Monthly Archives: November 2010

Christmas marmalade

After really enjoying getting into making jam this year, I’m planning a trio of preserves as Christmas pressies for various relatives. My mum has given me a fabulous book by Midge Thomas called Best-kept Secrets of the Women’s Institute, Jams, … Continue reading

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Review: Waitrose Mince Pie Ice Cream and Heston’s Christmas Pudding

There’s been a lot of buzz around about Heston’s limited edition Hidden Orange Christmas Pudding with the candied orange inside. They sold out pretty swiftly – apparently the must-have dessert for foodies. I always associate Christmas puds with old people. … Continue reading

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Feeding kids on the move: Festive Cookies

I’ll be honest, the thought of packing up the car and hitting the road with the kids for the Christmas holiday tour of the relatives does not fill me with festive joy.  Being stuck in a car with a screaming … Continue reading

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Birthday cupcakes

I was really excited and chuffed to be asked to bake 50 cupcakes for my friend’s little girl’s 5th birthday party. Being the mum of boys I LOVE getting to do girly things every now and again. Thankfully my mum … Continue reading

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Cake stall classic: Lemon drizzle cake

The weekly school cake stall has swung into action and it’s Sam’s year group’s turn to provide the yummies. Mobilise, mobilise – baking alert, baking alert! I’ve been meaning to bake this recipe for ages, so what a perfect excuse … Continue reading

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Home made gifts – cookie mix in a jar

Cooking with children is a lot of fun so the ready-made mixes you can get in boxes from the supermarket are often a lifesaver when you need a rainy day activity. I saw a posh version of these mixes while … Continue reading

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Potato rosti

I have a deep affection for all things potato. Chips, mash, roasties, baked, boiled, crisps…. mmmmmm so good! But one potato product i’ve never tried to make are rosti. The divine potato cakes originate in Switzerland where they were commonly … Continue reading

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