Friday is the 75th anniversary of VE Day. We’re all invited to join a nationwide ‘Stay At Home’ street party – in our own front gardens! (Please remember to follow the social distancing rules!). However you decide to celebrate, the following will make great ideas for the celebrations and tasty treats for a picnic in the garden!


Ham & Mushroom
Serves 2 – approx 300 cals per serving

Boil 340g/12oz new potatoes until tender and drain well. Cut into small chunks and allow to cool. Chop 112g/4oz lean smoked ham into small pieces and mix with the potato together with 2 medium sliced tomatoes, 1 finely sliced red onion and a little cucumber. Mix together with Hellmans Extra Light mayo and 2 tsp wholegrain mustard (optional) and add to the bowl of the potato mixture. Stir well. Line a salad bowl with lettuce, Chinese leaves or rocket and spoon in the potato salad. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle over chopped parsley.

Pineapple & Ham Pasta Salad
Serves 1 – approx 225 cals

Mix together 84g/3oz cooked pasta, 56g/2oz lean cooked chopped ham, 56g/2oz pineapple in natural juice, 1 tbsp Hellmans Extra Light mayo and salt and black pepper. Serve with lots of green salad leaves.

Corned Beef Parcels
Makes 4 – approx 87 cals each

56g/2oz corned beef
112g/4oz potatoes cooked
1 onion, chopped onion and 2 carrots,  cooked – mash together with potatoes
4 sheets filo pastry (cut in half to make 8 pieces)
28g/1oz half-fat butter melted, to brush the pastry

To make up the parcels use a bun tin. Oil the tin with low fat cooking spray. Using 2 of the cut filo sheets per parcel, put a large tablespoon of the mash mix into the centre of each parcel. Pull together into a parcel and butter the top and sides. Place each parcel into the bun tin and repeat until all the mash mix is used. It should make 4 parcels. Brush the outside of the pastry with the melted butter and cook in a medium hot oven for 5-10 minutes until golden brown. If you require more for a party, then wither make them in bite-sized parcels or double the quantity for larger ones.

It’s not a party without a cake, so here are some ideas.

Slimtone’s Celebration Cake

2 ready-made Pavlova cases
Fresh fruit – raspberries, strawberries, etc.
4 medium meringues
Aerosol cream

Use a nice glass plate or cake board. Place the first Pavlova case on the plate, pile the fresh fruit on to it evenly. Then place the second case on top, pile on more fruit. Now put 3 of the medium size meringues on top of the second tier and add more fruit to make a tiered effect. Top with the last meringue and decorate with fruit. Just before serving, use the squirty cream to fill any gaps between the fruit and swirl a nice decoration of cream on top.

This will not keep for long as the fruit and cream will melt into the meringues – but it tastes fab and looks very impressive as a special treat.

Low fat Welsh Cake Favours
Approx 15 cals each – makes approx 190 bite size pieces

454g/16oz SR flour
2 eggs
168g/6oz sultanas
196g/7oz half fat butter
112g/4oz caster sugar

Make as directed for low fat Welsh cakes in your Lifestyle Plan on page 61, but use a small heart shaped cutter about 1” in size – cut out the shapes and cook as normal Welsh cakes until golden brown on both size. (Don’t forget ‘Little pickers wear big knickers……)

Slimtone’s Blueberry Scones
Makes 10 – approx 106 cals per scone

224g/8oz SR flour, sieved
56g/2oz half fat spread, well chilled
¼ pint skimmed milk
56g/2oz blueberries
84g/3oz half spoon sugar
1 egg

Rub the fat into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and mix well. Add the blueberries and pour in the milk. Mix well until a dough is formed. Place on a lightly floured surface and bring the dough together. Using a 2-inch cutter, cut into 10 rounds approx 1½-2” deep. Brush the top with the yolk of an egg or skimmed milk. Pop in a medium hot oven for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

Marie’s Tip: Clover Light is ideal for these recipes – or Lurpack Light when it is on promotion as it is quite expensive!

Enjoy your party. I’m going to be waving my flag and joining in the fun.
Marie x

In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the timetable: