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Pumpkin Pancakes with Tenderstem Broccoli


These pumpkin pancakes, topped with chilli fried Tenderstem®  broccoli and drizzled with a Somerset goat’s cheese sauce, are a perfect and utterly delicious way to make the most of November’s seasonal veg.

I cook with Tenderstem broccoli at least once a week; it turns up in stir frys, soups, risottos, as a side dish, with pasta and in quiches, tarts and flans. It’s grilled on the barbecue in summer and roasted with winter veg in November. We grab it raw, straight from the fridge and dip it into hummus, muhammara or chilli sauce. It is one of our favourite everyday vegetables but I wanted to really show it off in this recipe because it is just a little bit special.

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Manuka Honey Glazed Plums with Overnight Oats

Manuka Honey Glazed Plums with Overnight Oats and Omega Seeds - A Superfood Breakfast to Kick Start your Day! Breakfast is such a lovely word - breaking the overnight fast as the sun rises and a new day full of promise begins. Yes, it may all go pear-shaped pretty...

Roast Pumpkin and Fig Salad – Autumn on a Plate

Heading into the second weekend of October it is definitely Autumn down here in the West Country! My obsession with all things pumpkin continues and today I am offering you a simple Roast Pumpkin and Fig Salad with Goat's Cheese, Beluga Lentils and Chilli Oil. Roast...

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Toffee Apple Popcorn for Winter Festivals!

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The warm smell of drying oranges drifting through the house while the first Christmas songs play on the radio is one of the pre Christmas festive traditions which is guaranteed to put me 'in the mood' and it's such a simple thing to do!

How to Make a Leaf Bowl – Fall Craft

If you are anything like my children and me you will return home from crisp sunny walks, as the days grow shorter and the shadows grow longer, with huge bunches of beautiful leaves in glorious shades and this leaf bowl project is a lovely way to preserve and use them up!
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Autumn Leaf Wreath – Easy Fall Leaf Crafts

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When I told people that Mr TS and I were going on a cruise they raised their eyebrows while looking me up and down and doing that thing people do with their mouths which says ‘You?! Are you sure?!’ without any words actually coming out. So - did we enjoy it? Yes, we did and this is why!

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