Froothie Optimum G2.1 Platinum Series Blender Review

I have a new toy in my kitchen - except it's not a toy, it really means business! I've made do for years with my (very good) food processor and my hand held stick blender and I honestly thought they were good enough - I was wrong! I've been testing the Froothie...

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Dorset Apple Cake

I love the quirky English desserts and cakes tradition, each county having its own speciality which is defended to the hilt. A quick wander around the map offers me such delights as The Bedfordshire Clanger, Lardy Cake and Sally Lunn's Bath Buns but, today, I bring you the absolutely perfect Dorset Apple Cake, warm from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. read more

Vegan Ginger Cookies in a Rhubarb Parfait

Ginger and rhubarb just go together so well and today I want to share the tastiest of vegan puddings. A rich creamy dessert topping, blanketing tart rhubarb nestling on a ginger crumble which manages to be both crunchy and chewy at the same time. It’s a culinary miracle and I’m very pleased with it! read more

Asparagus Salad with Soft Boiled Egg

There is something more than a bit sensual about eating and preparing asparagus. My excitement at its first appearance in my veg box or on a market stall is unseemly and I love the sharing of its bounty with my beloved. This is eating it at its simplest, tastiest best - Asparagus salad, green spears enfolding soft boiled eggs served on a bed of crisp leaves with an understated dressing - spring on a plate! read more

Thyme for Lemon Cake

"I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,  Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,  Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine" William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream It may not be Midsummer yet but some of my...

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Wild Garlic Spelt Risotto with Black Garlic Sauce

The arrival of wild garlic season sent me rushing to the kitchen to brandish knives, stir stock, taste and fiddle and taste some more as I put together this aromatic spelt risotto topped with a drizzle of deeply flavoured black garlic sauce. I’ve used spelt here...

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Celery Soup with Stilton and Croutons

You know that feeling when you open the fridge and you realise you have two of something and that that something really needs using up? I had two large heads of celery waving at me, taking up a lot of space and crying out to be lunch – this one fancied being an early Spring soup and who am I to say no to a vegetable which knows its mind? read more

Chocolate Crispie Cakes

Chocolate Crispie Cakes are an absolute Must Do at Easter - if you don't do anything else, make these! I know they're simple and I'm probably telling you something you already know, but these are here for my children and for all those young people out there stepping...

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Easter Baking – Spring Biscuits

There was a hint of spring in the air yesterday and it called for a bit of Easter baking - some Spring Biscuits to celebrate those first warm rays, the blossom unfolding, the lambs gambolling and all that sap rising! I had such fun making these for when the kids got...

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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 are...

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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 veggie sausages or as a...

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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 clear...

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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; knowing exactly...

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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 one of...

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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 vegetarian or...

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