Category: Food & Drink

Spiced Christmas Biscuits

These are so easy to make and are perfect for Christmas with their spicy flavour. It is a great recipe to get children involved with, especially the decorating at the end – the fun part! You can create whatever you wish with this recipe, such as stars, Christmas trees, hearts or reindeer. They can even be personalised as gifts and presented in clear cellophane and tied with a festive ribbon. You will need: Cookie Cutters 3 baking trays (for approximately 50 small biscuits) Ingredients: 250g self raising flour 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp mixed...

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Wine O’Clock: Ohau Gravels Sauvignon Blanc

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. A firm favourite in this household, a perfectly refreshing way to wind down after a busy week. Therefore it is always great to find time to review a wonderful bottle of it and thanks to Sustainable Wines for sending through this bottle of Sauvignon Blanc Ohau Gravels 2014. This award winning wine comes from a very new wine region of New Zealand, in the Horowhenua region of the lower North Island. And before we give our take and thoughts here is the description given on the website for this wine: Aromas of fragrant blackcurrant and...

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Spicy Ginger Parkin

This cake is very seasonal and perfect for chilly autumn nights and occasions such as Bonfire Night. I have changed one traditional recipe by adding mixed spice to increase the spiciness. You can leave this out if you want the more traditional recipe. Ingredients: 220g Butter 240g Golden Syrup 100g Treacle 90g light Muscovado Sugar (Soft Brown Sugar) 100g Oats 250g Self Raising Flour 2 tbsp Ground Ginger 2 tsp Mixed Spice 1 Large Egg 5 tbsp Milk Method: Grease and line a 22cm/9 inch square cake tin. Melt together the treacle , syrup, sugar and butter until all the...

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Ruby Grapefruit Tartlets

The delicate zesty perfume of ruby graperuits will fill your kitchen as you bake these delicate custard tartlets. Substitute blood oranges if the fruit is unavailable, for an ideal alternative. Serve after dinner with a fruit compote and whipped cream or ice cream, or at afternoon tea for a pick-me-up. Double ingredient quantities to make more tartlets. Ingredients Makes 4 tartlets For the pastry: 1/2 cup plain flour 1/4 cup self-raising flour 1 tbs icing sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 cup yoghurt 2 tbs olive oil 1 egg yolk For the filling: 1 tsp ruby grapefruit zest, finely grated...

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Fat Free Yorkshire Tea Loaf

An easy recipe and unlike conventional bread recipes it contains no yeast or fuss. Moist and fruity whilst remaining surprising light. If you prepare ahead it’s a lovely addition to an afternoon cup of Yorkshire tea, or if like me you enjoy a tasty and aromatic coffee, a slice of Yorkshire Tea Loaf goes perfectly well with your cup of Joe! I like to use this loaf as a picnic food, a breakfast slice on the go or packed as a hiking snack. Tasty, fat free and if you choose can also be sugar free, a handy recipe to...

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Scrummy Homemade Granola Bars

These tasty granola bars make good and easy picnic/snack food. The beauty of this recipe is you can use pretty much any combination of dried fruits/nuts and seeds to suit your tastes. You will need: 14 x 8 inch approx deep tray Ingredients: 350g oats A handful of crunchy cerial. ie branflakes 2 tsp cinnamon 140g butter 160g honey 100g light brown soft sugar 50g sesame seeds 50g dried cranberries 50g mixed nuts, chopped 30g pumpkin seeds Method: Grease and line the baking tray and heat the oven to 180c (350F) Heat the butter, honey and sugar in saucepan...

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