Savoury Jellies: Crab salad served in a pea shoot and tomato jelly

Jelly making with a savoury twist Some of you may remember that last year, my husband and I visited London’s famous ‘Gherkin’ building to have dinner at Searcy’s restaurant on the top floor. The most memorial part of that night out, apart from the architecture, turned out to be the amuse bouche that we were … Continue reading

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

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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Can you stay for dinner?’s cinna minis (mini cinnamon rolls)

Finding (food) love online – Can you stay for dinner? Guuuuuurrrrrgggghhhhhh….! If you don’t know what that sound is meant to be, it’s actually Homer Simpson drooling whenever he thinks about food. I have had exactly the same ‘guuurrggghh’ moment this weekend – I have found a new blog that I have fallen in love … Continue reading

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A blueberry lemon cheesecake double decker (de-constructed)

Should I or shouldn’t I? I love blueberries. I never actually tried a proper, fresh blueberry until I went to Australia but once I did, I was well and truly hooked. That they’re so healthy and good for you is irrelevant because I just love how they taste. I also love the fact that they’re … Continue reading

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Cooking with cherries: Lamb, cherry and feta burgers

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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Who needs KFC when you can make a crispy ‘cheep cheep’ chicken at home?

Total abstinence is not only impossible, it’s downright silly. I’ve learnt that the more I try and abstain from certain foods, the more I crave them. If I really crave something, I’ve learnt that sometimes it’s good to give in a little, just to get it out of your system so you don’t obsess about … Continue reading

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Winter Warmer at Cliveden – followed by our very own chicken, leek and mushroom millionaire’s pie

thebigfatnoodle and I recently celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary. Every year we seem to be semi-surprised to still be alive and kicking, so each year we seem to push the boat out a little further to celebrate. A couple of years ago, in our never-ending quest for gastronomic satisfaction,we visited The Fat Duck, Heston Blumenthal’s … Continue reading

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Easy lemon cheesecake (a healthier one too!)

Make your own crunchy base using toasted oats and nuts instead of biscuits A few weeks ago, I made some calorie-busting banofee cheesecake pots which were insanely delicious but I never stopped feeling guilty about how many calories there were in it. I love cheesecake but there has to be a way to make cheesecakes … Continue reading

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Hangover cures: peanut butter milkshakes

No chewing required It’s all well and good trying to be healthy but all those brilliant intentions fly out the window the day after the night before. I blame Guy Fawkes (and my friends); standing outside in the freezing cold on Bonfire Night yesterday waiting for the fireworks required serious amounts of warming liquidation in … Continue reading

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Get your scary on #2: cookie monsters

cookie monsters or monster cookies?  I bought new toys. They are cookie cutters. But not just any cookie cutters. They are PAC-MAN cookie cutters (I know, I know, I’m such a child…). I couldn’t resist because look, see for yourself, aren’t they cute??? 🙂 On the back of the box was printed a basic butter … Continue reading

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