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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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Nettle Soup Recipe

Nettle soup is one of my husband’s favourite springtime/summertime soups.  We first started making it a couple of years ago when we went through a ‘foraging’ phase.  I am pleased to say that the phase hasn’t worn off yet.  Just make sure you wash the nettles well and also remember that younger, smaller nettles taste much better than the older

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Basic White Bread Recipe

There is nothing quite like the smell of bread baking in the oven.  Many people these days have bread machines which basically do all the work for you, but there is something so satisfying about making yourself.  The taste, the smell, the texture, everything seems so much better when you make it yourself. Ingredients 7g dried active yeast 500g strong

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Old Fashioned Cloudy Lemonade – Traditional Lemonade Recipe

Old fashioned lemonade is a refreshing drink that is not fizzy but more zingy than the carbonated pop variety you can buy in supermarkets today.   It is very cheap and easy to make and is a great way of getting kids involved in cooking. Ingredients 5 unwaxed lemons 125g sugar 2 pints of water Sprig of fresh mint (optional) Instructions

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Rosehip Syrup Recipe

Rosehip Syrup is a winter must.  Packed to the brim full of vitamin C and other natural goodies, rosehip syrup has been used by families for generations to help with lowering fevers, help with colds and flu as well as a general tonic.  What’s more, it tastes delicious!  You can drizzle it neat over hot crumpets, scones, toast, waffles, pancakes

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Carrot & Chilli Cake Recipe

Don’t panic, this cake won’t leave you rushing for a glass of water because your mouth is on fire. The chilli along with the other spices just gives this cake a well rounded warmth that makes in so moreish that you won’t be able to leave it alone. Ingredients 175g softened unsalted butter 175g caster sugar 175g plain flour 3

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2 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake – Cake In A Mug!

So, as you know, I do love a bit of cake 😉 Especially cakes that taste good and are quick to make and this recipe is both!  It certainly isn’t a pretty cake, it’s not meant to be, it’s just meant to be quick and tasty! Chloe (my youngest) has great fun making these after school for a quick warming

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