Cooking with cherries: Lamb, cherry and feta burgers

I made this as it was just getting colder last year but it's perfect for summer too.

Cooking with cherries Many moons ago, I tried the Atkins diet. I did lose weight but as with all fad diets, the weight definitely crept back within a few months. One take-away from that episode in my life was certainly never to try fad diets again, but some of the recipes and techniques I researched … Continue reading

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Brandy-infused cranberries and a crumble-topped cranberry, walnut and banana cake

Brandy-infused cranberry, banana and walnut cake with a crunchy crumble top

On Saturday, I asked my husband if he would like me to make anything for his family as they were coming over for Sunday lunch the next day. Him: “Cake.” he said. Me: “That’s it? Just cake. Any particular cake?” Him: “No, just cake.” And then he wandered off back to his office. Only problem … Continue reading

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Stir fried brussels sprouts, yes, SPROUTS!

Stir fried brussels sprouts takes the edge of the cabbage flavour and keeps them crunchy and yummy

Are you in the love ‘em or hate ‘em camp? I love brussels sprouts. Absolutely 100% adore them. Sadly though, eating sprouts in our house is a lonely affair; as in if I cook them, I’ll be the only one eating them. However, I can’t stomach them if they’re boiled – YUCK! – and I … Continue reading

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A rib-sticking winter warmer: sherry stewed lamb stroganoff

Looks like a curry but I promise you it's not!

Sweet sherry I don’t get to eat lamb very often. My mom couldn’t stomach the taste or smell of it so when we were growing up, she’d only concede to roasting a leg of lamb (which she herself wouldn’t eat) once every couple of years. Unfortunately, my husband’s also not very keen on lamb. He … Continue reading

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You know winter’s on its way when the soups come out to play: curried squash and red lentil soup

One with fresh coriander for him, the other with fried shallots for me

An Autumn/Winter Warmer I originally planned to make this with roasted pumpkin to present to my father-in-law for his Fright Night Halloween event in Ferndown this month but I have to admit that I’m not the world’s biggest fan of pumpkin. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just that I’d much rather choose … Continue reading

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