White Chocolate and Raspberry Cookies Recipe

Mmmm, home made cookies, so much nicer than those sickly, claggy things you get in the shops, and White chocolate and raspberry is a classic. My boss thinks tees are good enough to serve at a dinner party, with some posh ice-cream. I’ll leave you to be the judge of that, but they certainly make …

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Carrot and Parsnip Soup Recipe

In my humble opinion you can never have too many soup recipes.  In our house a big pot of soup lives in the fridge at all times – great for lunches or suppers.  Having a good repertoire of recipes allows you to ring the changes, and make sure the soup option never becomes boring. This …

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe

This recipe is nostalgia on a plate – pudding from when I was a kid. We always used to have Pear upside down cake, but pineapple seems to be more popular now.  I think you could equally easily use peaches, or even maybe mandarins.  Whatever fruit you do opt for, this recipe calls for TINNED …

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Simple Oat and Raisin Cookie Recipe

I don’t really understand why more people don’t make their own cookies and biscuits.  They are so quick and easy, great fun to do with kids as the speed of prep and cooking gives the instant gratification children like.  And best of all you can control the sugar level, so that your cookies are slightly …

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Warm Chili and Ginger Prawn Salad

A cold salad is all very well on a hot summer’s day, but lets face it, how many of those do we get here in England?  Add a little warmth to your salad and somehow it becomes much more satisfying  - a healthy and delicious lunch at any time of year. This one warms things …

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Spiced Apple Cake Recipe

When we think of fruit cake its so often cake with dried fruit that we are thinking of , but fresh fruit can work well in a cake too. This one uses apples with honey and cinnamon  - a lovely winter cake warm or cold and can easily be used as a dessert with custard …

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Chunky Homestyle Chili Recipe

Chili was the first dish I cooked when I left home to go to college.  My Mum had carefully written out the recipe, which I carefully followed: mince beef, kidney beans, chopped tomatoes, chili powder, 2 tsps of salt.  Unfortunately I read “2 tsps salt” as “2 tablespoons of salt”.  It seemed like a lot …

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Prosciutto and Feta Balls with Chili and Mint

I love these, as a canape, a snack or a light lunch. The chili and mint cut the rich saltiness of the prosciutto and feta with a wonderful combination of coolness and kick.  And they are low carb – so a great option to the canape menu if you are entertaining anyone who is carb-conscious. Preparation …

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Heston’s Roast Chicken – Tried and Tested

When I was a  child we kept chickens and enjoyed fresh eggs every day. When the girls got too old to lay regularly they would join us for dinner.  My Nan, who lived with us and had grown up on a farm would ring their necks and pluck them, then Mum would turn them in …

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Chocolate Fridge Cake Recipe

This is probably the first thing I ever “cooked”.  Though the word cooked is a bit of a euphemism as the recipe only really involves a bit of melting. When I was growing up we called this cake Hectors House Cake – the recipe we followed came from the annual of a children’s TV show featuring …

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