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My sweet tooth

September 8, 2014

I have wished on so many occasions that I didn’t like sugar but I do I can’t even drink a up of tea with out the lovely sweet white stuff. Well a friend of mine has introduced me to Agave Nectar look at the website and I think you’ll be impressed http://www.allaboutagave.com I’m now a massive fan and will use nothing else…

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Sultana Cakes

August 29, 2014

If you’re not a cake maker this is the recipe for you. My Mum used to make it back in the 60’s when we were little and the little cakes disappeared nearly as fast as she could pull them out of the oven! It also appears in Mary Berry’s AGA book. Ingredients 4 Eggs 250g Soft Margarine 250g Caster Sugar 350g Self Raising Flour 4 Tablespoons Milk 350g Sultanas Method Put all the ingredient except the sultanas into a bowl and beat…

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Chicken Noodle Soup

August 29, 2014

There has been a lot of colds in our family so out came the warming and comforting Chicken Noodle Soup… Ingredients 2 stalks of celery 2 carrots 2 tbsp butter ½ tsp salt 1 sprig fresh thyme – pull off all the leaves 2 bay leaves 2 boned chicken breasts 5 cups of stock – I use my favourite Marigold SwissVegetable Bouillon instant stock for ease Handful of flat leaf parsley 1/2 lemon Salt and pepper to taste Method Chop up the celery and carrots to a…

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Spiced Apple Chutney

August 29, 2014

Not many of us though are brave enough to enter a chutney making competition having never made any before but Will Tyler did at his local pub and the celebrated Spiced Apple Chutney has made its way to me! It’s delicious definitely a winner in our house. So here is the recipe if you want to try it for yourself. Or you could make a batch and be very popular with your cheese eating friends. Ingredients 225g onions, chopped 900g apples, cored and chopped 110g sultanas,…

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Chicken & chorizo risotto

February 1, 2014

This is the easiest and most heart-warming recipe I have sampled in a long time. Don’t be put off by the fact it’s risotto- this is not your normal method of risotto making; i.e. standing “patiently” by your pot adding stock and wine bit by bit and stirring, stirring. This is quite literally a one-pot dish, with all the hard work done in 10 minutes getting the ingredients together. Instructions Serves 4: Punnet of cherry tomatoes, (keep some whole and…

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Pancakes

August 29, 2013

Over the years we have eaten more pancakes than ‘Little Black Sambo’ – If you have never read this book it was my favourite as a child and I still have a very tatty version of it. My pancake recipe is a very standard one… Ingredients 4 heaped tbsp of plain flour Pinch of salt 2 eggs 7 fl oz milk topped up to a half a pint with water 2 tblsp melted butter with a little for using to grease…

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Apple Crumble

August 29, 2013

Apple crumble is for me one of the most delicious and easy deserts to knock together but I’ve had good, bad and the one that’s annoys me the most which is oats in the topping. They bring nothing to the party and remind me of breakfast! First rule don’t use cooking apples…  in fact why would anyone ever use them? They are sour which means to make them vaguely palatable you have to load sugar onto them. I use a good quality…

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Sensational Soya

August 29, 2013

After sourcing the benefits of Soya to help Grant manage his IBS I also realised that as a woman of a certain age I should be upping my own intake. I now have in my fridge and cupboards just about everything ‘Alpro’ produce and can honestly say a big thumbs up -especially the flavourful yoghurts which I mix with granola to start the day. If you haven’t already tried soya and think it’s just for Vegans and Vegetarians give it a…

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The Best Chicken Korma

August 29, 2013

I’m going to start by complaining.  I have Bamix Blender which I really like and which is promoted by Gordon Ramsey. It comes a book on how to use it together with a selection of recipes. My family like Indian food so seduced by the beautiful picture of a Chicken Korma I thought I’d surprise them all. Well, the muddy looking appearance of the finished dish bore no resemblance to the tantalising vision on the page and thus I felt ‘had’. Annoyed, I reached…

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