A Master Class with Eric Lanlard: Art, Cooking and Dining on the High Seas

Cookery Club

A Master Class with Eric Lanlard: Art, Cooking and Dining on the High Seas Regular travellers of cruise liners expect only the best food and drink when on board ship – from full English breakfasts (with toast and marmalade), tempting afternoon teas, light salads and snacks to five course silver service dinners; but now discerning… 

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Easter Nest Cupcakes for the Easter Weekend Tea Time Table

Easter Nest Cup Cakes

Easter Nest Cupcakes for the Easter Weekend Tea Time Table It’s Easter Saturday and only a day away from all those Easter Egg hunts and waking up to see what Easter bunny has left for us this year! Now, I don’t know about you, but I have been loving the advertisement on the TV lately, for… 

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Easter Weekend Treats, Chocolate, Recipes and Champagne

This year I have decided to go a little “off piste” with my buns, in a manner of speaking! I will be using my old family recipe, as it really is a winner, but, I will be baking these buns in a muffin tray this year, (as you can see from my photos) in the manner of a French Brioche. I decided that we are going to go dainty for Easter tea, with smaller buns that are also a pretty shape; I was going to bake them in some traditional brioche moulds, but as they are vintage moulds, they are considerably smaller than the modern-day silicone moulds, and greed overtook “dainty” on that score!

Easter Weekend Treats, Chocolate, Recipes and Champagne Today is Good Friday and the start of Easter Weekend – it’s a day for Hot Cross Buns and Fish, a traditional meat-free day that I always observe. As we move through Easter weekend towards the joy of Easter Sunday (when Christ is risen) and with an abundance of… 

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St Patrick’s Day Feast: Soda Bread, Ulster Fry & Salt Beef with Champ

Soda Bread

St Patrick’s Day Feast: Soda Bread, Ulster Fry & Salt Beef with Champ St Patrick’s Day is just under a week away now, and although I’m not Irish, I welcome the opportunity to cook Irish food for my friends and family. There’s something very honest and wholesome about traditional Irish fare, and so when Ocado contacted… 

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Giving up Sugar for a Week with #SweetSmart: Oat, Berry & Orange Rock Cakes

Giving up Sugar for a Week with #SweetSmart: Oat, Berry & Orange Rock Cakes

Giving up Sugar for a Week with #SweetSmart: Oat, Berry & Orange Rock Cakes Last week, I gave up sugar, which is not as bad as it sounds, as I eat very little sugar anyway, being more of a savoury person, although I do like a home-made cake or biscuit! Also, with being on the 5:2… 

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East Coast USA Revisited: Shaker Lemon Pie Recipe

Shaker Lemon Pie

East Coast USA Revisited: Shaker Lemon Pie Recipe The day was bright and sunny, the sun kissed my neck as I sat at a long refectory style table bench with a glass of cloudy home-made lemonade and a slice of Shoo-Fly Pie; the county fair was in full swing and besides all the livestock, entertainment and… 

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Home away from Home: Betty’s Fat Rascals Recipe

Fat Rascals

Home away from Home: Betty’s Fat Rascals Recipe We have a lovely home in SW France that we like to visit several times a year, and when we aren’t travelling by car, which we usually do, we fly into our nearest airports of Bordeaux or La Rochelle. The flights are a breeze to book with… 

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Sweets for my Sweet & Sugar for my Honey: Valentine Recipes with CHOCOLATE!

Chocolate Box Cakes

Sweets for my Sweet & Sugar for my Honey: Valentine Recipes with CHOCOLATE! Yes, it’s that time of year again, it’s the time of the year when thoughts turn to spring, warmer days, lighter nights (and mornings) and maybe even love! If you are an old sceptic, like me, than maybe Valentine’s Day doesn’t feature… 

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Apple Pie Muffins for Bramley Apple Week

Apple Pie Muffins

Apple Pie Muffins for Bramley Apple Week Who doesn’t love a muffin, or buns as I still call them! They are easy to make, can be savoury or sweet and are perfect for the school or office lunch box, as well as being wonderful for Elevenses or with a cuppa in the afternoon. I have several… 

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A Northumberland Cottage Kitchen Recipe: Stotty Cake (Stottie Cake)

Stotty Cakes

A Northumberland Cottage Kitchen Recipe: Stotty Cake (Stottie Cake) A rather plain and flat looking disc of bread, and yet to many people in the North East of England the Stotty Bread is an important and potent symbol of their identity and region. It’s basically made from ordinary white bread dough, but due to the… 

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