Win Emma Bridgewater and Market Deli Goodies!

Fancy a dip? The colours in these limited edition chip and dip bowls from Emma Bridgewater, in partnership with premium snack brand Market Deli, were too pretty to resist – a double dip was called for! These lovely limited edition Emma Bridgewater serving bowls...

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Marmalade Breakfast Muffins and Memories

There is a special person in my life who loved Marmalade. Whenever he came to stay I made sure I had a jar ready for his toast in the morning and I always wrapped one up for his Christmas hamper. I wrote this Marmalade Breakfast Muffins recipe just for him and when I...

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Polenta Baskets with Garlic Mushrooms and Tomatoes

I seem to be having a bit of a ‘thing’ with polenta at the moment – it’s well on the way to being my new pasta. For quite a while I had an opened packet, shoved to the back of my store cupboard, pulled out only to make a polenta mash to go with...

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Lemon Shortbread for Afternoon Tea

Homemade buttery lemon shortbread is a billion times better than the dry offerings in tartan tins at Christmas. This version with its citrus zing is perfect for afternoon tea on this beautiful spring day or for a summery picnic on a blanket under the apple tree. I...

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Goats Cheese Tart with Mint

This oh so simple Goats Cheese Tart is one of my staple dishes; it is delicious hot, cold or in between. It appears in the picnic basket in Summer, with the first of the new potatoes and asparagus in Spring and I particularly like it in Autumn with a baked potato and...

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The Happy Pear Recipe Box from Riverford

I reviewed Riverford’s regular vegetarian organic recipe boxes just before Christmas and waxed lyrical about how wonderful it was to know exactly what I was cooking, that I had all the ingredients to hand, ready measured and ready to go and that the recipes were...

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Vegan Nutella Palmiers

Sometimes something pops up on Pinterest which just makes me gasp, this week it was Minimalist Baker’s homemade vegan Nutella. HOMEMADE NUTELLA! This was too good not to try! It turned out pretty well, don’t you think? I love making food from scratch;...

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Cornish Fairings – The BEST Ginger Biscuits

I bought this beautiful Wrendale Cracker Tin recently and it’s been crying out to me from the cupboard ever since. I needed to Christen it with something worthy, it needed to be the ultimate biscuit and it must go really well with my cup of tea for Elevenses. I...

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Vegan Ravioli Two Ways

My pasta machine has been languishing at the back of a cupboard for far too long so I am very grateful to Alex Connell, chef and Principal Tutor at the Vegetarian Society’s Cookery School in Cheshire, for inspiring me to get it out again! Vegan Ravioli was just...

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Courgette, Leek and Herb Risotto Cake

There is something deeply comforting about this risotto cake and, as the winter finally seems to be making an appearance here in the UK, I am all about the comfort food! This is a dish which appears hot, straight from the oven, on my Winter menu and again in cold...

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Vegan Chocolate Mousse

With Veganuary now well under way I think it’s time to share one of those recipes which illustrate so very well that there is no ‘missing out’ with vegan food! This glorious vegan chocolate mousse is just delicious! I am always on the hunt for a good...

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Beetroot Marmalade with Port and Ginger

It’s nearly upon us and the cooking has commenced in earnest! This week I’ve been thinking about all those little side dishes which lift Christmas meals from Special to Outstanding; the ones which leave your taste buds tingling but which complement your main dishes...

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Chestnut and Cashew Nut Roast – Vegan Christmas

When I met Mr TS back in 1988 I was delighted that he too was vegetarian and even more delighted to get my hands on his well thumbed copy of the original Cranks Recipe Book. Cranks went on to play a massive part in our foodie lives over the next 27 years and that...

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Eggy Bread with Cinnamon for Christmas Breakfast!

This may be my speediest post ever – my eldest is due home from University tomorrow, Number 2’s 18th birthday is 4 days before Christmas and I am up to my ears in festive stuff –  it is highly probable that I shall implode! However, I wanted to share...

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Riverford Vegetarian Recipe Box – A Review

We’ve been Riverford Veg Box regulars for many years now but I still get that little frisson of excitement when I open the back door to find a box brimming with organic fruit and veg waiting for me! Because I am a pretty confident cook it hadn’t occurred to me to try a Riverford vegetarian recipe box but then they offered me one to review and it would be rude not to, wouldn’t it?

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Harrods Christmas Hamper – A Review

I do love a Christmas hamper, it is one of my favourite things to give to friends and family and I have made many myself over the years so I was chuffed to bits to be asked to review a Harrods Christmas Hamper – but which one to choose?! I spent a happy half hour in late October browsing the hamper selection on the Harrods website while family members tried to influence my choice in the background. I ignored them, there was something totally irresistible in the Grosvenor Hamper and I had to have it!

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