About Me

Hi, I’m Alison, a full time working mam. I am on a mission to make the most of family leisure time, cooking delicious and easy meals and making memories on family adventures.

I live with my husband and grown up son who both love their food and are very vocal food critics. If a recipes passes their critique it must be good! As I work full time I like to create family friendly recipes that are on the table fast with no fuss.

Me and Eddie

I came to Newcastle Upon Tyne to go to university and fell in love with the area. Many years later I am still here. In my free time I love to discover the very best the North East has to offer and create wonderful family memories. We often take our dog, Eddie, a cavalier King Charles Spaniel on our adventures.

If you are looking for:


This is the blog for you.

However if you want to cook weird and wonderful recipes involving strange ingredients or don’t want to make the most of time with your family this might not be for you.

What you can expect to find here

Family friendly recipes

Do you work hard through the week and lack time when you get home? Are you looking to save money on your ingredients? Do you want to make quick and easy fuss free meals from scratch but lack the time?  I will show you how.

Many of these meals can be made in thirty minutes or less. With others you just pop the ingredients in the oven or slow cooker to do the cooking for you, giving you more time to enjoy with your family. The recipes might be quick but they taste delicious and will impress your family.

Want to see all my recipes – check the recipe index

Looking for a main course – see all the options

Sweet tooth – have a look at these delicious desserts or cakes and bakes

Hummingbird cupcakes

Recipes with a historical twist

Are you interested in historical recipes that still taste great today? I have recreated plenty of these on my blog. Why not have a browse and discover these traditional British recipes, mostly from North East England.

There are ideas for easy breakfasts, delicious tea time treats and many of them can be made on a budget.

Days out in North East England

North East England is a wonderful friendly place to live. I have spent many years discovering all the best that it has to offer so you can enjoy great days out with your family. If you are looking for information about events, days out and places to visit in North East England have a look at the Travel and Adventure Section.

Sunset over park dean wemyss bay

Places to eat out in North East England

Although I love to cook it is sometimes nice to have a break and let someone else do the cooking for you. We love to visit a restaurant for a meal from time to time and share our experiences so you know if it is worth going yourself. One of our little treats is having an afternoon tea and we are on a mission to discover the best afternoon tea in North East England.

Why not discover all our eating out adventures?


If you like my blog please connect with me via social media so you will receive regular updates and don’t miss out on the latest food and adventures on Dragons and Fairy Dust.

Please do get in touch, I love to hear from my readers and do reply to every comment I receive. If you have tried one of my recipes or been to one of the places I explored I would love to know.


If you work for a brand or a PR agency and would like to commission me to write a sponsored post, develop a recipe using your product or work on another kind of project, I would love to hear from you!

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