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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Natural Eating Guru Stacie Stewart Creates Natural Tonics With Caorunn Gin...


Natural Eating Guru Stacie Stewart Creates Natural Tonics With Caorunn Gin. The premium and contemporary Scottish gin, Caorunn (pronounced ‘ka-roon’) has enlisted the expertise of ‘natural eating guru’ Stacie Stewart to create four tonics that balance perfectly with the refreshing taste of Caorunn gin.



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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

11 Recipes For World Porridge Day...


Happy Tuesday.

As today is World porridge day #WorldPorridgeDayI thought I would share some yummy porridge recipes here with you today!


I am trying to get all focused on getting fit again and my downfall is having sweet things for breakfast. Once I get back into a regular exercise routine, I usually eat more healthier too.
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Monday, 9 October 2017

17 Pizza Recipes For Beer and Pizza Day..


Happy Monday friends and also, Happy Beer and Pizza Day.

International Beer and Pizza Day 9th October 2017


Are you a fan of a nice cold beer or a steaming hot pizza? What about a beer and a pizza!? Love them together? How yummy.!?

 To celebrate Beer And A pizza Day today I am sharing 17 yummy pizza recipes with you to get you started.

The all you need to do is make one up and grab a nice ice cold beer to go with it. Simple eh?

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Bean And California Raisins Burritos...


Happy Sunday. Are you having a fun weekend? We are having a nice and lazy day after cross country for the children yesterday. A time to stay in and catch up on ironing, great eh!?

Today I have a recipe for a nice weekday lunch or yummy for supper.

Fancy making some of these Bean And California Raisins Burritos?


Makes 8

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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Spice Island Rum Punch...


Happy Saturday.

Today I have a tasty cocktail recipe to share with you. Perfect for a weekend treat?

Whisk yourself away to a Caribbean island with a taste of this fabulous cocktail: Spice Island Rum Punch.

This easy to make cocktail recipe is a mixture of these ingredients: ginger ale, lime juice, root ginger, nutmeg, sugar, dark rum ice cubes topped with lime wedges. Yummy!!

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Friday, 6 October 2017

Crayfish, Avocado and Watercress Salad with Cucumber and Lime Butter...


Happy Friday. Today I have a nice and healthy Watercress recipe to share with you, Crayfish, Avocado and Watercress Salad with Cucumber and Lime Butter.
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Thursday, 5 October 2017

7 Black Pudding Recipes...


Happy Thursday. Do you like Black Pudding? If so, I have 7 Clonakilty Black Pudding recipes to share with you today.

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

How To Cook A Low Carb Cauliflower Roast...


Happy Wednesday. How is your week going so far? Good, I hope. Are you following a low carb diet? Are you wanting to eat more veggies? If so, how about trying out this recipe roasted cauliflower recipe out?

Low Carb Cauliflower Roast – swap your roast potatoes for this delicious treat. How tasty!? A great alternative to roast potatoes.
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Sunday, 1 October 2017

How To Make Apple Pie Jam...


Apple Pie Jam anyone?

This delicious jam is fragrant with the aroma of apple pie spices. You can make it all year round, as it doesn’t rely on seasonal fruit. It tastes fantastic on toast, crumpets, scones and pancakes. Try a spoonful on your porridge too!
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Friday, 29 September 2017

Royal China’s Honey Roast Pork Puffs...


Recipe: Royal China’s Honey Roast Pork Puffs.

Dim sum is one of the most popular styles of Cantonese cuisine. The Royal China Group is renowned for its authentic dim sum, which is served daily from Noon until 5pm.

Royal China’s chefs have shared their recipe for Honey Roast Pork Puffs so that you can try to recreate this Chinese classic at home.
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Thursday, 28 September 2017

Honey Pannacotta Recipe...


Hello, happy Thursday.

Fancy making a pannacotta? Topped with your favourite berries? Perfect for a weekend treat or dinner party.

Head Pastry Chef Steve Penny at Royal Lancaster London has shared his recipe for his delicious but simple Honey Pannacotta dessert, available at the hotel’s restaurant, Island Grill.
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Monday, 25 September 2017

21st Century Salad..


Fancy making up this 21st Century Salad recipe?

This up-to-the-minute salad is full of fantastic flavours and good-for-you ingredients, helping to take you towards your 10-a-day total for fruit and veg. It’s great for vegans and vegetarians too!

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Sunday, 24 September 2017

How To Make Raspberry Coconut Energy Balls..


Happy Sunday, today I have a nice and easy healthy treat idea to share with you.

Fancy trying out these raspberry coconut energy balls?

These delicious energy balls are a perfect pre-workout snack or a post 3pm pick me up.

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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Boozy Berries Chocolate Brownies...


Happy Saturday. Welcome to the weekend! Also, welcome to Autumn! I love to start thinking of Christmas bakes around this time of year. Do you too?

Do you like to cook with wines, spirits or alcohol? If so, I have a recipe for you today.

Are you looking for a yummy cake recipe? Something to serve up with your adult friends at a dinner party? Do you want to make some delicious brownies with a Gin twist?

Fancy making some Boozy Berries Chocolate Brownies? A moreish boozy bake!

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Home-made Chipotle BBQ Sauce...


Happy Friday.  It is nearly the weekend. It has soon come around again. Any fun plans or dinner party? Autumn starts today too, nooo I wanted t to be Summer for a little longer!!

Are you planning some last minute BBQ'S/events or just eating some nicely cooked sausages/burgers or tasty vegetables over the weekend and need a nice BBQ sauce to go on top of them?

Fancy making your own BBQ sauce?

How about trying this Home-made Chipotle BBQ Sauce?

This delicious home-made barbeque sauce is made with a blast of Chipotle chilli for added smoky flavour. Marinate chicken wings and brush over veggie kebabs before throwing them on the barbeque, or use as a dip for sweet potato wedges.

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Gluten Free Black Forest Gâteau Cake Pops...


Gluten-Free Black Forest Gâteau Cake Pops anyone?

(Dairy + Gluten Free)

Cake pops make a really eye-catching, fun addition to a party table and a brilliant activity to make with the children one weekend. WARNING: Guaranteed to get messy! 😁

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

McVitie’s Gluten Free Hobnobs Chocolate & Coconut Tarts...


Happy Saturday. Looks like it is going to be a lovely day here!? Makes a refreshing change after all the rain to see the sun out again.

Today I am sharing this yummy looking McVitie’s Gluten Free Hobnobs Chocolate & Coconut Tarts recipe with you.

Are you looking for a nice recipe to make and share for the weekend?

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Slow-Cooked Hand of Pork with Pearl Barley Risotto, Watercress Pesto and Red Wine Sauce..


Fancy trying some Slow-Cooked Hand of Pork with Pearl Barley Risotto, Watercress Pesto and Red Wine Sauce?

Another great dish for sharing. Made with pearl barley, juniper berries and other autumnal treats it’s a warming, satisfying meal that successfully combines health with comfort!

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Monday, 4 September 2017

4 Quick & Easy Prosciutto di Parma Ham Naan Bread Pizzas...


Happy Monday friends. I hope you have had a lovely Summer? We have been so busy here. Days out, visiting family and an unexpected last-minute holiday for our 21st wedding anniversary.

The Summer holidays are coming to an end and it is back to school for my children again this week. Back into an old routine. Up early and no more lay-ins or getting up whenever and taking yourself out for the day on day trips now.

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Friday, 25 August 2017

How To Make Some Strawberry Vanilla and Apricot Amaretto Layered Jam...


Happy Friday, the weekend has soon come around again. Today I am sharing this Edd Kimber Strawberry Vanilla and Apricot Amaretto Layered Jam.

How yummy!?

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

How To Make Spinach and Buckwheat Pancakes..


Love Your Gut Week takes place between 4-10 September and seeks to raise awareness of the importance of good gut health.

Love Your Gut has been raising awareness of the importance of gut health for over 18 years by providing expert tips, digestive health news and recipes.

Today I am sharing one of their recipes with you:

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Crunchy Carrot and Apple Salad with Cashew Dressing...


Happy Wednesday. How is your week going so far? We are busy here with days out and dog walkies. All good fun. I am not eating that healthy though, with all this rushing around. I have just chopped up a nice big salad for today's lunch and dinner though, so all is good today.

Are you looking for something different for lunch to try?

Today I am sharing a nice and healthy salad recipe with you.

Fancy making a Crunchy Carrot and Apple Salad with Cashew Dressing?

Crunchy thinly sliced carrots into ribbons, thinly sliced apple, deseed finely chopped chilli and thinly sliced fennel with a cashew dressing, how nice?

Tasty and healthy.


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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Anise, Almond and Cranberry Biscuits...


Hello, how is your week going? Are your children off school now for the Summer holiday? Looking for a recipe to bake with the kids?

It is raining today here so we having a stay at home day today and not going too far. I think this afternoon we might do a spot of baking.


Fancy making some biscuits?

How about trying these Anise, Almond and Cranberry Biscuits?

Makes 20 biscuits

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Monday, 14 August 2017

Savoury Soda Bread...


Happy Monday friends. Any fun plans for the rest of the week? Busy around here with the children off school for Summer.

Are you looking for a soda bread recipe with a savoury twist? Fancy making some Savoury Soda Bread?

One of the easiest loaves of bread you will ever make and it has yeast extract and cheddar cheese for added taste.Make in the morning, enjoy at lunch.Tasty!


How to make Savoury Soda Bread:

Serves: Makes 1 loaf
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce with Churros..


Fancy making some Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce with Churros?

Treat family and friends to these Spanish style doughnuts dipped in a chocolatey nutty sauce and they’ll be BFF’s for life.

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Friday, 4 August 2017

Summer Pudding Recipe...


Quintessentially British, this summer pudding is packed with fruits macerated with syrup and encased in juice soaked bread. Suitable for a vegan diet.


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Thursday, 3 August 2017

How To Make A Raspberry and Coconut Layer Cake..


Fancy making a Raspberry and Coconut Layer Cake?

This delicious wheat free cake made with spelt flour, buttermilk and raspberries is spread with lashings of coconut and maple syrup frosting. Perfect for entertaining a crowd.

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Thursday, 27 July 2017

How To Make A Proper Malt Loaf...


Happy Thursday. Are you enjoying the Summer holiday? Are you keeping busy?

Today I have a malt loaf recipe to share with you: Fancy making a Proper Malt Loaf?

Home-made version of the usual shop bought sticky malt loaf made with malt extract, dried fruit, date syrup and black tea. Make ahead, as the longer you store this loaf the more deliciously sticky it becomes.


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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Pear And Raspberry Jam Brioche Tarts...


Fancy making some Pear and raspberry jam brioche tarts?

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Monday, 24 July 2017

Ravioli with Walnut Pesto and Parma Ham...


There is nothing better on a summer evening than enjoying a meal al fresco whilst you soak up the sun.

Try this delicious recipe for homemade ravioli with Parma Ham and a walnut pesto.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

How To Make Peach Jam & Peach Pie Cocktail..


Today I am sharing a Peach Jam @ Peach Pie Cocktail recipes with you.

How tasty!?

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Tips On How To Create A Dish Packed Full Of Flavour – Anjum Anand & 3 Summer Recipes...


Today I am sharing some tips on how to create a dish packed full of flavour – Anjum Anand

Anjum Anand, Indian food expert and founder of The Spice Tailor, shares her expert cooking tips on how to create bold flavour combinations and spice up any mealtime.

Over to Anjum;
I started learning how to cook authentic Indian food at a young age from my mother and her sisters and learnt much more than how to follow a recipe.

There are so many different techniques for cooking an individual ingredient and even when cooking the same dish time and time again, the flavours can vary. 

That’s why understanding how different cooking techniques change ingredients and the resulting flavour is so important. 

Contrary to some Western understanding of Indian food, spices are not used to hide substandard ingredients but are added for health benefits and to enhance the flavour of a meal. 

Having spent my career learning and teaching Indian cooking, I’ve complied some fail-safe tips to create delicious Indian meals.

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Italian Herb-Roasted Chicken with Watercress, Sun-Blushed Tomatoes and Salsa Verde...


Fancy trying this Italian Herb-Roasted Chicken with Watercress, Sun-Blushed Tomatoes and Salsa Verde recipe?

In true Italian fashion, here’s a Mediterranean-influenced salad with a whole roast chicken that’s ideal for sharing with friends and family.


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Saturday, 8 July 2017

4 Summer Sparkling Elderflower Drinks..


Today I am sharing 4 Summer using the New Sparkling Elderflower drink by Rocks Drinks. A blooming delicious drink from Rocks in Devon is sure to put a spring in your step when you need refreshments on the go. Perfect for making up on a Summers evening on the garden.

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Friday, 7 July 2017

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Strawberry Prosecco Jam...


Are you looking for a jam recipe with a bit of fizz to it?

How about making some strawberry prosecco jam?


This fabulous jam is just right for serving with scones and clotted cream (and a glass of fizz!) for the perfect afternoon tea.

How to make Strawberry Prosecco Jam:
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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Boozy Berries, Gin & Juniper Sauce And Boozy Berries Vinaigrette...


Today I have a Boozy Berries sauce and a Boozy Berries vinaigrette recipe to share with you. The only thing you have to decide is a nice hot dinner or crunchy salad?


Boozy Berries, Gin & Juniper Sauce:


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Monday, 3 July 2017

A Berry Boozy Chocolate Cake...


Happy Monday, I hope you have had a lovely weekend?

I have a recipe to share with you today that is perfect for a dinner date or party with your adult friends.

Fancy trying out a berry boozy Chocolate cake recipe?

A decadent dessert for grownups! Yummy!!


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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Prawn Courgetti & Sweetcorn Fritters...


Happy  Saturday, have you had a good day?

Me and my Daughter had a lovely trip to Nottingham for a spot of shopping. Tired out now as it was so warm again today.

Today I am sharing this Prawn Courgetti & Sweetcorn Fritters recipe with you: You can buy courgetti (spiralized stands of courgette) in most supermarkets now – or spiralize your own to make these yummy prawn fritters.


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Friday, 30 June 2017

Asian-Style Warm Beef and Watercress Salad with Nuoc Cham Dressing...


Today I am sharing this Asian-Style Warm Beef and Watercress Salad with Nuoc Cham Dressing recipe with you.

Using influences from the Orient, this mouth-watering warm salad knocks spots off anything available from the local Chinese and is so much more healthy!

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Grilled Mackerel and Watercress Salad with Orange and Chilli...


Fancy making up this Grilled Mackerel and Watercress Salad with Orange and Chilli recipe?

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

IKEA Kitchen Trolley Up-cycled...


I love to read IKEA hack posts. They are alway so inspiring. How people can make something look so different with their creative ideas.

Today I am sharing my IKEA upcycled project that I did on this old kitchen trolly that I brought years ago. It was not doing anything at the minute, just stored in the garage until I could think of something to do with it.

Now it will be perfect for BBQ's and Summer entertaining. I am going to make a fun bug patterned table cloth for it now, me thinks. Maybe add a few plant posts on to?

IKEA Kitchen Trolley Up-cycled:

After it's makeover

I picked up this solid wood trolly years ago but never really done much with it. I varnished it slightly but as I ran out of varnish, it never got finished. A good job I never got to finish it now or it would have taken even longer to sand down!!
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Start The Day The Organic Way: 3 milk&more Breakfast Recipes...


Today I have 3 yummy breakfast recipes to share with you from milk&more:

First up, coffee anyone? How about trying this iced coffee smoothie?

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Monday, 26 June 2017

7 Summer Recipes: Alfresco Dining With Pyrex...


Happy Monday, how has your weekend been?

I was so busy planning my Daughter Birthday party last week, I think it is now time to chill!! I feel exhausted today!

Today I have 7 Summer recipe for your alfresco dining courtesy of  Pyrex. Perfect recipes to make your feeling tired like me or short on time but still want to make something tasty.

First up:

Chicken Yakitori:


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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Spinach And Banana Smoothie...


I love to make up yummy smoothies. I do not think there are many fruits we have not tried adding to a smoothie. I love a variety and also trying making them with vegetables in. 

What about spinach?

I have a few favourite recipes and I especially like ones with spinach in them. What a great colour they turn out too?


This is my favourite spinach one so far.
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Prosciutto di Parma And Asparagus Quiche...


How beautiful has the weather has been over the last few days? It has got everyone in our house thinking of the Summer holidays. Hopefully, the weather stays the same!! We always make a Summer to do list before the new term starts.

One of the top things on our list this year will be to spend more time in the garden. Plenty of outdoor relaxation with nice food and drink to while away the hours. If you are not shopping or on holiday, quality family time at home always feels better in the fresh air. 

All weekend we have been visiting shops and looking online for some garden furniture. We have picked out exactly what we want, we now have to hope they have them in stock ready for delivery as soon as possible. I can imagine lots of people are buying outdoor furniture now. Will I ever buy in Winter when it's cheaper? Probably not...

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Monday, 19 June 2017

2 Summer Recipes:Salad with Warm Pesto Whole Grain Croutons & Roasted Pepper, Courgette and Chicken Breast..


Salad with Warm Pesto Whole Grain Croutons:

This warm salad recipe shows that salads aren’t just for red hot Summer days, they’re just as good on those cold Summer days too.

For a slightly different flavour, try using sundried tomato paste instead of pesto. And for a protein hit, add in some quartered boiled eggs.


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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Salmon and Kale Filo Pie...


    Happy Sunday. How has your weekend been?

    It has been so hot her and we even ran Parkrun in it yesterday.

    I was melting when I finished!! All good fun though.

    Are you looking for something a little different for you mid week dinner?

    Fancy making a Salmon and Kale Filo Pie:

    This fish pie recipe will be a family favourite, and you can rest assured that your dinner is low in saturated fat and salt too. You can replace the kale with spinach if you’d prefer – or go half and half.


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    Karibumaki Sushi with Norwegian Salmon: International Sushi Day...


    Today is International Sushi Day: #InternationalSushiDay

    Today, I have a Sushi recipe to share with you from a Norway Seafood:

    Karibumaki Sushi with Norwegian Salmon:



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    Friday, 16 June 2017

    Moroccan Sausage & Pepper Tagine...


    Moroccan Sausage & Pepper Tagine. Moroccan stew cooked with peppers, Ras el hanout, and MOR Moroccan Spiced Pork, Cauliflower, and Chickpea Sausages.

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