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Chicken Pasta Bake with Feta, Pumpkin and Kale

I always find that the last few weeks of term are packed to the brim with activities. It's like the school suddenly realises that they had planned to do a number of things during the term and for some reason, they all end up in the last three weeks. Even trying to catch up with… Continue reading Chicken Pasta Bake with Feta, Pumpkin and Kale

Dessert, Easter, Sweet

Chocolate Easter Tart and New Beginnings

With Easter just around the corner I thought I'd better get myself into gear and share a few ideas with you. For many Easter is a long weekend filled with chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate, but it represents so much more to so many and I find myself trying to focus on the true meaning of… Continue reading Chocolate Easter Tart and New Beginnings

Light Meals

Pumpkin & Blue Cheese Penne with Meatballs

As I continue my love affair with creamy Blue Cheese, I had to share this recipe with you. It was one of those light bulb moments when everything just came together perfectly - I would probably leave out the meatballs next time if it was just for me and enjoy this as a vegetarian dish,… Continue reading Pumpkin & Blue Cheese Penne with Meatballs

Light Meals, Sauces

Blue Cheese and Mushroom Pasta

Blue Cheese, also referred to as Gorgonzola, Roquefort or Stilton depending on where it originates from and the type of bacteria used, is believed to have been discovered by accident many years ago (and by that I mean close on two centuries ago) when, you guessed it, mold began to grow and someone decided to… Continue reading Blue Cheese and Mushroom Pasta

Cakes

Chocolate Swiss Roll

I have been wanting to try making a Swiss Roll for ages and for some reason, I have been quite nervous of the rolling up part. They are known to crack if you aren't super careful and follow the instructions to a T - no messing about with the steps here I'm afraid - except… Continue reading Chocolate Swiss Roll

Dessert, Sweet

Chocolate Blueberry Pavlova

Last weekend I celebrated a milestone birthday and had a wonderful party, joined by many of the friends we've made in this lovely place we now call home. Being me, of course there had to be a cake, but being summer, a fresh dessert was also called for. The original recipe is from Nigella Lawson's… Continue reading Chocolate Blueberry Pavlova

Cakes, Scones, Sweet

Lemonade Scones with Strawberry Jam and Cream

Last week it was my birthday, a special birthday at that and so many of my friends made an awesome effort to spoil me, not to mention my wonderful family. My celebrations literally lasted a week, starting with afternoon tea with two dear friends at what is quickly becoming my favourite little corner of Coatesville,… Continue reading Lemonade Scones with Strawberry Jam and Cream

Savoury

Creamy Potato Bake

This post is for Sasha xx With the onset of Spring and now the warm lazy days of Summer, everyone dusts off the BBQ and looks for easy, delicious dishes to accompany the meat ingredients. This recipe has long been one of my favourites and I can't tell you how many times I've been asked… Continue reading Creamy Potato Bake

Light Meals, Savoury

Crustless Bacon, Mushroom and Leek Quiche

A few nights ago I was in one of those moods when I didn't feel like eating what was on my meal plan and while gazing into the fridge for inspiration, I noticed a number of eggs that were begging to be used.  Now there can be very few cooked meals that are quicker, or… Continue reading Crustless Bacon, Mushroom and Leek Quiche

Light Meals, Soup

Roast Tomato and Bacon Soup

I'm definitely a summer person, preferring the long, hot, sunny days enjoying ice cream on the beach or watching my little one playing at the water's edge learning to boogie board.  BBQ on the deck as the sun goes down is a great family time too, smelling the meat sizzling away, chatting with friends over… Continue reading Roast Tomato and Bacon Soup