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Hokey Pokey

Posted by me on June 11, 2020 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (97)

Doooo.... the Hokey Pokey...... some call it cinder toffee, some call it naked crunchie! I know it by its other name, Hokey Pokey �� it's three ingredients , dead easy to make and in a few minutes you have the stuff of dreams.

200g caster sugar (don't be tempted to use granulated)

8 tablespoons of golden syrup, honey or maple s...

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Minty Nanaimo bars

Posted by me on June 11, 2020 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (195)

I have no idea on the history behind these yummy, scrummy squares of minty and chocolate gorgeousness but they are one of my absolute favourite traybakes to munch on , especially when the weather gets a little colder and the evenings a little shorter. Snuggle up under the duvet with a good book, a warm mug of Ovaltine and a piece of this.... you can tha...

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Cappuccino hazelnut biscotti

Posted by me on June 7, 2020 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (95)

Today is the sort of day, for curling up on the sofa with a good book, a mug of frothy coffee and something yummy to dunk... the king of dunkers has to be a biscotti ❤️ It's crisp enough to suck up just the right amount of coffee, with just the right balance of chocolatey sweetness to satisfy the tastebuds. Heaven in every crunchy bite ...

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Old fashioned cornflake tart

Posted by me on June 1, 2020 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (96)

I was the ripe old age of 58 before I experienced the joy of old fashioned school cornflake tart, it remained unknown and elusive throughout my formative years and I'm truly distraught it took me so long to celebrate its layers of pastry, jam and crunchy, buttery cornflakes, smothered in creamy custard.... 


150g plain flour

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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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fig and lemon gâteau Breton

Posted by me on June 1, 2020 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (98)

The combination of creamy butter, zingy lemon and luscious figs, makes this simple French pastry an absolute taste sensation. I love to eat it warm from the oven. Because it's so simple, make sure you use the best quality ingredients you can afford, don't skimp , I guarantee it's worth it x


200ml water

150g soft dried fi...

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Chocolate avocado cake

Posted by me on May 13, 2020 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (100)

Don't let the addition of the lovable or loathsome avocado dissuade you from this utterly delicious cake. It's completely undetectable and You cannot taste it.... it just adds a richness and moisture that so many plant based (vegan) cakes lack. I made this for the first time during the first few weeks of the Covid outbreak when I couldn't get hold of eg...

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Cheese and potato pasties

Posted by me on May 8, 2020 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (97)

I always have a couple of packs of instant mashed potato in my store cupboard, perfect for when I need tatoes in a hurry or when I just can’t be bothered cooking... thinking outside the box today ( I needed a real savoury kick)I made these TO DIE FOR cheese and onion ‘pasties’ in under 20 minutes using a packet of instant mash, an onio...

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Creamy Stilton & onion soup

Posted by me on May 8, 2020 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (96)

I’m not a lover of Stilton or any other blue cheese - it’s just- well too cheesy, and quite frankly smells and tastes like mouldy socks in its natural state! But I have to say, this soup is 100% my all time favourite, thick and creamy, it's real soul food and perfect on a chilly day eaten with a slice or two of cheese and walnut beer bread, ...

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Cheese and walnut beer bread

Posted by me on May 8, 2020 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

This simple bread is perfect, sliced and thickly buttered , served with a steaming bowl of soup. My favourite has to be a creamy Stilton and onion , a match made in heaven ❤️

300g plain flour

25g sugar

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

100g mature cheddar cheese, grated

1 small onion, finely diced, fried ...

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Kitchen sink cookies

Posted by me on May 8, 2020 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (140)

If there was a cookie that could tell the story of my life, it would be this this delicious recipe. Never sophisticated, it's an honest to goodness, no frills chunky morsel that just brings a smile to your face. I have called it a kitchen sink cookie because it really does have everything in but the kitchen sink. Choose whatever goodies you want to flav...

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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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Spanish tomato, butter bean & Chorizo soup

Posted by me on April 26, 2020 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (99)

2 sticks celery finely chopped

2 large carrots, washed, topped and tailed then quartered lengthwise and finely diced

1 large onion, finely diced

1 medium pepper, de seeded and chopped into small dice

2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes

1 x 400g can butter beans

2 x veg stock cubes

2 large dessert spoons smoked paprik...

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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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Berry Sunk and Dunk cake

Posted by me on April 26, 2020 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (123)

Although you pile the berries on top of the batter before baking, expect them to sink like jewels into the soft and fluffy cake...

What you need

320g plain flour

200g butter - melted, then left to cool but not set

5 medium eggs

180g caster sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla/lemon/orange or a...

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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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Anzac Biscuits -makes 30

Posted by me on April 26, 2020 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (88)

April 25th is Anzac Day, A day of remembrance of the brave Australian and New Zealand soldiers that gave their lives for their country as well as ours in the Gallipoli campaign of WW1 . It’s widely thought that these gorgeous chewy biscuits were sent to the men, on the supply ships, because they travelled so well but there is actually no evidence ...

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Store cupboard curry and yogurt pot flatbreads

Posted by me on April 20, 2020 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (95)

Store cupboard curry and yogurt pot flatbreads

1 x can chopped tomatoes

1 x can beans of your choice or chick peas

200g dried lentils

2-3 heaped dessert spoons curry powder

2 cloves garlic or a spoon of garlic puree/granules

1-2 stock cubes

1/4 tube tomato purée ( about 2 heaped tablespoons)

Sugar a...

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3-2-1 shortbread

Posted by me on April 20, 2020 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (94)

My gorgeous grandson and granddaughter love making these simple cookies with their mummy, bake up a batch and make memories with your little ones ❤️❤️❤️

300g plain flour

200g butter or block margarine

100g sugar - granulated or caster

1 teaspoon vanilla essence  - you can change the ...

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