Recipes that are delicious and that always work!

You know these recipes are delicious because if I didn't think that they were fabulous . . . I wouldn't be showing them to you. You can also be sure that these recipes work for the same reason! The rest is simply a matter of taste.
Percy Bysshe Shelley “If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” .
~Percy Bysshe Shelley

Friday, 27 February 2015

Sweeten Mother's Day with Radnor Preserves

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Show mums just how special they are this Mother's Day with a beautiful box of award winning Radnor Preserves arriving on their doorstep.  Even if sons and daughters can't be there in person, preserve-maker Joanna Morgan hand-makes preserves and marmalades so delicious and unique in flavour, that they'll top the traditional bouquet.

The collection is perfect for mums who enjoy exploring their culinary skills, as the Snowdon Marmalade gives a zesty twist to bread and butter puddings, whilst the gold mdal World Marmalade Award winning Sicilian Blood Orange transforms casserole dishes.

Flavours also include the indulgent dark chocolate and pear Belle-Helene, Clementine & Cointreau, Rhubarb & Caramelized Fig and Great Taste Award winning Raspberry & Crushed Cardamom.  Gifr boxes and hampers can also contain a personalized message.

A box of three costs £15 plus P&P or for a real treat, try a hamper for £50, which contains 7 jars and a recipe book.   All are gluten-free, vegan-friendly and free from artificial perservatives and additives.

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I was sent a jar of their Great Taste Award Winning 2013 Black Currant & Vanilla Preserve to try out.

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I found it to be lovely and thick with lots of fruit as well as having a heavenly scented of vanilla.  All in all it went down a real treat with some homemade crumpets.

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As fans of black currants, we both really enjoyed this jam.  Tune in tomorrow for the crumpet recipe.  You're in for a real treat.

Many thanks to Radnor Preserves for sending me a jar of jam to enjoy.   Although I was sent the jam, any and all opinions are my own.   This isn't award winning jam for no reason.   It's really lovely.

Black Bean Lasagne

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This is an easy Vegetarian dish I have had on my list of things to make for a very long time.  I can't even remember where it came from now.   I think possibly it was a Pillsbury recipe, but I can't say for sure.  In any case it I finally got it made the other day and it wasn't half bad!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Eating in March with Farmer's Choice

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 Farmer’s Choice are an online butchers, green grocers and deli that deliver completely free range, British meats and produce to homes across the UK.  As a guest author on their page today I am offering up two delicious recipes for March.  I just know you are going to love these!

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First we have a really delicious stew just in time for Saint Patricks Day on the 17th.  A Simple Irish Stew which is a really fabulous way to celebrate your Irishness on St. Patties!  Not only is it delicious but it's really simple to make and of course you can purchase almost all of your ingredients from the people at Farmer's Choice.  

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If you are looking to do a bit of entertaining in March and are looking for something special to serve.  Look no further.   Bacon Wrapped Salmon Fillets is a delicious and simple way to feed your guest something which is not only really attractive, but also easy and quick to make.   Succulent salmon fillets, topped with a sprig of thyme, wrapped in Bacon and baked to perfection.   So impressive and yet so simple.  

 Not only will you find these and other recipes on the Farmer's Choice site, but you will also be able to purchase a quantity of the ingredients necessary to  prepare all of the recipes you will find there.   All the convenience of online grocery shopping with the added pleasure of supporting your local farmers.  Quality ingredients at a good price, British sourced and home grown.  You can't get much better than that!

Cheddar and Garlic Drop Buns

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We have had some really cold weather these past couple of weeks.  I know it is not near as cold as the temperatures you hardy North Americans are used to, but over here in the UK, the temperatures don't have to dip very low before we are freezing.  We don't have the heating, insulation and windows that you are used to in North America, and it is a lot damper . . .  so when it is cold, it is cold.  Cold weather is soup weather and when I cook us a pot of soup, I always like to bake some sort of bread to accompany it.   A decent piece of bread can turn even the simplest of soups into a hearty meal!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Perfect Deviled Eggs

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If there is one thing on a buffet table that is very popular, it has to be Deviled Eggs.    I hope you don't think I am bragging when I say this, but  . . .  I do believe that I make the most delicious Deviled Eggs in the world.  If I had a pound or dollar for every Deviled Egg I have made in my lifetime that was enjoyed by someone, I'd be sitting pretty well at the moment with no financial worries for the rest of my life.   In fact when I worked at the manor, I was under express orders to make sure there was a plate of them in the refrigerator at all times.  I am sure they must have missed them when I left.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Puffy Peanut Butter Cookies . . . the chewy ones.

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I came across a peanut butter cookie recipe the other day that looked pretty good, on a blog called Julia's Album .  I like puffy peanut butter cookies.   I prefer my peanut butter cookies to be a bit soft and chewy rather than hard and crunchy.   These looked perfect and not only that, but her recipe only made between 12 and 15 cookies, which is just the perfect amount to have here in this house because we are only two.  People that is.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Beef and Potato Casserole

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As you know we had the Missionary Elders here for their supper the other night.  That's when I made that gorgeous Profiterole Cake.  Today I am going to show you what they had for their main course.   A delicious Beef and Potato Casserole!  They both had seconds!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Strawberry Macaroon Slices

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If you have a jar of jam in the cupboard you have the makings of quite a few things.  Delicious Cookies and Tarts . . . Muffins and Cakes  . . . and of course that favourite tea time treat . . . . Bread and Jam!  One of my favourite things to make is my Lemon and Jam Slices . . .  but I also love making these delicious Strawberry Macaroon Slices!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Profiterole Cake

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We had the Missionary Elders for tea last night and I wanted to make them a special dessert to enjoy.  This chilled dessert always goes down a real treat with everyone I serve it to.   I call it Profiterole Cake but I have also seen it called Eclair Cake.  It's basically a choux pastry base filled with a vanilla  and cream cheese filling, topped with whipped cream and then drizzled with a chocolate sauce!  It.  Is.  To.  Die.  For.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Lemon Drizzle Cake

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If there is one thing which I enjoy more than almost anything else, it is a good Lemon Drizzle Cake.   Back home we always called it Lemon Loaf, but over here they call it Lemon Drizzle.  I think Lemon Drizzle sounds tastier don't you?