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Quick Easy Jam Recipe – Jam Making – Foolproof Jam You Can Freeze!

I remember when I first started to make jam, many moons ago, I bought a book which told me I had to have so many technical instruments and ingredients, copper bowls, this, that and the whatever and as I grew older I just thought, ah….life’s too short!  Now I make good honest thick, tasty, fruity jam with just 2 ingredients, it

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Scones – Easy and quick scone recipe!

I love scones, especially with vast quantities of clotted cream and home made jam, but some recipes are so long winded for scones that I decided to share with you my fool proof easy scone recipe. These scones can also be frozen for up to a year in the freezer so why not make a double batch and keep them

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Festive Yuletide Orange And Cranberry Spiced Muffins

These festive muffins are great for Yule afternoon as you cozy up in front of the fire.  They are sweet, aromatic, soft and fluffy.  Even better, they are easy to make!  If you don’t like cranberries, you can replace these with blueberries or cherries, which ever you prefer.   They taste lovely with a glass of mulled wine or a

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Natural Cold Flu & Sore Throat Winter Remedy & Tonic

Before I start this recipe and before you glance down and think you are about to have a meltdown with all the weird sounding ingredients and all the faffing about…stop.  This remedy is excellent. Yes, it requires a lot of unusual stuff and yes, it is a faff to make but it is better than a lot of over the

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Slow Cooker Honey & Soy Chicken

I love my slow cooker and when I say ‘love’ I mean, LOVE.  In fact, I have two that sit side by side on my kitchen counter. One is a large 6.5L and the other a 3L.  The beauty is, I can add everything I need in first thing in the morning and whilst I am out at work dinner

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Tomato, Aubergine and Chilli Chutney Recipe

I am a bit of a sucker for chutneys. The idea of a white crusty roll filled with chedder cheese and home made chutney fills me with deep joy. But chutneys, good chutneys, can be very expensive to buy, however, they are actually incredibly cheap to make, they just take time. Below is my recipe for tomato, aubergine and chilli

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Cottage Cheese / Curd Cheese UK Recipe

My youngest daughter is lactose intolerant which is a bit of a bummer as she adores milk, cheese and yoghurt.  We tried various soya, rice and coconut milks and she just couldn’t drink them but then luckily in the UK a new lactose free milk came on to our shop shelves and she loves it, so with this milk we

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Dry Shampoo Recipe – Natural, Easy & Cheap! UK Recipe

My kids are obsessed with dry shampoo and it is very handy stuff.  Normal shop bought shampoo is full of nasties. They are overloaded with chemicals and really do no good to your hair and if used too often can strip out all the natural goodness and leave your hair dull and not to mention, very tangled. And what if

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Jam Roly Poly Recipe

One of my kids favourites! Perfect on a cold day served with hot thick custard. This recipe takes me back to being a child and eating comfort foods when I was poorly. It certainly made me feel better! Ingredients 250g plain flour 6 teaspoons baking powder 50g light brown sugar 1 egg 125g suet (veggie suet is fine for this

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Lamb Hot Pot Recipe

When it’s cold outside and you have had a hard day, a stew or hot pot really makes you feel warm and loved.  Plus when everything is cooked in one pan, there is less washing up too! Ingredients 8 lamb cutlets or 800g diced lamb 25g butter 2 onions 900g potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced 4 large carrots 2 pints

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