Cod, Chorizo and Pea Puree Bites – Lurpak Cook’s Range

cod, chorizo and pea puree bites

It’s almost time to start thinking about Christmas food. I say almost, because traditionally, I don’t really start thinking about Christmas food until December. However, the folks at Lurpak have invited me to take part in their Lurpak Christmas Menu this year and I’ve been tasked with creating an ‘amuse bouche’ or a ‘one bite… 

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10 Ways to Spice Up Your Christmas by Just Ingredients


Today I’m sharing a lovely infographic that caught my attention this week, by the lovely folks at Just Ingredients, who have focused on ten ‘festive ingredients’ and how to use them. I’m very tempted by their recipe idea for sticky plum and star anise ham, which I’d pair with a plum and star anise vodka… 

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40 Seasonal Recipes (October’s Simple and in Season Round Up)

Froothie Optimum 9400

October was a great month for Simple and in Season, with over 40 seasonal recipes and pumpkins aplenty! This month, Katie at Feeding Boys and a Firefighter is hosting, with plenty of entries already flooding in. In the meantime, here are Octobers recipes. Above Sausage and Sweet Potato Skillet Supper by Feeding Boys and a… 

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Autumn Reviews – Cru Kafe, Supermilk and Doughnuts!

Bread, Cake, Doughnut, Pudding

A round up of a few items that have caught my attention recently… Cru Kafe Coffee Pods Let’s start with the coffee…I’m a huge fan of a good cup of coffee. At home, we have a Nespresso coffee machine, I’m pretty sure it’s the Nespresso U model and it’s the second one we’ve had having… 

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Quick Risotto-Stuffed Vegetables

Risotto Stuffed Veg

My mother (who is an amazing cook) can always make ‘something out of nothing’ and I’m hoping that this recipe will always remind me of that. Last week, when my mum came to stay, I was completely on the back foot. I hadn’t managed a big shop and the fridge was uncharacteristically empty. We found… 

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10 Amazing Chocolate Cakes – Chocolate Week 2014


It’s Chocolate Week 2014, which is a good thing, as I’m in the mood for chocolate. So to mark the occasion, here are five of my favourite show-stopping chocolate cakes. Click on the arrows to scroll through the slider.   Hungry for more? I’ve selected some more of my favourites from around the web -… 

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St Albans and Harpenden Food and Drink Festival 2014 Highlights

St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2014

Our seventh annual St Albans and Harpenden Food and Drink Festival, organised by the St Albans City and District Council, came to a close this week, ending with an awards ceremony held at the lovely Lakeside Restaurant in St Michael’s Manor Hotel. The Festival brought together and showcased some of our very best restaurants, cafés, bars, local producers,… 

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Easy Stove Top Chicken Casserole

Classic Chicken Cassrrole

As we ease ourselves into autumn, there is plenty to encourage us into the kitchen. Perhaps we might be inspired to preserve some of those late summer gluts, or try a recipe from an ‘up and coming’ cuisine, or to simply dig out those slow-cookers and cast-iron pans to get a nice, warming stew or… 

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Crowd-Pleasing Pasta Recipes


Things may have admittedly been a bit quiet over here on the blog owing to a certain little person’s arrival, but that doesn’t mean to say that I haven’t been squirreling away in the background on some other projects over the summer. I managed (just about) to keep up with my regular feature and recipe… 

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