Monthly Archives: December 2010

mmm… a truly North Eastern foodie gem

While I¬†was up in Newcastle with the in-laws over the Christmas holidays I was let loose for an afternoon of child-free shopping in town. Did I head for the sales? No, I actively avoided the sweaty scrum of the clothes … Continue reading

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Children’s cutlery review and competition

Trying to get young children to sit at a table and eat properly is a daily challenge. Sam my four year old is a pretty good eater. I put it down to his going to daycare nursery from 11 months … Continue reading

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Christmas Cranberry scoffins with cream cheese frosting

I had some cranberries left over from my chutney making sesh, so I decided to make some festive and fruity cupcakes. Their texture is kind of a hybrid between muffins and scones – and after Matthew took them into the … Continue reading

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A jar of Christmas cheer: Cranberry and Apple Chutney

My trio of Christmas preserves is finally complete! The last instalment is a chutney to liven up a plate of cold meats or transform a cheese sarnie into something a little bit special. Cranberries are such a jolly looking fruit, … Continue reading

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Review: Sweet Spiced Chicken in the Miele Steam Oven

I’ve had the Miele DG 1450 Steam Oven on trial at home in my kitchen for the past month in a test to see how useful it’d be to a family cook. I’ve used a plug-in Tefal steamer before, plus … Continue reading

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The power of cake – a cupcake decorating masterclass

The reward for being a judge for Tesco Real Food‘s Christmas Cupcake Decorating competition was to attend a masterclass with top cake guru Mich Turner MBE of The Little Venice Cake Company. Matthew kindly took the day off to look … Continue reading

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Sweet Christmas gifts: Chocolate Almond Buttercrunch Toffee

When Sam started Reception in September, nothing prepared me for the level of organisation you need as a parent. It’s like some kind of mental agility test on a daily basis. Today you need to remember to dress your child … Continue reading

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Plum and Mulled Wine Jam

Having waited long enough to hoard a few more empty jars after my last marmalade-making episode somewhat depleted my stocks, I’ve now embarked on producing some festive-themed jam to add to my home-made Christmas present stash. My family are being … Continue reading

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Winter entertaining – cocktails and curry

I had my university friends over for dinner at the weekend – it was originally meant to be festive drinks in town, but I suggested a cosy dinner at my place would avoid the seasonal mayhem and expense of central … Continue reading

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Warming goulash – defy the chill!

Cold snap or is this the way winter manifests itself these days? Whatever it is, the UK loves to grind to a standstill the minute a flake of snow appears. Well really I mean London, coz hardened Northerners are quite … Continue reading

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