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hoisinchicken 1 1140x700 - Crispy Chinese Hoi Sin Chicken With Cashew Nuts Recipe
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Crispy Chinese Hoi Sin Chicken With Cashew Nuts Recipe

I adore Chinese food, adore maybe too milder word. If I could only ever eat one type of food ever again, it would be Chinese food. I love cooking it almost as much as I love eating it, the way you can change the beautiful flavours by adjusting the spices and sauces, even the way the food is cooked. The favourite Chinese dish that I cook is my crispy hoi sin chicken with cashew nuts. It has all the warming spice taste along side the aromatic flavours. Serves 4 Ingredients For the crispy chicken 600g chicken breast (cut into medium to…

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jam 1 1140x700 - Quick Easy Jam Recipe - Jam Making - Foolproof Jam You Can Freeze!
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Quick Easy Jam Recipe – Jam Making – Foolproof Jam You Can Freeze!

I remember when I first started to make jam, many moons ago, I bought a book which told me I had to have so many technical instruments and ingredients, copper bowls, this, that and the whatever and as I grew older I just thought, ah….life’s too short!  Now I make good honest thick, tasty, fruity jam with just 2 ingredients, it takes about 15 minutes to cook and it is fool proof. This way of making jam has never failed me once! The jam is not super sweet and sickly like some commercial jams, you can actually taste the fruit *gasp*….

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Scones – Easy and quick scone recipe!

I love scones, especially with vast quantities of clotted cream and home made jam, but some recipes are so long winded for scones that I decided to share with you my fool proof easy scone recipe. These scones can also be frozen for up to a year in the freezer so why not make a double batch and keep them for the coming months. Enjoy! Makes 20(ish) scones Ingredients 750g self raising flour (with a little extra for dusting) 1.5 teaspoons salt 4 teaspoons baking powder 4 tablespoons of caster sugar 160g unsalted butter 350ml milk (whole, semi-skimmed or skimmed…

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orangecranberrymuffin 1 1140x700 - Festive Yuletide Orange And Cranberry Spiced Muffins
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Festive Yuletide Orange And Cranberry Spiced Muffins

These festive muffins are great for Yule afternoon as you cozy up in front of the fire.  They are sweet, aromatic, soft and fluffy.  Even better, they are easy to make!  If you don’t like cranberries, you can replace these with blueberries or cherries, which ever you prefer.   They taste lovely with a glass of mulled wine or a mixed berry fruit punch.  They also freeze very well, so make a larger batch and freeze some in case you have unexpected guests arrive (or in case you want more yourself ).  I do love a bit of cakey goodness…

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honeysoychicken 1 e1515724623202 1 1140x604 - Slow Cooker Honey & Soy Chicken
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Slow Cooker Honey & Soy Chicken

I love my slow cooker and when I say ‘love’ I mean, LOVE.  In fact, I have two that sit side by side on my kitchen counter. One is a large 6.5L and the other a 3L.  The beauty is, I can add everything I need in first thing in the morning and whilst I am out at work dinner is cooking.  Plus when you walk through your front door the smell is amazing!  This dish went down very well last night and this is the slow cooker version of a sweet BBQ sauce I used to make so I…

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tomaubchutney 1 1140x629 - Tomato, Aubergine and Chilli Chutney Recipe
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Tomato, Aubergine and Chilli Chutney Recipe

I am a bit of a sucker for chutneys. The idea of a white crusty roll filled with chedder cheese and home made chutney fills me with deep joy. But chutneys, good chutneys, can be very expensive to buy, however, they are actually incredibly cheap to make, they just take time. Below is my recipe for tomato, aubergine and chilli chutney, all three of which we have grown in our garden this year. These are the last of our crop so I wanted to put them to good use, our neighbour donated some extra tomatoes too! (Thank you!) Ingredients 900g…

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cottage cheese PGAMH6J 1140x700 - Cottage Cheese / Curd Cheese UK Recipe
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Cottage Cheese / Curd Cheese UK Recipe

My youngest daughter is lactose intolerant which is a bit of a bummer as she adores milk, cheese and yoghurt.  We tried various soya, rice and coconut milks and she just couldn’t drink them but then luckily in the UK a new lactose free milk came on to our shop shelves and she loves it, so with this milk we now make our own cottage cheese. It is incredibly easy to make, tastes really good and you can add all your extra flavours to it too.  It is softer than shop bought cottage cheese but much tastier. Ingredients 4 pints…

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Jam Roly Poly Recipe

One of my kids favourites! Perfect on a cold day served with hot thick custard. This recipe takes me back to being a child and eating comfort foods when I was poorly. It certainly made me feel better! Ingredients 250g plain flour 6 teaspoons baking powder 50g light brown sugar 1 egg 125g suet (veggie suet is fine for this as well as the normal beef suet) 120ml water (you may not need it all) 8 tablespoons of strawberry jam – warmed through so slightly runny a little sugar to sprinkle on top pinch of salt Method Preheat the oven…

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Lamb Hot Pot Recipe

When it’s cold outside and you have had a hard day, a stew or hot pot really makes you feel warm and loved.  Plus when everything is cooked in one pan, there is less washing up too! Ingredients 8 lamb cutlets or 800g diced lamb 25g butter 2 onions 900g potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced 4 large carrots 2 pints of lamb stock (or vegetable stock) Salt and pepper to taste Fresh parsley Method Preheat the oven to 170C / 325F / Gas Mark 3 Find a large casserole or stew pot and place most (leave a little behind) of…

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nettlesoup 1 1 1140x543 - Nettle Soup Recipe
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Nettle Soup Recipe

Nettle soup is one of my husband’s favourite springtime/summertime soups.  We first started making it a couple of years ago when we went through a ‘foraging’ phase.  I am pleased to say that the phase hasn’t worn off yet.  Just make sure you wash the nettles well and also remember that younger, smaller nettles taste much better than the older larger nettles.  Oh and one more thing, wear gloves when handling nettles! Ingredients 450g potatoes 250g young nettles 75g butter 1 onion chopped 1 garlic clove crushed (optional) 1 tablespoon of olive oil 1 1/2 pints of chicken or vegatable…

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