Autumn Beckons: Slow Cooked Beef Brisket with Elderberry Glaze and Port Jus

Slow Cooked Beef Brisket with Elderberry Glaze and Port Jus

Autumn Beckons: Slow Cooked Beef Brisket with Elderberry Glaze and Port Jus Autumn really is beckoning, the mornings are misty and cool and the evenings are “drawing in” with darkness falling by eight thirty now……..I’m sad to see the summer go, but I love autumn and all it brings. It’s a season of harvest festivals, crackling… 

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Sel la Vie Tomatoes and Twice Baked Potato, Cheese and Bacon Gratin

Twice Baked Potato, Cheese and Bacon Gratin

Sel la Vie Tomatoes and Twice Baked Potato, Cheese and Bacon Gratin This last week has been a glorious late summer holiday, with my daughter visiting, and the weather in SW France being positively balmy with temperatures in the late 20’s and clear azure skies, it’s been like the late birthday gift you never expected, and… 

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Cheese, Chillies & Wine: Baked Camembert in a Box with Chilli Pepper Jelly (Recipe)

Baked Camembert with Stokes Chilli Yellow Pepper Jelly

Cheese, Chillies & Wine: Baked Camembert in a Box with Chilli Pepper Jelly (Recipe) Autumn is nipping at my heels as I write this……I can smell it in the air and the mornings and evenings are definitely cooler with gentle mists creeping into the village. There’s the perfumed scent of apple wood fires, from my immediate… 

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Winter Soup Day and Weekly Meal Planner: 5:2 Diet Celery and Leek Soup (80 calories)

Celery Soup with Leeks

Winter Soup Day and Monday Meal Planner: 5:2 Diet Celery and Leek Soup (80 calories) After a weekend of unadulterated feasting, well it WAS Burns Night, it is time to fast today! The weather is grey, wet and drear and I am always hungry when it’s cold, so a big bowl of soup is needed… 

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Roasted “Tartan Veggies” with Smoked Sea Salt, Honey and Thyme and other Burns Night Recipes

Roasted "Tartan Veggies" with Smoked Sea Salt, Honey and Thyme and other Burns Night Recipes

Roasted “Tartan Veggies” with Smoked Sea Salt, Honey and Thyme and other Burns Night Recipes Today, Saturday the 25th January is Burns Night, when Burns’s all over the world will be celebrating this Scottish Bard with a Scottish feast that will include haggis, Scotch whisky and a variety of other Scottish delicacies. As a Burns… 

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Award Winning Marmalade: Traditional Lemon and Lime Marmalade Recipe

Award Winning Marmalade: Traditional Lemon and Lime Marmalade Recipe

Award Winning Marmalade: Traditional Lemon and Lime Marmalade Recipe I cannot believe that is nearly a year ago that I went to a Marmalade Workshop where Vivien Lloyd, who is big in the world of marmalade, showed me and two other blogger friends how to make this fabulous preserve, the traditional way. You can read… 

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5:2 Diet Winter Meal Plan Ideas: Low-Calorie Turkey & Kale Scotch Broth Recipe

Crock Pot Soup

5:2 Diet Winter Meal Plan Ideas: Low-Calorie Turkey & Kale Scotch Broth Recipe Hello to my first 5:2 Meal Plan and Recipes post of the New Year! I would like to tell you about my lows and highs on the diet first, and tell you JUST how much weight I have lost, and not just… 

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Twelfth Night, Epiphany and Spices! Curried Beef & Apricot Pie with a Salt Glaze Crust Recipe

Twelfth Night, Epiphany and Spices! Curried Beef & Apricot Pie with a Salt Glaze Crust Recipe

Twelfth Night, Epiphany and Spices! Curried Beef & Apricot Pie with a Salt Glaze Crust Recipe Today, the 5th January, is Twelfth Night, not to be confused with Epiphany, which is tomorrow on the 6th January. Traditionally, it’s the day that all the decorations and cards come down, lest you bring bad luck into your home for… 

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A Countdown to Christmas Recipe: Sugar Frosted Orange & Brandy Mince Pies

A Countdown to Christmas Recipe: Sugar Frosted Orange & Brandy Mince Pies

A Countdown to Christmas Recipe: Sugar Frosted Orange & Brandy Mince Pies Nestled in the pantry amongst all my other tins and trays are two very special pie tins, or patty tins as they are sometimes known; belonging to me now, they were my grandmother’s and I treasure them more than anything else in my… 

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A Countdown to Christmas Recipe: Frazzled Kale and Frisee salad with Pomegranate, Persimmon and Walnuts

A Countdown to Christmas Recipe: Frazzled Kale and Frisee salad with Pomegranate, Persimmon and Walnuts

A Countdown to Christmas Recipe: Frazzled Kale and Frisee salad with Pomegranate, Persimmon and Walnuts Welcome to recipe two in my mini festive recipe series, A Countdown to Christmas! Today’s recipe is a lovely salad, full of Christmas cheer and packed with all that is wonderful this season…….walnuts, persimmons, pomegranates and delicious curly kale – it looks… 

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