Category: Food & Drink

Mini Egg Cookies Recipe And A Brief History of the Easter Egg

Here is my recipe for easy make Easter Egg Cookies. Children also love them due to the addition of chocolate mini-eggs, bags of which we have seen in all the stores. Firstly though let’s take a look at why we celebrate Easter with eggs. The egg is an ancient symbol of new life and its origins come before Jesus’ birth. The name Easter comes from the Pagan Goddess Eostre. Pagan festivals have long been held to celebrate Spring and they had the egg and hare as symbols of Spring renewal and fertility. Christians embraced the egg symbol and likened...

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Crémant – The Tipple to Topple Prosecco?

Crémant has been hitting the press lately and is tipped to take over from the nation’s well-loved Prosecco. With headlines like this I thought I must give it a try! Firstly, what is Crémant? Crémant is a sparkling wine made in seven regions in France. Crémant d’Alsace, Crémant de Bourgogne, Crémant de Die, Crémant de Loire, Crémant du Jura, Crémantde Bourdeaux and Crémant de Limoux. The most Crémant is produced in the Crémant d’Alsace who produce more than half of all of it made. The meaning of the word Crémant seems to come from middle french Crémer, meaning ‘creaming’ and is made by the méthode Champenoise. So, what is the difference between Crémant and...

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A Wild Food Walk on the Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly are fast gaining a reputation as a foodie destination thanks to the somewhat surprising array of locally-produced food and drink on offer there. From freshly caught seafood to the jam and clotted cream on delicious home-baked scones, much of the food you can enjoy on Scilly is grown, reared or produced on one of the 5 inhabited islands.   But what about wild food? We know from archaeological finds that hunter-gatherers once roamed the Isles of Scilly, so if we look beyond today’s vineyards and fields of grazing cows, what wild food can be found? It was time to embrace my latent hunter-gatherer instincts and explore beyond the cafés…  I was on the Isles of Scilly for the Autumn Walk Scilly weekend, the...

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Five Of The Best Brunches In London

Brunch is by far my favourite meal of the day. There’s a lazy indulgence in having enough free time to banish the usual three-meal schedule. Brunch allows you the lie-in that breakfast doesn’t and the feast without the worry of being too full for lunch. Brunch is basically the perfect start to any weekend (or day, if you’re feeling particularly generous). And with this belief, has come considerable brunching experience, so here’s my round-up of the best brunches in London. The Table Café – Southwark. Weekend brunch served until 3:30pm. There’s usually a queue but it moves fast due...

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The Best Chocolate and Pear Pudding

There’s nothing better on a cold winter evening, than a warm chocolatey pudding. This one is rich and tasty and absolutely bound to melt away any stresses of the day. It’s soft and moist and so full of flavour. A real decadent treat to warm you through and through. You will need: 1 x glass 8″ round dish – greased Ingredients: Sugar Syrup: 2oz  Butter 2oz  Brown Sugar 1 x Large Tin of pears in juice (or two large Tbsp of Golden Syrup) The Pudding: 100g  Dark Chocolate 3.5oz  Butter 3.5oz  Brown Sugar 2 eggs 2 Tbsp Golden Syrup...

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Easy Focaccia Style Bread Recipe

This Italian, focaccia inspired bread recipe is versatile and adaptable whilst at the same time easy to prepare and bake, a treat especially for those who enjoy Italian flavours. There are many regional Italian recipes and styles of focaccia bread, including garlic, chilli, herb and sweet variants. Truly a recipe to adapt to taste and occasion, use as a side dish with a meal, serve it with a light salad and cheeses or top with your choice of ingredients to serve pizza style. When you have some left over, focaccia makes amazing croutons when cut into small squares and toasted in the oven till crispy and served with a rich tomato soup. I’ve used...

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Roast Lamb Shank Recipe – In a Red Wine Sauce

Roast lamb shank in a red wine sauce, tender and cooked to perfection, a delicious twist on a Sunday roast or a romantic dinner for two.  A simple recipe and best pre-prepared the evening before to tenderize the meat but can be cooked the same day. I like to serve with a mustard mash and steamed curly kale or with some mini roast potatoes. I’ve heard say that when cooking with wine it’s best to use a good wine you would normally enjoy drinking and not just a random table wine. This roast lamb shank recipe serves two but can be used to serve...

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Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe – Simple, Moist and Zingy

This light and moist lemon drizzle loaf cake uses basic ingredients, is easy to put together and most of all is very moreish once you’ve tasted it! This is one of my favourite classic cake slices. It has to be said that sometimes the simple pleasures are the best,  just like this simple but delightful lemon drizzle cake. Baked in a loaf tin and sliced is a wonderful addition to a coffee break or a tea time treat. The problem for me is with temptation,  I slice it thin and savour it but it’s entirely up to you how you handle the taste sensation of all that zingy lemon flavour! Ingredients   225g caster sugar   225g softened butter or olive spread/dairy free spread   4...

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