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Exploring flavours ….

Exploring baking flavours …… As part of my ‘alternative’ January I’m trying to bake with different ingredients and find out more about life without eggs, refined white sugar, cream and butter!  It’s quite a challenge removing these familiar friends…. And I haven’t...

Out with the old….. in with the new…. ingredients!

OUT WITH THE OLD – IN WITH THE NEW INGREDIENTS Happy New Year, I hope you’ve all had a happy & festive time over the past couple of weeks …… and like me, are now looking forward to fun and foody 2020?! I’ve managed to start the year with my best foot forward –...

Christmas lights ….

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS With all the food and fun we will be having over the next week or so, it’s hard not to continuously be eating rich, sugary and totally gorgeous Christmas treats and flavours…. And whilst I love this as much as the next person, my body doesn’t and I...

Skinny dipping …..

Skinny dipping….. with friends With Christmas around the corner it is always useful to have a few friendly recipes up your sleeve – so to speak – that you can pull together for gatherings and unexpected visitors! And even better if they are recipes that are kind to...

Simple sauce ….

A VERY USEFUL TOMATO SAUCE  …… It’s always good share simple ideas - and here is one that I am always keen to have in my freezer. I had busy time last week – lots of cooking and a few veggies left over along with a huge box of spare cherry tomatoes from the market....

Spicy Sweetness ….

SPICY SWEETNESS Let me introduce you to a super-easy, super-yummy and super-supper for mid week! My Tomato & Mexican Bean Soup is a great go-to recipe and helpfully uses up lots of ingredients that you may have knocking around ……? The blend of tomatoes with beans,...

All in one ….

ALL IN ONE – PERFECT EVERY TIME It’s been a busy week – feels like everyone is now in a rush to get things done before we loose our selves to Christmas! I supported a friend on Monday night at a private view of her beautiful paintings and created a ‘tasting table’ of...

Easy & Delicious…..

  Easy & Delicious -Beetroot and Parsnip Gratin As you will know, these are key words to any of my recipes and ideas! In fact my sister says I’m using them far too often and need to widen my vocabulary! Simple, accessible, tasty, divine. …… all of which are...

Sausages & friends ….

Who doesn’t love a sausage?!  Whether they are the award-winning Old English pork sausages that I have used or a veggie alternative, there is always a happy hum in my house when we have sausages for supper!. I think my enjoyment of these familiar friends is based...

Autumn colour & crunch

Autumn Colours & Crunch Chilly ankles are always my personal indicator that Autumn has arrived – and I usually have to be reminded a few times before I finally concede and put some socks o! With Autumn comes all the wonderful colours of outdoors – so many...

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Claire, a country-style summer wedding

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Nicky, family dinner party

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Jo, a decadent birthday cake