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By trade, Bexz is a food writer and journalist, cook and recipe creator. On this website you will find some of her most loved recipes and food related blog posts.
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jamrolypoly 1 1 1140x634 - Jam Roly Poly Recipe
in Food & Drink, Ramblings

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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lancashirehotpot 1 1140x612 - Lamb Hot Pot Recipe
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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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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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wheat bread P3MCWVS 1140x700 - Basic White Bread Recipe
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Basic White Bread Recipe

There is nothing quite like the smell of bread baking in the oven.  Many people these days have bread machines which basically do all the work for you, but there is something so satisfying about making yourself.  The taste, the smell, the texture, everything seems so much better when you make it yourself. Ingredients 7g dried active yeast 500g strong white flour (bread flour) 350ml warm water 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon sugar a little butter for greasing the loaf tin Method Grease a 900g (2lb) loaf tin with butter. Add a little of the warm water, sugar and yeast…

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lemonade 1 1140x654 - Old Fashioned Cloudy Lemonade - Traditional Lemonade Recipe
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Old Fashioned Cloudy Lemonade – Traditional Lemonade Recipe

Old fashioned lemonade is a refreshing drink that is not fizzy but more zingy than the carbonated pop variety you can buy in supermarkets today.   It is very cheap and easy to make and is a great way of getting kids involved in cooking. Ingredients 5 unwaxed lemons 125g sugar 2 pints of water Sprig of fresh mint (optional) Instructions 1. Peel the 5 lemons (save the lemons for the end of the process!) and add the peelings to a large saucepan with the water.2. Add the sugar to the water and boil the peel, sugar and water mix until…

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rosehipsyrup 1 1140x535 - Rosehip Syrup Recipe
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Rosehip Syrup Recipe

Rosehip Syrup is a winter must.  Packed to the brim full of vitamin C and other natural goodies, rosehip syrup has been used by families for generations to help with lowering fevers, help with colds and flu as well as a general tonic.  What’s more, it tastes delicious!  You can drizzle it neat over hot crumpets, scones, toast, waffles, pancakes or ice cream, dilute it with 5 parts hot water for a soothing tea or 5 parts cold water for a home made cordial.  Perfect for children who are ‘under the weather’.  Also great for freezing and using throughout the…

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carrot cake sliced on wooden rustic board PCPMP5N 1140x700 - Carrot & Chilli Cake Recipe
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Carrot & Chilli Cake Recipe

Don’t panic, this cake won’t leave you rushing for a glass of water because your mouth is on fire. The chilli along with the other spices just gives this cake a well rounded warmth that makes in so moreish that you won’t be able to leave it alone. Ingredients 175g softened unsalted butter 175g caster sugar 175g plain flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 3 carrots (grated) 2 eggs 1 tablespoon of orange juice 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder a handful of sliced almonds for the topping a little icing sugar…

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flour 1 1140x572 - Make your own cake flour - UK substitution | Easy UK recipe
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Make your own cake flour – UK substitution | Easy UK recipe

I have just been asked about this on Twitter so thought I might as well whip up a quick blog post on here about it too.  Many US cook books and cake recipes ask for 'cake flour'.  Not many shops here in the UK sell cake flour but there is a way to make your own substitute! Cake flour is a very light and soft flour and it is all to do with the protein content of the flour that makes it cake flour. You will see lots of recipes on the internet that make you weigh out flour and work...Continue reading
mug cakes PZWXY7F 1140x700 - 2 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake - Cake In A Mug!
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2 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake – Cake In A Mug!

So, as you know, I do love a bit of cake 😉 Especially cakes that taste good and are quick to make and this recipe is both!  It certainly isn’t a pretty cake, it’s not meant to be, it’s just meant to be quick and tasty! Chloe (my youngest) has great fun making these after school for a quick warming sweet treat 😉 You can even add all the ingredients to a tub or container and take them with you to work – sneaky. Make all your colleagues jealous when you walk in with a homemade chocolate cake that you…

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little girl learning how to plant PQBMKNT 1140x700 - Top 10 tips for creating a kids vegetable patch!
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Top 10 tips for creating a kids vegetable patch!

No, I'm obviously not suggesting that you hand over your garden to a 4 year old. However why not give your child (or children) a vegetable garden of their very own. Children's veggie gardens can be made from a small raised bed in your own garden, a large tub or if you don’t have a garden, they could have a window box. Getting your children into gardening will teach them many values. They will realise where their food comes from, how plants grow, what plants need to survive, they will have fun and of course they will eat their own...Continue reading
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