Butter-free banana, apple and walnut bread (no ‘fun’ doesn’t mean no taste…)

Butter-free banana, apple and walnut bread.

A healthier way is possible Banana bread has to be the most versatile and universally well-loved recipe ever. Every week, I’ll come across someone posting their take on a banana bread recipe. When I got back from Spain recently, my husband asked me if I could make another banana bread because we had 4 sad … Continue reading

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Fresh fruit needn’t be boring: chocolate apples and oranges

Clementine segments and apples dipped in chocolate.

Have you ever eaten a Terry’s Chocolate Orange? My husband said he and his brother and sister used to get one every Christmas. It was, and remains to this day, a traditional stocking filler in his family. When I was a kid, they used to be sold in Singapore too but I have to be … Continue reading

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A Conundrum

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So bigfatnoodle is away at the moment, and I have promised to post a story in her absence,  so here goes. I have a big problem with Anchovies. I can’t stand them in any shape of form, especially draped onto pizza or in pasta. Fresh, bleeurgh. In oil, double bleeurgh. SO why, then is it … Continue reading

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Simple salads: Apple, bresaola and cambozola salad

I love putting fruit in my salads and apples always work with cheese, and the cambozola went particularly well with the bresaola.

Changing a lifetime of bad eating habits I am really, really annoyed with myself. I’ve been looking forwarding to making and posting this recipe for some time now, but when I finally made it and took my usual pictures to show you, I forgot to add the toasted walnuts before I took the final snaps. … Continue reading

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Two into one: Pork and apple in a cheese and onion pie

My two in one pie: apple and pork as well as cheese and onion

Two into one: Pork and apple in a cheese and onion pie This weekend is the big freeze in Europe and while I hate the cold, I’ve been looking forward to seeing some snow for the first time this winter. At 3pm this afternoon, the weather didn’t disappoint. We started to see little wisps of … Continue reading

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Simple pleasures: a red cabbage, stilton and walnut salad (with caramelised red onions)

Our surprise recipe that I know we can be really proud of

Simple pleasures = happiness   It has been way too long since I posted a salad recipe and I’m doubly happy about this one because it was a fluke and a surprise. It was also a joint creation with my husband (making it that much more memorable) and something that we threw together in haste … Continue reading

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Seasons of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness – Mother Monster’s Blackberry and Apple Charlotte

Mother Monster's Blackberry and Apple Charlotte

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run; To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees, And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells With … Continue reading

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Fresh fruit doesn’t have to be boring #5: apple dunkers with salted butterscotch

Great as a dessert for sharing with kids and adults alike

Party favourite As much as I’d love to live in denial, the onset of winter is creeping closer and closer every day. I don’t know about you but why does it always feel like it takes forever for the weather to turn hot in spring and summer, and yet the teeth-chattering chill of winter seems … Continue reading

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Slow cooked rolled roast pork with a sage, bacon and cranberry stuffing and home-made apple sauce and ketchup

So much of the fat has rendered off that you can practically see right through it.

Slow cooked rolled roast pork (with a sage, bacon and cranberry stuffing) Whenever I have a big group of friends coming over for dinner, like I did last night, my favourite recipe to turn to is this, a slow cooked rolled roast pork belly, stuffed with my own mixture of cranberries, bacon, sage from our … Continue reading

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No afternoon tea is complete without cake : apple and banana walnut bread

My apple and banana walnut bread

So easy to bake that even I can’t mess this up Another blogger suggested I try baking an apple bread as I didn’t know what to do with all the apples my brother-in-law gave us (read about that story here). It doesn’t help that I’m really not a confident baker; as someone who measures ingredients … Continue reading

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