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Fresh Cream and Chocolate MeringuesFor anyone with a sweet tooth - these Meringues are so moreish. Fresh Cream saddled between two meringues and dipped in chocolate.Sultana LoafSultana Loaf - As good, if not in my opinion, better than the finest bakeries can create. Made with Fresh Yeast for that baking aroma!!Roasted Nut LoafThere are so many recipes for Nut Loaf but this one certainly has a bite to it! Packed with Vegetables, Nuts and Spices. Can be frozen.Raspberry Creme BrûléeRaspberry Creme Brûlée - Fresh or Frozen Raspberries topped with a deliciously creamy custard and singed sugar coating finish.Chocolate Pudding with Chocolate CustardAnother School Favourite - really looked forward to this one - must be chocolate custard though!!Bubble and SqueakBubble and Squeak - late 18th century: from the sounds of the mixture cooking. An incredible way to use up leftover vegetables.Shortcrust Jam Roll PolyBack to School for this one - Jam Roll Poly made a regular appearance as a dessert at School Dinner time. Originally steamed it was nicknamed "dead man's arm"Giant Apple and Date SconeIf you can make scones, you can make this! Deliciously moreish scone filled with Bramley Apple and Dates. Slice and serve.Apple Pecan Muffin CakeA large muffin infused with orange and topped with brambly apples and chopped pecans, and glazed with maple syrup and cointreau.Cream of Chicken & Mushroom PieSucculent chicken breast in a cream of mushroom sauce - This Chicken & Mushroom Pie takes some beating.Almond Brioche Bread and Butter PuddingA variation on a traditional pudding, adding almonds and fresh raspberries. Boozy French Onion SoupThis recipe "hits the spot", using french onions laced with alcohol and finished with large croutons covered with Gruyère cheese. It is a winter dinner party *must*.Leek and Potato SoupThis is one of my most favourite soups. Rich and Creamy and full of flavour. Nothing better to warm you through on a chilly night.Oven Poached Salmon FilletSucculent flavoursome Fillet of Salmon, gently oven poached to lock in all the flavours. Simple Food yet full of goodness.Cheesy PotatoesEither serve as a potato accompaniment or enjoy just on their own, these moreish potatoes are just what the doctor ordered.Banoffee PieBanoffee Pie. Rich, dynamic, moreish and totally irresistible. Would grace the table of any event and relatively easy to create.Profiterolles au ChocolatChoux Pastry cases filled with Fresh Cream and dipped in Belgian Chocolate. Extremely popular and eye catching, especially for buffets.Cauliflower au GratinCauliflower au Gratin (commonly referred to as cauliflower Cheese). A Vegetarian Dish that is pleasing to all no matter what your culinary preferences.Sausage ToadSausage Toad (or Toad in the Hole)so called because the sausages peek out of the batter. You need to get both elements right - Good quality sausages and a well made batter.Macaroni CheeseMacaroni Cheese. A Pasta Favourite - "It's all about the sauce", rich and creamy cheese sauce with a hint of english mustard.Raspberry & Dark Chocolate MuffinsRaspberry & Dark Chocolate Muffins. Comfort food for those "nothings gone right" days. Fruit and Chocolate at it's best in a light fluffy muffin.Spiced Apple TurnoversSpiced Apple Turnovers. Semi-sweetened Bramley Apples with a hint of cinnamon, wrapped in beautifully crisp and golden brown puff pastry.Lime Drizzle CakeThe Lime Drizzle Cake is similar to its' sister, the Lemon Drizzle Cake, but with a much sharper flavour and layered with lime butter cream.Biscoff CupcakesSoft Vanilla Cupcakes topped with Biscoff Buttercream and garnished with a Lotus Biscoff Biscuit. Delicious.Chocolate BrowniesBest Ever Chocolate Brownies Recipe - Moist, more-ish and completely full of sin. Stopping eating them can be somewhat of a problem.Soda Bread RollsDelicious home baked rolls, so easy to make, and ideal for accompanying foods as an alternative to French Bread.Coleslaw SaladA delicious and healthy side salad - ideal for accompanying Fish or Meat, or as a garnish in sandwiches.Chicken GoujonsChicken Goujons - Juicy filets of chicken wrapped in a golden crispy coating of breadcrumbs and oats. Serve hot with a dip of your choice.Rich Banana CakeRich Banana Cake - Considering bananas are quite a heavy fruit, this recipe turns out incredibly light in texture and oozes the flavour of banana without having to use essence.Lemon Meringue PieLemon Meringue Pie made with a quick and easy recipe, without missing out on the quality and flavour. Mouthwateringly good.Fresh Cream TeaEveryone loves an afternoon fresh cream tea and the recipe for perfection could not be easier. Mouthwatering scones served in the traditional way. Easter Forest Fruits TorteEaster Forest Fruits Torte - Drive your guests crazy with this scrumptious dessert. A rich Easter treat, not so good for the waistline but delicious to taste.Mixed Berry SmoothieMixed Berry Smoothie - A cool smoothie with a hint of sweetness, made with fresh frozen berries and natural yogurt.Sweet Potato & Red Pepper SoupSweet Potato and Red Pepper Soup - Deliciously nutritious with a hint of sweetness - served with Croutons or Crusty Bread.Cauliflower & Chick Pea CurryA vegetarian alternative to a classic curry - medium hot, creamy and extremely nutritious - served with puppodums and mango chutney.Chocolate Chip and Marshmallow CookiesChocolate Chip and Marshmallow Cookies. If you like your cookies soft and chewy, this is the recipe for you. Typical example of comfort food.Steamed Orange and Chocolate PuddingSteamed Orange and Chocolate Pudding. Oranges and Chocolate so compliment each other and this rich dessert with it's gooey centre is no exception.Cheese SconesYet another recipe handed down to me by my mother. Deliciously light and fluffy scones made from a totally reliable recipe.Vegetable CasseroleVegetable Casserole - If you want to give yourself a break from meat - this thoroughly nutritious alternative really hits the spot!!Orange and Chocolate CupcakesOrange and Chocolate Cupcakes - what a party treat. Citrus flavoured cakes decorated with an orange butter icing and sprinkled with chocolate.Fruits of the Forest StrudelFruits of the Forest Strudel - this could almost be classed as an instant dessert. So simple and so quick. Beautiful served with Fresh Cream.Sweet Potato Spinach & Chick Pea LasagneLasagne can be made with numerous filings but this is a truly tasty vegetarian alternative. Nutty and Cheesy - what more could you ask for!!Orange and Coconut CakeA Light Fluffy Citrus Cake made with Fresh Oranges and Desiccated Coconut. Goes down a treat with a cup of Tea.Rhubarb CrumbleRhubarb Crumble - Nothing quite like freshly grown rhubarb at the start of the season. Braised and coated in light pastry crumb.Chicken and Mushroom PestoChicken and Mushroom Pesto - A spicy aromatic alternative to a casserole. Individual Bramley Apple PiesThere is nothing quite like homemade Apple Pies. These little beauties make the ideal treat to go with coffee for your visitors.Chocolate & Rhubarb Oaty CookiesRhubarb is an unusual ingredient for cookies but they taste incredible. Crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle.Rhubarb Ginger and Walnut BreadIf you like freshly baked bread, this one is a must. Yeast Bread Dough layered with sharp Rhubarb and ginger coated crunchy walnuts. Delicious!!Rhubarb ChutneyRhubarb Chutney is not so well known yet delivers an incredible tangy flavour, superb for sandwiches with either cold meats or cheese.Roasted Butternut Squash and Red Pepper SoupA deliciously thick soup with a nutty sweet flavour. Ideal as a comfort food for those chilly nights. Serve with Fresh Crusty Bread.Apple & Pecan SlicesApple & Walnut Slices. A Sugar pastry base, coated with layers of sponge and bramley apple and topped with chopped walnuts and sugar.Toffee Apple CrumbleApple Crumble with a caramelised twist. A crisp crumble made with oats coating toffee flavoured apples.Flapjacks Spiced with GingerDelicious flapjacks spiced with ginger. A crunchy treat that goes well with a cup of coffee. Simple to make and an all time favourite.Beef RissolesBeef Rissoles. If you have a leftover joint of beef after your roast, this is a great way to use it up.Spicy Fruit and Nut CakeSpicing things up a little here. Using dried fruits and spices can really make a cake come alive. Beware Nuts!!Fruit SconesThis is a recipe that I cherish. It was passed on to me from my mother and achieves brilliant results every time without the whiff of a single egg.Rich Chocolate CakeThis is the sort of cake that is so rich, moist and flavoursome, you can't get enough of it. Perfect for those pamper nights when you want to escape.Soda Bread LoafAn amazing alternative to bread made with yeast and produced in a fraction of the time.Winter Vegetables with an Oaty Crumble ToppingIf you want a change from meat, this main meal is a must. Winter vegetables in cream sauce under a crunchy coating and topped off with grated mature cheddar.Mustard Chicken with Mushrooms and SpinachChicken fillet with sautéed mushrooms, laced with a mustard sauce and incorporated fresh spinach. Really tasty and quick to create.Chicken Yorkshire RoastThis is one of those recipes where anything goes!! The difference is that while we tend to serve yorkshire puddings as an aside, here the whole meal is served inside the yorkshire.Carbonara with Basmati RiceSimple is sometimes best. This is one of those dishes which is simple to create in a very short space of time.Orange Scone SlicesScones do not always need to be individual. This recipe, given to me by my mother, is a typical variation. Extremely light with a citrus twist.Steamed Raspberry Jam Sponge PuddingAmazing after dinner Dessert for those chillier nights. Easy to make and extremely more-ish!! Crispy Potato PancakesCrispy Potato Pancakes, simple to make. For an alternative, choose the Potato Waffles.Raspberry and Blueberry Neopolitan CakeNeopolitan (or harlequin) cake originated from Naples in Italy. Traditionally it has to include 3 flavours, usually Vanilla, Strawberry and Chocolate. This is my variation on this cake including raspberries and blueberries to make the texture more moist.Cream of Country Vegetable SoupThis is a recipe obtained from my mother. She was herself a cook and passed me down some absolute gems that I hope to share with you. This soup is full of goodness and well worth the preparation time.Yvonne’s Carrot CakeThis recipe was passed to my wife by a work colleague many years ago. It is a trusted favourite. It's lovely and moist. Although it's a bit fiddly to make it is worth the effort. It can also be frozen. I tend to freeze part of it and the remainder gets eaten pretty quickly!TiramisuThis delicious rich dessert originated in Venice. Tiramisu translates as "pick-me-up". It's best made a day in advance to let the flavours develop.Crispy Cauliflower BitesCrispy Cauliflower Bites, dipped in butter and coated with parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Roasted in the oven and served with a dip of your choice.Potato WafflesPotato waffles, simple to make with a waffle maker. For a crispier alternative, choose the Crispy Potato Pancakes.Rhubarb & Almond CakeA delicious moist cake with rhubarb and almonds.Vegetable StrudelFilo pastry filled with roasted Mediterranean vegetables.Gingerbread Cupcakes with Salted Caramel IcingThese cup cakes were made by our daughter, Emily. Light, attractive and delicious.Trio of DipsThese home-made dips are easy to make and taste so much nicer than shop bought ones. These dips can be made the day before and placed in the fridge until you need them.Cheese BoardI must confess that I tend to include cheese that I like in case there is any leftover! Just remember to include some colourful cheeses and different shaped ones. To garnish the board I have used red and green grapes, gherkins, pickled onions and basil. Sometimes I use celery and radishes – in fact it can be garnished in many different ways. Alongside the cheeseboard I have French bread and butter, and cheese biscuits.Fruit Christmas TreeAlthough this tree takes a while to put together, it is a simple idea that adds height to the buffet table and can look quite spectacular. Guests invariably comment on it! Raspberry CheesecakeA light creamy cheesecake with a crumbed ginger biscuit base topped with raspberries.Chocolate Bites with Toasted HazelnutsDelicious bite-size muffins topped with melted chocolate and toasted hazelnuts.Gingerbread Pudding with Butterscotch SauceA classic family favourite that is easy to make and warms the cockles of your heart.Baked ParsnipsBaked Parsnips. Interesting alternative to traditional Parsnips.Christmas PuddingChristmas Pudding, Plum Pudding or Figgy Pudding – you simply cannot have a Christmas Dinner without the traditional dessert! It has a long history dating back to Roman times, and the recipe I am sharing with you today was passed to me by my mum. It has never let me down!
During the Middle Ages the Christmas pudding was known as a mince pie, and had a meat filling. Later on, apples, lemons and oranges, raisins and sugar were added. Because raisins were known as plums, the Christmas pudding was also called Plum Pudding. You will, of course, be familiar with the name Figgy Pudding – who hasn’t sung “Now bring us some figgy pudding”, when carol singing as a child? Figgy pudding usually contains figs instead of raisins.
The recipe I am sharing with you is made with fruit and not meat! I’ve changed the quantities as my mum’s recipe made four Christmas puddings, and as each pudding serves between 8 and 10, that’s quite a lot of Christmas pudding to eat – even though they keep.
Banana PuddingAnother recipe from my Auntie Moyra. A scrumptious pudding that's easy to make and designed to warm you up on a cold winter's day. Fruit and Nut Plaited LoafFruit & Nut Plaited Loaf. There is something special about yeast cookery - if only the smell. Beautiful bread at a fraction of the supermarket cost.Almond, Apricot and Chopped Nut MuffinsAlmond, Apricot and Chopped Nut Muffins. Incredibly light and fluffy, ideal for a mid-morning treat.Pear SpongePear Sponge. Baked Vanilla Sponge with Sliced Pears.Frangipane PithivierFrangipane Pathivier. A delicate french pastry, succulent all-butter puff pastry enveloping a pungent almond filling, light and full of flavour.Steamed Suet Pineapple PuddingSteamed Suet Pineapple Pudding. Delicious individual fruit pudding, quick and easy to create.Apple and Almond Crumble CakesApple and Almond Crumble Cakes. A mixture of textures with roughly the same ingredients.Caraway Seed CakeSeed cake originates from medieval times. It was given to agricultural workers to thank them for the hard labour of seed-sowing. A classic cake with an unusual nutty flavour.Pineapple Upside DownA Family favourite. One of those desserts that look so much more appetising when you turn it out of it's baking tin. More Recipes can be found by clicking hereBanana, Orange & Apricot CakeBanana, Orange & Apricot Cake. This combination of fruit works well together producing a moist cake with an extremely light texture.Lemon Drizzle CakeLemon Drizzle Cake. A delightful citrus cake made with fresh lemons. An incredible combination of Sharp and Sweet.American PancakesFor anyone who who visits America, Denny's is the fast-food restaurant you need to aim for if you want incredible pancakes. These pancakes are light and fluffy and great for a snack as well as a dessert. Try adding fruit like fresh blueberries to the batter before cooking.French CrêpesThe word crêpe is French for pancake and is derived from the Latin crispus meaning “curled”. Crêpes originated in Brittany. Crêpes were originally called galettes, meaning flat cakes. Crêpes are traditionally served in England on Shrove Tuesday, more commonly known as Pancake Day.MerookiesMerookies. Unusual pre-dinner treats. Get your oven hot (180ºC) but the oven is switched off when the merookies are put in. They do not need to cook, merely dry out.Orange Bread & Butter PuddingOrange Bread & Butter Pudding. The ideal recipe to use up any stale bread with very little cost.Oat, Nut & Chocolate Chip Chewy CookiesDelicious Teatime Biscuits, crammed with nuts and chocolate - and so easy to make.Chocolate Pudding with Chocolate SauceChocolate Pudding with Chocolate Sauce - an old fashioned recipe for all chocoholics. A rich sponge smothered in a creamy chocolate sauce. A minute on the lips - 10 years on the hips!!!Stuffed Seafood MushroomHow can such basic ingredients turn out to produce such a good starter? A large flat mushroom stuffed with crab, prawns & cheese - delicious.Guard’s PuddingGuard's Pudding was traditionally served to the officers & guards on duty at St James Palace or Whitehall. A true comfort food with an extremely light texture.Warm Lemon Meringue PotA variation on a lemon meringue. Healthier because there is no pastry. A light citrus dessert, suitable for dinner parties where the main course is substantial.Chicken Stir FryThis delicious stir fry dish is not only healthy, it is quick & easy to prepare & it's cheap. The tender & crisp vegetables retain more nutrients than if they had been boiled, & the fat content is extremely low as the dish only requires a small amount of oil.Steamed Raspberry PuddingTake a trip down memory lane. You only have to look at this dessert to know you are going to love it. A true comfort food. A sponge pudding with raspberry jam drizzling down its sides.Avocado on Toast with Poached EggThis recipe was given to me by my daughter. Extremely nutritious & makes a perfect breakfast or snack treat. Simply delicious.Braised Mushrooms with Mascarpone and SpinachA delicious creamy mushroom starter or main course with an Italian slant.Home-Made Mediterranean PizzaSimple to make with toppings of your choice. After making your own you are unlikely to buy one from a shop again.Bakewell TartThe Bakewell Tart dates back to the Victorian times - not to be confused with the iced version now seen in most shops. A light sponge mix, laced with almonds, and set in a light shortcrust pastry. Delicious!Lime & Mascarpone TorteA light citrus dessert for special occasions.Apple PieProbably one of the most popular desserts in the UK. Mouthwatering pastry encompassing succulent apples.Raspberry PavlovaBoth indulgent and visually effective - an ideal dessert for special occasions.Chocolate EclairsReasonably easy to make yet so delicious! A little decadent perhaps but we all need a treat every now and then.Vegetable QuicheA classic favourite - nutritious, tasty & light.Jacket PotatoSo versatile - can be eaten as a snack or a main meal. Popular toppings include - cheese, tuna mayonnaise, baked beans, chilli con carne, coleslaw or just a knob of butter.Boiled Egg & SoldiersEggs are one of the most nutritious food you can buy & they are cheap. One of those recipes you grew up with & never forgot!Apple & Redcurrant StrudelA light & crisp Austrian pastry filled with apples & redcurrants.Spanish QuicheA traditional quiche with a European twist.Christmas CakeRecipe from Memory Lane - from Woman's Weekly 1979. If you are not keen on rich fruit cake, this recipe is ideal. Whilst filled with delicious ingredients, it is not iced, it's lighter, more moist & costs less.Christmas Rocky RoadFor all chocoholics! If its a little festive indulgence you're looking for this year - this is the recipe for you. ideal for those intimate pasties & family get-togethers, this rich, passionate, finger-licking treat will please everyone. Packed with your favourite goodies - how can you go wrong. Recipe courtesy of Nigella Lawson.Mince PiesThe most iconic of Christmas treats. Originally they were filled with meat, such as lamb & were made in an oval shape to represent the manger that Jesus slept in. During the Stuart & Georgian times they were a status symbol at Christmas for rich people.Italian Christmas Pudding CakeIt just keeps getting better. This, trust me, is an indulgence you simply cannot do without. It bears absolutely no comparison to a Christmas pudding but as al alternative, it wins hands down! It is a delightful Italian Christmas dessert, light & fluffy & has the appearance of something aristocratic with all the scrumptious flavours of Christmas all rolled into one. A favourite of mine from Nigella Lawson.Sausage RollsThe tasty savoury you find at every buffet. Always popular.Eccles CakesOriginating from the English town of Eccles dating back over three centuries. Mouthwateringly good!Orange MuffinsA recipe courtesy of Nigella Lawson. Delicious warm served for Breakfast.Prawn CurrySpicy Fish dish for all the family.Beef Stew with DumplingsA truly British favourite.Tomato & Onion SaladA colourful and quick side salad.Pan Fried CamembertDelicious starter that's easy to make & guaranteed to please your guests. Serve with redcurrant sauce & a small side salad.Spaghetti BologneseAnother Italian treat & so simple to create.Spicy Cheese StrawsCheese Straws are always a party favourite for adults and children.Rock CakesA war time recipe when ingredients like eggs & sugar were scarce. Delicious served warm.Tropical Fruit SaladRefreshing Summer DessertGreek SaladA European FavouriteCurried Vegetable RiceA nutritious spicy side salad.Roast ChickenCrispy Skinned Roasted Chicken - perfect for a Sunday Lunch.Apple SconesTempting & scrumptious. Best eaten warm.LasagneEasy & quick to make.CruditésThis recipe involves no cooking. Healthy Eating.Chicken CurryQuick & easy meal to make. Delicious served with rice and/or poppadoms.Cottage PieComfort eating for those chilly nights.Pasta CarbonaraDelicious meal for Italian foodiesSouthern Fried ChickenThis is finger-licking good and so easy. Preparation can be a bit messy but well worth.