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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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    McVitie’s Ginger Nuts and Lemon Crunch Vegan Tart...


    Happy Friday! Any fun plans for the weekend? My husband is off work tomorrow so we will all be running Parkrun. I need to bake a nice treat for us all afterwards too. Something quick and easy!

    Are you looking for a quick and easy treat recipe?

    Something sweet for the weekend?

    Today I am sharing this McVitie’s Ginger Nuts and Lemon Crunch Vegan Tart recipe with you:


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    Chicken Sausage and Mushroom Risotto...


    Chicken Sausage and Mushroom Risotto. Creamy risotto made with mushrooms, mascarpone, pesto, and MOR Chicken with Sundried Tomato & Basil Chipolatas.


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    Thursday, 15 June 2017

    5 Tasty Smoothie Recipes For Summer...


    Go bananas and kick-start summer with healthy and refreshing smoothies! Whether you’re longing for sweet or tangy flavours to tantalise your tastebuds, there’s nothing easier than whipping up a fresh glass of goodness in a matter of seconds.

    Try Onken’s specially created recipes in celebration of National Smoothie Day on 21st June.

    Today I have 5 tasty smoothie recipes to share with you:

    Banana Bread Smoothie:

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    Super Green Sausage Pasta...


    Super Green Sausage Pasta.

    Gigli pasta with tomato sauce, sweet cherry tomatoes, fresh herbs, and MOR Pork, Super Green Veg & Lentil Sausages.

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    Wednesday, 14 June 2017

    McVitie’s Rich Tea Biscuits Vegan Cinnamon & Pecan Fridge Cake...


    Are you looking for a nice and easy cake recipe?

    How about making this quick and easy fridge cake?

    Fancy making some; McVitie’s Rich Tea Biscuits Vegan Cinnamon & Pecan Fridge Cake?

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    An Island Summer: The Perfect ‘Passion Fruit Martini’...


    Looking for a nice Summer cocktail recipe?

    Are you a fan of passion fruit and vodka?

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    Tuesday, 13 June 2017

    Baked Lemon Cod with Quinoa Tabbouleh...


    Are you looking for a new healthy recipe for dinner?

    Today I am sharing a healthy meal idea from Rapeseed Oil Benefits:
    Baked Lemon Cod with Quinoa Tabbouleh.

    A healthy, balanced diet, active lifestyle and good sleep can help you feel refreshed and look great!


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    Top Tips on Squeezing the Most out of Strawberry Season...


    Top Tips on Squeezing the Most out of Strawberry Season from Gary Durrant, Head Chef at Hunter 486.

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    Monday, 12 June 2017

    3 Meat Free Recipes For World Meat Free Day...


    3 More Meat Free Recipes For World Meat Free Day:

    Simple Banana Oatmeal Pancakes:


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    Creamy Mushroom Linguine: World Meat Free Day..


    Do you want to cut out meat and introduce more vegetables into your diet? If so I have a tasty recipe to share with you today.

    Fancy making some yummy Creamy Mushroom Linguine?

    I am sharing this meat-free recipe today to as it is #MeatfreeMonday and #WorldMeatFreeDay.

    Serves 4

    Hands-on time: 20 mins

    Hands-off time: 20 mins

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    Adaptable One Pot Curry For World Meat Free Day...


    Today I am sharing a few recipes for #WorldMeatFreeDay starting with this Adaptable One Pot Curry recipe:


    Serves 4

    Hands-on time: 30 mins
    Hands-off time: 40 mins
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    Sunday, 11 June 2017

    Five Simple Steps To An Epic Dinner Party...


    Are you planning the perfect dinner party?

    Today I am sharing a guest post from the Island Grill with Five Simple Steps to an Epic Dinner Party.


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    How To Make California Raisins Seared Cod With Pak Choi..


    Are you looking to add more fish into your diet?

    Are you looking for a nice and healthy lunch? 

    Why not try this healthy fish dish?


    How To Make California Raisins Seared Cod With Pak Choi:
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    Saturday, 10 June 2017

    How To Jazz Up Your Everyday Gluten Free Biscuits...


    Happy Saturday. Or should I say happy weekend treat day!?  With running Parkrun in the rain today I think I have deserved a nice big treat!

    Today I have a fun recipes post to share with you: How To Jazz Up You Everyday Biscuits. These biscuits are suitable for a Gluten Free Diet.

    Quick and easy way to get creative with the children too. Do you have any birthday parties coming up soon or just fancy making something different that is quick and easy? These would also make great lunch box treats or things to pop in the picnic basket.


    How about making some of these McVitie’s Gluten Free Hobnobs Crunchy Oat and Marshmallow Mega Feasts?

    All you need is some Hobnobs Crunchy Oats, Marshmallows and some gluten free chocolate.

    Yes, just 3 ingredients!

    Easy peasy!!

    Makes 2

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    Friday, 9 June 2017

    Caramelised Apples, California Raisin Goat’s Cheese Salad...


    Happy Friday. The weekend is nearly here already! I think this week has just flown by. Then again, come to think of it, I think this year has gone so quickly too. June already too.

    Are you looking for some Summertime lunchtime inspiration? Maybe a new salad recipe to try out? With added fruit? Something tasty to have lunch outside in the garden.

    I am trying to be healthier and have just filled my salad drawers with fresh fruit and vegetables. I can wait till lunchtime to make a tasty salad up.


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    Tuesday, 6 June 2017

    5 Ryvita Lunchtime Recipes...


    Stuck for lunchtime inspiration?

    Looking for something light and tasty to eat in the garden this Summer?

    Today I am sharing 5 Ryvita Lunchtime Recipes for you to try out.

    These have been developed by top nutritionist and all round healthy eating expert Rob Hobson for Ryvita.


    How yummy!?
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    Thursday, 1 June 2017

    Elderflower, Lemon & Poppy Seed Layered Cake...


    This cake is so pretty it could be used for those most bona fide reasons to celebrate – a birthday or even a wedding. To make the celebration complete, try adding a dash of Belvoir Elderflower Cordial to a glass of fizz or just enjoy a refreshing glass of lightly sparkling Belvoir Elderflower Pressé.

    Serves about 40


    Elderflower, Lemon & Poppy Seed Layered Cake:

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