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Anyone For Pimm’s Drizzle Cake?

Posted by Gill Bland Tuesday, 19th April 2016

When asked to come up with a recipe for St George’s day, Gill Bland came up this stunning recipe!

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Easter Hot Cross BUns

Posted by Alexandra Dibble Wednesday, 23rd March 2016

As a nation, we love hot cross buns! In her latest blog, Alison explores the history of the Easter treat and shares her easy, no knead recipe.

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Kulich Easter Recipe

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 14th March 2016

Easter is just around the corner and to celebrate, Gill Bland bakes traditional Russian Kulich bread.

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Dinner for two

Posted by Hayley Gilbert Monday, 1st February 2016

February is a time for romance and with Valentine’s Day on the 14th, many of us will be planning an intimate dinner for two in a fancy restaurant. But this year why not cook something really special at home, and create a romantic setting to go with it? Whether you have a compact kitchen and separate dining room or a large open-plan kitchen-diner scheme, there are plenty of ways to inject a little love and romance this month…

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British Pie Week

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 2nd March 2015

It’s British Pie Week this week. The fantastic thing about pies is their versatility. They can be as complicated or simple as you wish. They can come in many permutations. 

They can be savoury or sweet and the casing can be any number of types of pastry, crumble or mash. Pies engender such fuzzy, warm feelings that there’s even the fantastically named Pierateers who are a group of people devoted to reviewing various pre-made pies out there in supermarkets and restaurants. 

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Pancake Day!

Posted by James McIntosh Monday, 16th February 2015

I’m sure you’re like me and when it comes to Pancake Day the big kid comes out.  Then perhaps the mop comes out, as one may have landed on the floor?  (Clean up is made so much easier if you have a dog).

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, as I’m sure we all know, was originally a Christian festival to use up ingredients prior to Lent, 40 days before we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at Easter.  I always find it a good time to install a little self discipline. I overeat at Christmas, break my New Year’s resolutions by the 2nd January, then feel bad that, for me, it is not ‘new year, new  me’.  That’s why I like the tradition of Lent, it gives me a chance to prove to myself that I can be disciplined for a short period of time.  And I do find this instils an inner confidence in myself.

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Sea Bream en Papillote

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 9th February 2015

When I was pondering what recipe to make on theme of “food to share with your valentine” I initially thought of a fondue. I like the idea of food where you can’t try to be on your best behaviour – you’re going to get messy and see the ‘real’ valentine, not the perfectly mannered dining partner you might encounter during a meal in a high end and terrifyingly well mannered restaurant. Fondue had one thing right and one thing wrong. Right – it’s easy to make, so one of you isn’t going to feel like they’ve been working away all evening when they should be relaxing. Wrong – I don’t know about you but a vat full of cheese is more likely to make me want to curl up under a duvet than engage in sparkling conversation (or whatever). So, here is my alternative suggestion for messy but tasty eating: Sea Bream en Papillote.

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New Year, New Recipe

Posted by James McIntosh Tuesday, 20th January 2015

I have seen countless magazines and web articles that start “New Year, New You”, I gave up doing New Year’s resolutions a few years back as I manage to get to day 3 and then fail. January is a miserable month, long, post the holiday period so I like to feel as good as I can. I’ve eaten far too much over Christmas and New Year and to hide it I’m wearing a baggy jumper, yet I’m determined to wear hoops, not stripes this spring so I need to think about what is going to be hearty and warm to eat, yet not full of fat. I don’t do diets. To me, they are like New Year’s resolutions, they fail too.  Small lifestyle changes on the other hand work, that way I feel I’ve achieved something.

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Once the New Year is underway, it’s time to brush off those New Years’ Resolutions and start as you mean to go on. For many of us, that means embracing a whole new healthy lifestyle, including moderating the way we cook. Okay, so the gym membership may not make it past March but I find that changing cooking and eating habits is a lot easier – and more fun, too.

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Show off your chef skills

Posted by Hayley Gilbert Friday, 7th November 2014

Once the nights draw in and autumn is well underway, it’s the perfect time of year to invite family and friends over for a hearty meal. No-one wants to spend too much on going out with Christmas round the corner so entertaining at home is an ideal way to keep socialising on a more informal and inexpensive scale. I’m certainly no Nigella but I’d like to think that I can cook fresh, seasonal ingredients in a very simple yet tasty way. You don’t need to get bogged down in gadgets and utensils or even complicated ingredients – what’s more important is the basic tools for the job and this means investing in a cooker that offers flexibility when it comes to experimenting with different dishes.

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