In praise of a supermarket breakfast (AD)

In praise of a supermarket breakfast People often talk about the amazing breakfast they have in a cute, Instagram worthy, cafe but we don’t very often see discussions in praise of a supermarket breakfast do we? Why is that?  Why don’t we see people talking about the fact you can get a cracking breakfast at a really reasonable price at the same time as doing the weekly shop.   Maybe

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Turkey and Vegetable Bake

Turkey and vegetable bake is the ultimate in mid week comfort food.  Though to be fair Mondays are the worst day of the week for cooking for me.  I am tired after the weekend, invariably there is nothing in the fridge, I am chasing my tail to try and get ahead of myself and plan the week, oh and dinner needs to be early as Mr B is out on

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Chicken Akni

Chicken Akni is a mildly spiced, one dish, easy meal that is very similar to a biriyani.  It wasn’t a dish I knew until I was looking for something quick and easy to do for dinner that would use up some chicken that needed eating! Having now cooked it though it will definitely be on our list of things we have regularly.  Mostly because once prepared you shove it in

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Christmas Pudding Crumble

Christmas Pudding Crumble We had a couple of puddings leftover this year and I know in theory we could keep them until next year but I am really bad at buying things, shoving them in a cupboard, forgetting about them and then buying them again.  So I was determined that this year that didn’t happen, hence needing ideas for leftovers. In previous years I have made truffles from the pudding

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Mulled Cider Recipe

.Ever thought about mulling cider?  It is a little more subtle than mulled wine so here is a mulled cider recipe. This is a really quick recipe for mulled cider that you can either make to entertain friends or you can just make the bouquets and put them in a tin or a basket and give them as a gift. For the bouquets you will need a large Le Creuset

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The perfect comfort food? — AD

What are your ingredients for a perfect comfort food?  Years ago when my children were younger and away at their dad’s I would curl up on the sofa with a bowl of hot spaghetti, covered in olive oil and pepper and make the most of having the TV remote to myself.   It was hot, quick and crucially at that stage of my life, cheap.     When Mr B

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The Oat Sheaf, Fleet — A review

Step inside the recently refurbished Oat Sheaf in Fleet and you might think you were stepping inside one of those members only clubs you see on the telly, not a pub on the main crossroads in our home town. The Oat Sheaf has been closed recently so that it could undergo an extensive refurbishment but Mr B and I were invited along to an exclusive sneak peek this week, ahead

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A weekend in France cooking curry

If you follow me on Instagram you might have noticed that we recently spent a weekend in France cooking curry.   I even wrote about the house we stayed in for Window Wednesday recently, but I didn’t really talk much about the weekend itself in that post. You might think that if you wanted to go away on a foodie weekend to learn about cooking curry you would go to

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My top three al fresco dining recipes

I love the summer, don’t you? Especially when the sun’s shining and there isn’t a cloud in the sky (yes, this does happen occasionally in the UK!). That’s when you know it’s time to dust off the table and chairs and eat out in the garden and maybe try out my top three al fresco dining recipes.   Having a get-together in the garden this weekend? Take advantage of the

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Taste London, have you been?

We recently spent an afternoon at Taste of London as guests of our friends at The Firepod  We hadn’t seen them for awhile so we were keen to find out all about what has been happening over the past couple of years with their pizza ovens.  If you don’t know about them, do look them up.  We have been huge fans of theirs for years (since they were on Kickstarter

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7 Day Basket Recipe book — review

7 Day Basket is a recipe book, written by Ian Haste,  that might just be a life saver for many busy families. I have always said that I don’t have a problem with cooking every night, I have a problem with the planning of a week’s meals and the buying of the ingredients.  I sit down to menu plan, often with a ton of books or my online Thermomix recipe

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The gift of cheese

The gift of cheese, to my mind, might just be one of life’s greatest gifts (unless you are vegan or lactose intolerant and then it might be a bit of a nightmare).  When stuck with what to buy those tricky to buy for people I always go down a foodie route.   One of my granny’s favourite ever present was a hamper full of a selection of small bottles of

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