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Friday, 30 November 2012

Chicken Breast Paillard With Spiced Butter Marinade ...


Serves 4
320 calories / 21.5g fat per portion

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Rachel Allen’s Sweet and Fruity White Breakfast Scones ...


Makes 24 scones
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Chicken Liver Pate With Tomato Salad ...


Serves 4-6

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Stained Glass Cookies ...




Delicious buttery biscuits, with edible sweetie stained glass.

These edible decorations make the perfect gift and are ideal for hanging on the tree.

Great for getting the kids involved, all you need are clean hands and a little imagination!

A magical treat to enjoy at Christmas.

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Thursday, 29 November 2012

Sticky Brown Sugar Pavlova with Spiced Clementines and Pecan Praline ...


A real show stopper of a dessert!

A delicious combination of light crisp meringue, fresh cream and lightly spiced nectarines with the sweet crunch of pecan praline.

This impressive festive dessert is the perfect centrepiece for your table. The sticky brown sugar meringue has a delicious caramel flavour which works really well with the sweet citrus and winter spices. The pecan praline gives extra crunch and another dimension to this show stopper of a dessert.
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Buche de noel log ...


A squidgy chocolate log with cream, fruit and more chocolate, make this a really special festive dessert.

It looks impressive and tastes even better!

A dessert that will put a smile on the face of adults and children alike.

The perfect pud to serve after dinner during the festive period.

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Boozy Sultana Cupcake with Brandy Butter Frosting ...


Boozy Sultana Cupcake with Brandy Butter Frosting...

A very ‘adult’ cupcake with a festive flavour!

A tasty alternative to mince pies, sweet, indulgent and delicious!

The Brandy-soaked sultanas add great flavour and texture to a simple cupcake!

Creamy frosting, light sponge and a brandy kick give these lovely cupcakes a festive feel.

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Beefy Beetroot Cheeseburgers ...


A tasty family meal for the BBQ or for a mid-week supper – 


Baxters Baby Beetroot is added to lean minced beef burgers which are then topped with cheese, red onions, tomatoes and sliced beetroot and are served in a toasted roll for a burger extravaganza!
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Party Food Ideas ...


Garner’s Pickle and Mackerel/Smoked Salmon Bites
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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Beetroot Hash Cakes ...


Delicious little potato, corned beef and beetroot cakes that are perfect for a family supper dish. Serve these little cakes with baked beans for an added five-a-day boost or, with some steamed seasonal greens.
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Spiced Hot Chocolate ...


Makes 1

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Who's Keeping Look out? : Wordless Wednesday Linky ...


Welcome to Wordless Wednesday hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-jsThoughts where you can link up your Wordless / not so Wordless Wednesday photo posts each week...
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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Mini Chilli Toad In The Hole ...


As a big toad in the hole fan, I just love this idea!!
Cooking Time: 45 mins - 1 hr
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Fiery Chilli Pesto Garlic Bread...


Fiery Chilli Pesto Garlic Bread...


Cooking Time: Up to 30 Minutes
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Parmesan-Pesto Cheese Straws ...


Cooking Time: 30 - 45 mins

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Monday, 26 November 2012

Slow cooked Stew And Dumplings : Creative Mondays Blog Hop...


Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judy-H-JS Thought where you can link up all your creative post each week....

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Friday, 23 November 2012

23/11 Link Up Your Favourite Posts This Week : Welcome To The Weekend Hop ...


Welcome to the weekend hop where you can link up some of your favourite post of the week. Simply link up to 3 different post or just your main blog....
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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Hotel Chocolat Christmas Wreath Review..


My children are already on the Christmas countdown. They are writing their Christmas lists to send to Santa, planning what seasonal films they want to watch and checking every morning to see if there has been some snow!!
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Brilliant Beetroot Chocolate Fudge Brownies...

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Rosy Roast Beetroot Roots ...


A delectable and easy vegetable accompaniment for the Sunday roast, or for any mid-week family supper, such as grilled chops, sausages or baked ham.

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Dusk At Fantasy Island : Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop...


Welcome to Wordless Wednesday hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-jsThoughts where you can link up your Wordless / not so Wordless Wednesday photo posts each week...
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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Honestly Healthy Mince Pies...


Honestly Healthy Chef, Natasha Corrett, has created a special Christmas recipe for healthier Mince Pies.

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Monday, 19 November 2012

Creative Mondays Blog Hop...


Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judy-H-JS Thought where you can link up all your creative post each week.

This week I've been so busy getting creative here and changing everything from the layout,header pictures and food pages, I've not had much spare time for anything else!!
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Saturday, 17 November 2012

Blackberry And Blueberry Christmas Cake...


A lighter alternative to the traditional cake.


If you are not a fan of heavy dried fruit cakes then try this light almondy sponge cake speckled with blackberries and blueberries drizzled with glace icing.
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Chicken Liver Pate with Blackberry Chutney...


Impress your friends : Chicken Liver Pate with Blackberry Chutney /  Brandied chicken liver pate with quick cook blackberry and red onion chutney

Making your own party canapés needn’t be fiddly. The pate can be made in less than 15 minutes the day before then simply spread on toasted ciabatta and topped with a little watercress and a spoonful of this very moreish blackberry chutney.

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Friday, 16 November 2012

16/11 Link Up Your Favourite Posts This Week : Welcome To The Weekend Hop ...


Welcome to the weekend hop where you can link up some of your favourite post of the week. Simply link up to 3 different post or just your main blog....
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Roast Poussin With Blackberry Cumberland Sauce ...


Special dinner -If you are not planning a large Christmas lunch, why not opt instead for a special dinner for two; serve these quick to roast baby chickens with delicious blackberry sauce flavoured with orange rind, winter spices and just a hint of redcurrant jelly. What’s more, there’s not a Brussel sprout in sight!
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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Chilled Blackberry Soufflés...


Retro favourite- This is a great dessert for a special dinner as it can be made early on in the day and left to set in the fridge. Just peel away the paper before you serve them. If you would like to decorate the soufflés, add a few tiny blackberries and mint leaves to the top or dust lightly with a little sifted icing sugar at the very last minute.
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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop...


Welcome to Wordless Wednesday hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-jsThoughts where you can link up your Wordless / not so Wordless Wednesday photo posts each week...
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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Charnos Opaque Tights Review...


As the weather has turned really cold over the last few weeks it was lovely to be contacted by Charnos to see if I would like to review a pair of their rib opaque tights. As a fan of wearing my dresses for as long as possible before it gets too cold, I was pleased to try them out.
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Monday, 12 November 2012

Black And Blue : Creative Mondays Blog Hop...

Dress - Primark
Cardi - Peacocks (old)
Tight - Primark
Shoes Peacocks (old)
Jewellery - Bling Rocks
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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Blueberry Bread And Butter Pudding...


Really easy. Rather than cutting the bread into triangles, lemon curd sandwiches have been made then cut into cubes and scattered into the dish with a generous sprinkling of blueberries for an easy comforting winter pudding.
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Saturday, 10 November 2012

Moroccan Beetroot & Herb Salad with Rachel’s Organic Natural Yogurt Dressing...

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Blueberry crème brûlées...



Restaurant favourite. This restaurant classic is surprisingly easy to make and almost improves the longer that you chill it for. Just caramelise the sugary topping before you sit down to eat your main course.
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Friday, 9 November 2012

Link Up Your Favourite Posts This Week : Welcome To The Weekend Hop ...


Welcome to the weekend hop where you can link up some of your favourite post of the week. Simply link up to 3 different post or just your main blog....
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Bling Rocks Jewellery Review...


One of the great things about writing your own blog is that you get introduced to new exciting websites. I had not heard of Bling Rocks until last week, now their site is becoming one of my favourite places on the web. Bling Rocks is a fashion forward on line jewellery retailer offering on trend pieces at affordable prices from- bracelets, earrings, necklaces and gifts for adults, teenagers and children.
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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Strawberry Gin...


 Great gift - Unlike sloe gin, this strawberry version only needs 3 days to stand for the flavours to develop.
Strain and decant into a pretty bottle or several smaller ones, then add a handmade label and ribbons for a personalised Christmas gift. Delicious served with ice and chilled tonic.

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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

i Carly Groovy Foodie DS Game Review...



This week we got the chance to review a DS game i Carly Groovy Foodie. My 7 year old daughter loves her 3DS, luckily all DS games play on it, so I knew she would like to try it out.

We were not familiar with Carly so after a quick crash course on the series courtesy of the Internet, we were all set to see what the game had to offer.

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Heron At Chester Zoo : Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop...


Welcome to Wordless Wednesday hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-jsThoughts where you can link up your Wordless / not so Wordless Wednesday photo posts each week...

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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Poached Eggs Benedict With Quick Hollandaise...


Serves 4

516 calories / 429 fat per portion


Ingredients 
  • 4 fresh eggs
  • 4 slices hot buttered toast
  • 8 rashers bacon, grilled
  • 4 tbsp Hollandaise sauce (recipe below)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped chives
For the Hollandaise sauce
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 110g (4oz) Kerrygold butter, now softer, cut in to roughly 1cm (½ inch) dice
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Method – Hollandaise sauce
  • First make the hollandaise sauce. 
  • Place the egg yolks in a heavy bottomed saucepan on a low heat and whisk thoroughly.
  • Add the butter bit by bit whisking all the time. As soon as one piece melts add the next. 
  • Do not leave the pan or stop whisking.
  • Keep cooking very gently until the sauce has thickened, enough to coat the back of a spoon. 
  • If there are any signs of the eggs slightly scrambling, remove from the heat immediately. 
  • The whole process should take 5-7 minutes from start to finish.
  • Finally add the lemon juice to taste.
  • Keep warm as you poach the eggs.
Method – Poached eggs
  • Place a saucepan of water on a high heat, add a splash of vinegar and bring to the boil.
  • Reduce the heat to a simmer, gently crack in the eggs and cook for 3–4 minutes or until the whites have just set.
  • Carefully remove the eggs from the pan with a slotted spoon.
To serve
  • place two pieces of bacon on the hot buttered toast, then place 1 egg on top. 
  • Spoon over the sauce and sprinkle with chives.
About this post-

Recipe and photo credit by-
 This recipe comes from a collection of 6 brand new and exclusive recipes created by Rachel Allen featuring in The Kerrygold Community Recip-e-book.



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Monday, 5 November 2012

Outfit Post : Creative Mondays...


Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays hosted by Clairejustineoxox andJudyh-jsThoughts where you can link up all your creative post each week.... what have you all been up to this week?
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Saturday, 3 November 2012

Blackberry Or Strawberry Macaroons..


Pretty gift ...

These pretty patisseries are very fashionable at the moment but can be very expensive to buy, so why not make your own and give as a gift in a recycled box lined with non-stick baking paper and a lacy paper doily tied with ribbon.

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Friday, 2 November 2012

02/11 Link Up Your Favourite Posts This Week : Welcome To The Weekend Hop ...


Welcome to the weekend hop where you can link up some of your favourite post of the week. Simply link up to 3 different post or just your main blog....
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