5:2 Diet Curried Autumn Allotment Soup: 90 Calories a Bowl

Allotment Vegetable Soup

5:2 Diet Curried Autumn Allotment Soup: 90 Calories a Bowl I am still following the 5:2 diet, albeit not when I am away, and I have been away a lot lately…….but, last week saw me managing two fast days of 500 calories a day and as the weather moves ever closer to winter, I find home-made soups… 

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A Show-stopping Chocolate Cherry Cake for Chocolate Week!

A Show-stopping Chocolate Cherry Cake for Chocolate Week!

A Show-stopping Chocolate Cherry Cake for Chocolate Week! There is nothing as nice as a BIG home-made chocolate cake on the tea time-table and although I am primarily a savoury person (cheese, bread and pies are my downfall) I do love a slice of chocolate cake now and then.  And, as it is Chocolate Week… 

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Thrifty & Organic October: Pork & Apples with French Style Lentils and Salted Chocolate Brownies

Sea Salt Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Walnuts

Thrifty & Organic October: Pork & Apples with French Style Lentils and Salted Chocolate Brownies Core Ingredients for October: Pork, Pumpkin, Apples, Lentils, Cabbage and Chocolate Menu Plan and Recipes for October: Meat Free “Garbure” Soup with Cabbage and Pumpkin Pork Steaks with Apples, Sage and Cider Apple Vinegar French style Braised Lentils Sea Salt… 

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An Autumn “Summer Pudding” Recipe for Sunday Lunch

Summer Pudding

An Autumn “Summer Pudding” Recipe for Sunday Lunch A British classic, a Summer Pudding is a thing of sublime beauty – swathes of gently poached berries and currants encased in a shell of soft bread, it’s an easy recipe to make and makes good use of excess berries (and currants) you may have throughout the… 

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A Random Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge: Ciabatta Bread

A Random Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge: Ciabatta Bread

A Random Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge: Ciabatta Bread Over the last few weeks, I have attempted to make the technical challenge from the Great British Bake Off every week, but with the onset of a late Indian summer and friends and family visiting over the last few weeks, that project has been unavoidably dropped by the… 

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September Thrifty & Organic Meal Plan: Spiced Plums, Pulled Beef & Hidden Veggie Cheese Muffins

Carrot, Leek and Oat Cheese Muffins

September Thrifty & Organic Meal Plan: Spiced Plums, Pulled Beef and Hidden Veggie Cheese Muffins Core Ingredients for September: Beef, Carrots, Leeks, Shallots, Oats and Plums Meal Plan and Recipes for September: Pulled BBQ Beef Brisket Wraps (for a “back to school” midweek or weekend supper) Carrot, Leek and Oat Cheese Muffins (for breakfast on… 

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Delia Smith visits my Kitchen! Hot Chocolate Fudge Sundae AND Swan Ice Cream Maker Giveaway

Hot Chocolate Fudge Sundae

Delia Smith visits my Kitchen! Hot Chocolate Fudge Sundae AND Swan Ice Cream Maker Giveaway Oh how I wish Delia, aka Saint Delia, would visit my kitchen, but I am afraid my title has been somewhat misleading and her only presence in my kitchen was via one of her  cooking bibles, books! This is my slightly adapted… 

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The Moose is Loose! Newfoundland Toutons with Butter & Maple Syrup Butter

Toutons (9)

The Moose is Loose! Newfoundland Toutons with Butter & Maple Syrup Butter I love bread, and I also love butter and maple syrup as well as pancakes, so when all of these ingredients come together in a fabulous breakfast, brunch or snack dish, I am a very happy and well-fed bunny! Regular readers of Lavender… 

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Baked Jam Doughnut Muffins for The Secret Recipe Club

Baked Jam Doughnut Muffins

Baked Jam Doughnut Muffins for The Secret Recipe Club Today sees me sharing another Secret Recipe Club recipe, and this time I have chosen a real sweet treat, Jam Doughnut Muffins, a recipe that I found on my secret assigned blog for August which was Food. Baby. Life.  Food.Baby.Life is written by Susan, who is married with three… 

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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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