low heat before adding marshmallows, corn flakes and a little golden syrup. Either eat out the bowl or put into bun cases!

  • A good DVD, a big sofa for all the kids and me to cuddle up on, plenty of sweet and salt popcorn. Can’t beat it thanks

  • A bloomer loaf, cut out a circle in the middle, insert a Camembert. Cut through the bread not all the way so you create chunks to tear and share. Mix Olive Oil with garlic and pour into the bread. Add a little rosemary to the oil if you prefer. Cover with foil and put in the oven for 30 mins. Comes out with a runny cheese and crunchy fresh bread that you can dip and rip in front of the tv watching your fave show. Add a glass of wine a few olives and you are away!

  • We get a selection together… Mixture of healthy and naughty! Usually includes a nice glass of saviaugn blanc! Apple slices, red grapes, strawberries with squirty cream! Slab of chocolate and microwave sweet popcorn!

  • I love family nights in on the sofa!
    I make volovants filled with chicken and white sauce they are extremely yummy!

    I normally cheat and buy in the volovant pastry but you can make this yourself
    I used chicken breast pieces and add in my homemade white sauce (which is just the same as a macaroni sauce minus the cheese)
    Volovants are gorgeous and you can fill them with whatever you like 🙂 They are very addictive though! It is hard to stop after one!

  • The Quick and Easy, nothing home made nachos!
    Doritios on plate, grate cheese on top and slap in oven, open dip jars and good to go!

  • Rocky road. I like to try and get my kids involved in everything so on Friday nights when we watch a movie together I let them make rocky road. They make it when they get home from school and nursery and can’t wait to tell Daddy what they’ve put in it when he gets home from work. Sometimes cherries, sometimes raisins, crushed crunchie or maltesers, marshmellows, every week it’s different. Then we all settle down to a film and a yummy treat the girls have made. My 5 year old even has her own little mug of tea with hers 🙂

  • I love a deluxe hot chocolate with marshmallows, whipped cream and a flake with strawberry shortcake biscuits and my boys big and small; this is my most perfect RECIPE FOR CHILLING OUT the best way of all. Thanks

  • a stack of cream crackers spread with butter.. on the plate I have a range of edibles that I swap about to create lots of different flavours… cheese, ham, tomato, pickle, sliced onions, apple slices. You can put on what ever you like

  • Mine is hot chocolate topped with whipped cream, marshmallows and grated chocolate…yum! The kids love it too….great for a movie night along with popcorn and a box of chocs 🙂

  • Mine is chilling on the sofa in my cinema room, with hubby and a good movie. Popcorn and a beer and a snuggly blanket our idea of bliss x

  • I love to chill on the sofa with freshly popped popcorn from my duck shaped popcorn machine, topped with my husband’s home made caramel sauce. Perfection!

  • My favourite is snuggling up on the sofa watching a good film with a nice cup of hot chocolate with melted mini marshmallows on top and a sharing plate of homemade mini cupcakes – all with different toppings!

  • my favourite recipe for sofa chilling is a big bowl of freshly popped popcorn, hot chocolate with squirty cream, chocolate sprinkles and mini marshmallows, an old scary movie cuddled up with a selection of my cats – what could be better 🙂

  • If I’m with the children I like to make, with their help, a big tray of vegetable dips
    (celery, carrots, radishes,baby tomatoes,mange tout,etc.) Bread sticks and a bowl of hummus with some cheese squares and pineapple chunks. Then to follow a big bowl of homemade toffee coated popcorn. Sparkling water for the children and for me, as they fill their bowls and settle into the film, a nice cool glass of sauvignon blanc! Bliss!

  • Mine is probably a bit OTT but I love it. I do a pulled pork in the slow cooker, using an old Texan recipe I found, using cumin, cayenne pepper, tomato puree and stock. I have it in wraps with cheese and sour cream with nachos!

  • Our go to recipe for an evening on the sofa is baked Camembert (with a dash of paprika and rosemary in the centre) and homemade chips (with parsley, sea salt, and a touch of garlic)! Absolutely delicious, filling, and a great treat.

    • I thinly slice into the Camembert (usually a cross in the center so I can tear open the folds), then bake for 15 minutes. I put the chips in first because they need to be baked for about 40 so they get that outer crunch 🙂 We tend to pair them with some red wine and an episode (or 3!) of Gilmore Girls, Planet Earth, or Game of Thrones 🙂

  • Salt & vinegar roasted chickpeas!
    2 cups canned chickpeas
    3-4 cups white vinegar,
    1 tsp Coarse sea salt,
    2 tsp extra virgin olive oil.

    Put vinegar & chickpeas into a pan cook until vinegar boils then take off the heat, leave for 20-30……then drain, mix chickpeas with salt and oil, put them on a baking tray bake for roughly 30 mins. Leave to cool and you have yummy salt and vinegar chickpeas.

    Good luck all xx

  • Cookie surprise,
    You just need an oven proof dish, put in a packet of readymade cookie mix ( my fav is Betty Crocker) flatten it out in the dish, put a handful of chocolate chips on top, and a handful of mini marshmallows!! Stick it in the oven for 20 minutes!! Take it out and scoop some vanilla ice cream on top then enjoy on the sofa!!!

  • My favourite recipe for sofa nights is to make nachos with lots of mince, peppers, onions, tomatoes and mushrooms with salsa and sour cream and chive sauce

  • My fiancé works long shifts and could finish anytime between 2pm and 10pm so my recipe for a relaxing night in front of the sofa is to get my 3 year old son full of dinner, bathed and in his pjs. Sit through a few episodes of paw patrol before story time and bed, then it’s just me, cozy blanket and a hot chocolate, binge watching bones or Buffy till the other half gets in. Such an exciting life lol thanks for the chance to win such a fanatic prize.

  • It all depends on my mood – but I do love grazing on some mixed nuts, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts etc. Other times it would be some chips and assorted dips, or it could just be a microwaved bag of sweet popcorn.

  • malteaser tray bake, 10 chocolate digestives, broken into crumbs with a rolling pin, add 100g melted chocolate and 1 tablespoon of golden syrup, add big bag of maltesers and spread mixture onto a baking tray on top of grease proof paper, cool in the fridge for half an hour and then cut into squares, very naughty but very nice!

  • My ideal way to chill on the sofa would be watching a good film wrapped in a blanket eating cheesy nachos and popcorn with my dogs laying on my feet to keep them warm

  • Our treat for supper nights is a plate of French Toast to share. A big family treat for all ages. (Served with sliced salted tomato drizzled with Olive Oil is a new addition with health in mind) served with hot chocolate.

  • Our sofa treat is Chinese takeaway while drinking / sharing a nice bottle of red of white whilst catching up on our latest box set :)It’s a once a month treat .

    Our sofa treat with our son is popcorn when he has friends over.
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  • One of my favourites is our homemade aloo chop recipe that always goes down well with a bit of spicey sauce!

  • Ok so you need to have a few things in place:
    Warm room
    Comfy sofa (in our case The Savoy from DFS)
    Snuggling partner – husband/babies/dogs
    Soft blanket to pop over your legs
    A massive mug of green tea
    And these huckleberry bear claws from from the oven (as we don’t live in Montana or have Huckleberries readily available, blueberries will do the job too) Enjoy, and thanks for the post.
    Huckleberry bear claw Ingredients
    1 recipe Danish pastry (or you could just buy some Jus Rol!!)
    1 recipe Filling & Decoration
    Danish Pastry:
    3 1/4 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 cups chilled unsalted butter
    1/2 cup warm water (105* 115*F.)
    1/2 cup heavy cream or undiluted evaporated milk
    1/2 tsp. freshly crushed cardamon sees(optional)
    1/2 tsp. salt
    2 eggs, room temperature
    Filling and decoration:
    100g huckleberries (or blueberries)
    1 egg white
    1/2 cup almond paste
    3/4 cup powdered sugar
    1 slightly beaten egg to brush bearclaws
    pearl sugar or crushed sugar cubes for topping
    sliced almonds for topping
    Danish Pastry:
    Measure 3 1/2 cups flour into a bowl, or into the work bowl of the food processor with the steel blade in place. Cut the butter into 1/4 inch slices and add to the flour. Process or cut the butter into the flour until the butter is the size of Kidney beans.

    In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in the cream or milk, cardamon, salt, eggs and sugar. Turn the flour-butter mixture into the liquid ingredients, and with a rubber spatula mix carefully just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours, over night, or up to 4 days.

    Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board;dust with flour. Pound and flatten to make a 16-to20-inch square. Fold into thirds making three layers. Turn dough around and roll out again. Fold from the short sides into thirds. This should result in a perfect square. Repeat folding and rolling again if you wish. Wrap and chill the dough 30 minutes or as long as overnight. For the filling, shaping and baking, follow directions in the recipe that follows.

    Cover 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease and flour them.

    On a lightly floured surface,roll the chilled pastry out to make an 18X16 inch rectangle. Cut lengthwise into 4 strips.

    In a small bowl, beat the egg white, add the almond paste and powdered sugar, and mix until smooth and blended. Then add the Huckleberries and squash down a little.

    Spread about 2 Tbsp. filling down the centre of each strip. Fold strips lengthwise to enclose the filling. Roll lightly to flatten and seal the edges. Cut each strip into 4 inch lengths. Make 7 cuts on each of the 4-inch lengths, cutting from the sealed edgetoward the center. Place pieces on the prepared baking sheets, curving them slightly to separate the slits.

    Let rise in a cool place until puffy, or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night.

    To bake, preheat oven to 400*F. Brush pastries with beaten egg, then sprinkle generously with sugar and almonds. Bake 5 to 8 minutes until golden. Remove from baking sheets and cool on wire rack. Best served warm.
    Makes 16 Bear Claws

  • Lentil soup with caraway – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
    2 tablespoons of olive oil
    2 onions roughly chopped
    2 carrots roughly chopped
    2 teaspoons coriander seeds
    2 teaspoons caraway seeds
    2 garlic cloves crushed
    350g red lentils
    2 liters of water or vegetable stock

    1. Heat the oil in a saucepan, add onions and carrots, season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover the pan, let the vegetables sweat and soften.
    2. Toast the coriander and caraway seed in a small frying pan, then grind.
    3. When vegetables are soft, add ground spices and garlic and fry for a couple of minutes.
    4. Add lentils and mix well.
    5. Pour in stock and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat, cover with lid and simmer, stirring occasionally (about 15–20 minutes).
    6. Purée with hand blender. Add more water or stock if too thick.
    7. Put the pan back on the stove and season to taste and simmer gently for about 5 minutes.

    Do not underestimate this soup! It is a hug in a mug! Toasting and grinding the herbs turns this seemingly basic soup into a winter winner! Make loads so you can freeze portions and enjoy on the sofa anytime!

  • I like to make a vegetable curry because it gives us that Saturday night treat feeling but without being too unhealthy because if we are just sitting we don’t really need too many calories!

  • I love natural yoghurt, chopped bananas, strawberries, nuts, seeds and a drizzle of honey & choc shot, feels naughty but is very healthy 🙂

  • I have a total sweet tooth! My treat for a good night chilling on the sofa is homemade banana bread – especially if it’s still warm from the oven… If I’m being naughty I add some nutella or almond butter.

  • Lemon Possett – creamy and fresh and easy to make with just double cream, caster sugar and fresh lemon juice. Naughty but nice and because it’s so rich I only eat one!

  • In have a small addiction to melted mars bars and Rice Krispies, it’s so bad for you but great for eating whilst chilling and watching TV.

  • I use my actifry to make my own tortilla chips from soft flour tortillas. I then use these to make nachos with salsa and cheese and served with sour cream. I sometimes put fresh chillies on too. It’s so much fresher and tastier than using packets of regular tortilla chips. 🙂

  • A nice romantic cuddle on the sofa eating Creme Brulee with a raspberry coulis is my idea of bliss ….. easy to make using 1pt fresh cream, 4 egg yolks, 3oz castor sugar and a drop of vanilla flavour. Coulis made with raspberries and sugar …. heaven in a bowl

  • A nice cheese and red onion toastie on fresh white bread with caramelised red onion chutney followed by a glass of ice cold Cider and maybe a cheeky chocolate bar for afters

  • Curling up on the sofa with daughter under my favourite blanket, munching veg sticks, homemade mackerel pate (cream cheese, lemon juice & rind, mackerel, black pepper to taste), home made crusty bread (500g strong flour, 300ml hand hot water, 7g fresh yeast, pinch of salt and sugar, dash of olive oil).
    Don’t forget the popcorn to finish!

  • My favourite is Nacho’s with a fiery chilli smothered over the top, then grated vintage mature cheddar melted over the lot. Serve with sides of salsa, guacomole and sour cream and chive dip. Perfect !!

  • My favourite recipe for snuggling on the sofa is a healthy but delicious soup!
    I fry garlic and onions with a bit of Thai spice in coconut oil, then add sweet potato chopped up, some chopped celery, carrots, asparagus, and whatever other vegetables I can get my hands on! Then I add stock, boil down the veg for twenty mins and cool before blending with a hand blender. I toast some pumpkin seeds in soy sauce in a pan, and sprinkle on top with a drizzle of creme fraiche. Yum!!

  • During winter there is nothing nicer than snuggling down on a cold evening with the fire burning, big chunks of bread on the coffee table and piping hot bowls of our version of fabada. We slow cook it with garlic, onion, paprika, stock, beans, bacon and sausages (the latter being the english ‘variety’ rather than chorizo or black pudding as would be traditionally added). It’s heaven!

  • It’d have to be my version of Nachos! I add chicken and use plenty of dried and jalapeno chillis, with monterey jack and mozzarella cheese

  • these days I tend to chill with a chilli…..maybe it’s the cooking, all the slicing and dicing and de-seeding..somehow distracts the mind. Heat from the chillies then irons out some of the knotted muscles…!

  • This is a recipe from a slow cooker recipe book.
    Salsa, cut cooked chicken, emmental grated, warm through add chopped coriander and sour cream to serve. We eat with tortilla chips very morish

  • When I’m being naughty it has to be cheesy nachos topped with lots of jalapenos and dipped in sour cream with a glass or two of red.

  • Every Friday night my two grandsons help me make our favourite “Sofa Snack”, it only takes 10 minutes and is super easy to make:

    Slice a fresh baguette lengthways, fills with two handfuls of grated cheese and two big scoops of grilled bacon (cut into little bits) and another two handfuls of grated cheese on top and pop in the oven for 5 mins on a medium heat, Viola !! Then all you need is a big plate and a few napkins and everyone gently rips the baguette apart, it’s soft and gooey and warm… oh, and REALLY Yummy x

  • Homemade Blackcurrant Cheesecakes
    After a day on our allotment eating a homegrown fruit dish makes it all worth while!

  • Marmite flavoured welsh rarebit topped with finely sliced spring onions always goes down a treat, simply delicious.

  • Mine is homemade chocolate digestive biscuit cake cut into bite size squares 🙂 it’s so yummy and very versatile, I vary what I put in it – sometimes it’s more of a rocky road marshmallowy affair, sometimes just cherries, sometimes other dried fruit, maybe with nuts too and often a combination! Craving it now!

  • We loved baked eggs. Pop two slices of wafer thin ham in a baking tray, crack an egg into it. Sprinkle grated cheese on top & bake in the oven. Perfect TV snacks!!

  • Our family favourite for sofa-chilling are no cook pecan brownies. These actually work and are amazing. My three children all do the prep which consists of:- chopped pecan nuts, organic raw cacao powder, chopped dates/sultanas and maple syrup. Mix then pop in fridge till set and all ready to munch together in front of favourite film!? Incredibly these contain no solid chocolate nor do they need to be cooked and yet are rich, moist, intensely chocolatey and squidgy in the middle..perfect brownie standard and loved by all. You can pretty much add anything you fancy to these. Ideal for a relaxed evening of chilling!