Category: Food & Drink

Pignoletto – An Alternative To Prosecco?

Now, I am a self proclaimed Prosecco drinker or, if the purse allows, a Champagne quaffer. On a recent shopping trip as I browsed the wine aisle I came across a bottle of Sainsburys Pignoletto nestled within the Prosecco. I had never heard of it, so, with interest piqued, I picked up a bottle and added it to my basket. Later that weekend I produced the Pignoletto out of the fridge and announced to my husband we would be trying it. As he had also never heard of it, I had a little look into the background of Pignoletto....

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All Gone Cake – An Easy, Boozy Fruit Cake

An easy bake last minute fruit cake, with a shot or two of rum or whiskey for good measure and I can guarantee it’s all gone in no time. This full flavored boozy fruit cake is quick to make and uses mincemeat instead of mixed fruit adding extra moistness and taste, finished off with a sticky marmalade glaze. Without the added booze this makes a great addition to a pack up for a hike or can be dressed up a little more for an occasion. The appearance is a little darker than a farmhouse cake due to the brown...

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Hearty Beef Casserole

Perfect for cold Winter days, this beef casserole is very tasty, warming and nicely packed with vegetables too. I like to put it all together just before heading out for a brisk walk. It is lovely to return to and sit down together for a family dinner. I like to serve it warm with buttered crusty bread to mop the gravy up with, but it goes as well with leafy green veg and creamy mashed potatoes. You will need: 400g diced beef 1 x tin chopped tomatoes 1 x chopped onion 1 x clove of garlic, chopped 3 x...

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Chunky Chocolate Flapjack Recipe

A firm favourite treat for my son, Chocolate Flapjack is so easy to make. It’s one of those recipes that you probably have all the ingredients for in your store cupboard already. It makes a nice accompaniment with an afternoon cuppa  or to finish off your lunch with. If the basic recipe is a little too plain for you, spice it up a little by adding a teaspoon of cinnamon or by throwing a handful of chopped mixed nuts, fruit, or chocolate drops into the oat mixture. To make the Chocolate Flapjack You will need: 220g porridge oats 140g...

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Darn Good Roast Chicken & Herby Roast Potatoes

In all the years I have been attempting to ‘perfect’ the roast chicken I have tried several methods. This recipe below is easy, not time consuming, creates the moistest, most tender chicken meat and a fab, crisp and tasty skin. What goes better with chicken than roast potatoes? Again, I have been toying with different recipes over time and I have finally found one that works for me and my family absolutely love them. This is a great recipe for two staples of every Sunday Dinner or indeed family get together. I even use this for Christmas dinner. You...

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Marsden Grotto – The Cave Bar In The Cliff

On many a journey were I have had to pass through quickly, I have always made a mental note of coming back to explore individual places a bit more thoroughly. Marsden Grotto is one of those places I vowed to myself to return to. To eat, relax and take a nice walk along the beach and cliff tops. The Pub on the beach, the cave bar. One of the only few cave bars in Europe. It is certainly different, from all angles. Nature, clifftops and beach all around yet you would not say the pub, literally built into the...

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A Simple and Delicious Quiche Recipe

This quick and simple recipe for quiche is very tasty and versatile. Instead of buying one in for your next party why not try making one instead? The fillings can be varied and you can also add herbs of your choice to lift the flavour. Ingredients: For the pastry: 200g plain flour pinch of salt and pepper pinch of mixed herbs 100g butter, chilled 2 – 3 tbsp cold water For the filling: 250ml milk 2 eggs 100g cheese Optional fillings; 100g bacon, 100g ham, chopped and fried onions, 1 small onion, salmon & broccoli (par cook the broccoli...

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Salted Caramel Muffins with Chocolate Chips and Vanilla Icing

These delectable muffins are versatile and easily put together, for an unexpected drop in or pre-prepped and top spec for an occasion. I think they’re perfectly delightful just made for fun and enjoyed with a mug of coffee, my only problem being how to keep my mitts off them! I decided to freeze a couple of them to keep them out of harm’s way, especially for my eldest son’s return home visit. Home cooking for my son’s short visit home to the UK.  My daughter and I baked this recipe at half term as a tasty treat, but you can bake,...

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