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Coconut flapjack recipe

Coconut flapjack recipe

Flapjack is a favourite in our house and as I had some lovely coconut in cupboard asking to be used I thought I add it to some flapjack. As coconut has a natural sweetness so I cut back a little on the sugar. I also swapped the normal golden syrup for maple syrup as it is a more natural source of  sweet taste and has a lovely flavour of it own and of course meant … Read entire article »

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Slow cooker spicy pulled chicken

Slow cooker spicy pulled chicken

In our house I don’t have many slow cooker successes. I make a great stew and dumpling don’t get me wrong. I always add the dumpling and finish them off in the oven so they have gorgeous crispy tops! To add an extra deep richness to a beef stew I add 4 squares of dark chocolate towards the end of cooking. Try it as it makes the most gorgeous rich sauce. Takes a regular beef … Read entire article »

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Low fat apple pie oat cookies

Low fat apple pie oat cookies

These are a lower fat and lower sugar version of my spicy oat cookie cakes with the addition of the apple pie flavours. As it seems the thing to do right now, reducing sugars and fat too I thought I try and lower the fat and sugar in a household favourite. I also love apple pie flavours so with the spices and the addition of dry apple pieces with using apple puree to help reduce the … Read entire article »

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Saucy peanut chicken recipe

Saucy peanut chicken recipe

Saucy peanut chicken, I know do you know how hard sometimes it is to think of a name for a recipe! Anyway I guess this say’s it all, it is saucy in a it has a sauce way, and it has chicken and peanuts among other things! I have served this up for a few months now and it has remained a family success so is worthy of bringing to your table now. When I first … Read entire article »

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No sugar or fat fruit cake recipe

No sugar or fat fruit cake recipe

I found this recipe on another blog an Australian one actually! Healthy Blender recipes where you will find lots and lots of scrummy recipes. All the recipes are my own here but I loved this so much and thought no extra added sugar and fat would go down well whilst we are still breathing in whilst buttoning up our clothes (just me?). I go to a baking club once a month and the theme was … Read entire article »

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Spicy sweet potato soup with a nutty twist

Spicy sweet potato soup with a nutty twist

This time of year is perfect for warming soups and this one is full of warmth and goodness too! For me sweet potatoes need their sweetness balanced out with some spice and freshness from fresh herbs too. Of course that is a personal taste but this soup if you like a hint of Thai meets Indian flavours will be a hit. Sweet potatoes are packed full of goodness and are very good for anti-aging too and … Read entire article »

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Vegetable & beans filled jacket potatoes or serve with rice

Vegetable & beans filled jacket potatoes or serve with rice

You know the time when tomorrow you need to do a big shop but that day you want to make do with what you have. As we know popping to the shops just for one nights supper is joined by rather a lot of extra’s in your basket. Or again is that just me? I actually like making something out of the dregs of the week before shopping and this year I want to make sure … Read entire article »

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Fresh Cranberry sauce & orange Christmas mufffins

Fresh Cranberry sauce & orange Christmas mufffins

These are utterly delicious! Full of fresh ingredients and the gorgeous scent of Christmas. Cranberry and orange are perfect combination and I think these muffins would be perfect served warm for Christmas breakfast maybe with some Greek yoghurt. I have made them using homemade cranberry sauce opposed to just fresh cranberries as they can be quite tart for some people’s taste. I have also used freshly squeezed orange juice instead of milk so they are in … Read entire article »

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Chocolate & spice Christmas muffins

Chocolate & spice Christmas muffins

Our household is divided between 50% who love dried fruit and 50% who hate. I can just about get dried cranberries passed on to the fussier two but anything else is met with dead fly comments and general eeeewwww sounds. But Christmas baking has to have the scent of Christmas in and I had never tried mixed spice with chocolate before and it works really well. I made ginger and chocolate squares before which were lovely … Read entire article »

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Smoked Chicken & Orange salad

Smoked Chicken & Orange salad

Christmas time is the biggest time of year when lots of people get together with their families of all generations. From little tots to the much older and wiser generations it lovely to get together but hitting the spot with meals that everyone will like can be tricky. Elderly people usually eat much less and really rich food would not be on their chosen menu. But that does not mean it has to lack taste. The … Read entire article »

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