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Monday, 27 February 2017

How To Make Lisa Roukin's Oven Baked Corn Flake Chicken Breast with Salsa..


Oven Baked Corn Flake Chicken Breast with Salsa anyone?

Gluten-free corn flakes make a wonderful substitute for breadcrumbs, and since it is oven-baked rather than fried, you save on calories, too.

Recipe and image courtesy of Lisa Roukin My Relationship With Food Cookbook.
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Sunday, 26 February 2017

How To Make Cranberry & Blueberry Quick Pot Muffin...


Cranberry & Blueberry Quick Pot Muffin. Quick by name and quick by nature, this muffin can be made in a matter of minutes. Better still, there is no fancy ingredient list and no washing up.

We’re sold! Our cranberry and blueberry pot carries chocolate brilliantly so it’s our pot of choice for this recipe.

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Saturday, 25 February 2017

How To Make A Stoats Carrot Cake...


Carrot Cake Recipe: You know that feeling when you bite into a crunchy looking apple and it turns out to be really floury?

That's how we feel about bad carrot cakes. 

Slicing through a shell of creamy icing, there is nothing more disappointing than retrieving a wedge of pale, dry sponge. So, at Stoats HQ we’ve formulated the ‘carrot cake extraordinaire’. 

Whats our secret? You guessed it. Oats! 

We use very traditional ingredients in our recipe, like spices, nuts and sultanas. 100 grams of our Unique Scottish Blend adds the most wholesome character to the finished cake and gives it a rich ‘eat me’ colour. 

The proof, as they say, is in the pudding (or cake). 

We promise, you’ll never look back… unless, of course, you’re looking back at the cake, contemplating another slice… go on, we won't tell!

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Friday, 24 February 2017

How To Make Oatcake Strawberry Cheesecake...


Stoats Oatcake Strawberry Cheesecake. This cheesecake should come with a warning sign, it’s THAT addictive. The combination of strawberries, cream, and mascarpone is a winner every time and works perfectly in this recipe.

Unlike the traditional cheesecake’s digestive biscuit base, our base uses Stoats very own rustic oatcakes! The oats give a wholesome edge to the whole dish, which goes so well with the lightness of the cream and berries. It might just be the most perfect thing ever.

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Thursday, 23 February 2017

How To Make Lisa Roukin's Dried Fig, Pecan & Dark Chocolate Oat Bars...


Dried Fig, Pecan & Dark Chocolate Oat Bars anyone? Yum! Yum!!

Slightly decadent, but less so than store bought brands, these bars are good for breakfast or as a lunch box treat.

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How To Make Vegetable And Goats Cheese Naanchilada..


Vegetable and Goats Cheese Naanchilada. So much tastier that an enchilada and much lighter as it is filled with griddled vegetables and goats cheese with a little yoghurt to bring it all together.

A lovely light but satisfying meal. 

Great for children but also for adults. 

You can change up the vegetables or even the cheese used as long as they are all thinly sliced.

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How To Make Spiced Shepherd’s Pie...


Spiced Shepherd’s Pie anyone?

This is a really satisfying hearty dish which requires little more than some stirring and mashing.

Serves 4, can easily be doubled.

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3 Super Healthy Lean Machines Juice Recipes To Try Out...


Today I have not one but 3 Lean Machines’ juice recipes for you to try out. These are super healthy and naturally colourful too.

Recipes and images courtesy of :
The Lean Machines Juice Recipes from Philips #HealthyHabitSwap
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

How To Make Spaghetti and Stoaty Oaty Meatballs...


Spaghetti and Stoaty Oaty Meatballs.

Romance was very much in mind when coming up with this one. Remember that adorable scene from Lady and the Tramp?

You don’t need to be a kitchen wizard to put something together with love.

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How To Make Spiced Cheese Pancakes..


Not long until pancake day now. Yummy pancakes all around!

My son who is at Uni sent me pictures of his pancake yesterday. Only a week early, I replied!!

He thought it was yesterday .

Ha, any reason to eat pancakes 😼


Fancy trying these sweet pancakes made with Delamere Dairy's spreadable goats' cheese ones?
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How To Make Oaty Peach And Raspberry Smoothie Bowl...


Oaty peach and raspberry smoothie bowl. Nothing beats a smoothie so thick you can eat it with a spoon.

That’s exactly what adding a handful of our Stoats unique blend oats will give you!

Thick, creamy, and so satisfying, this fibre packed recipe makes an awesome summer breakfast with a whole bunch of reasons to love it.

It’s delicious, dairy free, decadently thick, and as peaches and raspberries are in season it’s the perfect time to give it a try.

Better still, it’s ridiculously easy to make and you can have it ready to gobble down in minutes.

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Q&A With TV Presenter, Channel 5 Weather-girl And Children's Author Clare Nasir And BBC Radio 6 Music Pesenter Chris Hawkins ...


Q&A with TV presenter, Channel 5 weather-girl and children's author Clare Nasir and BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Chris Hawkins ...



Clare Nasir, daughter Sienna (7), Chris Hawkins wearing limited edition HomeSense aprons designed by celebrated British photographer Rankin to support Red Nose Day 2017 and help people living incredibly tough lives across Africa and here in the UK. The apron is part of a Red Nose Day 2017 range of products available in HomeSense stores nationwide.”

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

How To Make Nutritious, Fresh and Fruity Tropical Porridge...


Nutritious, Fresh and Fruity Tropical Porridge anyone?

This porridge is both fresh and revitalising. It’s crammed to the brim with fibre-rich fruit, protein packed seeds, and healthy fats from the coconut milk and flakes (which also keep it dairy free).

Add some fresh mint and you’ll feel momentarily transported to a beach resort in the Bahamas.

We find the fruit makes this perfectly sweet, but if you fancy a little more you could always drizzle over some honey or toss in a handful of chopped dates.

So, bring the vibrant tropics to your breakfast bowl and kick start the year in the best way possible.

The fruit we’ve used is interchangeable depending on what you prefer, but keeping the exotic vibe in mind these are our ‘go to’ options.

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How To Make Blueberry & Almond Porridge Bake...


Blueberry & Almond Porridge Bake. Porridge is amazing and there is nothing wrong with eating it every day of the week. In fact we totally encourage it – it’s a way of life here at Stoats.

When it comes to the weekend though wanting to take it up a notch is only natural.

Forget the conventional hob for now, this porridge is baked!

As impressive as it looks it’s the easiest thing in the world to throw together and will make your kitchen smell awesome.

By baking the berries and nuts into the porridge you’ll get juicy flavour bursts and moreish crunch in each and every spoonful. Simply delicious!


(Serves 4)

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Monday, 20 February 2017

Gluten Free Doughnuts With Dark Chocolate Sauce...


Fancy making these Gluten free doughnuts with dark chocolate sauce? Today I am sharing Day Radley's recipe for doughnuts with dark chocolate sauce. How yummy!!

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How To Make Sushi Salad Bowl..


Fancy making this Sushi Salad Bowl?

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: None

Serves: 2

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How To Make Aubergine Sauce with Courgette Spaghetti...


Aubergine Sauce with Courgette Spaghetti anyone?

Courgette spirals makes a surprisingly tasty alternative to pasta. This aubergine sauce can also be cooked separately and used as a side dish or as a topping for quinoa.

Recipe and image courtesy of Lisa Roukin My Relationship With Food Cookbook.
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Sunday, 19 February 2017

How To Make Chicken & Blackberry Salad...


Chicken & Blackberry salad. This chicken and blackberry salad not only looks beautiful, but packs a punch when it comes to flavour. The soft chicken mixed with the juicy blackberries and the zesty lemon dressing is a winner.

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How To Make Honey And Soy Glazed Roasted Shallots And Sausages...


Honey and Soy Glazed Roasted Shallots and Sausages. Sweet, savoury, sticky and totally irresistible, this quick to make supper dish is a great mid-week staple.


Serves: 4

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30-40 minutes
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Saturday, 18 February 2017

How To Make British Asparagus, Mozzarella & Bacon Sliders...


British Asparagus, Mozzarella & Bacon Sliders. This quick and easy bites make for a straightforward delicious lunch, or nibbles at a dinner party.


Serves: 6

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
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How To Make BerryWorld Blackberry Almond Tart...


BerryWorld Blackberry Almond Tart anyone?

Blackberries in a delicate almond sponge makes a perfect pudding or pack lunch and tea time treat.

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How To Make Portobello Veggie Burgers...


Fancy making some of these Portobello veggie burgers?

Top chef, Day Radley has come up with a delicious recipe for Portobello Veggie Burgers...

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How To Make BerryWorld Overnight Oats with Raspberry Chia Jam..


Fancy trying this BerryWorld Overnight Oats with Raspberry Chia Jam recipe out?

Make these overnight oats to have for breakfast in the morning. Use a kilner jar if you want them to be easily transportable.


Serves: 1 with plenty of jam left over

Preparation time: 10 minutes plus overnight soaking
Cooking time: 30 minutes
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Friday, 17 February 2017

How To Make Brazilian Prawn Stew...


Bringing the flavours of Rio, this flavoursome one pot prawn stew is quick and easy to make for a light weeknight meal.

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How To Make Celery & Mint Ice Cubes for Vodka & Tonic...


Celery & Mint Ice Cubes for your Vodka & Tonic anyone?..

Only 2 ingredients needed!

Jazz up boring ice cubs by introducing celery and mint, which bring a great freshness to a glass of vodka and tonic or your spritzer of choice.

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How To Make Rocket, Lentil and Pancetta Buddha Bowl...


Rocket, Lentil and Pancetta Buddha Bowl

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 – 15 minutes


Serves: 4
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How To Make Lisa Roukin's Moroccan Granola...


Want to make this yummy Moroccan Granola recipe by Lisa Roukin? This homemade granola allows you to control the amount of sugar on your morning cereal. The freshly roasted nuts add flavour to a higher level, too!

Recipe and image courtesy of Lisa Roukin My Relationship With Food Cookbook.
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Thursday, 16 February 2017

How To Make Shallot, Cherry Tomato and Mascarpone Pizza...


Shallot, Cherry Tomato and Mascarpone Pizza: Perfect for a supper with friends, easy and quick to make; the shallots can be prepared ahead of time and everything simply thrown together at the last minute.


Serves: 2

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10-15 minutes
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How To Make A Glass Noodle Salad With Squid And Prawns...



Want to know how to make glass noodle salad with squid and prawns?

This is a really fresh and satisfying Thai salad, great on a hot day with a cold beer. It can be made with pork and seafood too if that combo appeals.

Serves: 4 as part of a shared Thai meal

Preparation time: 20 mins
Ready in: 20 mins

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How To Make Lisa Roukin's Bircher Autumnal Muesli..


Today I have a healthy breafast recipe to share with you:

Bircher Autumnal Muesli courtesy of Lisa Roukin My Relationship With Food Cookbook.

Usually enjoyed at breakfast, this dish also makes a scrumptious dessert!

{Serves 4 - 6}

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

How To Make Mexican-style British Asparagus with Lime & Sour Cream Glaze...


Add a Mexican twist to your asparagus by adding this superb lime and sour cream glaze. Pop it on the barbecue or onto a griddle pan and you’re good to go.

Serves: 2

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes

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How To Make Lisa Roukin's Chocolate, Coconut And Banana Breakfast Pancakes...


How To Make Lisa Roukin's Chocolate, Coconut And Banana Breakfast Pancakes:

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

How To Make a Strawberry and Lime Smoothie...


Smoothies are a great way to start the day. This summery version is a complete breakfast in a glass. Not only are oats and nuts blended in the smoothie but it is topped with the delicious crunchy oats too. Full of slow release carbohydrates and protein, this is a fantastic option when you are short of time and will help keep you feeling energised and focused through the morning.

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How To Make Fay Ripley Chuck-it-aII-in Chocolate Tray Bake


HomeSense has partnered with renowned fashion and portrait photographer Rankin to create exclusive aprons for Red Nose Day 2017 and help people living incredibly tough lives across Africa and here in the UK. The apron is part of a Red Nose Day 2017 range of products available in HomeSense stores nationwide.

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How To Make Black Raspberry Oaty Bars..


With a double hit of raspberry flavours these delicious oat and almond bars will have you reaching for seconds. Luckily they’re low on sugar, high on taste. Make them any time of year by using frozen raspberries.


Makes 12
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How To Make Berry Yoghurt Crisp...


If you like the café style fruit pots you’ll love this simple breakfast dish - a crunchy oat and nut topping sprinkled over fresh berries and natural yoghurt. Much healthier than shop bought versions which are often loaded with sugar. By using Nairn’s Gluten Free Porridge Oats this breakfast dish is ideal for Coeliacs as it has all the goodness of a gluten free breakfast option. It’s the perfect naturally energising and nutritious start to the day that can also be a tasty afternoon snack or dessert.


How To Make Berry Yoghurt Crisp:

Suitable for: Vegetarians, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Soy Free, Egg Free

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Storage: The oat topping can be made in advance and kept in an airtight container for 1 week.

Serves 4

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Monday, 13 February 2017

Go Bananas for Bonne Maman Pancakes...


With Shrove Tuesday just around the corner, Bonne Maman has created a flipping fantastic banana pancake recipe... Light, fluffy and wonderfully moist – top golden pancakes with a delicious toffee apple sauce, made with Bonne Maman Caramel Spread and a dash of apple juice, for a truly sensational stack.


Makes 6-8 large pancakes
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How To Make Nadiya Hussain's Parsnip And Orange Spiced Cake...


Today I have a recipe from Nadiya’s Kitchen by Nadiya Hussain to share with you; to support this year’s Comic Relief.

Nadiya below in her apron for Red Nose Day 2017:


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Sunday, 12 February 2017

9 Tips For A Perfect Valentines Day Meal At Home...


Are you going out this Valentine's day or are you planning a nice meal at home?

If you are making someone special, a nice romantic meal at home; I have a post for you.

Today I am sharing 9 tips for a perfect Valentine's day meal at home:

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How To Make Open Mexican Sweet Potato & Avocado Fajitas...


Open Mexican Sweet Potato & Avocado Fajitas. Pack a flavour punch with this pleasing recipe, perfect for a light dinner or for lunch.

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Vintage Inspired Valentines Tablescape...


Valentine's day is just around the corner and if you are planning your dinner table; how about re creating this decorative table idea?



This table setting looks so so pretty. I love everything about it.

Pretty gold glasses; check ✔

Gold cutlery; check ✔

Pastel coloured flowers; check ✔

Sparkly fairy lights; check ✔

Heart tealights; check ✔

Vintage china plates; check ✔
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Saturday, 11 February 2017

How To Make Veggie Spaghetti Bolognese...


There’s nothing quite like a spag-bol to get the family excited for dinner in the colder months. Packed with nutrients & suitable for vegetarians too, this low-fat version covers all the bases!


How To Make Veggie Spaghetti Bolognese:
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How To Make Healthy Oven Baked Fish & Chips...


Want to know how to make healthy oven baked fish & chips?

Make this low fat recipe for a healthy & tasty family favourite option!

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Friday, 10 February 2017

5 Valentine Recipes To Make For Someone Special...


Today I have a tasty post for you; 5 Valentine Recipes To Make For Someone Special.

Breakfast!?

A nice meal?

A sweet treat!?

Or something nice to drink !?


Breakfast in bed?
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How To Make Quorn Meat Free Chicken Pieces & Quinoa Stuffed Pumpkin...


Want to know how to make Quorn Meat Free chicken pieces & quinoa stuffed pumpkin?

Follow the recipe below :


Serves 4
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How To Make Chilli Beef Oat Cobbler...



How To Make Chilli Beef Oat Cobbler:

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 Minutes

Serves: 4

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Thursday, 9 February 2017

7 Ways To Stay Warm And Cosy For The Rest Of Winter...


Brrr, Winter!!

Over the last few days we have had some lovely sunshine in the daytime, but it is still so cold out there! How many weeks of Winter is left!? 6 ish?

Today I am sharing 7 Ways To Stay Warm And Cosy for the rest of Winter.


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How To Make Warm Sweet Chilli Chicken Salad with Onion Oatmeal...



How To Make Warm Sweet Chilli Chicken Salad with Onion Oatmeal:

Prep : 10 minutes
Cooks : 12 minutes 

Serves : 4

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The Photo Shoot..


Today I am sharing a flashback Thursday post with pictures I have never shared here before. Mostly images from a photo shoot with Marisota at Christmas 2015.

I had an amazing time in Manchester at the JD Williams head office. Just living the dream, haha!!

Me here, having my hair and make up done and picking out my favourite outfits for a Christmas photo shoot.

Does the little red dress ever go out of fashion? Just like the little back dress doesn't? I think not!!

PVC trousers are so much fun and always love some sparkles and faux fur.
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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

How To Make Some Quick And Easy Strawberry and Chocolate Pancakes...

How to make some quick, easy and yummy Strawberry and Chocolate Pancake:

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