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Chuckychops old fashioned bread puddin�??

Posted by me on December 13, 2020 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (3)

My Dad used to make a mean old fashioned bread puddin’, my mum only ever ate it hot and the rest of the family only ever ate it cold... either way it’s a perfect way to utilise stale bread. Dads secret was to use leftover brewed tea from the pot, and a good sprinkle of crunchy white sugar on the top after baking.... it's the little things ❤️❤️❤️ &...

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Old fashioned apple crumble

Posted by me on October 18, 2020 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (103)

I don't think there is a nicer pudding than a rich, crisp, buttery crumble resplendent on a layer of luscious , sweet but sharp fresh fruit. This simple dessert is perfect with a jug of neon yellow custard or a good scoop of vanilla infused ice cream... delicious!

1000g bramley cooking apples, peeled, cored and cut into 2cm chunks

3-4 heaped...

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Sticky Ginger and orange Parkin

Posted by me on October 4, 2020 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (110)

Having two recipes for the same cake, isn't a hardship as far as I'm concerned, the more yummy cake love in the world the better!!! I have added this second Parkin recipe with a zesty orange twist because it's just sooooooo good and absolutely perfect for cold, frosty days when your tummy needs an edible hug ❤️

170g self raising flou...

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Viennese mince pies

Posted by me on September 9, 2020 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (94)

I worked for many years as a lecturer at Blackpool and the Fylde college in Lancashire, from the beginning of November, right through to the middle of December the students would bake literally thousands of these delicious mince pies with a buttery, melt in the mouth Viennese topping. The last year I was there, I think we ended up baking over 22 th...

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Wham-Bam Lam-ingtons

Posted by me on August 18, 2020 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (97)

Wham -Bam - Laming-tons are the Ozzie version of a traditional English Madeleine cake, the good thing about them is you don’t need any fancy schmancy baking tins, just a square baking tin and so are much easier to make. I love them served for afternoon tea, and sometimes in the summer, I decorate them with fresh edible flowers, violas or even rose...

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Luscious lemon meringue pie

Posted by me on June 14, 2020 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (103)

When I was young, we used to make the filling for lemon meringue from a little box , I think it was made by a company called Greens but I couldn't swear on it. You added the water to a sachet in a small saucepan and cooked over a low heat until a little gelatine capsule burst , filling the kitchen with mouth watering aromas of zesty lemon. This yummy pu...

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caramelised red onion and cheddar Quiche

Posted by me on June 1, 2020 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (99)

A good quiche is a thing of beauty, and this onion and cheddar tart is perfect for a light summers lunch with salad and baby new potatoes or as a hearty dish with creamed potatoes and loads of lovely veggies in the winter months


300g red onions, peeled and finely sliced

30g butter or margarine


150g plain flou...

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Gran�??s boiled tea cake

Posted by me on May 8, 2020 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (98)

My lovely Mum didn't bake very often but this delicious fruit cake was a family favourite, handed down from her mum and probably her mum before that. Full of juicy fruit and with a hint of orange and almond it's sure to become an old fashioned favourite x

350g Mixed dried fruit

150g Glacè cherries , halved

50g Mixed peel


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Wartime mashed potato fudge

Posted by me on May 8, 2020 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (93)

During the second world war, rationing meant that sugar, butter and chocolate were rare, precious commodities that needed to be savoured. This simple recipe stretched out the meagre weekly ration amounts for an adult with the addition of a surprise ingredient... potato! Potatoes and bread were two of the few foods not rationed and ensured that a good ol...

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Cream of Mushroom soup

Posted by me on April 26, 2020 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (199)

As the weather Gets colder A lovely, warming bowl of hearty soup is the perfect food to warm the cockles of your heart. Hot, filling, tasty and cheap, soup is the perfect one pot meal that will fill bellies, especially when served with a lovely chunk of fresh bread or crispy croutons, made with bread ends x

What you need

1 medium onion finel...

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Melting Momemts - makes 30

Posted by me on April 26, 2020 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (100)

When I was in Junior school in Aldershot, Hampshire, I used to bake cakes and cookies and fry chips, selling them for a few pence to the neighbourhood kids... all whilst my parents were at work! I was so frightened of setting the house on fire that I never cooked the chips fully, they were barely brown, mostly hard but drenched in salt and vinegar and s...

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Creamy Chicken and leek tato topped pot pie

Posted by me on April 20, 2020 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (95)

Creamy Chicken and leek tato topped pot pie - serves 4

4 leeks, trimmed, washed and finely sliced

1 heaped tablespoon margarine

1 heaped tablespoon plain flour

1 kilo potatoes

Teaspoon dried sage or rosemary

250g cooked chicken or 350g raw, diced chicken thighs ( pop into a small saucepan, with just enough water to co...

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Bish Bosh Bash Banana cake

Posted by me on April 20, 2020 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (105)

Bish bash bosh banana cake

There’s nothing worse than spending half your morning lovingly measuring, weighing, sifting, stirring, creaming and folding a cake batter only for the finished article to be a total disappointment!

This cake takes minutes to make, just weigh three ingredients, slap everything in a large bowl, beat with a woo...

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Scotch eggs with a Mexicano twist....

Posted by me on April 20, 2020 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (103)

Scotch eggs with a mexicano twist - makes 4

5 eggs, 1 raw in a bowl and whisked with a fork, 4 that are boiled to how you would like your finished scotch eggs to be, I like mine fully cooked, no runny egg so I cook mine for 5 minutes, if you like a runny yolk cut the boiling time down to 3 minutes..

Pack of 8 sausages of your choice, you can...

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Old fashioned bread pud

Posted by me on April 20, 2020 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (99)

Comfort food for me has to include one of the few things my Dad used to make.. an old fashioned bread pudding! Made with the stale bread, we would otherwise have thrown away, it was perfect, eaten hot for pudding or cold as a little something to see us through until dinner time. Dads secret ingredient was the tea he used to soak the stale bread in, befo...

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No bake flapjack

Posted by me on April 20, 2020 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (94)

No bake flapjack

420g rolled oats - porridge oats....NOT READY BREK type oats

60g desiccated coconut

160g Branflakes crushed with your hands but not pulverised!

150g sugar, I used soft light brown sugar but you can use any sugar at all

300g golden syrup or honey, corn syrup,maple syrup or agave syrup

150g margarine or...

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Mamas Magnifico Meatloaf

Posted by me on April 20, 2020 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (99)

I could probably write a book on 101 meals to make with mince, it’s so damn versatile, full of protein and above all CHEAP! When my son and I went through a real tough time financially, I would have to make 250g of the cheapest mince, do us, for at least 3 meals ... I became a master at economising and mince became my bestest friend. Here is my fa...

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Tato cakes - makes 12- 16

Posted by me on April 20, 2020 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (108)

Tato cakes ❤️ it always amuses me how different countries can take, basically the same two ingredients and produce two totally different dishes �� in Italy, this potato and flour mixture would be gently simmered in water and made into gnocchi, smothered in a garlic butter or pesto, in the UK we shallow fry the mixture, cut in...

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Chorley scones

Posted by me on April 20, 2020 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (91)

Chorley scones- makes 12

450g self raising flour

big pinch of salt

110g butter

50g granulated sugar

150ml milk

150ml double cream


75g butter, softened plus a little more ( melted) to brush on the top)

1 heaped teaspoon ground cinnamon

100g dried mixed fruit or raisins or currants


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Ploughmans lunch Sossy roll

Posted by me on April 20, 2020 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (98)

Ploughman’s lunch sossy roll

1 small onion, finely diced

12 cherry tomatoes, halved

1 eating apple, peeled cored and finely diced

1 heaped teaspoon dried sage

1 tablespoon butter or margarine

Salt and black pepper to taste

50g mature cheddar cheese, cut into thin slices

2 tablespoons chutney of your ...

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