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Spiced Hazelnut and almond cake with fresh figs, rose syrup and white chocolate stars

Posted by me on October 29, 2017 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Serves 8-12

Light, moist and nutty, this is the perfect alternative to Christmas pudding after a heavy dinner. I would describe it as tasting a little like a coconut macaroon and with its mantle of whipped cream, chocolate stars and jewel like pomegranate seeds and it’s just so pretty… best of all tho, its simplicity itself and can be baked a day or two before hand then finished with the w...

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Cheddar Cheese and seeded Oaty Crispbreads

Posted by me on October 29, 2015 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

If you think that Crispbreads are the cardboard tasting, diet induced slices of 'nothingness' then you really need to wrap your gnashers around homemade cheddar and multi seeded oaty crispbreads inspired by delicious Smorgasbord breads from Scandinavia, because there is absolutely nothing bland or cardboard like about these crisp, seed packed and tasty little babies...

Try them heaped with creamy butter, slabs of chedd...

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Cuban bread pudding

Posted by me on January 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

There is a fabulous group on Facebook called 'Tampa native Cuban/Spanish, Italian and Southern recipes'  hosted and written by a group of sassy ladies with some serious Latin spirit. I dribble over there sunshine filled dishes, immerse myself in the imagined scents and flavours of the lemon, garlic and chilli infused sauces and longingly picture  myself in warmer climes, lazing on a golden sandy be...

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Orange Japonaise cupcakes.... Free from Gluten

Posted by me on June 4, 2014 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

I remember making  a Japonaise gateaux when I was at catering college in 1983, it was one of my first culinary successes and I loved making all the different elements. I haven't seen the recipe I used for a very long time so decided to create a simpler more contemporary version that could be made into cupcakes rather than an elaborate old fashioned gateaux. The little Japonaise biscuit that perche...

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Tarragon chicken, olive and smoked garlic scotch eggs.... Free from Gluten

Posted by me on June 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I adore the summer, long hot days full of sunshine, picnics and parties and these little babies are the perfect summer food. if you think you know Scotch eggs, think again... they are NOTHING like the horrible shop bought ones and the slight aniseed flavour enhances the chicken and garlicy t mantle that hugs the egg. Best of all just by switching to gluten free bre...

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Pina Colada Cupcakes.... Free from sugar

Posted by me on May 14, 2014 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I have been experimenting for ages now to make a sugar free frosting that is pipeable, tastes good and would fool anybody into thinking it was sugar free and by jiminy I finally cracked it.... Ladies and gentlemen I give you the Pina Colada cup cake with a coconut frosting that is to die for...not literally...please.... I wouldn't want that on my conscience.... x

What you need

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Apricot and Amaretto cupcakes.... Free from Gluten

Posted by me on May 1, 2014 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Luscious apricot studded cupcakes with a little swirl of Amaretto infused butter cream frosting are the perfect anecdote for a stressful day and one bite of these delicious cakes will transport you mentally to the sunshine coast of the Italian Riviera. Bellisimo...... x

What you need

150g baking margarine

150g caster sugar

3 medium eggs

185g gluten f...

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Cherry cola and Oreo cupcakes.... Free from lactose

Posted by me on May 1, 2014 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I adore this recipe, its the easiest cupcake recipe I make, and is THE moistest, lightest and fluffiest cake ever...... topped with a crushed Oreo biscuit frosting its just heaven in every bite and everyone from children to adults just loves it x

What you need

200g oil

250g self raising flour

250g soft light brown sugar

40g cocoa powde...

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Roasted cherry tomato and parsnip from Gluten

Posted by me on April 30, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I adore tomatoes, especially pert little golden globes that are still clinging to the vine and have the aroma of warm summer days. My parents who live in Surrey, grow just THE juiciest little 'matos that I frequently sneak into the greenhouse to devour  them by the handful whenever I visit.

The tomatoes for this simple tart were bought from a local farmers market and are almost as sweet as my mums an...

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Cauliflower 'couscous' with panfried Mackerel and sweet n' sour beetroot... free from Gluten

Posted by me on April 29, 2014 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I thought I would share this recipe despite the fact that its not really a 'baking' recipe because its just so yummy. I try and eat more fish in my diet these days as its so good for you, especially the oily fishes and mackerel is not only cheap its tasty as well.....

I found out about Cauliflower 'Couscous' a little while ago and was intrigued as despite its resemblance to the mainstay of Mor...

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Sunkissed tomato and goats cheese sharing bread .... Free from meat

Posted by me on March 29, 2014 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Making and baking bread has got to be one of the most therapeutic pastimes you can think of.Just kneading the dough releases pent up aggression and emotions and the harder you beat it the more your bread will benefit. When I was going through my divorce many moons ago I used to bake bread on almost a daily basis and within a week or two I was making the softest, lightest dough in the world as I pummelled, bea...

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Guinness fruit cake.....Free from sugar

Posted by me on March 21, 2014 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)


This old fashioned fruit cake is so moist and flavoursome you will forget in an instant that it contains no sugar, it lasts for ages and is perfect when only a really good 'Granny' cake will do. Because Xylitol the sugar substitute I use doesn't brown or caramelise during cooking I have soaked the fruit in Guinness which adds a lovely deep flavour and colour fooling the senses.... Happy baking  

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Snow topped mallow fudge bars..... Free from flour and gluten

Posted by me on March 21, 2014 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

There are times when you just HAVE TO HAVE a chocolate fix... This no bake bar is simplicity itself, takes minutes to make and you can eat it within the hour (you have to put it in the fridge first, you cant just eat the melted chocolate mix straight out of the bowl :D) Change the fruit and chocolate chunk/chip combination as the whim takes you......

What you need

250g plain chocola...

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Goats cheese, Polenta and sweet potato wedge with onion and celery remoulade ... free from meat

Posted by me on March 20, 2014 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

With lots of friends that don't eat meat, its a challenge to create something tasty and filling that's not full of nuts or mushrooms both of which seem to feature a great deal in vegetarian recipes and neither of which are particularly liked by my buddies, but the recipe must also appeal to us carnivores. These crispy wedges are bursting at the seams with nuggets of goats cheese, sweet p...

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Toblerone and orange brownie... Free from Flour

Posted by me on March 14, 2014 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)


A brownie should be squidgy, not firm like a cake but have an unctuous soft, fudge like texture and this little baby delivers it by the bucket load.... with hidden nuggets  of  Toblerone and white chocolate  and a cheeky little hint of zesty orange its the perfect treat with a scoop of good quality vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce......


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Bran and banana breakfast bars.... Free from sugar

Posted by me on March 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Packed full of energising bananas, seeds, oats and nuts these wonderful bars make a brilliant mid morning snack when energy levels are low and you need something satisfying  without hitting excess sugar. They keep brilliantly too and stay moist for a week or two ( if they last that long without being scoffed of course). Make a batch for the kids packed lunch boxes they are so much healthier than a pla...

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Nutty cheesecake cookies..... free from Gluten

Posted by me on March 4, 2014 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Crisp, utterly nutty and filled with unctuous cheesecake filling these hearty cookies are the perfect mick me up whether you are gluten intolerant or not, simply enjoy.....

(makes 12 filled cookies)

What you need

150g gluten free self raising flour

75g brown rice flour

50g toasted flaked almonds

65g pistachios, chopped

115g butte...

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Cider apple from Gluten

Posted by me on March 4, 2014 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

This is such a quick and easy cake to make and tastes even better if left for a day or two before cutting. You can simply change gluten free self raising flour for ordinary self raising flour if you are not gluten intolerant but it makes a wonderful moist cake and is especially good with a slice of crumbly Lancashire or mature cheddar cheese....

200 g soft dark brown sugar

220ml sweet cider

100g butter

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Deep fried sweet potato and papaya balls.... Free from Gluten

Posted by me on February 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

What you need

500g sweet potato, peeled and cut into 2cm slices

125g rice flour

50g soft dark brown sugar

100g dried papaya, chopped

Zest of one lemon

50g desiccated coconut

Oil for deep frying

For the lemon honey sauce

3tablespoons runny honey

Juice of ½ a lemon

What you do

Cook the chunks of sweet potato in...

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Hummingbird cakes.......gluten free

Posted by me on February 23, 2014 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Light as a feather and gently perfumed with passion fruit these delicious little cakes nestled in their miniature loaf cases are a delight whether you are gluten intolerant or not. You can always substitute regular self raising flour for the gluten free variety if you so choose without losing flavour or texture. 

Makes 8

What you need

100g cake margarine

120g caster sugar

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