Monthly Archives: November 2011

Lunch fix: Puff pasties

Saturday lunchtimes are a frenzied affair. Sam has swimming and we usually all go for a dip while he has his lesson. So when we get back we’re normally starving hungry and just empty the contents of the fridge onto … Continue reading

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Bake sale orange and poppy seed cupcakes

I love it when I can tick off two tasks in one go – and on this occasion it was baking for the school cake stall and writing an article about a recipe using orange. Love it! So after a … Continue reading

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Edible gifts: Lemon chewies with honey

When you’re dropping in to see people and you’ve got your children in tow, the best thing I can do to make up for the ensuing mayhem is bring edible gifts. Jams and chutneys work well, but a bag of … Continue reading

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Cooking with kids over Christmas

The Christmas holidays are zooming towards us – and once school is out you’ll be needing little projects to keep the kids busy in the run-up to the big day. Trips to the numerous festive-themed events put on for kids … Continue reading

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Win Asda Extra Special Leiths Hamper

Am I spoiling you with competition prizes or what?! My favourite London cookery school Leiths has teamed up with supermarket Asda to put together their Extra Special range of products for Christmas. And to celebrate they’ve given me this glorious … Continue reading

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Girly gift inspiration

If you’re pressed for time, but want to impress a really good female friend or relative with a stunning gift, then Interflora flowers direct is a great place to start. Whether someone’s been really kind to you, perhaps they’ve been … Continue reading

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Book review and chance to win: Aggie’s Family Cookbook

I think most people recognise Aggie MacKenzie as the sensible Scottish one from TV Show How Clean Is Your House. I’ve never seen the racy blonde one Kim in the same way again after she got totally slozzled on Celebrity … Continue reading

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Win free-range Christmas turkey from Pipers Farm

I’ve got a competition to win a Veggie Christmas feast, so it seems only fair to offer my flesh loving friends something too! The generous people at Pipers Farm have offered me this lot to giveaway to one lucky reader: … Continue reading

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Pork, chickpea and chorizo stew

When you have a baby and are stuck in a timewarp of sleepless nights, feeding and changing nappies, cooking meals really are the last thing on your mind. So the nicest present I think you can give a new mum … Continue reading

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Creamy minted pea dip

Making your own dips might seem like a waste of time when you can buy them in the shops, but honestly this little fella takes about 5 minutes of your time. And for that little investment you’ll be richly rewarded … Continue reading

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