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.
"Summer afternoon, summer afternoon, the two most beautiful words in the English language"
~Henry James

Monday, 1 September 2014

Orange and Rose Exploding Cake


One of the most popular series on British Television over these last few years has to be the Great British Bake Off. Running over a number of weeks, it takes a group of ordinary baking enthusiasts through a series of baking challenge.  It is the ultimate Bake Off Battle.  Each week the bakers tackle a different baking skill, which become progressively more difficult as the competition unfolds.  As the shows go on, bakers are eliminated with one finalist being crowned the winner at the very end.   It is compelling viewing to say the least, especially if you like baking!  (And who doesn't!)

Mrs Patmore's stirring it up . . .

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Shhh!!!  I'll let you in on a little secret, but you have to promise not to tell anyone else.   The recipes you see on this page  . . .  well they aren't the only activity which goes on in this English kitchen.   Lots of other things get cooked and enjoyed, but for one reason or another, just don't cut the mustard photography wise, so they get shelved . . .  never to be seen.   I'm going to fix that today.   Who cares if there aren't a bazillion pics of each recipe for you to drool over.   A good recipe is a good recipe right?   Right!  And so today I'm going to show you some of the ones that didn't quite make the final cut . . .  but which are quite bloody delicious irregardless of how they look!

Just don't tell Marie I was fooling around on here.   Mum's the word . . .   oh yeh, and I'll be back walloping the pots and pans in the Grantham's kitchen at the end of September.  Can't wait!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Chocolate Chip Pancakes with a Buttermilk Syrup

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One day recently I found out that our little Spanish girl loves pancakes.  It just slipped out in a conversation as these things do . . .  and so I decided to treat her to a lovely batch of them one morning.   I know . . .  I am spoiling her, but it's just so darned nice to have a young person around.  I truly am enjoying the experience and her! 

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Cut and Come Again Cake

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How can you not love a cake which is called "Cut and Come Again Cake?"  It's just impossible I tell you . . .  well, it's impossible for me to at any rate.  I am an old fashioned girl and I just adore these old fashioned names for things . . .  so just what is Cut and  Come Again Cake?  Well . . .

Friday, 29 August 2014

Spaghetti with a Marinated Cherry Tomato Sauce

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One of the nice things about having someone else in the house is that Ariana likes Pasta and now I have the perfect excuse to cook it and not feel guilty about it.   Today I made this simple and yet incredibly tasty pasta dish that  Ariana and I both really enjoyed, and the Toddster dined on leftover meat and potatoes.  Everybody was happy!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Cheese and Broccoli Stuffed Jacket Potatoes

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I have to admit that broccoli is not one of the Toddster's favourite vegetables.  I love the stuff, but he's not so keen.   It's one of those vegetables however that is really very good for you and so I am always looking for ways to incorporate it into our diets, that are appealing to him at least in some small way.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Back to School with Farmers Choice . . . quick and easy lunches and suppers

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In another few days, if they haven't already, our children will be starting back to school.  What an exciting time.  I always loved September and going back to School when I was a child.  It was so wonderful to see friends again that I had not seen all summer!  I loved the smell of the new books and pencils, finding out who my teachers would be and I just adored the practice of covering my school books with brown paper to keep them clean and protected!

When my own kids started school, I loved all of the mum things that went along with the school year.  Things like making them delicious bagged lunches, baking cookies for after school and having a tasty supper ready and waiting for them when they got home at the end of the day.

 As you know I am a guest writer on  Farmer’s Choice  the online butchers, green grocers and deli that deliver completely free range, British meats and produce to homes across the UK.    This month I am shaing several "Back-To-School" recipes with their readers!  

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First up we have a delicious Macaroni and Cheese Frittata, which is perfect for brown bagging it!  Simply cut into wedges to serve it is perfect when served at room temperature, which makes it ideal for bringing along to school.   A slice of crusty bread and some fruit on the side and you have a deliciously different portable lunch!  

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The kids will be more than enthused to come home to these deliciously tasty Easy Cheese Topped Burgers for supper after a hard day's work of pushing pencils!  Delicious beef burgers topped with a fabulous bacon, cheese and spring onion topping and then baked until the cheese is all gooey.  Serve open faces with some salad and chips on the side for a real kid pleasing meal!    

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!

Spicy Blueberry Sauce

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I love, love blueberries and we are right in the midst of our blueberry season here in the UK at the moment.  I know my sister has been picking the juicy little blue jewels for a few weeks now in Canada.  I can never get enough of them during the season and I always freeze tons to use in the Winter months.  Today I decided to make a delicious sauce with them!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Grilled Cheese Encounters of a delicious kind . . .


I have to admit, that of all the sandwiches out there, and all the sandwiches I have eaten in my lifetime, my favourite has to be the good old fashioned Cheese Toastie, or Grilled Cheese as it is also called.  Over here they call sandwiches sarnies in some places.  Or Baps . . . 

Bap. Sarnie.  Toastie.   Sandwich.  Truth be told no matter what they are called this carb loving heart of mine just adores them whatever they be called, and the grilled cheese is my most favourite-est indulgence of all!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Spag Bol and Cheese Garlic Toastie

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Occasionally you see something which is totally outrageous and yet strangely appealing at the same time.  That's the way it was for me when I saw these toasted Spaghetti and Cheese sandwiches popping up all over the net.