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cucumbers 886036 e1515701828519 1 1140x700 - Easy & Quick Pickled Cucumber Recipe - UK recipe for delicious pickled cucumbers!
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Easy & Quick Pickled Cucumber Recipe – UK recipe for delicious pickled cucumbers!

We eat a LOT of pickled cucumbers in our house. Whether they are on homemade burgers, on top of blue cheese in a baguette, in salads or used in our homemade tartare sauce. I have also caught people just popping into the fridge and snacking on them too - naughty but delicious ;) We probably go through 2 jars a week so this could get expensive if we didn't make our own, but we do and I have to say I think they are more tasty than the shop bought ones anyway! My eldest daughter and I make these together...Continue reading
orange 2759715 1920 1 1140x700 - Antibacterial & Natural Household Cleaner Recipe UK - Make Your Own Home Cleaning Spray
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Antibacterial & Natural Household Cleaner Recipe UK – Make Your Own Home Cleaning Spray

Hello lovelies! With 3 asthmatics, 2 eczema sufferers and 1 person allergic to almost everything in our house, it is really important that we use as many natural products as possible. But not only this, we just think is just a better way to live, and it's cheaper too ;) Keeping our house clean is a must, as it should be, especially as there are 6 adults living in our house (Myself, hubby and 4 grown up kids), a dog, a cat and a snake, as well as a muddy veg patch in the garden and frequent trips to our...Continue reading
IMG 2075 - Restaurant Review: The Peridot Restaurant at The Bentley Hotel in Kensington London
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Restaurant Review: The Peridot Restaurant at The Bentley Hotel in Kensington London

Recently I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to spend a lovely evening at The Peridot Restaurant based in The Bentley Hotel in Kensington, London.  Myself and friends, travelled up to London by train to Victoria Station, then jumped in a black cab and whisked off to what seemed a very private and beautiful part of Kensington. We were greeted on arrival by the doorman and escorted through the beautifully decorated lobby by the concierge. Once we were through the lobby we were taken to The Peridot Restaurant where we were introduced to the restaurant manager, Lealynn, who immediately made us…

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bombay potatoes 1 1140x700 - Bombay Potatoes Recipe UK - Tastes Like Indian Restaurant
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Bombay Potatoes Recipe UK – Tastes Like Indian Restaurant

Tonight, I made my tandoori chicken recipe for dinner, my family always love it especially when I serve it with Bombay potatoes. These soft, buttery, aromatic morsels of potato just make me smile when I eat them and they make your kitchen smell delicious when you cook them! This recipe is easy and quick to make and will save you a lot of money! Ingredients 1kg white potatoes 2 teaspoons chopped or minced ginger 1 teaspoon chopped or minced garlic 2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 35g unsalted butter 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon coriander…

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bbqsauce 1 1140x700 - Sweet and Spicy Smoked BBQ Sauce Recipe UK Barbecue Dip
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Sweet and Spicy Smoked BBQ Sauce Recipe UK Barbecue Dip

Last week I shared my easy foolproof mayonnaise recipe and said how it was my youngest daughters favourite sauce. My eldest daughter however, loves BBQ sauce. Not just any BBQ sauce but rich, sweet BBQ sauce that has a spiciness and a smokiness to it.  She slathers it on everything and when I make my homemade barbecue sauce using my recipe below, she will literally find stuff to dip in to it as it is cooling down!  If you want a BBQ sauce that you can use as a condiment, as a sauce, as a dip or even as a marinade…

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tandoorichicken 1 1140x700 - Tandoori Chicken Recipe UK - Just Like An Indian Restaurant!
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Tandoori Chicken Recipe UK – Just Like An Indian Restaurant!

My whole family adores Indian food. Some like the subtle aromatic spiced dishes such as korma and passanda, others (like myself) like fiery hot spiced dishes such as ceylon, madras, vindaloo and phaal. But we all agree on one thing. Tandoori chicken. The orangey red meat that is charred and tastes so full of flavour. However, our local Indian restaurant charges £7.50 for just one, yes JUST ONE, tandoori chicken leg. But you know me, I love to cook and I love to save money, so here is my recipe for tandoori chicken that is mouth wateringly good and costs…

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mayo 1 1140x700 - Easy Foolproof Mayonnaise Recipe - Quick Mayo Recipe UK
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Easy Foolproof Mayonnaise Recipe – Quick Mayo Recipe UK

My youngest daughter absolutely loves mayo.  If left to here own devices she would eat it on everything! The ingredients listed however on shop bought mayonnaise shows they are full of chemical nasties and substitutes for natural ingredients. So now I make my own. I know exactly what goes in it and although it doesn’t last as long in the fridge, it isn’t full of a load of chemical nonsense either! This recipe makes a lot of mayo, enough to fill 2 jam jars so it will keep you going for a while. But because this recipe uses raw eggs,…

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honeyorangechicken 1 1140x676 - Chinese Style Honey, Orange and Ginger Crispy Chicken Recipe
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Chinese Style Honey, Orange and Ginger Crispy Chicken Recipe

My favourite dish at any Chinese restaurant is almost always the sweet and sour… well sweet and sour anything! Vegetables, chicken, pork, prawns… if it is covered in that sweet yet tangy sauce then I am all over it. But I am unable to cook it at home for a family meal as only I like it…. bummer, right? So I devised this recipe to give me some of the flavours (and the all important orangey coloured sauce) of sweet and sour but also flavours that my family would like to eat. Every time I make this dish, it goes down…

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cinnamon rolls on the wooden background PSVHSVR 1140x700 - Cinnamon Bread Swirls With Vanilla Glaze Recipe UK
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Cinnamon Bread Swirls With Vanilla Glaze Recipe UK

BEFORE YOU GO ANY FURTHER! If you want small, perfectly shaped delicate cinnamon swirl buns like you get in most shops, then you should probably find a recipe elsewhere. However, if you like like BIG BUNS (and you can not lie!) then come here my friend and chomp your way through these beauties! I love cinnamon! I know a lot of people don’t but oh my goodness, I could eat it by the bucket load. It reminds me of Autumn and Winter time when everything seems to be smelling of warm spices. I love anything with cinnamon in or on….

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peanutbutterchocolatesquares 1 1140x700 - Peanut Butter & Chocolate Slices UK Recipe (Similar to Reese's)
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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Slices UK Recipe (Similar to Reese’s)

I am a bit of a sucker for peanut butter. Especially on toast with real butter and lashings of homemade jam. A few years ago, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups became popular here in the UK although I know they have been popular in the US for many years, and whilst I love them, I wanted something a bit more ‘substantial’ to go with my afternoon tea! I hope you enjoy this recipe and all the sticky peanuty goodness that goes with it 😉 Ingredients 115g melted unsalted butter 130g crushed digestive biscuits 120g icing sugar 215g smooth peanut butter + 1…

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